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  1. Just wondering if Rennie is following the US trend of hiring athletes who can play a bit of football.....rather than immobile haddies
  2. I think we are in the unfortunate position of being in a league where really good players want to remain part time rather than go full time. I think this may be part of the problem for Rennie to get who he wants in. There are some cracking players in our league who will just not go full time for economic reasons. As we progress up the leagues (if we ever do), then there will be more cash to attract a good full time professional on a reasonable wage. For the moment, either we go to a hybrid part/full time squad..... or we splash the cash to get half decent players in. As it stands, I don't think we will ever get our of this league paying the wages we do, where It has shown we can only attract bang average players.
  3. Like the May, Bannon, Hartley, McKinnon, Sheerin or M&M experiments ? ..... or maybe the Yogi, Totten, Jeffries or McCall experiments ? You could make a case for appointing all these managers good and bad. In our case it's been a mixed bag of how successful our managers have been. Some I would never have though would turn out to be good.... some I've really been disappointed in. You never know how it will turn out and I woould like to think the BoD have appointed the person they think would do best for the club. Considering Rennie's experience and record abroad, in various countries turning teams around, he may have been the best option. No back up plan needed
  4. Stick him on for the last 5 mins.... or for the last corner / free kick of the match before the ref blows his whistle. He is a proven goalscorer and knows where to position himself to get a chance. No way would I have him on the park for much more.
  5. should have edited that ..... we only have limited cash and it would be better spent on a goalkeeper, central defender and midfielder. Signing DG would cost us a transfer fee plus his wages which I think would be top earner at the club. I'm not convinced that he is needed as long as Dowds keeps fit....as we would be paying a substantial amount for a guy who potentially would be a bench warmer.
  6. Dowds fills the Goodwillie role adequately and that should put this rumour to bed. There is no point in having 2 similar type of players vying for this one position. Just need to keep our fingers crossed that Dowds doesn't get injured. We still need a half decent keeper, another Centre Half and an enforcer in the middle of the park to take the pressure off our lightweight guys. Yesterday was interesting in that we wanted to get the ball moving forwards much quicker, rather than playing it across the back line all the time.. In saying that, Dumbarton were woeful, made so many mistakes in giving the ball away and allowed us to play. The next few games will tell if we are moving in the right direction. I may be the only one on here who thinks this, but I have a feeling Ompreon might just come good as a wide man on the right, not as a striker. He hasn't had much chance playing in this position with Morrison out there, but now the style has changed with Morrison (or Keene) partnering Dowds through the middle, he might just be the perfect foil to partner Williamson on that side.
  7. Absolutely mental. Folk arent happy that he FSS are actually doing what everyone wanted in the past i.e. giving the fans a voice. We might as well go back to the MSG and ask for them to take over the club again, install Deans back in as Chairman and let them make the decisions we want to moan at. Apart from that , the FSS should have realised with this system it was going to be hijacked. Stupid way to get their members to poll. There must be a more secure way of doing it.
  8. Rumour is, not for some folk associated with both clubs at the time !
  9. Shad, although I agree with your sentiments, this is the one issue where I think the fans should be pro-active and go mental. No point going mental after the deal is done. The BoD need to know the depth of feeling on this one.
  10. Eveything at the moment is supposition. I think the BoD know the split it would cause. They read this and know it. I'm with Shad and not going to go mental until it's a fact. Apart from that, I thought the statement was a pretty well thought out one.
  11. There are "hard" decisions and "hard" decisions. This is not one of them. This is a moral issue and decision. It should be an "easy" decision for this BoD. The signing of DG would prove to be be ultra divisive and if they do go ahead with this, they are effectively in contempt of a huge proprtion of the fanbase. A fanbase who they purportedly represent. Rant over and will now wait as see how it all pans out. I still have a glimmer of hope that they can't be that stupid.
  12. Dowd's gave up his job to turn full time with us. Given the fact that he obviously was not in Sheerin or Holt's plans (plus Holts stupid personal comments about him) I am not surprised that he may have decided his future lay elsewhere. However times and circumstances have changed. Remaining full time, with perhaps a team that is changing in direction (hopefully) and with a new management structure he might just decide to give it another go with us. I think that depends on Rennie's thoughts about him. I have a feeling that he is a better player than many give him credit for and perhaps R&M will be the guys to push him on. No disrespect to Arbroath intended, but it may be best for him to remain with a full time team......assuming he gets game time.
  13. Almost there ! I think there are still one or two "hangers on" that need to go, but in the great scheme of things certainly lower priority than Deans, Sheerin and Holt.
  14. Thats a good point. There are quite a few small shareholders out there who are neither affiliated to the FSS or the PG and thier proxy votes could help fans intentions to be carried. The question is, how to access their shareholding ? The other point I'd like to make is that there is still a gap between FSS and PG i.e. between the £10/month and £10k subs. I would think there may be a few fans out there who would want to put in, say between £500 and £5k as an emotional tie in to the club. How do we capture this Group of fans ? With all the positivity out there at the moment, this could be a good time for the club to be put on a more financially safe footing and to perhaps have a wee pot to buy some half decent players.
  15. Stuart A has posted the link on here....just trawl back to his previous posts
  16. Now that is a problem that many boards have ignored. I remember getting burnt in the 1960's from a Bovril bought from the hut half way up the hill at Watson Street. Get it done Exactly. I did the same at the pie hut at the Hope St end.....trying to stop the dripping grease from the pie ruining my new jeans. The boiling Bovril spilling out from the cup almost sent me to A&E.
  17. Interesting to re-read the Rawlins initial comments of, "best board we have ever worked with" ...."Holt amazing at identifying the payers we want" ....."Sheerin is the man to take us forward". I honestly think they did not realise the extent of the mess we were in, the apathy of fans towards the club Directors and the displeasure in Deans et al (and Holt) until they arrived in Scotland and that's what made them step down from the BoD. I think the Q&A opened up their eyes to what was going on. Fingers crossed they now see what a half decent fans Board can do to get the supporters back onside and hopefully add to their investment (as they initially indicated) to get the team we all want to see on the park. They are potentially a vital part of the 3 legged stool model and if they really have the best interests of the club at heart, they should be invested (pardon the pun) in the direction we are now moving. All additional cash welcome
  18. We dont need one in our division. Just a waste of cash. That should be Rennie / Miller's remit with Swinney doing the CEO job of getting contracts drafted and in order for the benefit of the club....and of course signed by the player
  19. Hunt them down Stuart and get them signed up. Onwards and upwards COYB!
  20. Doesnt help when the oppostion ping one "over the top" from distance and our central defenders make a pigs ear of it. How many goals have we lost with simple "over the top" balls ? We are murder through the middle.
  21. Absolutely none. Similar to joining FSS or buying shares, it's for the love of the club and purely an emotional thing. What I hope the FSS and PG do bring is more stability and transparency, with fans at the helm rather than those who are in it for themselves. With these Groups in-situ, it also has the potential to ward off any predatory bid to buy the club from perhaps those who we wouldnt anywhere near the Club (let's not forget Mark Campbell) Bottom line is, unless you have several hundred thousand £'s to "gift" the club, you are not going to have any influence.
  22. Essentially the FSS and PG Groups have given them licence to vote as per their conscience. I think legally, that the role of a Director has to be independent from who they represent and to act in the best interests of the club. Additionally there will be confidential information that only they know that cannot be passed on to the Groups. It's a difficult position to be in, as they are only there through their affiliation to either the PG or FSS. However, as you rightly stated they cant take every little matter back to the their Groups every 2 mins. It just wouldn't work. We just need to hope that they have their finger on the pulse and have the majority of the backers in agreement with their decisions.
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