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Couldn’t see him tolerating the lack of effort some displayed last season. Think the fans need to get right behind the team and at times show a bit of patience next season. He definitely comes across very well.

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1 minute ago, Harry Kinnear said:

Couldn’t see him tolerating the lack of effort some displayed last season. Think the fans need to get right behind the team and at times show a bit of patience next season. He definitely comes across very well.

The way he said a few things in that interview it sounds as if the players he has met he has briefed them up already.

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3 minutes ago, AL-FFC said:

The way he said a few things in that interview it sounds as if the players he has met he has briefed them up already.

Yeah, he seems to already know who he wants and work is well under way to get them. He clearly knows that in this league there is a requirement for hard grafters which we have seriously lacked in recent seasons.

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7 minutes ago, Harry Kinnear said:

Yeah, he seems to already know who he wants and work is well under way to get them. He clearly knows that in this league there is a requirement for hard grafters which we have seriously lacked in recent seasons.

I can see recruitment, at least in form, being similar to the summer immediately following relegation, based primarily on experience and players the manager has previously worked with. McGlynn will already know which of the current squad he believes he can work with, those he would like to catapult, and exactly the players he wants to bring in. There's no great leap of imagination to think a number of Raith Rovers players are currently weighing up the certainty of a contract offer from a manager they were still working with two weeks ago against the uncertainty of waiting around to see what develops at Starks Park. 

Whilst myriad other clubs are in varying states of disarray, we've appointed our management team as early as possible and it does not sound like they are planning to hang around as far as the reconstruction of the playing squad is concerned. Good.

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What to take from that....

The man can talk. Effortlessly. 23 minutes there and he was only asked about 5 questions. From the first five minutes, it is abundantly clear that he either already know, or is now well briefed, about what's went on at this club last season, and fair play to him for letting me as a fan know that he knows we were a horrible rabble without actually using the words.

Work, sleeves up, fight, standards.... All words he said many times. Very very pleasing. Its clear that he has a set of expectations. Its clear that he works hard and intends to work hard.

Short of talking about formations and strategies on the pitch, he couldn't really be any clearer about how he intends to do this job and its only listening to someone like him that you realise how much fucking snake oil the last few experiments have been spouting to appease the fans every interview.

If he is looking for one wee tiny bit of advice to get started, I would just like to inform him that Craig Sibbald gets it.

A pleasing interview anyway, and gives me confidence that win or lose, its not going to be one minter of a performance after another, by lazy, uncommitted shitebags.

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Guarded optimism, first time in a bloody long time, a breath of fresh air. 
Reading between the lines he’s already made his mind up on the charlatans still here.

ST renewal is obviously critical to getting immediate change to the players he’s identified.

Its a big ask just hoping the supporters (again) back the club  in big numbers 

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I thought his facial expression said more than his words when talking about the players he has inherited for next season.
Obviously Paul Watson is his type of player which bodes well if it's a clue to recruitment to come
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Really convincing interview. He has never come across particularly well on camera, but that was a really open and honest interview (particularly after Sheerin’s increasingly messy attempts, and Martin Rennie’s “an answer for everything, but a solution for nothing” style).

There’s no doubt he knows his subject matter, and in Paul Smith, he has a right hand man that really shouldn’t be messed with……he isn’t going to be the players’ best pal if they aren’t at it.

Someone mentioned “guarded optimism”, and I think that’s a fair approach. Probably like never before, ST uptake is going to be vitally important, and for once, I think a wee leap of faith is a fair approach too. There is no way that everything in the garden is rosey, and mistakes will still be made, but I think they will be honest ones. That and that alone is a good start as we now draw ourselves up to whatever our full height might be, and put the pitiful destructive and self serving governance of the past decade behind us. Really looking forward to whatever lies ahead.

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Openly stated on here a couple of weeks ago that McGlynn was not for me but he is here now and will have my full support.

Season ticket will be renewed as soon as they go on sale.

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You can see why so many Raith fans wanted him to stay anyway. I honestly think the combination of injuries blighting the second half, the recruitment fiasco, and the BoD hanging him out to dry after his apology by hiding and saying nothing simply wore him out of the job, to your advantage.

As for expectations, consider some of the key players he brought on board at various times:

Steven Anderson, a key signing for the 19-20 season, immensely experienced veteran player who totally changed the mindset of our defence.

Jamie MacDonald, a key signing for the 20-21 season, experienced veteran goalie whose communication and experience again aided the defence.

Christophe Berra, a key signing for the 21-22 season, experienced international level player who installed a spine on our defence while he was playing, and added valuable assistance when he wasn’t.

Each of these three players exemplifies the traits JMcG is looking for in players. In addition, they were all team leaders, players whose simple presence in the clubhouse made everyone realize they had to step up. Paul Watson isn’t quite to the level of the others, but he’s not terribly far off, so you can bet JMcG is counting on him to help push the team already, which is why he mentioned him so quickly. It really wouldn’t surprise me if there was another aging experienced player that he brings in to try to reverse the slide of the last few years, but since Watson is a defender anyway, he might be enough for JMcG to use as a nucleus for his rebuilding. Injury recovery or not, I bet Watson is around TFS more than you’d expect, and is probably acting as some extra eyes and ears for JMcG and Smudger.

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4 minutes ago, TxRover said:

You can see why so many Raith fans wanted him to stay anyway. I honestly think the combination of injuries blighting the second half, the recruitment fiasco, and the BoD hanging him out to dry after his apology by hiding and saying nothing simply wore him out of the job, to your advantage.

As for expectations, consider some of the key players he brought on board at various times:

Steven Anderson, a key signing for the 19-20 season, immensely experienced veteran player who totally changed the mindset of our defence.

Jamie MacDonald, a key signing for the 20-21 season, experienced veteran goalie whose communication and experience again aided the defence.

Christophe Berra, a key signing for the 21-22 season, experienced international level player who installed a spine on our defence while he was playing, and added valuable assistance when he wasn’t.

Each of these three players exemplifies the traits JMcG is looking for in players. In addition, they were all team leaders, players whose simple presence in the clubhouse made everyone realize they had to step up. Paul Watson isn’t quite to the level of the others, but he’s not terribly far off, so you can bet JMcG is counting on him to help push the team already, which is why he mentioned him so quickly. It really wouldn’t surprise me if there was another aging experienced player that he brings in to try to reverse the slide of the last few years, but since Watson is a defender anyway, he might be enough for JMcG to use as a nucleus for his rebuilding. Injury recovery or not, I bet Watson is around TFS more than you’d expect, and is probably acting as some extra eyes and ears for JMcG and Smudger.

One of the most obvious glaring issues that everyone in charge of our team have accomplished is having no leaders in the team, so I’m hoping he changes that.

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Guarded optimism is the best way to put it. He's saying all the right things but the proof will be in what he does. Good to hear he's aware of the size of the task in front of him. The biggest thing I took from that is he simply will not accept a situation where we have 11 imposters completely downing tools and being happy to get gubbed 3-0 or 4-1 on our home turf. Hopefully those days are long behind us. It doesn't have to be 'silky soccer', just give us a team who look like they give a f**k.

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