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I do not for one minute think any can question the BoD have anything but the best of intentions for Queens.  Of course they have the long term stability of the club as their number one interest, they have that duty as directors.  Everyone of us can sit and snipe and say we'd do this and that but we can do that with zero accountability or responsibility.

 

I was a fan of the 2 year deals for the management and players, I felt after years of constant rebuilding every May and June it would give us a sound base from which to grow.  Sadly that doesn't seem to be the case presently and we are looking down the barrell of relegation. 

 

Friday night was one of the worst performances I have seen in recent memory, it was clueless, it lacked desire and you'd see better performances on the SoS League over any weekend.  That has to be pivotal performance, frank discussions need to be had with the BoD and management.  To embarass themselves in such a manner on national TV is a disgrace. 

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15 hours ago, 19QOS19 said:


I won't pretend to know anything about our finances but we if we are paying players less than £300 a week in FT employment I'm more concerned ScotGov will be on our case. That's less than a week's worth on minimum wage.

They must make use of some kind of loophole for our reserve players mind you so perhaps it's the same with the first team squad...

I think the minimum wage works on hourly rates. I don’t know how many hours a week they work. Judging by Friday night, it isn’t hellish many.

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Otis - that is a pretty accurate summation of the issues. I have no idea if an “early release termination” clause exists in the CLUB: MANAGER contract but if it doesn’t I don’t see the club forking out for a significant compensation payment.

That said I think despite everybody’s reservations (including my own) we are not noticeably weaker than the vast majority of our opponents.

I strongly believe that we have to dispense with the isolated striker scenario - it is the cause of so many of our problems :-

- we allow opposing CBs to stroll effortlessly into our territory
- we sit too deep and can’t get bodies forward quickly enough
- we are far too passive when we don’t have the ball but we are capable of playing some fast attacking football on the break
- our two wider forwards usually Connelly and say Paton spend far too much time tracking back and not getting close to the central striker leaving Cameron chasing shadows and burning aimless energy
- our midfield needs to be much more assertive

Starting at Cove we should concentrate on an attacking philosophy - we have nippy, skilful types up front but we need a partnership and we need to find a formation that gets our potential match winners on the pitch in the right roles.

Due to a poor set up we are going down tamely but with some tweaking and personnel changes we are more than capable of avoiding the dreaded bottom 2. Not the most ambitious target admittedly but a decent cup run would help. Several players have had more game time than their displays have warranted - East, Roy,Todd and Cochrane need to come back into contention (if fit) and we need to work out where to play Nditi.

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Otis - that is a pretty accurate summation of the issues. I have no idea if an “early release termination” clause exists in the CLUB: MANAGER contract but if it doesn’t I don’t see the club forking out for a significant compensation payment.

That said I think despite everybody’s reservations (including my own) we are not noticeably weaker than the vast majority of our opponents.

I strongly believe that we have to dispense with the isolated striker scenario - it is the cause of so many of our problems :-

- we allow opposing CBs to stroll effortlessly into our territory
- we sit too deep and can’t get bodies forward quickly enough
- we are far too passive when we don’t have the ball but we are capable of playing some fast attacking football on the break
- our two wider forwards usually Connelly and say Paton spend far too much time tracking back and not getting close to the central striker leaving Cameron chasing shadows and burning aimless energy
- our midfield needs to be much more assertive

Starting at Cove we should concentrate on an attacking philosophy - we have nippy, skilful types up front but we need a partnership and we need to find a formation that gets our potential match winners on the pitch in the right roles.

Due to a poor set up we are going down tamely but with some tweaking and personnel changes we are more than capable of avoiding the dreaded bottom 2. Not the most ambitious target admittedly but a decent cup run would help. Several players have had more game time than their displays have warranted - East, Roy,Todd and Cochrane need to come back into contention (if fit) and we need to work out where to play Nditi.



Nditi plays centre half, it’s not we it’s that manager of us over complicating again
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4 hours ago, DeeGeeOneHamer said:

I do not for one minute think any can question the BoD have anything but the best of intentions for Queens.  Of course they have the long term stability of the club as their number one interest, they have that duty as directors.  Everyone of us can sit and snipe and say we'd do this and that but we can do that with zero accountability or responsibility.

 

I was a fan of the 2 year deals for the management and players, I felt after years of constant rebuilding every May and June it would give us a sound base from which to grow.  Sadly that doesn't seem to be the case presently and we are looking down the barrell of relegation. 

 

Friday night was one of the worst performances I have seen in recent memory, it was clueless, it lacked desire and you'd see better performances on the SoS League over any weekend.  That has to be pivotal performance, frank discussions need to be had with the BoD and management.  To embarass themselves in such a manner on national TV is a disgrace. 

There’s no doubt they have the best interest of the club at heart but what’s so frustrating is the continual lack of communications from the BOD. 
Hewitson admitted at the last AGM that the PR was poor but has since done nothing about it. 
Craig Patterson says as much as a Burtons dummy and god only knows where the club would be today without the support of the Blount family. 
Mark continues to be the only decent and approachable board member. 

 

They have though backed the manager this season and we’ve no longer go into games with a bench full of kids but the performances on the pitch mostly are dreadful. That’s down the AJ. 

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1 hour ago, Rjc-1988 said:

Otis - that is a pretty accurate summation of the issues. I have no idea if an “early release termination” clause exists in the CLUB: MANAGER contract but if it doesn’t I don’t see the club forking out for a significant compensation payment.

That said I think despite everybody’s reservations (including my own) we are not noticeably weaker than the vast majority of our opponents.

I strongly believe that we have to dispense with the isolated striker scenario - it is the cause of so many of our problems :-

- we allow opposing CBs to stroll effortlessly into our territory
- we sit too deep and can’t get bodies forward quickly enough
- we are far too passive when we don’t have the ball but we are capable of playing some fast attacking football on the break
- our two wider forwards usually Connelly and say Paton spend far too much time tracking back and not getting close to the central striker leaving Cameron chasing shadows and burning aimless energy
- our midfield needs to be much more assertive

Starting at Cove we should concentrate on an attacking philosophy - we have nippy, skilful types up front but we need a partnership and we need to find a formation that gets our potential match winners on the pitch in the right roles.

Due to a poor set up we are going down tamely but with some tweaking and personnel changes we are more than capable of avoiding the dreaded bottom 2. Not the most ambitious target admittedly but a decent cup run would help. Several players have had more game time than their displays have warranted - East, Roy,Todd and Cochrane need to come back into contention (if fit) and we need to work out where to play Nditi.
 

Agree with this.
The midfield stand back admiring the opposition. They just look so soft and easy to play through. I don’t mean they should be kicking people but they look like they’re out for a wee jog and don’t really want to join in.
The other thing about the lone striker is that we lump it forward and there is nobody close enough to get any flick ons. Friday night very often consisted of a few short passes along the back then, whoooosh, followed by them jogging about the pitch watching ICT with the ball again. I’ve no idea whether Cameron is any good or not. I can’t imagine many centre forwards who could make anything of that carry on.

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Agree with this.
The midfield stand back admiring the opposition. They just look so soft and easy to play through. I don’t mean they should be kicking people but they look like they’re out for a wee jog and don’t really want to join in.
The other thing about the lone striker is that we lump it forward and there is nobody close enough to get any flick ons. Friday night very often consisted of a few short passes along the back then, whoooosh, followed by them jogging about the pitch watching ICT with the ball again. I’ve no idea whether Cameron is any good or not. I can’t imagine many centre forwards who could make anything of that carry on.

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I agree - we have started the Man City tactics of playing out from the back.......McKay and Debayo often picking passes from their own 6 yard box. Hugely risky and gaining very little in the overall scheme of things. Very often culminates in a series of short passes deep in their own defensive territory and then a chipped ball forward from one of the CBs that the keeper could have played in the first place with zero risk!!!!! To my knowledge we haven’t lost a cheap goal from this as yet but it is probably only a matter of time until the ball takes an unfortunate bobble or someone panics under pressure. I am all for us playing football but at our level, I don’t get the intended upside of this tactic. I would much rather we channelled our energies on pressing the ball “in packs” high up the pitch and trying to make it difficult for the opposition to enjoy cheap possession at our expense.
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5 hours ago, nomad said:

Been supporting since 1969. Now just bored. Heading back to nowhere. Maybe take up golf on a Saturday. It's too much like hard work for me at my age.  

I can understand where your coming from. I must be around your age and I never thought I'd be so  disenchanted watching Queens. Even when Gus was in charge I tried to get to every game home and away but now it's home games only with the odd close away games. Maybe the interruption of Covid stopping fans from attending took a bit of the appetite away, watching streams just became too easy. We're now living from season to season, having to build new squads every time, players don't have any affinity to the fans or club and the fans haven't time to build an affinity with the players, fighting relegation is now the norm. I understand the Board of Directors have a duty to run the club responsibly, keep spending in check, etc, but there must also be a sign of ambition, a feeling that they are at least  trying to build up to something better than just barely surviving as a full time Championship team. Sadly we are just treading water, there's an apparent lethargy right throughout the Club and its now spread to the supporters and who can honestly blame more and more for losing interest. 

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9 hours ago, Fae_the_'briggs said:

I can understand where your coming from. I must be around your age and I never thought I'd be so  disenchanted watching Queens. Even when Gus was in charge I tried to get to every game home and away but now it's home games only with the odd close away games. Maybe the interruption of Covid stopping fans from attending took a bit of the appetite away, watching streams just became too easy. We're now living from season to season, having to build new squads every time, players don't have any affinity to the fans or club and the fans haven't time to build an affinity with the players, fighting relegation is now the norm. I understand the Board of Directors have a duty to run the club responsibly, keep spending in check, etc, but there must also be a sign of ambition, a feeling that they are at least  trying to build up to something better than just barely surviving as a full time Championship team. Sadly we are just treading water, there's an apparent lethargy right throughout the Club and its now spread to the supporters and who can honestly blame more and more for losing interest. 

This is spot on.

I would also throw our style of play and AJ's approach to matches into the mix.  Yesterday was a prime example - we were playing a cup tie against a part time team from a lower league and went into the game with a set up you would expect to see if we were playing a top 4 EPL side.  Two deep lying midfielders playing virtually the same role on the edge of our own penalty area means our attacking players had to come back deep to get the ball and then have no-one to play the ball forward to.  We rely totally on the opposition giving the ball away and hitting them on the break, or getting lucky from a set piece.  If we do score, we then form a 9 man defence, camp on the edge of our box and look to have no intention of scoring again - even if the scores are level.  Even our keeper has clearly been instructed not to play the ball long unless absolutely necessary. 

We know from the experience of the League Cup and the first couple of league matches that we have players who can play attractive football but AJ seems to fear all opponents and has adopted the old Walter Smith/Alex McLeish style of anti-football we became used to suffering in Rangers European games in 90% of matches.  The "Get intae them" chant is no longer relevant - it should be replaced with "get intae their half".

It is a tortuous spectacle to endure and is not a product I'm prepared to pay £18 to watch.

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9 hours ago, Fae_the_'briggs said:

I can understand where your coming from. I must be around your age and I never thought I'd be so  disenchanted watching Queens. Even when Gus was in charge I tried to get to every game home and away but now it's home games only with the odd close away games. Maybe the interruption of Covid stopping fans from attending took a bit of the appetite away, watching streams just became too easy. We're now living from season to season, having to build new squads every time, players don't have any affinity to the fans or club and the fans haven't time to build an affinity with the players, fighting relegation is now the norm. I understand the Board of Directors have a duty to run the club responsibly, keep spending in check, etc, but there must also be a sign of ambition, a feeling that they are at least  trying to build up to something better than just barely surviving as a full time Championship team. Sadly we are just treading water, there's an apparent lethargy right throughout the Club and its now spread to the supporters and who can honestly blame more and more for losing interest. 

Yes, good post.

I think it probably captures how many now feel.

Obviously, our manager's not very good, but beyond that situation, I'm not really sure what the board needs to do differently.

It's hugely unappealing though.  Our core support is clearly dwindling.  The worry is just how far that process might reach.

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On 22/11/2021 at 13:00, qos1990 said:


Our best centre half and we punt him from pillar to post. Mental playing him left back Friday and Debayo a left back to trade at centre half

He was our best centre half but that is 2 games now he has made crazy decisions that have cost us .

Roberto will now get a 2 game break hopefully will come back with his early season form but as I have said we need more experience and strength especially right through the spine of the team .

The board will hope AJ can turn it around in Jan like last season  with some good loan signing .

I just can't see them taking the gamble of sacking AJ with no guarantee that we will be any better.

Any cash would be better invested trying to improve the squad in Jan. rather than using it to pay off a manager 

 

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10 hours ago, Fae_the_'briggs said:

I can understand where your coming from. I must be around your age and I never thought I'd be so  disenchanted watching Queens. Even when Gus was in charge I tried to get to every game home and away but now it's home games only with the odd close away games. Maybe the interruption of Covid stopping fans from attending took a bit of the appetite away, watching streams just became too easy. We're now living from season to season, having to build new squads every time, players don't have any affinity to the fans or club and the fans haven't time to build an affinity with the players, fighting relegation is now the norm. I understand the Board of Directors have a duty to run the club responsibly, keep spending in check, etc, but there must also be a sign of ambition, a feeling that they are at least  trying to build up to something better than just barely surviving as a full time Championship team. Sadly we are just treading water, there's an apparent lethargy right throughout the Club and its now spread to the supporters and who can honestly blame more and more for losing interest. 

Great summary FTB, won't be many on here to disagree with you.

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Yesterday at Cove highlighted how the players look as though they are actually scared to win games. We took an undeserved lead yesterday at 2-1 and had the added advantage of a biting 20/25 mph behind us. It would have been the perfect time to take a high defensive line (aided by the wind) and go all out for the decisive third goal. Instead of that we drift deeper and deeper allowing Cove midfield 3 to dominate and create chance after chance. The inevitable equaliser duly arrives after several great saves from Brynn.

This so called 4-3-3 is a really phoney system because we never leave 3 up - it becomes a deep lying 4-5-1 with the lone striker left to chase the proverbial “lost causes”. Surely it has to be ditched - not sure how much more of Flash’s statistical evidence is required but yesterday we weren’t even brave enough to get on the front foot with a Gale behind us!!!

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