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20 hours ago, Parmesan said:

Mibby been said but a dinny think oor new owners appreciate we're desp for

achievement efter years in the doldrums. They may be here for the long haul but we've been

haulin' for years; for them the haul's barely started - they may not feel the same sense of urgency.

Maybe they're willing, for as long as it seems doable, tae settle for mere champs survival

rather than pay off PG.

I don't mean to state the obvious, but pretty much every set of fans in the country are "desp for

achievement efter years in the doldrums".  I could probably exclude St Johnstone followers here.

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Did anyone else see the absolute mentalist on the Pars FB community, asking if we were top of the league would people be saying the same things about Peter Grant? 


Are there genuinely people that fucking stupid out there? 

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14 hours ago, Cardle is Magic said:

I think the last two weeks would be a lot more palatable if we hadn’t started the season like burning garbage fire.

A couple of clean sheets might stem the bleeding but it’s simply not good enough to have 3 points from 6 games. I’d be upset with that if we were in the top flight, never mind the Championship.

Worrying to hear Wighton and Todorov both came off due to injury.

To me, it looked more as if the pair of them started with injuries.  😬

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2 minutes ago, Raith Against The Machine said:

And did you like Peter's post? 

I'm more convinced each passing week that he spends time with different aliases trying to muster up some support for himself. 

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42 minutes ago, Stellaboz said:

I'm more convinced each passing week that he spends time with different aliases trying to muster up some support for himself. 

When you’re bottom of the league and 16 points adrift after 6 games it’s time to start really getting behind the manager. 

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Did anyone else see the absolute mentalist on the Pars FB community, asking if we were top of the league would people be saying the same things about Peter Grant? 

Are there genuinely people that fucking stupid out there? 


Yes. There are plenty of them in our support.

There are zero positives around the Pars just now. The football is fucking woeful and we are bottom of the league. This can’t keep up. We are already out the title race and could potentially be 10 points from the promotion play-offs after Wednesday, so we’re pretty much fucked for that already too. It’s a shambles what’s been allowed to happen. I am really starting to worry about a relegation battle if something isn’t done about this relatively soon.
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We’re going to get absolutely battered on Wednesday, surely when that inevitably happens he’ll be emptied?


Probably get the QotS game. Unless we get a proper scudding and things get nasty with fans etc then I can’t see it. Even at that they’d be too scared to give St Peter his jotters. Wankers the lot of them.
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That was dire yesterday. So dull. We were just so safe and sterile. Kennedy and Thomas tried to take players on and force something, but weren't effective Kennedy has that ability to go by players, but he always takes at least one touch too many or tries to take on one man too many. Hopefully he learns and puts together an end product, be it a pass/cross or shot on goal (he nearly did so in the Inverness game with his shot mind; more of that please).

Our central midfield are slow and uncreative. The ball just gets stuck in there and passed between them. It's plodding and poor and gets us nowhere. We're so slow going forward. Our strikers had almost nothing to work with. Almost no crosses, no through balls, nothing for them to challenge for to get a chance from. Side note, Edwards' run forward was good until he realised where he was an panicked, losing the ball, when a pass for one of the strikers was on that would have put them through on goal with a chance to shoot.

Defence looked solid enough, but there was a free header for Mullin in the first half that he wasted. OFW had one of his best games for us, pulling off two great saves, one either half. Where has this guy been?! Hopefully we see more of that rather than the ghost wristed performances of yore.

 

Anyway, Grant has signed a squad for his 3-5-2/3-4-3 formation, but since it has now been binned (hopefully permanently), the squad is unbalanced. There are now 5 central defenders competing for two spots instead of 3. Will this cause issues? No player is happy not playing, but might some of these guys be a bit miffed that they were presumably sold on an opportunity that has now considerably narrowed? Not to mention the waste of wages. Hopefully with Cole back we can see more of him in midfield. I don't rate Pybus and Dorrans at all. Think both are exceptionally poor signings, and would rather see Allan and Cole given a shot in there until we get Wilson back (if he does come back). We also only have 3 strikers now. I think, if possible, we should look to get one on loan, as injuries can happen. If just one of them is injured, then we can be in a position of needing to change one, or both, of the guys starting in a game but have no options. What's happened to McCann incidentally? You'd think this would be a time for him to get a chance as a backup. Seemingly Wighton and Todorov were injured, thus their subs. If they are both out, we're stuck with one striker. More poor squad management.

McCann, Wilson, Martin, Breen; what's the deal with these guys? 

 

Grant spoke some pish after the game. Said he though Dorrans was excellent and had been for weeks. Strong disagree. He also said that Dorrans hadn't played for 10 weeks when we signed him. It shows. Chucking in a guy who hasn't been able to get up to match fitness is just another poor decision. He obviously needs to play to get match fit, but throwing him in right away in a new team and formation, when everyone is struggling, is poor management to me. Talking of which, apparently Dow isn't match fit. If only we had another winger sat on the bench who is match fit. Baffling stuff. Brainless even. 

 

I saw someone mention the point that Grant was hired for his supposed great football, but now that he isn't getting to play his stuff with his players then what exactly is he there to do? Just another baffling facet of this appointment. I spoke with a friend yesterday about younger players. Weren't we supposed to be signing them and bringing them through? Crawford had a good policy there that had some good success (Comrie, Edwards, Macdonald, Turner). Has this now been binned? If so, why? If not then did they consider how Grant would approach this? Did they ask him? Was the youth academy aspect considered when Grant was hired? What I mean is, was there a discussion of it, with an expectation that 'graduates' of said academy would be playing fairly regularly where possible? To be fair, that is some way off, so perhaps not a consideration when they hired Grant, but it's still something to think about.

 

I watched on Pars TV again yesterday, so wasn't at the game, but felt that there was considerable apathy settling in among the fans. A bad state of affairs there. That was not a game to rouse the fans, although I heard some trying. If we continue to get served up such dull, sterile stuff, more and more fans will drift away and stop attending, and some of them won't be back, whilst some may only be back for select games. We're losing fans, yet the club will soon have to meet the costs of running a youth academy. How sustainable is that? I fear that the youth academy will be short lived. I hope I am wrong.

Talking of Pars TV, it was pretty poor again yesterday. The club have to address this. Get the guys some proper training. With the colder weather coming up, I imagine some folk will opt to watch the game at home rather than sit in an empty East End, but if there are continued issues they might not even bother doing that. The engagement between club and fan is vital, and if folk are only engaging via Pars TV, it needs to be good or the engagement will be lost, and the fan lost. I've seen people say that they've had issues with Pars TV across other social media platforms too. It's been nearly a year and the same issues are still there. It's not fair on the guys who are operating the camera etc either, as they're volunteers and shouldn't be in a position where they get criticism. The club not addressing things is not helping them. Get someone in to give them a session(s) on operating the camera etc.

I did like the co-commentator though. Thought he spoke well.

 

I read last week that folk commended the application of the players. I would agree with that, but I would also say that I don't think commitment has been an issue. I think they've all been trying, but they just weren't sure of the new formation in terms of what they were doing. I think it was quite visible that there was confusion about what to do off the ball when we were playing the nonsense with the back central three. It's too easy when a team is losing to claim that players aren't trying or have 'downed tools', but I think the vast majority of the time it simply isn't true. The lack of confidence is obvious too, and that often has players second guessing themselves and often has guys look to play a safe pass rather than try something that might go wrong. Players often want to get rid of the ball as fast as they can when confidence is low. I don't get how there are apparently so many fans who are still unaware of what a huge issue confidence is for players.

 

Anyway, we're bottom of the league, have scored only three goals and are one of only three teams across the top four leagues without a win. I can't see that changing before the first quarter of games are done with. Laughable and we all know what needs done.

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1 hour ago, VinnyPar said:

We’re going to get absolutely battered on Wednesday, surely when that inevitably happens he’ll be emptied?

I doubt that very much. We have a horrible habit of letting struggling teams get back on track with a win at Stark's. Just go back to how we started QoS season at Christmas last year. This will be close. We're also not very good at holding on to any decent lead we might have with 15-20 minutes left to play.

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I doubt that very much. We have a horrible habit of letting struggling teams get back on track with a win at Stark's. Just go back to how we started QoS season at Christmas last year. This will be close. We're also not very good at holding on to any decent lead we might have with 15-20 minutes left to play.

Unless you somehow lost at home to Peter Grant’s Alloa, I think you’re safe. I honestly think we’re somehow an even worse team than them.
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I’d really like to hear the thoughts of the BoD with regards to why they haven’t took the necessary action in sacking Grant. Who seriously thinks on that board that he deserves to manage our club any longer? We are already fucked for challenging for the title and look to be among the worst in the league. It’s a long season, but if the aim was to win the league and we’re still bottom by the end of the first quarter, then how on Earth can anyone on that board still consider him to be the man?

Not only should Grant’s position be under threat, but serious questions are going to need to be put forward to the ones on the board that decided to appoint Grant and ignore 80 applicants. They have took a massive gamble (probably because it was financially cheaper for them at the time no doubt) only for it to inevitably backfire and cost us financially in the long run i.e. fan apathy/anger causing less match-day attendance.

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11 hours ago, CallumPar said:

Even our website is shambolic. A lot of the articles/interviews have poor spelling/grammar. But claiming we won the playoff game is just bizarre.

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Not sure who's in charge of posting on the clubs official site and if they're a poster on here... I'm very sorry, but it's regularly utter mince. Every article has at least one glaringly obvious typo/mistake like a £ sign in the middle of a word or a number. A quick read over would solve that.

I said it on here a few weeks back that since admin we had some really good times where the club and fans were really connected and a real positive feeling around the club. I genuinely thought we might have had a similar connection that Motherwell have with their fans but instead it's been atrocious.

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I said it on here a few weeks back that since admin we had some really good times where the club and fans were really connected and a real positive feeling around the club. I genuinely thought we might have had a similar connection that Motherwell have with their fans but instead it's been atrocious.


That’s the most annoying thing for me. With no fans for 18 months, they had a huge opportunity to draw in big numbers like the first season under Johnston. A decent managerial appointment & good marketing for season tickets is all it would have taken. They’ve went the complete opposite way & id expect our attendances to be as low as they have been in the last 20 years over the coming weeks.
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21 hours ago, Shandon Par said:

He’d give them big plates of dour. Never spoken to the guy but been around him a few times in random situations akd he never really struck me as Mr Personality. 

A personality isn’t really important. 

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