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43 minutes ago, smpar said:


Tbh I’m far more concerned that such an arrogant w**k of a manager can chase out a decent centre half, more than I am about losing Watson himself.

The manner in which the club has announced it doesn’t sit right either.

The manager has to keep control of his player, particularly when results are poor otherwise they would all just take the piss.

Glad to see Dom has screwed the nut and gone about the public fall out the professional way. If Watson had a personal issue with Grant he should have done likewise.

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30 minutes ago, Rob1885 said:
34 minutes ago, Stellaboz said:
And only here until January.

Can then move Todorov in to centre half IMO

Don't give him ideas FFS!

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Even Grant’s body language absolutely boils my piss btw. Just sits on his arse for 90 minutes then trudges off the pitch like a sluggish turd after a pish performance. Honestly winds me up.

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Oooft!😲

Mr Watson speaking out but not the type of language you'd use if intending to still be there the next day! Asking your manager to crawl up....... I'll leave it there.🤭

Very impolite terms is putting it mildly.😲

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9 minutes ago, DAFC. said:

Even Grant’s body language absolutely boils my piss btw. Just sits on his arse for 90 minutes then trudges off the pitch like a sluggish turd after a pish performance. Honestly winds me up.

Aye I always recall him barking like a dog for 90 minutes when he was the Alloa manager. Don’t see him out in the technical area much although it may just be my view that is the issue. I do see Shields out barking at players. 

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Aye I always recall him barking like a dog for 90 minutes when he was the Alloa manager. Don’t see him out in the technical area much although it may just be my view that is the issue. I do see Shields out barking at players. 
Nah its not your view. Grant generally seems to say and do nothing from the dugout while Shields is very vocal.

Even when Shields was getting yellow carded on Saturday, Grant just sat on his arse and looked the other way.
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Expected much more from Watson than we got to be honest. I think he started off OK then got worse the longer he was with us. Really not fussed at all that he's left.

Connolly offers much more in terms of being vocal and physically more dominant. Would like to see his contract extended.

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3 hours ago, parsforlife said:

A player agreeing to leave when they have very little options for playing for 2 and 1/2 months says an awful lot.

Can’t find a definitive ruling that a player who has his contract terminated cannot sign as would a free agent. Do you have a reference, as all I can find is his association with Dunfermline will have been terminated with the cancellation of the contract, but nothing specific on allowing or prohibiting signing with another club…either at the same or a different level. Perhaps @Skyline Drifter can clarify?

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Can’t find a definitive ruling that a player who has his contract terminated cannot sign as would a free agent. Do you have a reference, as all I can find is his association with Dunfermline will have been terminated with the cancellation of the contract, but nothing specific on allowing or prohibiting signing with another club…either at the same or a different level. Perhaps [mention=106]Skyline Drifter[/mention] can clarify?
You can't sign for a team outwith a transfer window as a free agent unless you were a free agent when the last transfer window shut.
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No matter how much of a shit-show you may believe a manager is, it is not acceptable to bugger off on an unauthorised holiday. Ever. 

If this story is correct then I'd expect a disciplinary process to be followed, potentially resulting in termination of contract; even if it were a star player in a high performing team. To not do so would lead to a host of other issues. 

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8 minutes ago, TxRover said:

Can’t find a definitive ruling that a player who has his contract terminated cannot sign as would a free agent. Do you have a reference, as all I can find is his association with Dunfermline will have been terminated with the cancellation of the contract, but nothing specific on allowing or prohibiting signing with another club…either at the same or a different level. Perhaps @Skyline Drifter can clarify?

I think he can sign for whoever he wants, they’re just not allowed to register or actually play him until the transfer window opens. 

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19 minutes ago, TxRover said:

Can’t find a definitive ruling that a player who has his contract terminated cannot sign as would a free agent. Do you have a reference, as all I can find is his association with Dunfermline will have been terminated with the cancellation of the contract, but nothing specific on allowing or prohibiting signing with another club…either at the same or a different level. Perhaps @Skyline Drifter can clarify?

He can't play professionally at first team level anywhere in the World until he signs somewhere with an open transfer window.

Like what he said below

14 minutes ago, grumswall said:

You can't sign for a team outwith a transfer window as a free agent unless you were a free agent when the last transfer window shut.

 

10 minutes ago, oneteaminglasgow said:

I think he can sign for whoever he wants, they’re just not allowed to register or actually play him until the transfer window opens. 

Signing and Registering are the same thing in effect. Registration has to be completed within 14 days of signing in theory. He wouldn't be allowed to register for anyone professionally until a window opens. He could of course be employed by anyone but not register or play games. He could also apply to be reinstated as an amateur as long as 28 days have passed since his last professional match and sign for someone as an amateur but he still wouldn't be allowed to play 1st team SPFL.

He could move abroad to a country which currently has an open window. He could go down to Lowland League which doesn't operate windows. He could also turn out as a Trialist up to 3 times for a League One or Two club technically. It would be stretching the ethics of the trialist rule given he's not eligible to actually sign until Jan 1st but it's been done before (Christian Nade turned out for a couple of lower league sides as a trialist after leaving Dumbarton outwith a window I think). I'm sure Annan were one.

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Expected much more from Watson than we got to be honest. I think he started off OK then got worse the longer he was with us. Really not fussed at all that he's left.

Almost like for like when he left Falkirk.
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Connolly has looked a far better option. Agree with the point about Morris and Ashcroft, Watson looked decent because he had Murray beside him. When he’s the main centre half, he’s been bang average at best.

The only real negative here is it moves graham one space up the pecking order, even worse if Vytas is out.

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In this situation, when none of us know the details but are well at liberty to speculate I'm inclined to take Watsons side.

I'm sure he feels a lot better having this wrapped up and being out of that environment. Good luck to him.  

Doubt he will be the last to try and get out. 

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Honestly, I thought Watson looked poor this season but I’m not sure how much of it was due to the system. He was being asked to play that central role of the 3, with Graham and Comrie playing either side. How was anyone ever going to look good in there? Middle of the 3 also comes with the requirement of a lot more responsibility/leadership. I don’t see Watson as a very vocal player/a leader on the pitch. More someone that does his job to a reasonable standard. He looked decent when Comrie went to RB and he had Gaspuitis beside him. That’s why I was so surprised when Connolly came in and Watson disappeared. He’s definitely one of these defenders that need a decent player beside them and can’t look good at all/put in decent performances if there are weaknesses in the defence. He can’t cover for others or lead the defence and that’s what makes him replaceable/not a huge loss.

He’ll sign for another championship team in January - he could even start training with them now. I’d imagine he’ll be decent for them. But I don’t see him as an enormous loss.

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