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1 minute ago, DAFC. said:

Money to pay Montrose as well to buy him out his contract. I knew deep down it would always be someone that wasn't employed. Think Yogi was probably the best out of that bunch. 

Yep, that would rule Petrie and Robbo out.  Although I'm not sure Robbo's contract with us would be like a manager's one.  Might just be like a normal employee contract where you can resign/hand your notice in.

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I'll just be the first to put Callum Morris coming back in on the table, been without a club since Ross County...

I think you’re on the right track. This squad is crying out for leadership on the park and Yogi is 100% the right man to recruit leaders. Whether it’s Callum Morris or someone else, I’d expect a commanding CB who will Marshall the defence and an enforcer in midfield to be brought in in January.

Whether he’s ultimately a success or not, I don’t think we could have realistically given ourselves a better chance of surviving with this appointment. We need experience, this isn’t time for unproven managers, or those who don’t know this league well. Every appointment is a gamble, but appointing someone with no experience at this level to salvage this season would have been a huge risk for all parties.
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Does anyone know if Petrie/Montrose have ever been approached by Dunfermline?

I’d doubt it. Right time for that would have been in the summer, but it sounds like they only ever wanted Grant. Unfortunately, I think that ship has now sailed and his next move will be to Arbroath, when Dick Campbell retires.
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8 minutes ago, renton said:

It's a question of how the players respond I guess. If your weren't responding to Grant's overbearing arrogance, not sure Yogi is going to come in and be all that different.

In terms of game management and tactics? Never showed anything at the Rovers that impacted us positively. His team lineup and tactics for that infamous St Mirren were atrocious. The triple sub against Hibs was just weird. Not sure how he did at Ross County.

 

Overbearing and arrogant at least has a small chance of working if you have a bit of charisma and exuberance. 

It will be interesting to see the players reaction. 

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14 minutes ago, CallumPar said:

or those who don’t know this league well

Here's this nonsense again. What does it actually mean?

It would hardly take long for someone to make themselves familiar with this league. There are only 10 teams in it. There are full games available to watch online, hundreds of hours of clips and hundreds of match reports. That's before you get to the scouting footage the club will have. In addition, most managers here will follow it to some degree anyway, and will have played teams from this league in one of the various cup competitions.

Also, Hughes last managed in this league years ago. How does that make him 'know the league' better than someone who hasn't managed in it? The teams and players change, and change often. It's not as if, having once managed in a league, you then 'know' that league forever. 

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Aye I think this puts an end to the Petrie debate as he clearly isn’t interested. I get it probably wasn’t the ideal team to jump ship for Dunfermline but if he loved them as much as people think then he’d probably have taken that risk.

If John Robertson was interested then I can’t believe he was turned down in favour of Hughes. Would love it if we could try and tempt him down to Ayrshire in the summer.

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1 hour ago, Enigma said:

Let’s hope he does what I heard he did on his first day at the Rovers. When a younger member of the squad went to shake his hand he barked “you don’t get to shake my hand, son, you should fucking salute me”

If Dick Campbell had said that, everyone would be lauding his hilarious old school banter.

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1 minute ago, Barry Ferguson's Hat said:

Parsnips fans must be raging.

Nope. I think out of the genuinely realistic candidates, I'd have had Robertson over him. It's either going to be a fantastic appointment or a continuation of our poor form. There's no middle ground. 

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