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Mentioned this recently, and no one shouted me down as a dafty, but am I misremembering Duffy's appointment being announced as a 1-year rolling contract?

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5 minutes ago, Boghead ranter said:

Mentioned this recently, and no one shouted me down as a dafty, but am I misremembering Duffy's appointment being announced as a 1-year rolling contract?

I checked the "Duffy Deal is Done" article which we put out last summer and it doesn't mention anything about contract length. That led me to go back and check the initial announcement when Duffy came in and there's no mention of contract length there either. Maybe a Daily Record article or something?

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2 minutes ago, The Moonster said:

I checked the "Duffy Deal is Done" article which we put out last summer and it doesn't mention anything about contract length. That led me to go back and check the initial announcement when Duffy came in and there's no mention of contract length there either. Maybe a Daily Record article or something?

Or maybe I'm just an auld dafty, as suspected.

Cheers.

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I’d be amazed if the board haven’t already spoken to Duffy about next season. What’s key is that there’s a deadline set for a decision to be made and if there no commitment at that stage we move on.

We can’t have a repeat of last summer. Albeit more than just the manager position contributed to that. I’d like to see four or five signed up for next season within the next month or so, and can’t disagree with Moonster’s picks above.

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For me we need an agreement in place with Duffy for Easter. Absolutely no later than that. If he can't commit to staying then we need to start looking for a new manager and that will take a few weeks. Easter gives us a few weeks before the end of the season and the playoffs are done to get a new manager in and to offer contracts to anybody the club wants to keep. It also gives the players a bit of certainty in that they'll know who the new manager is without going significantly into the summer.

It's worked for us this year but that's primarily because of late additions that Duffy made at the tail end of the transfer window and because the likes of Rico Quitongo have found great form as the season has gone on. It's telling that the likes of Zata, Crawford and Scullion havent made any kind of impact with us. I actually think Crawford would be better wide right in midfield as he can cover for Wardrop if the fullback has gone beyond him and he seems to like to get forward himself. 

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For me we need an agreement in place with Duffy for Easter. Absolutely no later than that. If he can't commit to staying then we need to start looking for a new manager and that will take a few weeks. Easter gives us a few weeks before the end of the season and the playoffs are done to get a new manager in and to offer contracts to anybody the club wants to keep. It also gives the players a bit of certainty in that they'll know who the new manager is without going significantly into the summer.
It's worked for us this year but that's primarily because of late additions that Duffy made at the tail end of the transfer window and because the likes of Rico Quitongo have found great form as the season has gone on. It's telling that the likes of Zata, Crawford and Scullion havent made any kind of impact with us. I actually think Crawford would be better wide right in midfield as he can cover for Wardrop if the fullback has gone beyond him and he seems to like to get forward himself. 

What on earth makes you think playing a backup right back in right mid will help us?

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2 hours ago, cameron2000 said:


What on earth makes you think playing a backup right back in right mid will help us?

Because he looks better going forward than defending and would be a reasonable back up option to give Wardrop a bit of protection if we needed to fill the midfield.

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3 minutes ago, Nowhereman said:

According to the BBC Chelsea are looking to buy an SPFL club. Would that be preferable to Brabco?

The coronavirus would be preferable to Brabco imho.

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45 minutes ago, Nowhereman said:

According to the BBC Chelsea are looking to buy an SPFL club. Would that be preferable to Brabco?

They will likely be looking at bigger clubs but I wouldn’t dismiss the though.

if it worked for both clubs then why not.

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I can’t recall an attacking player having as much game time for us as Stef McCluskey has had without scoring. Approaching 30 appearances without a goal seems extraordinary. 

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I know it might not be relevant just yet but if matches had to be played behind closed doors, would that not completely cripple us financially?

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2 minutes ago, cameron2000 said:

I know it might not be relevant just yet but if matches had to be played behind closed doors, would that not completely cripple us financially?

I suppose after Saturday we only have 3 home matches left, all of which are likely to suffer from dwindling attendances regardless of airborne pathogens, as our season is effectively already over. And if we are to see a staggered banning of events similar to the French approach then it's not likely that any of those fixtures would meet the criteria for mass attended event.

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9 minutes ago, cameron2000 said:

I know it might not be relevant just yet but if matches had to be played behind closed doors, would that not completely cripple us financially?

Unless the country goes into full lockdown, it's unlikely they'll ban a gathering of circa 400 people. The only home game that'll even come close to breaking 1,000 is this Saturday, which looks likely to go ahead as planned. I imagine it would cripple us if the next 3 home games brought no income, although in instances such as that I would expect the league to try and assist any clubs affected but that's perhaps naive of me.

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On 04/03/2020 at 11:36, sarti pooh said:

Hard to argue with those decisions.

If I really had to choose I'd maybe let langan go as well.

Maybe try get Tapping in from Forfar as the token centre mid back up.

IMO If you havent got a big budget, maybe players like crawford can make his job as team players, playing some matches if it is needed.  local young players who can develop and for the moment they dont earn a big money, 2 or 3 like him can complete a league1 squad, and let you have some top players for the league....

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On 10/03/2020 at 10:21, The Moonster said:

Unless the country goes into full lockdown, it's unlikely they'll ban a gathering of circa 400 people. The only home game that'll even come close to breaking 1,000 is this Saturday, which looks likely to go ahead as planned. I imagine it would cripple us if the next 3 home games brought no income, although in instances such as that I would expect the league to try and assist any clubs affected but that's perhaps naive of me.

It was reported in the daily record that the SPFL would not be helping any clubs financially if the situation worsened and we ended up behind closed doors. Another question is, not only loss of income if it happens, but what about those who bought season tickets and potentially miss out on 2/3 games, do they just take a loss or does the club refund for missed games? If so that would be financially painful I assume.

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8 hours ago, pleslie99 said:

It was reported in the daily record that the SPFL would not be helping any clubs financially if the situation worsened and we ended up behind closed doors. Another question is, not only loss of income if it happens, but what about those who bought season tickets and potentially miss out on 2/3 games, do they just take a loss or does the club refund for missed games? If so that would be financially painful I assume.

Surely anyone loyal and committed enough to the club to invest in a season ticket isn't going to be a complete dick and demand a refund of 2 or 3 games worth?

Except the dude that was going to sue for false imprisonment that time he was held back from leaving the car park for 10 minutes when he'd stormed out of a game early, perhaps. 

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10 hours ago, pleslie99 said:

It was reported in the daily record that the SPFL would not be helping any clubs financially if the situation worsened and we ended up behind closed doors. Another question is, not only loss of income if it happens, but what about those who bought season tickets and potentially miss out on 2/3 games, do they just take a loss or does the club refund for missed games? If so that would be financially painful I assume.

I imagine if anyone requests a refund they'll need to get it. I would hope that any Sons fan would realise it isn't the clubs fault the game can't be attended and leave the money with them. The worst aspect would probably be losing hospitality.

Not surprised at the SPFL's stance, although I find it ridiculous. A season or two back the way the fixtures fell we had no home games for a full month (3 away games and a cup weekend we weren't involved in IIRC) and the SPFL contacted the club to ask them what contingencies they had in place to cover any cash flow issues through that period. I think this is good governance, making sure clubs are planning ahead and preempting any potentially difficult situations. However, you can't be as sharp as that on individual clubs when games are going ahead with crowds then sit back and say "good luck to ye" if the government shuts down the entire league system. 

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If it turns out that the season can’t be completed I would hope that the club would take into consideration its season ticket holders and make some sort of adjustment to next year’s season tickets for the home matches cancelled. I realise that the club will have based its expenditure on the revenue received in advance through season ticket sales and can’t just say we will refund all for the matches that are cancelled. Players contracts, utilities and staff wages will have to be paid and guaranteed income will have been taken into account within the budget. I personally would not be looking for a refund as the club has enough to contend with financially.

On a lighter note thankfully the gathering of crowds over 500 won’t happen until next week. The Falkirk fans and those in the temporary stands will ensure we have a few quid in the bank!

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