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Can't see that being the same guy. A blindfolded, sleeping, stuck in the basement Stevie Wonder can plainly see what we are missing. If Glass isn't going to get the proper backing to bring in the players required he's been stitched up something chronic by his pal from over the pond.  All for playing youth but we need a first choice experienced CH and a winger. The fact we only have Ruth as a backup to JET and Ramirez should be a major worry. No chance we can go into the toughest season (competitiveness wise) with only 2 senior strikers. 

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4 hours ago, HarleyQuinn said:

MainStandMoan recently posted this on AFC Chat:

"Its likely that there will be no additions to the squad until there are 2/3 departures, or unless we make the group stages in Europe. It may be towards the end of the month before any of the potential departures find a club. Likely candidates are pretty much as mentioned by others, Ojo, Kennedy, Ferguson, McGeouch. Watford have not increased their bid, although that may now happen given there's interest from 2 clubs in Holland on Ferguson.

We have been asked to be kept informed by St Johnstone on Jason Kerr, with Kennedy being used as bait, but that depends on a large fee coming in for Ferguson. There is a new deal on the table for Hedges, which may further harm any potential additions, with that eating into the budget too.

Dave Cormack now back in the country, quarantining in a local luxury hotel, things tend to happen when he is here, so lets see what the next 2/3 weeks bring."

We've asked Barca to keep us informed on the Messi situation, using Chris Kane as bait.

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51 minutes ago, tree house tam said:

We've asked Barca to keep us informed on the Messi situation, using Chris Kane as bait.

All the Messi and Ronaldo type banter was brutal the first time it was used, many, many pre seasons ago.

Come on man, I’m sure you’re better than that. 

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3 hours ago, DunbartonshireRed said:

Can't see that being the same guy. A blindfolded, sleeping, stuck in the basement Stevie Wonder can plainly see what we are missing. If Glass isn't going to get the proper backing to bring in the players required he's been stitched up something chronic by his pal from over the pond.  All for playing youth but we need a first choice experienced CH and a winger. The fact we only have Ruth as a backup to JET and Ramirez should be a major worry. No chance we can go into the toughest season (competitiveness wise) with only 2 senior strikers. 

Not only has he been stitched up, so have we as fans.

”Exciting signings” we were promised.

We’re still well short & start the season in 10 days & look like going in to a European tie, which at best is 50/50 given the two clubs respective fitness, with an inadequate squad.

 

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15 hours ago, HarleyQuinn said:

MainStandMoan recently posted this on AFC Chat:

"Its likely that there will be no additions to the squad until there are 2/3 departures, or unless we make the group stages in Europe. It may be towards the end of the month before any of the potential departures find a club. Likely candidates are pretty much as mentioned by others, Ojo, Kennedy, Ferguson, McGeouch. Watford have not increased their bid, although that may now happen given there's interest from 2 clubs in Holland on Ferguson.

We have been asked to be kept informed by St Johnstone on Jason Kerr, with Kennedy being used as bait, but that depends on a large fee coming in for Ferguson. There is a new deal on the table for Hedges, which may further harm any potential additions, with that eating into the budget too.

Dave Cormack now back in the country, quarantining in a local luxury hotel, things tend to happen when he is here, so lets see what the next 2/3 weeks bring."

No Travel Lodge for Dave, then.

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It’s a bit early to judge but I am getting the sense of a quiet downsizing of the football budget. 

That in itself is understandable as the club is struggling financially and we were operating on a pretty high cost base. A whole raft of players leaving allows us to get that under control a bit. 

However, if that is the case (and I stress if) then the messaging coming out of the club about the ambitions we have are pretty poor. I’d rather the club were honest that we need to reign it in a bit until crowds are back and we’re a bit more sustainable. 

Saying that, I recognise many fans don’t accept that message. 

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8 minutes ago, Dons_1988 said:

It’s a bit early to judge but I am getting the sense of a quiet downsizing of the football budget. 

That in itself is understandable as the club is struggling financially and we were operating on a pretty high cost base. A whole raft of players leaving allows us to get that under control a bit. 

However, if that is the case (and I stress if) then the messaging coming out of the club about the ambitions we have are pretty poor. I’d rather the club were honest that we need to reign it in a bit until crowds are back and we’re a bit more sustainable. 

Saying that, I recognise many fans don’t accept that message. 

When Dave Cormack said that our budget was circa £9m and that Hibs budget was circa £6-7m for last season and that Aberdeen would be 'competitive' in terms of budgets this season it set off alarm bells with me.

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Our first game is a week on Thursday but we've still no idea how much of a crowd we're 'allowed'.

Frustrating when you see a full Wembley on Sunday. All maskless. I can see us being allowed 2,000 all socially distanced and masks being heavily policed.

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It’s a bit early to judge but I am getting the sense of a quiet downsizing of the football budget. 
That in itself is understandable as the club is struggling financially and we were operating on a pretty high cost base. A whole raft of players leaving allows us to get that under control a bit. 
However, if that is the case (and I stress if) then the messaging coming out of the club about the ambitions we have are pretty poor. I’d rather the club were honest that we need to reign it in a bit until crowds are back and we’re a bit more sustainable. 
Saying that, I recognise many fans don’t accept that message. 

I’m not sure I would agree that the budget has decreased. Brown and Ramirez will be among our top earners with Gallagher and JET on good first team wages also. Certainly not a decrease to what we were paying Hoban, Taylor, Logan and Leigh.
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1 hour ago, lubo_blaha said:


I’m not sure I would agree that the budget has decreased. Brown and Ramirez will be among our top earners with Gallagher and JET on good first team wages also. Certainly not a decrease to what we were paying Hoban, Taylor, Logan and Leigh.

I agree. It’ll be broadly similar.

I just think there will be a greater disparity between the top earners against the lower earners now… but it’ll average out the same. 

I can’t shake the feeling though that he’s just happy to be in the job & can’t quite believe he’s got the job, & if Cormack tells him there’s to be cuts, he’ll happily go along with it. 

 

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45 minutes ago, Suspect Device said:

Our first game is a week on Thursday but we've still no idea how much of a crowd we're 'allowed'.

Frustrating when you see a full Wembley on Sunday. All maskless. I can see us being allowed 2,000 all socially distanced and masks being heavily policed.

And having to turn up 2 hours beforehand.

f**k that. What 

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We really need to sign a youngish centre back. We need this for cover now and for future seasons.

I suspect we will aim to loan another attacking player. A number 10 who can fill in as a second striker would make sense. They are expensive and given the outlay on strikers this window I suspect a loan from England would make sense for now. We saw the risk of injuries limiting our creative options last season.

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12 hours ago, Thenorthernlight said:

Not only has he been stitched up, so have we as fans.

”Exciting signings” we were promised.

We’re still well short & start the season in 10 days & look like going in to a European tie, which at best is 50/50 given the two clubs respective fitness, with an inadequate squad.

 

Yep the fans have been done up like kippers. And i'm not buying the "we're struggling financially" from fans either. Says who? We have lost  around £200k according to Dave Cormack. Between investment from directors and the Blank investment from Atlanta, the insurance payout and the wage deferrals we were in the hole by £200k. Obviously the deferrals have to be paid back this year. That may have something to do with it? Who knows. But on the whole the squad as it is will not cope with the full season. We need 3 players for me: Striker (would imagine an EPL loanee courtesy of AR, a CH (needs to be 1st pick IMO and we were after Robertson) and a winger. 

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40 minutes ago, DunbartonshireRed said:

Yep the fans have been done up like kippers. And i'm not buying the "we're struggling financially" from fans either. Says who? We have lost  around £200k according to Dave Cormack. Between investment from directors and the Blank investment from Atlanta, the insurance payout and the wage deferrals we were in the hole by £200k. Obviously the deferrals have to be paid back this year. That may have something to do with it? Who knows. But on the whole the squad as it is will not cope with the full season. We need 3 players for me: Striker (would imagine an EPL loanee courtesy of AR, a CH (needs to be 1st pick IMO and we were after Robertson) and a winger. 

How are sales of AberDNA going?  Don't see the club pushing it that often, plenty fans will have less disposable income now so understandable if income from this has dropped.

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1 hour ago, Thenorthernlight said:

And having to turn up 2 hours beforehand.

f**k that. What 

Is that a thing? No chance many folk will be wanting to do that. Unless they start selling alcohol at the stadium. 😀

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5 minutes ago, Suspect Device said:

Is that a thing? No chance many folk will be wanting to do that. Unless they start selling alcohol at the stadium. 😀

I am sure I read that St Mirren are asking 500 to turn up 90 minutes beforehand?

Scotland  was 3 hours before Euro 2020 games 

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