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On 18/06/2022 at 12:46, Dundee-FC92 said:

Disagree. 

On the face of it going up is the be all and end all however If we take the previous campaign under McPake we can see where the flaws are in this way of thinking. 

We were absolutely pathetic for the majority of the season and people like Mullen and Fontaine were roundly criticised for being non-footballers. We scraped into second spot and managed to put in our best performances of the season in the play off games (largely down to Charlie Adam). 

I'm quite disappointed in myself that initially after promotion i let myself think we might be stronger than the season had shown but we were quickly reminded of the standard of player we had throughout last years shambles. 

What's essential this season along with getting promoted is Bowyer showing us some tactical nause, the development of Sharp, Mulligan, Anderson and Robertson who is on his final chance along with bringing in players who are competent at this level and can step up if we are promoted so we're not the whipping boys of the league. 

There's a reason we always look the worst team in the league against the Old Firm and never pick up points at the likes of Pittodrie and it's because we always have players in our squad who are good enough for the Championship but not the top league. 

Promotion with the aim of at least seven/eight first team players ready to go for season 23/24; the planning has to begin now. We'll get nowhere with short sighted signings and putting all our hopes in withering players such as Paul McGowan. 

Make no mistakes though, failing to get promoted this season will be a disaster. 

Thank you. 

 

A massive issue are these clauses in the contracts that see players get another year automatically if we get promoted or if they’ve played in so many games. Knock them on the head and tell players you either want to play here or not and that it’s up to them to prove to the manager they’re good enough if promotion has been gained. 
 

It’s the most positive I’ve been about the club since Hartley’s 2nd year in charge. Here we are though 4 shite managerial appointments down the line and finally a manager in place that appears to have a decent standing in the game. 

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25 minutes ago, johnnydun said:

That Chappers, aye?

That's Luke Strachan, Chapman's still in the States as far as I'm aware. I don't think he's coming back tbqhwy.

Apparently we're dedicating the first week or two to Bowyer giving all the current players a chance to impress, and that there shouldn't be much expectation from signings or trialists. We'll see how closely that pans out, but it would make sense.

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1 hour ago, RossBFaeDundee said:

That's Luke Strachan, Chapman's still in the States as far as I'm aware. I don't think he's coming back tbqhwy.

Apparently we're dedicating the first week or two to Bowyer giving all the current players a chance to impress, and that there shouldn't be much expectation from signings or trialists. We'll see how closely that pans out, but it would make sense.

"We're waiting for the market to thin out and for the player agents to become more reasonable".

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8 minutes ago, johnnydun said:

You sure? Does he have a full sleeve tat?

I am sure, he is #27 and the official club photographer has his name under the photo. Looks different as he's shaved his face.

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Apparently does have a sleeve too, I feel like he's almost always wearing long-sleeved thermals so the tats are a bit unfamiliar to me too lol.

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2 hours ago, RossBFaeDundee said:

That's Luke Strachan, Chapman's still in the States as far as I'm aware. I don't think he's coming back tbqhwy.

Apparently we're dedicating the first week or two to Bowyer giving all the current players a chance to impress, and that there shouldn't be much expectation from signings or trialists. We'll see how closely that pans out, but it would make sense.

Would have hoped Strachan would have told him exactly what we need right now.

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