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  1. The Daily Mail, which is why I didn't want to link it.
  2. Some quotes from Robinson following the appointment of Graham Alexander:
  3. A few points, which I've bolded above. The finances situation is quite simple. We're not going to be spending any of the money brought in from the deals you mention until we have some sort of idea when we're going to see paying fans coming back through the gates. Right now we're like a family with cash in the bank, but who have had their breadwinners sent home from work on furlough. There's not a hope in hell you dip into those savings unless you really need to. As for the appointment itself, I can't agree with it being something I'd expect from a St Mirren or Ross County. With the exception of Jack Ross and possibly Oran Kearney, St Mirren have been appointing the likes of Jim Goodwin, Alan Stubbs, Alex Rae, and Allan McManus, while Ross County have just appointed the very epitome of a lower league lazy Scottish appointment in Yogi Hughes. Graham Alexander has two promotions under his belt, reached a promotion play-off, and a cup final. In just eight years of management. That's not a bad record at all. He also has a higher win percentage as manager over his career than both Tommy Wright and Stephen Robinson, boasting close to a 50 percent rate at Salford during his nearly two and a half years there. I honestly don't see anything for any fan to be pessimistic about. Is it a definite that it'll work out? Of course not, but that's the same for any managerial appointment. There's no sure things in this game, especially as this level. But his credentials are good, and he seems like he's up for the challenge.
  4. Aye, there's no disagreement there. I do think though that recruitment is mainly carried out by the recruitment team. It's all part of the thing that clubs do in the modern era to ensure that managerial changes don't result in entire squads having to be ripped up and started again. Basically, we have recruitment policies in place, and a recruitment team that carries transfers out. Any new manager will be sounded out about our approach, the kind of players we're signing, the recruitment team itself and so on. And if they don't want to work that way they'll probably not be considered for the job. Of course they'll have a say, but it's not like the olden days where a manager would go to the chairman with names of players he wants and the chairman goes out to sign them.
  5. I think the manager is part of the discussion, but if there is no manager at present I don't think the club will just sit back and do nothing as the window ticks by and potential targets sign elsewhere. Case in point, signing the keeper. There's areas that we need filled, and the recruitment team along with Lasley and Burrows will likely be continuing to carry that out.
  6. The recruitment team led by Martin Foyle will know already who we're signing pretty much. The club won't be sitting on its hands waiting on a new manager to hand Burrows his transfer targets. It doesn't work that way these days.
  7. From what I've heard O'Donnell's contract expires today. Could be wrong though.
  8. Oh, I've seen us play. That's why I said it obviously isn't working out for us at the moment. But we have a good squad of players. A few duds need shipping out, and someone who can partner Watt up front and score goals is needed.
  9. Do you think the squad is really that bad though? When was the last time we had two current Scotland internationals in our team? I mean, it obviously isn't working out for us at the moment, but when we started the season there was very few among our support claiming it was a bad squad.
  10. He's been out of the team long enough for everyone to think he's a good player.
  11. Whilst I would never call this game a "must win" it's certainly the game where things can get real serious for us. A loss will see Hamilton go a point above us, which would see us drop into the bottom two. If Ross County get a win against St Johnstone we'd go rock bottom. However, a win could see us push up to 8th or so, which would be a welcome reprieve while we sort out the management situation.
  12. That's not true, for the moment anyway. I was due to travel to Europe for work on the 2nd and had my flights cancelled and refunded without any say in the matter.
  13. No thread was deleted as far as I'm aware? What I did was split the posts discussing a new manager into a separate thread.
  14. Certainly not the answer at the moment, but if we appoint someone to the end of the season with a view to getting someone new in over the summer, I'd go for someone like Damien Johnson or Billy Barr at Blackburn. They've done a great job with their youth and under 23 setup. Or if we wanted to be really ambitious go for someone like Andy Myers at Chelsea. He spent time as assistant coach at Vitesse in Holland as well as coaching the Chelsea under 18’s and development squad. You’d imagine any of those guys would have contacts with clubs down south, and knowledge of who we could sign or loan from the youth teams in England. They'd also fit with our aims of promoting players from within, and have a track record of cultivating youth. I’d rather that kind of appointment than the usual pish we see up here.

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