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  1. 2 hours ago, Yorkyred said:

    We don’t even know he’s done anything out of order

    But...but....it was in the Daily Record! Don't you know that our football journalists never get this kind of thing wrong?!?

    I mean, I know the club has claimed he's got an injury, and that he'll be back when he's fit, but we all know the club aren't as trustworthy or knowledgable as our esteemed football media! 

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  2. 32 minutes ago, yosemite sam said:

    I believe that Gallagher does have this part in his contract about triggering an extension, and what is actually happening, is that he and his agent are in discussions with Motherwell about having this removed. Only once this is agreed will we see him back playing for Motherwell. It just seems too much of a coincidence that the "injury" came when it did.

    I'm not really buying the conspiracy nonsense, and actually think that even if the trigger is activated he'll get his move if the club receive a suitable sum in return. We've never been the type who hold players to ransom, and I think we'd be realistic in agreeing a fee with the player and his agent that we'd allow him to leave for.

    I'd certainly hope the club wouldn't be removing any trigger. He signed that contract, and as such we're entitled to retain his services or make a small profit off his departure.

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  3. On 1/18/2021 at 9:59 AM, C&A not the shop said:

    I wouldn't think so.

    If he does have this clause then a pre contract would be a non starter and someone would have to stump up cash to take him this window. I don't think it would be a huge amount (about £150k maybe although I'm pulling that out my arse) but enough to let us invest in a replacement.

    Thats why the agent is so desperate to get a move now, as if he doesn't he's not getting a penny til summer 2022.

    Anything and everything the agent does is with his clients express permission. If he's being shopped around it's because Gallagher wants to be shopped around.

  4. 2 hours ago, Kmac said:

    After sleeping on the issue, I'm afraid I'm not jumping on the bandwagon here. 

    Rather than having anything personally against Alexander, my concerns stem from a fundamental disagreement in current approach from the board concerning recent strategic running of the club. 

    Whilst I understand that argument will be met with a flurry of "look at the money that has come in", I am approaching this from the perspective of a fan, who's main aim is to see the best team on the park, have some success and hopefully move along 1 or 2 players from time to time in order to keep things ticking. 

    I don't believe that the appointment of Alexander represents an understanding of either the immediate needs of the playing side of things or indeed shows significant strategic foresight. The vast majority of the mess we find ourselves in stems from recent runnings at the club. Handing out short term contracts to lower league players (often from the English leagues), a lack of investment in senior players and a lack of emergent youth - these factors have all combined to a state where the dressing room is split and we look pretty rudderless.

    I also do not believe that the hiring of Alexander, given his full background is in lower league English football, will offer any sort of departure from the above. As I have said before, I am not against bringing in players from south of the border, but that needs to be met primarily with our own youth talent and a group of senior players to steady the ship. We have had no communication from Burrows et. al. as yet, regarding investment on the playing side from the Turnbull/Scott/Mckinstry/Kipre money, rather we are still talking about offloading to bring in (the fact we have a bloated squad lacking ability shouldn't leave us in a financial situation of having to do that, given recent income).  

    The matter of fact is that we are in a relegation dogfight, at the time of writing, and our main aim for the season is survival. Alexander has neither worked nor played in Scotland and as has been seen in both management and players previously, the demands and expectations are higher than what many imagine - often catching people by surprise. It's a huge risk bringing in this type of profile at this time. It will unquestionably take him time to adapt and I don't believe we have that luxury. 

    From a mentality perspective, I believe it's the wrong approach.  For me, this is not necessarily the move which an established premier league club should be making - I'm afraid it's the kind of appointment I would expect from a club such as St. Mirren or Ross County (no offence).  Whether we care to acknowledge it or not, we haven't been relegated in 34 years, have the 7th/8th largest support in the country and have a supporter engagement and bank balance that the vast majority of clubs in Scotland would envy (That all sounds a wee bit too Sevco, but hopefully you get the point) .

    We're taking unnecessary risks and not realising the cliff side that potential relegation and the subsequent disenfranchisement from the society that it would represent or adjusting our strategic approaching to secure success on the park and our long term future. 

    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. 

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  5. 2 minutes ago, 0Neils40yarder said:

    I'm pretty sure that the keeper situation will have been discussed with all interviewees...along the lines of 'did you see that Chapman dick in goals for us on Saturday?'...'yes, he was hopeless'...'well we can loan in Liam Kelly for 6months, any objections?'...'no batter in'

    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. 

  6. 1 minute ago, joewarkfanclub said:

    Surely the recruitment team identify the targets and the manager gets to say yeh or ney?

    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.

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  7. 21 hours ago, CoF said:

    Interesting that we've eaten up a bit of the budget the day before the new manager comes in. Might mean we're either paying next to nothing for him, or the new manager is already at the club.....

    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.

  8. 22 minutes ago, well_said said:

    You must be the ultimate happy clapper , or you haven't seen us play this season. 

    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. 

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  9. 5 minutes ago, Motherwellfc1991 said:

    I don’t think he’s any good but that’s how bad a squad Robbo has left us with.

    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. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 1 minute ago, smiddy said:

    please please no foreign coaches ,,,,, someone who knows the scottish games ins and outs    remember hertz forward thinking german coach   daniel { fuckin } stendall    beware 

    If we're limiting ourselves to managers who know the Scottish game inside out then we're going to end up with one of the usual suspects, which is about as uninspiring as it gets.

  13. 52 minutes ago, Bilyboy600 said:

    Would any one take nijholt as the next manager  only a suggestion 

    Nijholt's last managerial job was Meizhou Hakka in the 2nd division in China back in 2016. He lasted just over six months. 

    Before that his last managerial job was Stormvogels Telstar in the Dutch second division from 2005 to 2008. 

    So, he has zero credentials besides being a good player for us thirty years ago. 

  14. Hibs have looked not too bad this season, but it's certainly a game we can win. Hopefully we see an improvement on the performance against St Johnstone.

    In saying that, we're hardly a team in dire form. If you take out the Celtic and Rangers games we've not lost a league game since August 22nd, which is five games unbeaten. 

    Not perfect by any stretch, but not catastrophic either.

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