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Everything posted by David

  1. Not sure how many (if any) folk here subscribe to The Athletic sports journalism website? Anyway, it has quite a long article about Robinson being possibly the most overachieving manager in the UK. Interesting that the writer, Jack Pitt-Brooke (nope, I've never heard of him in Scottish football terms either) claims that "Robinson, and his chief scout Martin Foyle are the only two members of staff who haven't been furloughed." The article also states that "strength and conditioning coach Andy Boles has been placed on temporary leave so is not allowed to communicate with the players, which means Robinson has to make sure they are following Boles's plans to stay fit." Apparently Robbo is monitoring the players via Strava.
  2. David

    Season Tickets

    I'd be absolutely astonished if this were the case. Some people have an axe to grind with Burrows, but his track record until now speaks for itself, and I'm happy to trust he's making the right call.
  3. Although not one for breaking away from the claret band across the chest, this is a design I quite like. Would perhaps even look good as a white away shirt with the same claret designs?
  4. I'm hearing that Tommy Wright is also in the frame for the job, although I personally couldn't see why they'd go for him if Robbo was interested.
  5. Just to clarify, I wasn't being serious.
  6. If Robbo pips Baraclough to the Ireland job, we could always get him in as his replacement
  7. We'd normally be looking forward to seeing who's coming and going next season by now, so let's just batter ahead with this. I know we don't know what the script is with contracts and suchlike, but for the time-being we have the following players out of contract at the end of the current season. Most deals end in May/June I believe. Rohan Ferguson Mark Gillespie Richard Tait Peter Hartley Charles Dunne Adam Livingstone Barry Maguire Mark O'Hara (end of loan) Tony Watt Christopher Long Christy Manzinga Christian Ilic Ronaldo Aarons (end of loan) Mikael Ndjoli (end of loan) That's a sizeable chunk of the first team squad, although I'm sure some of them will be retained. Personally, I'd try to keep Tait, Dunne, Watt, Long, and maybe Ilic. The rest I wouldn't be all that fussed about. If we can get O'Hara permanently then that would be a great piece of business.
  8. This is a key point. I keep hearing people talking about "the government paying" this and that. The government have fuck all money. It's the public's money. It's our tax money.
  9. David

    Season Tickets

    I haven't bought one the past few years due to travelling, but fuck it, I'll maybe buy one this season. Even if I don't get as much use out of it as I'd like.
  10. Saying that, his Twitch FIFA shenanigans have been more prevalent than his on-field stuff so far.
  11. To be fair, I think he was a wee ned. But, like most folk, he grew up eventually. Hopefully he's arrived with us just as he hits his playing prime.
  12. Obviously they didn't consult with Steelboy before making that decision.
  13. At the end of the day, the footballing authorities don't have much choice other than to proceed as advised by the government and the medical professionals. If, God forbid, someone tested positive for this thing after being at a football games over the weekend there'd be uproar as to why the footballing bigwigs went against advice from government and medical experts.
  14. Well, why don't you get on the phone to the major sporting leagues around the world that have all cancelled or postponed their seasons? The event organisers taking hits worth hundreds of thousands to cancel open air concerts and suchlike? Tell them all to just continue as normal, because despite what the medical professionals say, it's just a nonsense. I know you're the resident fuckwit, but take a day off, eh? Away and "self-isolate" for a few weeks, will you?
  15. Aye, that'll be it. No discussion or advice sought from medical professionals, eh? Just start the meeting, stick on Sky Sports News, see the English have cancelled and follow suit.
  16. Not entirely sure that's all that true to be honest. Us fans will see it as the best move because it means he's not buggering off on the cheap shortly. If the knee issue he's dealt with shows us anything, it's that the old "strike while the iron is hot" adage is very much applicable to footballers. That he went from signing for Celtic for life-changing money to hobbling around on crutches at Fir Park with the deal in tatters within weeks of each other is a prime example of what can happen to professional athletes. It can happen to any player, at any time. Which is why I'll never be critical of a Jake Hastie or a Chris Cadden who jumps on a good deal to increase their bank balance as soon as it's available to them. Does it suck for the club and the fans? Aye, but it's not our careers. Let's imagine he comes back and he's not the player he looked like becoming. What then? If he suffered from recurring knee issues let's say, that saw him eventually fade from the first team and get released? Would the fans give a fuck about a 25 year old Davie Turnbull playing for Arbroath? Of course not. We'll be concerned with the next 18 year old Davie Turnbull that the club is producing, or the next talent we're trying to punt for millions. That Turnbull signed this new deal is highly commendable, and it shows his respect for the club. But his primary concern should always be himself, not the club, and not the fans. The fans aren't paying his mortgage when he's 40 and his career is over. I wonder what planet fans are living on when I see them saying "aye, Jake Hastie, eh? Signed by Rangers and immediately papped out on loan. Wonder what he's thinking now lol." He's thinking that he's getting thousands of pounds chucked into his bank account every week for playing football, that's what he'll be thinking. He'll most likely not be thinking "Fuck, I wish I'd stayed at Motherwell on less money." There's every chance he'll end up back at a club our size permanently when his Rangers deal comes to an end. The only difference will be a few years worth of really good money in his bank account. The lad had a purple patch and he took advantage, as we all would. This knee issue with Turnbull will have highlighted how quickly it can all be taken away, so don't be surprised if he leaps on the first really good multi-year contract that comes his way. And who could blame him?
  17. A lowball offer is less than we were offered for him in the summer.
  18. We would be willing to let him go. For the £3 million that Celtic agreed to pay for him last summer. If they decide to try and lowball us then we simply say "nope, the valuation is the same," and perhaps we question why they're looking to sign a player who is obviously damaged goods in their eyes if they think he's now worth less. We're always happy to let players move on, but not for below market valuation. How long was Tierney out injured? Didn't see Celtic accept a reduced fee for him based on that.
  19. David

    2019-20 Rebuild

    Again, if the reports are accurate that he has options down south, he'll not be coming to Motherwell to sit on our bench. He'll be coming to play football. Not to mention, we won't be signing him to sit on the bench either.
  20. David

    2019-20 Rebuild

    Aye, he's going to knock back teams down south and sign a deal to play as a back up at Motherwell. Do you ever think before you type?
  21. He'd also stand to make more money via the contract offered and a potential signing bonus. The less the buying club has to pay us, the more they can offer him.
  22. The documentary was well-made and it was cool to see "behind the scenes" for sure. I took two things from it though. Turnbull was desperate to sign for Celtic, and there's next to no chance he'll sign a longer deal with us. Strangely, after seeing him and the club gushing about the Celtic interest, him moving on in the summer won't actually bother me as much now. Get as much money as we can and move on.
  23. Has there been any movement on this deal he was supposed to be signing? He's out of contract next May from what I can see, which means he'd be free to negotiate with other clubs from January, right?

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