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  1. 2 hours ago, northendsaint said:

    I think John that we have  fans who are rightly concerned that we have overspent.We have attracted players with international experience who do not come cheap and as such blew our budget out the water.Add the spiralling costs at Ralston, and yes its fair to say we are not in the best financial situation at the moment.Its how the board are reacting to this that will define us going forward.Income must be more than expenditure to overcome any deficit we are accruing.

    We should not think that all the supporters questioning the finances want us to fail or are mischievous but are indeed just concerned fans.St Mirren football club,next to family is the most important part of most of our lifes and i do not know of anyone who would want us to fail.


    I'm certainly not ITK, but i was surprised by the level of business we did in the summer. Carson and Gallagher are both full internationals in the prime of their career, they wouldn't have been cheap. Add into that Baccus, Strain, Ayunga and the rest and the club clearly pushed the boat out in the summer, and we are now seeing the benefits of that on the park.

    The murmurings of things not being right behind the scenes have been happening for a while, and in the last seven days two directors have resigned. Is there anything to it? I have no idea. Surely a fan owned club wouldn't sanction over spending...?

  2. Would be a bad day for the club if Joe is allowed to leave, especially if he signs for a direct rival, which i assume he will. He's been a huge asset for the club since he joined, both on and off the pitch. 

  3. 35 minutes ago, lenziebud said:

    What do you expect him to say of Main and Brophy. With the contracts they have it would be difficult to offload them atm. Given the squad he inherited and bringing in Ayunga, not much scope left for another striker.

    Grieve has potential.

    Ayunga is better than all 3 of them IMO.

    I know its really difficult to find these type of players at our level but Robinson's contacts and knowledge of lower league England are good and I think he'll be on the lookout for another striker come the next 2 windows. Given the contract side of things its probably likely that Main will leave first.

    When Main and Brophy played against us I was never bothered as they showed nothing each time. Not seen a great deal to change my mind in the time they have been with us ?

    Well it would be quite easy for to freeze these guys out and tell them they are not part of his plans, happens all the time when a new manager comes in. Instead he has praised them both and he plays them both. These are not the kind of words you use about players if you're trying to get rid of them:


    If he didn't like Grieve he certainly wouldn't have offered him a new and improved contract. I would be surprised if we signed another striker tbh, what we desperately need is a goalscoring midfielder in the Ronan/McGrath mould. One goal from open play in games against Arbroath, Aberdeen, County, Motherwell and Airdrie is really grim reading.  But what a goal it was 😍

  4. 16 hours ago, lenziebud said:

    The only one of them I rate is Ayunga. Robinson's recruit. For me Brophy, Main and Grieve will not provide the goals we need. They are Goodwin's recruits and I think in time Robinson will offload them. Prepared to give Brophy a bit of time now he is fit to see if he cuts it with Ayunga but for me up till now he has been nowhere near good enough for the wage we are paying him. Lets see how many actual goals Brophy contributes and forget any pens he may take.

    January could be interesting on that front.

    Robinson gave Grieve a new contract and has spoken highly of both Main and Brophy since he came, and has played them both regularly. 

  5. On 8/13/2022 at 8:55 PM, antrin said:


    He scored 22 goals in 44 games for Saints, as he helped fire them to the Scottish Championship title. Reilly left St Mirren at the end of the season when new manager Alan Stubbs opted to withdraw the offer of a new contract.[15]



    Those figures from Gavin Reilly were heavily skewed with a lot of goals against Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale (who were basically an amateur team) and Hearts B in the challenge cup (who were basically a boys team). He was never that good a player and Danny Mullen had got him out the first 11 by the end of that season. His gradual downward career trajectory to his current club in Scottish League 1 since leaving us is certainly no surprise. But fair play to him he got a few decent deals off the back of that one season with us. 

  6. 1 minute ago, beyond our ken said:

    More about your lofty ambitions for Obika

    Playing in English League 1, which is at least equivalent level to most of the Scottish Premiership. He's had fitness issues in the last couple of seasons but i think he could do well there this year, cracking player.

    Danny Mullen would absolutely love to be playing in English League one. He won't ever play there though, because he's not good enough.

  7. 3 hours ago, waldorf34 said:

    Is that 16 games so far and 10 losses in his St Mirren career?

    Yes. Really we shouldn’t be counting the Cowdenbeath game either IMO, they’re not really a proper team at the moment. 
    its 10 defeats out of 15 against functioning football clubs. Wins home and away against McGhee’s Dundee, a decent win in Perth, and dead rubber draws against Livi and Aberdeen. The latter only due to one of the worst reffing decisions I’ve ever seen chopping off a perfectly good Dons goal. 
    it’s quite remarkable levels of shite to be honest.  It’s hard to imagine any other manager doing a worse job. 

  8. Just now, Callum Gilhooley said:

    By f**k l your head must be spinning with the amount of flip flopping you’ve done 😂😂😂

    Another failure to add to last seasons failures - magnificent runs - great appointment, - it’s all Robbo fault 😂😂😂




    Bizarre reply. I thought Robinson was a great appointment at the time. I thought Ian Murray was a great appointment at the time. In both cases, it became quite clear early on it was not going to work out. You understand that people can't predict the future? If they could no one would ever get an appointment wrong 😆

    What's the magnificent run got to do with anything?

  9. 2 hours ago, hamlet said:

    Give us a break. Professional footballers knackered after three games. We pay top dollar for advise from the backroom staff. Nutrition etc., and three bunches of guys some playing after working in a real job can can give us the runaround.  This double shift Robinson talks about is not every day. 🤭


    Yeah some the excuses after losing two games against part time opponents without scoring a single goal within the space of ten days are quite something. There is no excuse.

    The reason we have lost both of those games is simple; Stephen Robinson. 


  10. Had a couple people ask about a ‘Stephen Robinson Must Go’ thread last night, not yet in my opinion.

    He needs a good start to the season. A run in the league cup would have been one way to do that and given us some positive momentum and him some leeway.

    That disgrace of a campaign is another failure to add to his failures last season.  He now need wins in the league and we need them early.

    First three games are Well at home, Aberdeen away and then County at home. A very kind start to the season and we should be targeting six points minimum from those matches, in my opinion.

  11. Yeah like I said before the game, I wouldn’t be surprised if we lost this, and we did. Is anyone actually surprised by that scoreline? 

    I’d guess not, and that fact alone is the really worrying one. 

    The decline in the football club in the last five months is nothing short of remarkable. To be knocked out of a league cup group with four part time teams is an absolute disgrace.

    To be knocked out with a game to spare?

  12. 4 minutes ago, Callum Gilhooley said:

    😂😂😂😂. So you’re not counting one of the games you posted ?  Aye Very good  . 😂😂😂😂.    

    btw, I’ve just noticed that you actually edited that post and still managed to make a James Hunt of it 😂😂

    I don't understand what you don't understand 😆

    Read the post back, and get back to me. It's quite clear and everything in it is correct. 

  13. 4 minutes ago, FTOF said:

    There are many adjectives to describe last season's performances. None come anywhere close to being "magnificent".

    That run incurred a huge amount of luck and it certainly wasn't due to "magnificent" team performances.

    😆 Nice avoiding of the question tbf. What luck was in that run incidentally? There was luck that went against us of course, been forced to play Celtic with half the team out with COVID was an outrageously bad piece of luck, still got a result though. Tait not putting his foot through the ball against Motherwell stopped us winning that game. 

    We were sitting sixth in the table at the end of that run. The desperation from sections of our fan base to try and talk down what was a generational high league position at that stage of the season as some kind of lucky break is quite something. 

  14. 4 minutes ago, FTOF said:




    Ten games, one defeat - at Ibrox. Wins over Aberdeen, Hibs, Dundee United and St Johnstone. Draws with Celtic, Hibs (which was cut out the top of the screenshot) and Motherwell (which we should have won). Routine victories over potentially tricky lower league opponents in the cup, six goals and for two against. I believe Shaughnessy and Dunne started all of them.

    What runs in the top flight do you think were better than this in the last 30 years?

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