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  1. It's actually Jim Gillespie, should have clicked the link first
  2. Awkward 'meet the parents' shot ✔️ Who's on the right?
  3. Taking training today and in the dugout tomorrow. Great business by the club to bring in an experienced and proven manager about 72 hours after the last one left. Looks like we are about £150k up aswell
  4. God bless the boo boys Motherwell never sacked him, he resigned. Motherwell fans almost universally speak highly of them, finished third and got them to two cup finals. He's been doing pretty well at Morecambe, they are the smallest club in that league and still in with a good shout of survival. Having a read of their forum he seems to have the backing of their support. Knows the league and is a proven success in it. Has good managerial experience and a lot of contacts down south. Looks like a fantastic appointment to me!
  5. It's one game, a draw away at Accies was hardly a surprise, and certainly not the worst of the season. If we had got one more point in any games across the 32 before that we would have finished 6th too.
  6. They finished above us due to having a better goal difference over the course of the season. The game against Livi was the same as all our games against Livi have been in the last three years, same as the one on Saturday, same as the one we won earlier in the season. Nothing in them and decided by one goal either way. Would have it been better if we got knocked out earlier?
  7. Will almost certainly be our new manager. Welcome Stephen!
  8. No club gets what they got in the 1950's. Been a huge societal change since then, there's alot more to do on a Saturday now We have a core home support of around 3,000. If we are doing well it goes up to around 4,000, going badly it goes down to about 2,000. For big games (cup finals etc) we can get up to another 10,000. That's been fairly constant for around 30 years now, and won't change much going forward.
  9. I don't think we bottled them at all, both Livingston and St Johnstone finished above us in the league and they were favourites going into both games. Can you bottle a game in which you are the underdog? Had we been knocked out by Aberdeen, Killie or Rangers in the earlier rounds of those cups (we beat all of them) would you accuse the team of bottling? We missed out on top six due to our COVID issues and cup runs forcing us to play about 10 games in four weeks. Understandably the team fatigued, and even then we just missed out on goal difference. Still, even with all these off field issues going against us, we still secured our highest finish for over 30 years. The fact that some fans seem to want to paint our best finish in a generation as some kind of failure is pretty bizarre, but here we are.
  10. Alex Ferguson said: East Stirling could never have been a St Mirren, St Mirren could never have been an Aberdeen and Aberdeen could never have been a Man United. That's why he moved on each time. It was true in the 80's and it's still true now. Every club has a ceiling, and Aberdeen's is higher than ours.
  11. Well i imagine it wasn't on this years results. Jim took over us in 11th, finished 9th in his first season, 7th in his second and left us in 4th based on PPG. He's improved us every year he's been here and he did the same with Alloa. Good and bad runs happen, but the long term trajectory of clubs managed by Jim Goodwin is always upwards and that's why Aberdeen appointed him. He was the comfortably the best Saints manager in my lifetime,, it should be a surprise to no one that a bigger club has taken him on. He's moved on and so must we. End of an era and end of thread
  12. Delighted, bullet dodged and the fraud remains out of work having been chased out his last two clubs. Now let's get a proper manager in and never speak of Jack Ross again.
  13. Yeah a decent shout, think he is settled in Australia though. But he is a club legend who has decent managerial experience with Perth Glory.
  14. Fair enough, i missed that. He did go onto manage Ipswich after that so can understand why he turned it down. He's been out of work for a year now, and we are in a much better place, so i think he would be more open to an approach. Should at least ask!
  15. Can't see us paying Killie compo for McInnes just a few weeks after he joined them. I'm hoping for Paul Lambert.
  16. No, and that's kind of the reason he should be taking it. He might not be in the running in seven games time either. Managerial stocks fall and rise very quickly. It seemed to be a question of what bigger club Callum Davidson would be moving to in the summer, now he looks like he could be sacked by St Johnstone. None of our previous managers are currently managing at full time level and Jim is always a bad run away from being out a job. He may never get a chance to manage a bigger club like Aberdeen again, so no one can blame him for taking it.
  17. Are many out of contract? Off the top of my head it's just Alnwick who will be away regardless of who the manager is. and Tanser, who has an option of another year. The three loanees will be away regardless of who the manager is too.
  18. The way people go on about the three at the back you'd think we were sitting cut adrift at the bottom of the league at Christmas, we weren't of course. The lowest we went was 9th, which had we finished there would have been the third highest finish the club's had since the 80's. Not quite the 'shambles' some would have us believe. We also won three top flight games in a row using that system, something we hadn't managed since Gus and indeed haven't managed since. The main contributors to the winless run were injuries, yet more COVID issues and a bit of bad luck. There were several decent results and performances in there too, in fact i still think the best football we have played all season was the 2-2 draw at Fir Park in October. The stats for that game were something else: With performances like that the wins would have came anyway, but no manager should be wedded to any system and Jim isn't. If/when we go on a bad run he will change the system again, which is what any good manager should do.
  19. Three seasons under JG & LS, three Scottish Cup Quarter Finals in a row To put that run into context, in the six years before he arrived we made the one national cup quarter final out of twelve. On the Aberdeen link, it's obviously up to Jim and if he does get offered the job you can hardly begrudge him taking it and the big pay rise that will come with it. Many Saints fans have called for his head on here and other platforms at various points in his two and a half season in charge, and we are a bad run away from that happening again. It's the most precarious of jobs and maximising your earning while your stock is high has to be on his mind. He could turn this down, get sacked by us in October after a bad end to this/start to next season, and never get a similar sized opportunity again. If i was him i would look at McInnes and turn it down though. He went up there and was a success. Got them as high second and never finished outside the top four, won a cup and consistently got them into the business end of tournaments and got some decent results in Europe. He couldn't have done any more, and Jim won't do any more. Derek still got chased out the door, and then he had to go into The Scottish Championship to get back into football. It's an absolute poison chalice up there and you're dealing with a deluded fan base that is stuck in the 80's, you could be a relative success and they'll still hate you and want you sacked. If i was Jim I'd hold out for a shot in England, which will surely come in the summer if he gets us top six.
  20. Agree i think we should move quick, i'd offer i'm an extra year tomorrow. If your his agent would you advise him to sign it though? Not sure i would.
  21. We are one of the form teams in the country, only Celtic have more points than us in the last six games. Only the two bigot clubs have lost less games than us this season. Just one defeat in nine games and five wins out of six in 2022. We are sitting pretty in sixth spot with a game in hand on fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth. We are just one point off fourth and a European spot and we are as close to third as eleventh.. We are all but assured of top flight safety in February, for the second year running, it's now just a question of high we can finish. Our next three games are Kelty, Livingston and Dundee. What a chance to extend the fine form further and put ourselves in a great position to finally finish top six. If we manage that fourth will be very achievable. What a time to be a Saints fan. Jim Goodwin and Lee Sharp everyone
  22. Someone edit his name to the correct spelling in the thread title fs 😅 Anyway looks like yet another fantastic signing
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