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  1. 10 minutes ago, bazil85 said:

    I was wondering if there was possibly a fitness hangover from Junior leaving. Maybe taking some time to adjust to the new guys ways of working & techniques. 

    It did seem a bit strange with a team going through quite a good run of form to a squad that looked devoid of any energy and whatever they tried didn't work. Like I have said before the performances in last 4 have been way better and not ashamed to admit I may well have got it wrong about SR.

  2. 8 hours ago, bazil85 said:

    There has certainly been a lot of this over our recent managers. Ross, Kearney & Goodwin for example got hammered by many of our vocal fans early on in their stay. 

    I didn’t quite get to the stage of calling for SR to go but I appreciate the frustration regarding him far more than I did the three above.

    Probably because he took over a side on great form & the other three had bigger & immediate rebuilds on their hands. 

    Looking back at the last 4 games especially where the team seemed to be a lot fitter,etc does beg to wonder if there was a bit less emphasis on that and more tactical positioning under JG.


  3. 10 minutes ago, StanleySaint said:

    Yes, those of us who went to the pre-season match at the arena years ago will have experienced the conspicuous consumption involved in the Reynolds Arena. He was on the news at the time showing the reporter around the toilets with gold taps (not the genersl use toilets I hasten to add). The man was a deluded fool who, as per the saying was soon parted from his cash. Think he bankrupted himself in the end and the arena played a big part in that and ending the club's existence too.

    Only went once and that was for Darlington 0 Carlisle 5 with a certain Michael Bridges playing for Carlisle. Another freebie for coach driver have to add😉

    Quite impressive 25k seater stadium pity the average home gate was 3k.

    Good to see the new(ish) owners of it now allow the reformed Darlington team to play there.

  4. Just now, HSS said:

    Falkirk don’t own their stadium,it belongs to the Cooncil

    Ah didn't know that thanks. A bit like the Keepmoat stadium at Doncaster. Only know that one as years ago took carlisle fans down and couldn't get in free as a driver😧

  5. 1 minute ago, exiledfan said:

    Agree a release deal with Brophy and sign Hendry. Eamon had lots of potential but again I suspect it will be another injury hit season where h doesn't get out the blocks.

    I got to agree with you on that one not only on the injury sense but he isn't the best team player. Whereas Main and Grieve are and would appear to fit in with SR's way of playing. In saying that it is up to Brophy to impress SR and get in the team regularly.

  6. 1 hour ago, Rascal said:

    The rules have been changed several times in the past incarnations of the top league as it suited those involved. Stadium criteria being the big one. Ask any Falkirk fan. 

    I can also see your point with stadium criteria but that in itself could be addressed in the same way that gretna did with temporary stands. 

    Falkirk is a strange one, putting all the money into stadium but the team itself falling short of promotion which would start to generate income. This is also apparent down here with, let's say, Blackpool FC. Finished developing bloomfield road ground to Premier league standard only to be filled for 1 season and now in league 1.

    One of the biggest ones was The Reynolds Arena, Darlington. I'm sure @StanleySaint will know about that one.

  7. Quite possibly someone who can fit in where Jordan Jones did. Also SR rates. As for Greive, he must be horrible to play against runs all day, doesn't seem to be bothered about being kicked for 90 mins AND can be in right place right time like against Dundee.

  8. 5 minutes ago, faraway saint said:

    My initial response that they wouldn't have to move to professional status, as I doubt it's a rule and they would need to think very carefully before putting the future of the club in jeopardy for what would likely to one season. 

    The finances of the club, while this season have been maximised, would, probably, find it hard to move full time, across the board.

    As for the players, aye difficult decisions would have to be made if an offer of turning professional was on offer.

    One thing I'm sure of, the current people running the club will make the right decisions, but still a long way to go before these need to be made. 


    I would rather hope that the SPL was run on merit with regards to promotion criteria concerning playing status instead of Super League basically protecting the status quo in regards to who they want in and indeed as now who they would like in being Catalan, Toulouse and if covid hadn't happened then a heavily bankrolled Toronto.

  9. @faraway saint would i be right to assume that if Arbroath were to achieve premier league status, would they have to move to  full time status. If so I don't have any doubt their board would make it happen.

    The main issue for me would be the deep down thinking of the players and whatever their respective jobs are.

    The reason I've brought this up was a few years back Whitehaven RLFC (I know it's rugby but sort of relevant) played Castleford in the championship grand final to gain promotion to the Super league. Now Whitehaven had won the league but super league had changed promotion rules to the grand final winners got promoted not league winners. To gain entry you had to be a full-time club, Whitehaven weren't Castleford were. Prior to game Whitehaven had beaten Castleford but on the day same Whitehaven team played as tho they had never met. The pressure of having to sacrifice jobs, a lot of whom worked at sellafield on good money for the possibility of just 1 season full-time spoke volumes.



  10. 17 minutes ago, faraway saint said:

    Always going to be a tough game no matter who it could be.

    The team from the top league, IMO, always has a slight advantage as they have a bigger budget and are playing against better teams, albeit losing quite often.

    The English approach to relegation/promotion is a much better idea, you go down if you're in the bottom position and the teams that are trying to get promoted are playing teams from their own league.

    Anyhow, one game at a time, got to take care of Inverness, and it's still in the balance. 

    PS Probably St Johnstone as they don't score many goals. 

    The beauty of it all really is that Arbroath really haven't got anything to lose. Its not belittling their part time status in the slightest as it has been highlighted this season that their commercial side has grown along with a really good down to earth manager who can get the best out of his team shows what can be achieved. 

    For Inverness a loss on Friday would mean another season of juggling finances yet again to stay full-time and hopefully go up and for whoever Arbroath may meet in the final should they get there the fear of relegation and the financial implications of it certainly would play into Arbroaths favour imo.


  11. 3 minutes ago, faraway saint said:

    Aye, but I don't see us beating Livingstone so let's see how it pans out. 

    Not so sure as a much improved team performance against dundee. Whether the players are now getting the tactics and now playing with a bit more freedom or pushing for a move wouldn't like to say. That along with last home game of season and on a proper pitch i reckon we will take the 3  points.

    Need to remember to put laptop onto charge before I go to work as I don't finish til 7pm tomorrow.

  12. Good result today and much better team performance. Dundee are a team that has given up.

    Right, I'm going to hold my hand up and admit I may have been too quick on SR judgement. Whether the penny has dropped with the players either playing to get a move or to try and change managers mind I don't know but they all seemed to get to grips with whatever they are being coached.

    Few beers tonight I think👍

  13. 1 hour ago, CraigyBoy said:

    Clutching at straws with the anti Robbo posts... we were shite most of this season and this bollocks about 4th place was some mere second in time  - we were in the hunt for top 6 in spite of some dire and woeful  pre Robinson results. We were only in contention for top 6 because  Aberdeen & Hibs played absolutely no where near there level - we didn't deserve it and we are where we are because we cannot defend and have zero intent going forward.  This is not down to 1 manager and a handful of fixtures!!!!.  Compared to last season this was a real disappointment and this goes back to the summer transfer window and our style of play when JG was in charge . Things haven't improved I grant you but it was not pretty this season loooong before Robbo arrived 


    What you got to remember is as I have previously posted we, as many other SPL can't attract 'big' name players but finances and status don't allow it so whoever manages them has to get the best or worst out of them depending on having some tact or not. I'm not saying that the footy pre robbo was great BUT they played as a unit. Made difficult to beat and maybe grab a win. The players got it and did bloody well imo. Nowadays the same players absolutely drained of all confidence,  look lost in whatever instructions they are given.

    Surely can't be many saints fans thinking robbo is doing a great job.

    More or less went in the same way as cloughie did at Leeds 

  14. 3 minutes ago, Cumbriansaint72 said:

    I think its more hope than anything. However surely now the players who are going to be off at end of season whether be loanees or released, if they have anything about them will be trying to put themselves in shop window for prospective clubs. I know I've posted before about them not wanting to run risk of getting seriously injured for a manager like SR, but if not for him or club. Do it for themselves.

    Not get injured but have a go, to have a go cos at the end of the day probably quite a few don't figure in SR's plans anyway.

  15. 4 minutes ago, portmahomack saint said:

    Don't think this team has a win in it.. so best we can hope for imo is not to lose and keep the gap to 5 points and crawl over the line somehow with the help of Hibs Livy and big Jim's team... what a thought that is 🙈

    I think its more hope than anything. However surely now the players who are going to be off at end of season whether be loanees or released, if they have anything about them will be trying to put themselves in shop window for prospective clubs. I know I've posted before about them not wanting to run risk of getting seriously injured for a manager like SR, but if not for him or club. Do it for themselves.

  16. 22 minutes ago, CraigyBoy said:

    As said previously- i am not defending this run , it's  a bloody shocker & certainly worrying... But,  I do object to the constant diatribe against the manager whilst the playing staff who have demonstrated this season they are "streaky" at best seem to  escape scrutiny 🤷🤷. You can slice & dice each part of our season to suit whatever agenda you have ,in isolation we go from being the worst team in the league to the best team in the league,  in fact we are neither.  But 2 separate managers have now presided over absolutely shocking runs and that ,to me,  definitely highlights major player deficiencies.

    Agree with the player bit BUT unfortunately in the SPL there seems to be a 3 tier system to attracting players and we are in the bottom category. The big 2 will always attract better players, then there is hearts,hibs, aberdeen. Then the rest.

    Unfortunately it is down to managers to get the best or not out of what the club can attract.

    We had a mentality that we could always get something out of a game and big Joe certainly typified that.

    Now we look beaten as soon as the game kicks off.

    And thats down to the manager.

  17. For me anyway it's all gone wrong from the minute he decided to go public with players contracts not being renewed, etc. From then onwards it's been a staggering decline in player morale, etc.

    Whilst it is easy to point fingers at players down tools, it is quite possible to say they will already have alerted their respective agents to try and find them new clubs for next season.........some may even have by now and not willing to risk a serious injury for a manager like SR.

    Whether the board sack him or not now I do think the damage has already been done and possibly irreversible concerning this season.

    Bad appointment in the first instance.

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