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  1. We got a fair turn out of players like Kirk Broadfoot, Lewis Morgan and Vaclav Hladky in the past even when they were heading elsewhere. I see no reason that we wouldn’t have got exactly the same commitment from Magennis. Especially with the type of player he is, length of service & family ties to the club. There were basically 3 outcomes available: 1) Sign new 4 year deal 2) See out contract 3) Sell the player The player apparently (reasonably) didn’t want the new contract so that ruled out option 1. The club then seemingly had a choice to make and went for option 3. If the player didn’t ask for the move then it’s a financial decision from the club. The club had control out of 2/3 outcomes but their nose seems out of joint that the 1 outcome they apparently wanted (to sign a new deal) wasn’t agreeable - and that’s just tough luck!! The player has no obligation to sign! Good luck to him. The real irritating bit of the story for fans is where they’ve obviously publicly played up that they’re rejecting the bid - only to then accept an offer days later. Clear as day they were just haggling as many feared at the time. You also wonder to what extent they’ve strung the manager along. If I’d had the option I’d just have retained the player for the season. It makes you wonder about desperation for cash. The only other way selling now would make sense is if there’s a McGinn-esque sell-on clause secured but I don’t think that would bear the same fruit as McGinn. Time will tell.
  2. Maybe it was Morton trying to win a game since we weren’t there.
  3. Most clubs run matchday lotteries / 50:50 draws in normal times. Is this not something that the club could do during this period to help raise some revenue? Not sure if there are gambling restrictions that would rule it out but surely worth considering. Given that fans are not spending money of tickets, pies, programmes and merchandise I’m sure many could be tempted to to part with say £10 a ticket each week. Say we can get 1000x £10. £5k to the club £5k to the winner Hold the draw at 3pm on a Saturday to give everyone something to look forward to. Must be easy to spin something up online to sell/purchase tickets online.
  4. A bit of perspective required. We got scudded by one of the Old Firm. Not the first time and won’t be the last. The last 7 days feel like a disaster purely because Hamilton and Hearts have picked up points. By contrast - only a week and a half ago we were on top of the world after winning away to 3rd place Motherwell. It’s tight at the bottom and we’d all love to be picking up more points but there’s 4, possibly 5 teams in the mix. Huge run in coming up starting with a massive game against Hearts. We shouldn’t be letting any single result let our heads drop as there’ll be ups and downs in the run in. Time to rally!! Come on Saints!!
  5. P. McGinn's deliveries were dreadful. It's all well and good getting up and down the line but he put 4/5 into the stand. He was by far a better defender than Hodson though.
  6. Absolutely. The response at the Q&A was that Smisa would have first refusal on the shares at what was paid. No mention of adjustment for inflation or anything - which I thought was strange - so will be important for this to be nailed down to mitigate the risk of sale to a 3rd party. Also raises the question of how do Smisa finance in that scenario? I.e. Kibble say you have 1st refusal but you have 3 months to buy or we go elsewhere. Suddenly Smisa need to carry a much bigger ‘rainy day fund’ otherwise they can’t purchase in that scenario and Kibble can go off to the highest bidder.
  7. I think now that the outcome is settled we need to get behind it. However, we need real strength of leadership from Smisa going into the new model. We need people with a wealth of experience to lead the club and to not allow SMFC to be dominated by Kibble. I’ve concerns that Smisa could have been overly influenced to date by GLS. Some may agree or disagree with that. I think we have a challenge to try and ensure that doesn’t happen with Kibble as a minority shareholder. I’m all for Kibble bringing business expertise to the table. In fact, one of my main concerns with fan ownership was that we may not have the people, skills and experience to operate effectively. If Kibble can help with that then great - but it’s supposed to be a fan owned club so Kibble can’t be allowed to dominate proceedings. If we have a fans rep acting as a bystander, in awe of £30m turnover partner who has a big voice, then what’s the point? We’d have been been better just allowing the club to be sold into private hands in that instance. A challenge for all involved. I hope it all goes well - and mostly to the benefit of SMFC.
  8. Nope. It doesn’t seem to have been. I also asked some relevant questions (i.e. what’s to stop Kibble sponsoring the Kibble Arena at a discounted rate) but these questions also went ignored. Unfortunately the people defending the deal are only really operating with vague statements and a complete lack of detail.
  9. I watched the Q&A session last week and it answered some questions but was still a bit vague on detail IMO. One thing I’d like to know is will whether Kibble will pay the market rate for any additional (new) services they take from the club? They stated that they spend approx. £50k p.a. to SMFC and seemed to state that would continue. Which at face value is a positive. I’d like assurances that they can’t/won’t benefit from cheap shirt sponsorship, stadium naming rights, facilities, etc. And what safeguards are in place to ensure that the club is getting best value commercially? Is this covered anywhere?
  10. Sorry Ricky but that's far too simplistic an argument in my opinion. There's got to be a tipping point where it becomes so counterproductive - as you actually alienate home fans from not only avoiding those matches but also from attending other games where they would normally - due to an increasing disillusionment with the club. Aspiring to compete financially and on the park through the old firm filling your stands is simply short-termism and that sort of lack of vision isn't good for any organisation - company, government or football club.
  11. Is this where we are heading? .... St Johnstone will give Celtic and Rangers supporters three stands for the remaining Premiership games at McDiarmid Park this season. The trial move will see home fans housed solely in the West Stand, which holds in excess of 3,000. It follows a reduction in the number of season ticket holders attending games against the top two. The club hope the move will lead to a "partisan atmosphere" from the home support, and increased income. Saints host Celtic on 29 January, while Rangers are due to visit Perth on 23 February, with Tommy Wright's side currently five points off a top six place. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50985399?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/scotland&link_location=live-reporting-story 'Partisan atmosphere'. 😭 lol
  12. Unfortunately I don't actually agree with that. There's not enough interest in football for a drop in prices to realistically result in any sort of significant increase in attendances. The interest just isn't there. Motherwell tried it years ago and there was an initial upsurge which then collapsed back to normality. Also, most clubs catering will be outsourced (like St.Mirren) so any increase in food/beverage sales doesn't directly impact - but does, I suppose, increase the value of that contract when re-negotiating. This is why the clubs are in the position of milking the fans (who will go) for all they are worth. Football doesn't exactly follow the normal supply/demand model as there are too many other variables in the mix. (success/loyalty/fan base) So, I guess what I'm saying is that I don't see the 'twenty's plenty' to be anything other than damaging to clubs - but it doesn't mean that they shouldn't do it. It's a moral argument. As for increasing attendances - there needs to be a long-term, gradual approach based on a considered strategic review as to how clubs across Scotland can attract more people to games. Success of Glasgow Warriors and Braehead Clan should give lessons on that.
  13. Twenty is indeed plenty. The problem is that implementing it damages non-OF clubs considerably more than it damages the OF - and so the gap gets even bigger. For the good of the game however, this is one that the clubs and the SPL need to get their act together with. If that means the clubs outside the old firm taking a bigger hit due to the price cap then so be it.
  14. It's got to be encouraging that we're achieving good home form and clean sheets. What we would have given for that in many previous seasons?!! Given the state we were in pre-season I would take the positives from the solid foundations we have built. The challenge is now to improve step-by-step. Strikers getting off the mark on Saturday there was a step in the right direction. We need to improve our attacking game and ultimately to get better results on the road. Overall, I think we're pretty well positioned.
  15. Superb effort from Murray today to cap off a fine and productive week. Did amazingly well to dig in during the 2nd set while a set and a break down and on the verge of losing another break. 3rd set swung back and forth but he never gave up. A remarkable effort to win a trophy given where he's come from. Up to 127 in the world now. He's jumped a huge number of places in the ATP rankings this week.
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