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  1. While I agree with much of what you say, Kibble do not "rehabilitate convicted criminals". They work with young people who have often suffered significant past trauma - FWIW the idea of giving those young people opportunities through employment and training via the club is a very good thing. My issue is you need to be really gullible to think that is the Kibbles altruistic motive in all of this.
  2. Approved? This is our candidate, if you don't approve them we don't have a chairman? What about candidates putting themselves forward and we get to vote for the one we like best, you know, in a democracy? There should, clearly be a fit and proper person test, but if that is passed we should be able to vote on all candidates. Otherwise, the suspicion will be that the candidate is a Kibble stooge, there because they will agree with them.
  3. Aye, replace him with a Kibble approved candidate, with the annointed one presented to the membership as a done deal. No democracy, this is NOT what fan ownership should look like.
  4. The current set up has all the hallmarks of a failing organisation. While everything wasn't sunshine and roses under GLS, much of that related to one bad decision (appointing Stubbs) and the length of time it took to recover from that. Other issues were minor in comparison to what we have now. Then, we had monthly communication from the chairman, low turnover of background staff and while we might complain there could have been greater innovation commercially to maximise income, generally the fans felt valued. Now, we have high turnover of staff, people being appointed to high profile positions and then leaving two months later, Board members resigning and fans finding this out only by doing Google searches, some people in positions of authority not even employed by us, boundaries blurred between Kibble and us, a board at war with each other, trust gone to the extent lawyers letters are allegedly being sent, a chairman making dodgy tweets and being fined as a result, total non communication, no direct answers to legitimate questions about the early season ticketing shambles and capacity debacle, Kibble appointees to the Board failing to attend not one but two meetings with SMISA members, SMISA trying to fill a vacant position on the Board by undemocratic means, and the fans, who are meant to own the club, being kept in the dark by our so called representatives. These are not short term teething problems but systemic issues; the whole thing is a shambles and we need to rip it up and start again. Time for Basil the ostrich to wake up to what's happening.
  5. I genuinely wonder if all the off field issues have played a part in the dip in form on the pitch. In my current work, two service managers have just left in acrimonious circumstances, those that remain have to apply for their own jobs, there is a total lack of communication from senior management and there is a complete lack of direction. Sound familiar? The result is a demoralised workforce and usually competent people making stupid mistakes, and some people going missing in action. Currently, JG will have no real support above him, given JN is allegedly at war with Kibble, SMISA caught in the middle, and Tony being...well, Tony. All compounded by zero communication. While JG has made mistakes, most notably sticking to 3 at the back and his inability to find a goal scoring striker, but i think the main problems with our club are firmly at Board level.
  6. Only have a chance if we go 3-4-2-1 with McGrath and Ronan playing just off Brophy - in recent games they have been playing far too deep and not influencing the game, noticeable that on Wednesday when they were pushed further forward we looked much better. I'd also have had Erhahon in the middle instead of one of the oldies to give us more energy in there.
  7. I am not "in the know" in relation to Kibbles involvement with the club and any issues that have arisen. However, I have got a lot of knowledge of Kibble professionally. For them, and other private care providers, reputation management is everything. Most of these organisations use legal remedies as a first rather than last resort - have a look at the SSSC website and see the number of workers accused of neglect or abuse, with their place of work redacted so that there is no reputational damage to the service. Therefore the rumours of lawyers letters being sent would not come as a surprise - reputation is king and being involved with a club where there is even a hint of inappropriateness won't be on as far as they are concerned. Still not clear what Kibbles real objective is here. They are still trotting out the line about getting young people work experience 🤣
  8. Agreed. The question, though, isn't about the motivation of the SMISA board and their reps on the St Mirren board - I don't think that's in doubt - but about whether they can stand up to the Kibble machine, as Kibble will always put the interests of Kibble first. The reality is we have had a total lack of transparency from SMISA on a whole range of things, and this could be because they're not allowed to. My fear is we are in some sort of coercive relationship with the "great bunch of lads" Kibble.
  9. While I think Needham has made a poor start as chairman, full of management speak and showing a lack of transparency, I don't think he should resign over this. He made mistakes, jokes in bad taste but not a resigning matter for me. I doubt Kibble will agree though and this could be an interesting battle between them and SMISA which I fully expect Kibble will win. The wider question will then be at what point do the SMISA membership retain faith in the SMISA Board, given their current approach towards the membership is full on mushroom strategy.
  10. Is there evidence for what you say? Not doubting it, just wondering how you know this.
  11. Hendo

    New director

    Got an email from SMISA to say their nominated new Director is Alex White. I'm sure he is a good guy, even though he did use words in his personal statement like "perturbations" which I had to look up the meaning of. However, sadly, I won't be endorsing Mr White's appointment, due to the selection process not being democratic. I hope others will take a similar stance.
  12. Game on 18th December now postponed due to Celtic playing in the Premier Sports Cup Final the following day. Suits me as I have tickets for the panto that day.
  13. It sounds like you have carried out extensive research on the subject. I look forward to seeing your thesis, which I'm sure will be pee-er reviewed.
  14. I heard Paisley Panda asked Broxi Bear if he would like a currant bun, but was misheard by Sammy the Tammy who reported him to the SFA and there's now an investigation going on. This is why he's not been at the stadium. It's all very hush hush, Kibble are trying to keep it quiet so it doesn't affect their reputation.
  15. The figure he gave was £120k for three home old firm games. I have to say I don't think it's worth it. It is not mega money we are talking, and could be compensated by making a big push to sell out the family stand with home supporters. This season we can also still do pay per view if its not on Sky (I believe the Celtic game at least won't be) which could mitigate against losses.
  16. Signing for Livingston when he gets out of prison apparently.
  17. So the decision to move to a recruitment style process, rather than an election, happened as part of the deal for Kibble to become involved. Now, at one level i understand Kibbles reasons for wanting this - they are a business and wouldnt want to be associated with some undesirable type whom they have no say in the appointment of. Better for them to have control of the outcome. The legitimate worry is this may also be used to stop someone being appointed who may challenge Kibbles apparently increasing influence. And yes Baz, i do know that technically its the SMISA committee who make the appointment recommendation, with absolutely no influence from the St Mirren board or any lf its representatives. I'm sure none of this at any time will be ran past McMillan or Gillespie 😂
  18. Trust is earned. The last few months have been a monumental shambles, compounded by a lack of transparency. So trust in the board, and SMISA, is pretty low now. A lack of democracy in appointments leaves more than a whiff of a stitch up, with the likely appointment not being someone who will challenge the way things are being done.
  19. Maybe there is some Kibble employee who isnt a SMISA member interested?
  20. Its actually scary that not only have you typed that, you dont see anything wrong with it. Democracy in Britain may not be great, but at least at elections we have a few eejits to choose from, not just one.
  21. A democratic vote would mean more than one candidate being put forward, not a preferred candidate to be ratified. There should be criteria for eligibility, such as not having a dodgy criminal history, but otherwise anyone who is a member should be able to stand. Its called democracy.
  22. Just had an email from the SMISA committee, "welcoming" applications for a vacancy on the board for a SMISA rep. Now, as we are now fan owned, i thought we might have a bit of democracy, you know, anyone who fancies it puts their name forward, makes their pitch and then we all vote. Apparently not. The committee will interview applicants, settle on their preferred candidate and then put the annointed one before the fans for ratification. All seems perfectly above board and not corrupt in the slightest 😂
  23. Lockdowns may not have gone away, my wife works for DWP and everyone has just been told to work from home indefinitely.
  24. And therein lies the worry. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. From the description above, it seems we are getting all the benefits and Kibble very few. If anyone believes this is so Kibble can send us kids to get work experience, when they already run Kibble Works, are expanding into early years and have a mass of contacts nationally, then you better make sure those buttons are done up at the back. All the "great bunch of lads" chat from the club, while not giving us any specific detail on how the relationship with Kibble works, adds to the suspicion. My experience of the Kibble professionally is they are good at what they do, and generally care packages they provide for young people are some of the best. However, Kibble never do anything unless it benefits Kibble most.
  25. Totally agree, SMISA should invite kibble. I'm not interested in a blame game - i've worked a lot with kibble over the years and they have done some very good work with young people - but in my experience their business is paramount, and the justifiable concerns is they are making decisions based on kibbles best interests rather than the clubs, despite attempts to claim otherwise. Concerns are made worse by the lack of transparency over how their involvement works, and the constant "great bunch of lads" patter from the club.
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