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For discharging his duties as a Director of the club?

It could have been easily overlooked by a man desperate to get out.

Haven't the hordes spent months claiming he doesn't give a f**k?

Can't have it both ways.

At the very least it would be nice for a few of the roasters on here to admit they've been unfair on him.

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It could have been easily overlooked by a man desperate to get out.

Haven't the hordes spent months claiming he doesn't give a f**k?

Can't have it both ways.

At the very least it would be nice for a few of the roasters on here to admit they've been unfair on him.

Not sure which 'roasters' you're referring to, but I have certainly criticised him

(including directly in his presence before the keyboard warrior line gets trotted out).

He was one of a number who, 5 years ago, openly stated that they were tired and had run out of ideas (or something to that effect). Now, I'm afraid questions have to be asked as to why they have held out for as long as they have done when they clearly don't want the gig.

As BoD, their most pressing priority must always be to safeguard the club and secure its best interest inasmuch as it is in their power to do so. I believe they have been distracted from that responsibility by various approaches regarding the sale of their shareholding, and I regard that as a matter of concern.

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Those checks should have been carried out at initial stages.Doubt it would have been SG as he is in South Africa apparently.Now can The Board get on with things like appointing a permanent Manager who hopefully can guide us out the mess we are in

I believe they have internet in South Africa and if you type the name "Thavar Mohammed" into Google, his fraud case is at the top of the list.

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English group confident of completing St Mirren takeover

AN English-based consortium is in advanced discussions to buy St Mirren and remain confident of concluding a deal in the near future.

Graeme Macpherson

Graeme Macpherson

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Thursday 08/01/2015

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The group travelled north yesterday expecting to finalise a takeover of the majority shareholding of the Paisley club only for talks to hit an unexpected snag at the last minute.

Despite the setback, the ambitious consortium - who plan to appoint former Liverpool and Coventry City midfielder David Thompson as manager should they gain control - are still hopeful of getting the agreement over the line in the coming days, giving them scope to bolster the squad before the transfer window closes at the end of January.

The four-man group believe they have met the asking price for the club, put up for sale by a number of directors more than five years ago, and have already lined up several players who they believe would be willing to sign for St Mirren, including a one-time Barclays Premier League star with Champions League pedigree.

Plans are also said to be in place to appoint a director of football with more than 30 years of experience gained at youth academies at several top clubs in England, while the group also hopes to replicate the success Southampton had in producing Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and others by developing the St Mirren youth academy at Ralston.

Thompson's proposed assistant manager and backroom members are also said to have worked at some of the biggest clubs in the world.

The group face competition from a rival South American consortium, but believe they are in pole position to take over the club. Given the precariousness of St Mirren's league situation - they sit second bottom of the SPFL Premiership, six points from safety - those with knowledge of the situation, however, believe speed is of the essence.

"The group thought they were really close to completing a takeover but it's stalled at the eleventh hour," a source close to the consortium told SportTimes.

"But they still want to get a deal done and believe it's not too far away. Hopefully whatever is holding things up can be sorted out and it gets done soon.

"With the transfer window open, however, the guys feel it's important to act now to give them a chance to put Thommo in and let him bring in some new players who they believe would enhance the squad."

Thompson would be an intriguing appointment as Tommy Craig's successor given he has no senior management experience. Those backing him, however, believe his coaching credentials and contacts list are second to none.

"He is a very good coach and a great motivator," added the source. "He might not have been a manager before but the contacts he has and the people he's been around is hugely impressive. That could only benefit a club like St Mirren. Players will want to play for him."

The group believe there is untapped potential at the Paisley club.

"I know the Gretna thing failed at the end, but if you look at the type of player they pulled in at the start and what they achieved - the guys think they can do that but a lot more sensibly. You've got to be looking at qualifying for European football in the next couple of years."

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English group confident of completing St Mirren takeover

AN English-based consortium is in advanced discussions to buy St Mirren and remain confident of concluding a deal in the near future.

Graeme Macpherson

Graeme Macpherson

Football Writer

Thursday 08/01/2015

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The group travelled north yesterday expecting to finalise a takeover of the majority shareholding of the Paisley club only for talks to hit an unexpected snag at the last minute.

Despite the setback, the ambitious consortium - who plan to appoint former Liverpool and Coventry City midfielder David Thompson as manager should they gain control - are still hopeful of getting the agreement over the line in the coming days, giving them scope to bolster the squad before the transfer window closes at the end of January.

The four-man group believe they have met the asking price for the club, put up for sale by a number of directors more than five years ago, and have already lined up several players who they believe would be willing to sign for St Mirren, including a one-time Barclays Premier League star with Champions League pedigree.

Plans are also said to be in place to appoint a director of football with more than 30 years of experience gained at youth academies at several top clubs in England, while the group also hopes to replicate the success Southampton had in producing Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and others by developing the St Mirren youth academy at Ralston.

Thompson's proposed assistant manager and backroom members are also said to have worked at some of the biggest clubs in the world.

The group face competition from a rival South American consortium, but believe they are in pole position to take over the club. Given the precariousness of St Mirren's league situation - they sit second bottom of the SPFL Premiership, six points from safety - those with knowledge of the situation, however, believe speed is of the essence.

"The group thought they were really close to completing a takeover but it's stalled at the eleventh hour," a source close to the consortium told SportTimes.

"But they still want to get a deal done and believe it's not too far away. Hopefully whatever is holding things up can be sorted out and it gets done soon.

"With the transfer window open, however, the guys feel it's important to act now to give them a chance to put Thommo in and let him bring in some new players who they believe would enhance the squad."

Thompson would be an intriguing appointment as Tommy Craig's successor given he has no senior management experience. Those backing him, however, believe his coaching credentials and contacts list are second to none.

"He is a very good coach and a great motivator," added the source. "He might not have been a manager before but the contacts he has and the people he's been around is hugely impressive. That could only benefit a club like St Mirren. Players will want to play for him."

The group believe there is untapped potential at the Paisley club.

"I know the Gretna thing failed at the end, but if you look at the type of player they pulled in at the start and what they achieved - the guys think they can do that but a lot more sensibly. You've got to be looking at qualifying for European football in the next couple of years."

Could that have been the snag (yesterday) and all other media are only picking up story now? Could still go through minus mo.

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Are clubs now not obliged in any event to check out the credentials of any potential buyer under new regulations introduced in the wake of the sevco fiasco?

Very true.

I believe the SFA also do a "fit and proper person" test, before allowing anyone to buy a club now.

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It could have been easily overlooked by a man desperate to get out.

Haven't the hordes spent months claiming he doesn't give a f**k?

Can't have it both ways.

At the very least it would be nice for a few of the roasters on here to admit they've been unfair on him.

your right it would have been so easy for him to be 'duped' the way David Murray was.

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Well done SGG and our BOD.

Bet they would have been tempted to ignore it and take the money. They deserve huge credit for putting the long term safety of our club before themselves.

For doing what they are obliged to do?

Do you reserve special thanks for the waiter in a restaurant each time he serves you soup that doesn't have a bawhair in it?

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Well done SGG and our BOD.

Bet they would have been tempted to ignore it and take the money. They deserve huge credit for putting the long term safety of our club before themselves.

I don't believe it would have been easy for them to ignore anything like that in order to get the cash and get rid. I am critical of the BoD, but at the outset, they said that they would only sell to the 'right people' and wanted their legacy intact.

Nothing they have done over the last five years indicates that they are now prepared to forget that and take any old offer. Say what you like about them, they have been here for the long haul and I absolutely 100% believe that the selling consortium would never sell knowingly to anyone they knew was dodgy.

They have invested much in time, energy and resources in St Mirren over many years. Selling the club will be the last thing they do - before coming back on matchdays to sample the pish pies and chewing gum encrusted lavatories.

They have earned the right to be trusted that, to the best of their ability, they will not sell us up the river just to get out.

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