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  1. 11 points
    PauloPerth

    Ask Brown a question

    That's me done. This is just my interpretation of what was said. If others were in attendance and read it differently then please comment. I'm not trying to pitch it from any particular viewpoint, just how i picked it up. I quite strongly believe that things like this should be in the wider domain and are not just for the few who attend. Next time if the club filmed it I think it would be great. Though you might would not get the same level of openness on certain issues possibly. Overall, very worthwhile in my opinion and well done to those who were involved in it.
  2. 7 points
    Pat McGroin

    Player contracts and transfers

    Think everyone is being a bit harsh on Vimann. The guy’s been here 5 mins, in a new country, new team mates and also still very young. How about giving him a chance to bed in. Worth remembering that Tommy saw him playing against NI and liked what he saw, so there’s likely a player in there.
  3. 7 points
    In the first half, we were playing some sexy passing football without providing any cutting edge in the final third. We were as potent as a 90 year-old man. We addressed those issues in the second half and fully merited at least a draw. Matty Kennedy and Michael O'Halloran were playing at the level I'd hope and expect from them. A few sloppy passes aside, Ali McCann is developing into a mature and technically impressive young player. Liam Craig provided a lovely assist for MOH's goal. The defence looked more settled with the central pairing of Gordon and Kerr, although the former understandably took a wee while to warm into the game and made a couple of mistakes with the ball at his feet in the first half. Tanser and Duffy made very good use of the ball and I'd be happy to see the latter getting a run in the team, even if Foster eventually works his way back into contention with consistently good behaviour. With all of the negativity surrounding the club at the moment, the players deserve a lot of credit for showing immense character once again. Sure, there were negatives that I'm glossing over somewhat. It wasn't acceptable to lose our concentration and concede a goal so soon after scoring. I mainly feel positive today, but this doesn't change the situation. With a couple of decent signings, we could do very well. Without them, we could struggle over the course of a season. This is a very tight league and there's such a fine line between achieving top six and becoming embroiled in a dogfight near the bottom.
  4. 6 points
    ejksjfc

    St Johnstone v Rangers 22/9/19 (12.15 KO)

    I may not be the best person to reply to your post but here goes. My wife was diagnosed with MND in July therefore I can appreciate anyone who has been affected by this disease will have strong feelings and compassion for anyone who has been affected by MND in any way. When Fernando was playing for Rangers I thought he was a typical mostly overrated obnoxious individual in much like present day Scott Brown at Celtic. We as football fans should be able to support anyone (or their surviving families) when they are hit with a tragedy such as has happened to Fernando Ricksenns family recently. I would have liked to think that we as Saints fans could have been above such petty behaviour such as your post or the few Celtic fans who posted “ one less *** “ comments or Rangers fan who thought it wise to taunt the aforementioned Scott Brown about his late sister. I 100% back the club for allowing this tribute to FR and can also say it had absolutely nothing at all to do with our defeat today. As I said my personal situation may well be clouding my views but I can see beyond my hatred of all things “old firm” in a situation like this and was happy to support the clubs decision.
  5. 6 points
    Coltrane

    TW defends Chris Kane

    Always support all our players - on form or struggling!! Good luck to the lad!!
  6. 5 points
    **** right off with this pish, that's exactly what it is, pish. He's a professional, it's his job, if you cannot do it to a decent standard by the time you're 25, having had 10 years at it then there is no hope. That's why there are levels in every job, every single job out there, he is at a different level to his company, time for him to work at his level. As for not being able to work under pressure with folk watching, having their tuppence thrown in? There are folk in jobs up and down the country under that kind of pressure, if you can't handle it, get out.
  7. 5 points
    Some folk must be on queer medication. I can get as hyper (without pills) as anyone when following Saints. After a positive 2nd half last week , some were building their hopes up day by day throughout the week , until they were Mega Hyper & after a 1-0 defeat they are totally deflated and Saints are shite, Tommy must go etc. Ffs. Get a grip of yourselves. Support your team through thick and thin. C.o.y.s.
  8. 5 points
    PauloPerth

    Ask Brown a question

    infrastructure the car park remains a big H&S issue. They spend £150k on doing just the top bit, and they will continue to work on it. We have had an upturn on commercial income with the road behind the stand being open, e.g. From catering and funerals etc. The website will likely be another outlay as its needing updated. On that, with the e-ticketing system introduced, all 4 stands are now kitted out with wireless coverage. This is with a view to being able to pay by card (app?) in future and make kiosks far more efficient. Even if we had 10000 at a game, we are very limited to what we can take in by how many kiosks we have and the time to serve folk in a limited 20 minute window. By moving to more folk paying without cash the hope is that we can generate more income. The merchandising is an area the club want to improve massively, particularly online. There has been an issue with some sizes of the macron kit but hopefully sorted soon as it's a new supplier thing. BLK were abit of a nightmare. We've already sold more of the macron kits I'm pretty sure Stan said. It's going to tie in with the new website. Other areas needing money are the hospitality lounges as they bring in a lot of income but are looking very worn. Between £30-£50k. Finally, and quite fittingly, we just had to spend £20k on a new tractor for the groundsman.
  9. 5 points
    PauloPerth

    Ask Brown a question

    SB was asked why we don't get players in for pre-season, why we always wait until season had started and he said it was completely the managers choice. There's no stipulation from the club about that. Again agents are a nightmare. He spoke about Zander Clark re-signing and changing to Jackie Mac as his agent. He joked he let Tommy do the negotiations initially but that barely lasted a week. Said Macnamara knew he had the power as Saints weredesperate to protect their investment in Clark so we wanted get him tied up a few years and can get a good fee if he's sold, so that all makes for a stronger hand for the agent. Someone asked why players don't overrule their agents and he said you very rarely see that. Some players barely know which club their agent has got them signing for. He showed list of 1st team players and when their contracts are up. A lot of key ones next summer. He was asked about trying to tie up Kennedy and Wright now, he said we will be trying but Kennedys agent will be trying to tout him round the bigger clubs so will hardly listen to us just now, and when asked why we didn't try to extend Drey in the summer, similar, his agent wouldn't even have talked to Saints, and if he finds form clubs down south will be all over him. He mentioned a few times how much Tommy is involved in deals, and reckoned more than at most clubs. He joked a few times about how stubborn TW is at pushing for what he wants. Someone asked if Tommy was pinched by another club tomorrow if he had an idea who he would try to get as a replacement, and SB was quite quick in saying yes. The board said Paul Smith is leaving , off to pastures new. They thanked him for all the work hes done for the club. Paul was in attendance.
  10. 5 points
    Dutch Saint

    Player contracts and transfers

    You will have a long wait as we are nearly into September!
  11. 5 points
    Tranmere Saintee

    Player contracts and transfers

    Don’t need to get banned, just pick up your toys, put them back in the pram and leave!!
  12. 4 points
    Ricksen has nothing, nothing, to do with St Johnstone or Scottish football. He played for Rangers for about six years, two decades ago. Rangers had a memorial and minutes silence for the player at Ibrox last week, and have had numerous fan based events since. Theres absolutely no need for the whole country to be forced to have minutes silences for him after theyve already had their own grieving process. Theres been hundreds of former players who've died over the past five years who only get acknowledged by their own clubs, the first game after the death, and then forgotten about. Jimmy Calderwood has dementia. If he dies from that on a Tuesday, and Aberdeen have a minutes silence on the Wednesday, are you expecting Saints v Kilmarnock, or Rangers v Livingston, to hold a minutes silence for him on the Sunday after? Ricksens young death is clearly a tragedy, but let's not pretend that the silences today around the country wouldve been replicated if he was a St Mirren player.
  13. 4 points
    Widge

    Taxi for Tommy?

    Wait a minute. You’re calling for Wright’s head and when asked for a suggestion, you plump for Paul Hartley? Ok from now on, I’ll be disregarding anything you say as total nonsense and lunacy. Thanks for highlighting this.
  14. 4 points
    ejksjfc

    Player contracts and transfers

    As she has seen fit to spout out despite a supposed confidentiality clause I suppose I can do the same from the “Peebles pubs” angle and what I heard was that Ricky stuck the head on Tommy after getting a bollicking at training. Although overall as a decent player for us his temper was always possibly going to let him down. He has seriously fallen out with someone at every club he has been at. In the long run I think we are better off without him.
  15. 4 points
    #givethehaddockachance decent window imo, a Celtic ST holding pal messaged to say he thinks Ralston better than the majority of their support consider him to be, Holt is a good addition to the midfield and if Stevie May gets going the season might not be as pish as feared. lot of pace on the wings, Drey Wright on the way back...... feels quite strange to be bottom of the league yet feeling optimistic........
  16. 4 points
    Agree word for word. I actually left today feeling quite positive. I’m convinced this is the best attacking side I’ve seen in the 25 years I’ve been regularly watching Saints. Not only that, we’re now producing players. The squad is full of guys we’ve produced or been responsible for a major part of their development (I inc MOH and Tanser in that) The defence is very young so will make mistakes, but I think things are looking VERY good. I remember last time we went down, we had guys like Ludovic Roy on loan. This side is a million miles away from that one and has the strength to battle. I won’t even panic if we lose the next 2 games.
  17. 4 points
    andrew

    Ask Brown a question

    Pretty much. Listening to what was said last night made clear just how ridiculous and foolish it is to arrive at conclusions based on what someone imagines, rather than the facts. For perhaps the first time last night we were given facts, lots of them. This augurs well and as information from last night is disseminated (great work Paulo) I’d hope it informs and alters some of the views of many of our support who are so quick to fill in the gaps and to criticise anyone and everyone, even if only out of sheer frustration. This meeting could have happened earlier, but improved communication has to be welcomed whenever it is offered in this way.
  18. 4 points
    PauloPerth

    Ask Brown a question

    On the youths, the club feel they now have a good relationship with Man Utd, who were very complimentary about the set up here and want to develop it further. Talk of a couple of games per season at different age groups. They spoke well of the standard of several of Saints young players. The hope is the relationship can be developed further (possibly them sending a reserve/ under 23 side for pre-season game, maybe loaning players etc.
  19. 4 points
    PauloPerth

    Ask Brown a question

    Stan Harris spoke about the finances. We lost about £190k or so last season. The two Dundee teams out the league costs us around £150k I think they said. The only slightly heated debate of the evening was a couple of Saints fans desperate to pimp out the three sides of the ground to The OF to make us an extra £300k or whatever a season. Starting a sentence with I never ever go to games against The OF, but I think we should give them 3 sides of the ground is a bit of a brass neck in my honest opinion, but each to their own I suppose. Stan and Broon were fairly non-commital on the issue, but I think it's something that's been discussed. The cup game against Celtic at home last season there were only 1065 Saints fans there out of a crowd of 5600 or something. But Celtic smashed 58 seats, and it took us a bit of time to get the money off them, so pros and cons. The club don't run to the press for variousness reasons about keeping good relations with them, for young players etc. Our leccy bill is between £12 - £18k a month. Water bill is £12k. The club have looked at solar panels on the roofs - not cost effective. Wind turbine - but McD sits in a bowl so wouldn't produce enough to make it viable, and water capture system, but the steelwork of the stands is not strong enough to hold them. They keep looking at opportunities to save on bills. Marketing - they have given flyers round all the new estates in Perth area. Bertha Park etc. We had the 14th highest average home attendance in Scotland last season. But our wage bill was 8th highest on an average of £48k per first team player. (Excluding bonuses etc!) more..
  20. 4 points
    PauloPerth

    Ask Brown a question

    Was at the meeting. Very informative and well put together. Steve Brown on the first team squad/ players. We've had to pay a severance fee for May so he says there's only likely to be a RB(HOPEFULLY Monday) and talking to a LB and that's it. Unless we can shift Ando and MacMillan. Seemed optimistic we would be able to. Foster fell out with manager and agreed to leave. Didn't want to say more as there's a confidentiality agreement. When asked, he gave a fairly comprehensive account of the May saga. He says this has been the hardest window he's ever known, agents are a nightmare. He doesn't know how many more transfer windows he'll be involved in, as with brexit looming he may be thinking of focussing more on his own business. He hinted that he might not be in position all that much longer, but that might just be how drained he feels after negotiations? Alistair Stevenson talked about the youth programme. A few very exciting players in there. The 16 (?) yr old Denholm on the bench on Saturday was released by Celtic and the club have very high hopes for him. Interestingly we don't sign our youngsters on a development contract at 16 as they would leave school. Saints want the players to have an education to fall back on, and get the players in a day a week as well as evenings. It does mean we would miss out on quite a bit of the development fee, but the club want to do right by the youngsters, as the vast majority won't make it. Cant remember the lads name, Steve someone I think, gave an update on the women's football side. more....
  21. 4 points
    Think you boys should show Danny Swanson some ****ing respect. Not only has he been a great servant to St Johnstone, winning games single handedly and showing great amounts of skill but the boys been in with the fans supporting Saints/his ex teammates when he was contracted to another Scottish side ffs
  22. 4 points
    garydavidson

    Ibrox latest...

    Wow one of the most corrupt organisations in the world put the SFA to shame.
  23. 3 points
    Yesterday was the first full Saints game I've seen this season (for the other games so far I've only seen the Sportscene highlights). In the first half I thought we were OK and seemed to be growing into the game, and had MOH taken his chance I think we may have had a very different match on our hands. But we do look incredibly fragile at the back - Tanser is a player I really like, especially going forward, but he often seems to struggle defensively against the OF; Kerr and Gordon are both great prospects but personally I feel we need more experience in central defence and we just haven't looked the same at the back ever since Shaughnessy's head was turned. And I know this won't be popular but I thought Clark could have done better with both of the first two goals yesterday and it's not the first time this season that I've felt there seem to be shots going past him that to me look saveable. May worked his arse off but it's incredibly frustrating to see him having to spend the match miles away from any team-mate and having to try to chase down the opposition defence largely on his own. He had a very thankless job to do yesterday but he did it as best he could. I just couldn't see any situation arising during that game where he was ever likely to get the ball anywhere near the goal. Whatever formation we're playing, I think something needs to be done to get our other players closer to him in support or we're just not going to get any return. That all said, despite our league position I'm not especially worried about us at the moment. We've had a killer of a fixture list to open the season, but I think Wright's done well in the transfer market and at this stage it would potentially only take one win to put us up to 8th in the table (just look at how Hearts jumped up the league after getting their first win yesterday). FWIW I agree with Random's point about the minute's silence, by the way. Had it been Rangers' first game since Ricksen died then it would be completely understandable, but if it's the case that they've already had one for him at Ibrox, it's a bit odd to do it again at an away game. I can't remember any previous situation where a minute's silence has been held for someone at a team's home game, and then held again at their next away game. If it had been a player from any other club outside the OF, it just wouldn't have happened.
  24. 3 points
    He won that award 15 years ago. Stuff hes done off the pitch is fine, and if you want to pay your respects then do that, but it has no place being forced upon football fans to join in, when he had nothing to do with their club. I felt the same when we all got forced to have a silence for Nelson Mandela, who would never have known we even existed. Other clubs will have shown their respects at McDiarmid, in the first game after, which is my point. If a ex-Saints player passes before the next game, we have a minutes silence against Motherwell. Will it be repeated around every ground in the Country? That weekend, and then the next? Whats the difference? Rangers had already had a silence for him at Ibrox. Did every game in the Country have a minutes silence for McVicar? Even after we'd had our own?
  25. 3 points
    blueheaven

    Monaco remembered

    I know what you mean but it wasn't that long ago that the Europa League gave us trips to play Luzern and Rosenborg, and had we managed to beat Eses we would have had Marseille waiting for us in the next round.
  26. 3 points
    Sevco.....The Saints are coming!!
  27. 3 points
    sixties saintee

    TW defends Chris Kane

    Get behind him , support him , sing his name give the lad some confidence
  28. 3 points
    It would reach a much larger audience than the few that are still using WAP. I have had discussions over the past 35+ years with various people at Saints begging them to improve their communication with the fans but have seen very little to no improvement in all that time.
  29. 3 points
    rik2304

    Saints capped players.

    Zander isn't good enough IMO.
  30. 3 points
    Correct me if I’m wrong but I’m fairly sure he’s only played 3 games for us, he signed the day before the Forfar game played in that then Celtic away and Livingston at home. So I’m not quite sure where you’re getting the 4 games against lower league sides from? We haven’t even played 4 lower league sides in competitive games this season?
  31. 3 points
    cristo

    Taxi for Tommy?

    Precisely. This thread is about the manager, who will be judged by selection, formation, tactics etc on match day. He started the same eleven today as last week, rightly so I'm sure we all agree. The substitutions today were all good. We got to see May and Wright back in the fold and he changed it to the 4 4 2 we were screaming out for. It didn't work today but has done before and it will do again. Get all the politics and spread sheet stuff on one of the Steve Brown threads and let Tommy get on with the football. I'm sure he's capable of booking his own taxi when the time is right. .
  32. 3 points
    PauloPerth

    Ask Brown a question

    Continued... SB was asked about the Jim Spence article about how we are run. He wasn't scathing, just said it's from someone who's never had to run a club, so doesn't really understand the complications. He said talk of a DOF etc .. we run the same structure we've done for the past 8 (?) years or so, our most successful period in our history and people only mention stuff like that when the team is struggling. He said Hibs have 4 full-time staff in charge of recruitment and they've just spent £250k on a striker that's barely had a shot at goal yet. Not to slag them, just to point out there's no guarantees. As an aside, sounded like Hibs were keen for Shaw to come to us right up until the weekend, But Saints have heard nothing from them since the draw on Saturday. We have 1624 season ticket holders (approx) which is 80 up on last season. Bev the Supporter Liaison Officer talked about the Scottish football fans survey. 284 Saints fans replied last season.its open just now (I think on our website?) for another couple of weeks. They are really keen for as many Saints fans as possible to complete this as it's really useful info for the club. More...
  33. 3 points
    Broon

    Player contracts and transfers

    Whilst I'm buzzing we've signed May let's not pretend Brown and Wright's management of the transfer window has been nothing short of a shambles. And as for investment in the team, maybe. I still see a threadbare defence and a gap in central midfield and we did just ship out another first team player to bring May in today. I'm assuming we already have a replacement for Foster but we are definitely 3 short of a big enough squad. We have problems at Saints, we are a well run business but we're nowhere near professional enough in how we run the football club. All that will be forgotten on a Saturday when the team runs out but just because we are a solid business it doesn't mean we shouldn't still be aiming to improve all the time on and off the park.
  34. 3 points
    I hope this news stops all the Taxi for Tommy and is Steve Brown doing a good job nonsense posted on here in the last few weeks. The money the Chairman has made available to get the likes of O"Hallaron, Wright, Swanson, Kennedy and now May in the past seasons should be applauded certainly not critised. On the crowds we are getting I cant imagine us affording anyone better.Taking Rangers and Celtic out if the equation, there are not many if any other squads in the division I would swap ours for. Remember too that May and anyone else we might still sign is not taking into account the money spent to keep Kerr and Clark.
  35. 3 points
    SconeSaintees

    Player contracts and transfers

    Absolutely brilliant my 12 year old Grandson jumping around the room, absolute joy to see lets ALL get behind him and allow him time to adjust
  36. 3 points
    slf

    Steve Brown - doing a good job?

    And his laddie. theres a lot of diddies want to blow the kitty.we only get 2500 at the gate. live within yer means or ye Ken what happens. lesson to be learned to all keyboard fantasy accountants.
  37. 3 points
    I have it on good authority that Stevie May is to take up a new player/chief executive role and will announce himself as a new signing. This is thought to be a first for Scottish football but is a well proven practice in other sports such as ice hockey, polo and powerboat racing. Saints have been keen to keep this under wraps for fear of other clubs copying this new model and it seems the shenanigans of the past few weeks have in fact been a well planned and executed smokescreen. If this turns out to be accurate, Saints may have played a blinder. Exciting times!
  38. 3 points
    Johnny B

    Hibs v Saints 24 August 2019

    Highlights anyone? Tommy's reaction to the 2 goal is priceless. Enjoy
  39. 3 points
    Kyle

    Player contracts and transfers

    In what way was I being personal? He wasn’t good enough to play for a top flight club and has done well at a lower level. That’s just fact.
  40. 2 points
    Saints fans have been thrown out for complaining to stewards about bigots being in the home sections. The club may go through the motions but they really don't actually care as long as they get the money while wondering why fewer and fewer Saints fans go to games, Old Firm ones in particular.
  41. 2 points
    blueheaven

    Saints capped players.

    Is there a reason why no one ever refers to "The Estonian" by his name? Is he cursed?
  42. 2 points
    andrew

    Ask Brown a question

    I beg to differ. If not @PauloPerth then I, or someone else, would have done it. Paulo did such a good job that no one else’s input added very much more. If I were the club I wouldn’t officially issue anything other than a statement saying the event has been held. I’d certainly not provide details. No recording and no phones so that a more frank discussion could take place, and some sensitive financial information could be shared. There were no bulletproof type comments either. There will be more but not sure if quarterly, annually or who it would be open to.
  43. 2 points
    Good window imo Could be different team starting next game to Kilmarnock select Zander Ralston Tanser McCann Kerr Gordon Wright Holt May MOH Kennedy Subs Parrish Kane Wotherspoon Hendry Duffy Swanson and a host of others
  44. 2 points
    Rob

    Saints v Kilmarnock 31 August 2019

    MOHs Goal was onside. TV proved that. We werent great and Killies goal was a string of mistakes and bad luck but getting the 1st goal would have made a big difference.
  45. 2 points
    SaintJet

    Saints v Kilmarnock 31 August 2019

    totally disagree Kane run himself in to the ground and was putting himself about and holding up play for support which was never there
  46. 2 points
    I always said Vine was the problem. He played a major part in this saga. SB copped some massive hidings (and TW too)... but it looks like a great negotiation by SB... he waited to get that "severance" down as low as possible, and must have had lengthy, complex discussions with Aberdeen to accommodate the terms & bypass Vine. Brilliant business. The energy & confidence of the squad is now lifted 100%. That is worth a transfer fee alone.... We need Saints slant on this classic... easy to put St.johnstone in place of Caledonia... would love a local band to cover it & blast it out of the crappy speakers...
  47. 2 points
    dunblanemike

    Ibrox latest...

    I’m not sure what effect it will have but I completed the fan survey today and made sure to highlight the lack of action on sectarianism etc by the Scottish authorities, contrasting it with eufa. If we all do this just maybe it will prompt the SFA to do something.
  48. 2 points
    Tranmere Saintee

    Scotland

    Must admit, I was hoping Clark would be a breath of fresh air, but already going down the route of bringing in players with virtually no game time, players from the third tier of English football and guys who have let the team down several times in the past.
  49. 2 points
    RandomGuy

    Player contracts and transfers

    Well it's true. MOH has had over six months of contributing almost nothing, and has now caught fire again, yet Swanson is in and out the team constantly yet is getting slaughtered from all angles. I dont think we need him in the squad and think his wage could be used, but you're verging on coming across as something with an agenda with how far you're pushing your whole anti-Swanson thing. He came on today and set up the equalier with one of the best deliveries all game, you surely cant slate him and claim hes not contributing after that?
  50. 2 points
    Pat McGroin

    Ask Brown a question

    Where can saints go with investment though? Realistically throwing money at St Johnstone isn’t what’s required. We’re never going to regular finish above the Edinburgh clubs or Aberdeen so what do we achieve. Where the club goes tits up is with PR, it doesn’t need silly money spending, just getting with the times and investing maybe £30k or whatever is required in someone that can do the job well and work on fan retention