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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. 8 points
    Kane has his uses. I doubt he'll ever score 15-20 goals in a season but he works hard and would be a decent foil for a goalscorer. Certainly don't think he's anywhere near as bad as he's made out to be at times.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  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. 5 points
    SaintJet

    Player contracts and transfers

    I cannot understand the continual negativity towards Kane. Anyone sad enough to follow your instructions to see the lad miss a goal needs to seriously question if they are Saints fans. Maybe look a wee bit after the miss and see Kane sitting in the stand after he has been hooked and see how distressed he was makes me sick! This bating of of our strikers is pathetic and it's following a similar train to that of Zippy who also was so bereft of confidence he was glad to leave. We are St.Johnstone - we have no right to demand 20 goals a season strikers and if some supposed fans went to more games and encouraged our boys we might have more success!
  13. 5 points
    RandomGuy

    Player contracts and transfers

    Why? We're already out a cup and the last window shut 7 months ago, they've had plenty time to sort out deals. Its now been a month since the club agreed a deal with May, since then hes ****ed about and ruined it, come back and said he'd take it, and the clubs responded by putting in a reduced offer and now a loan offer. A loan offer one month after being told Aberdeen want him gone and will let him go for nothing, we put in a loan offer. Just a week after we lost out on Hemmings, who wanted to leave his club and was allowed to leave for nothing, because we put in a loan offer. Its amateur, and pulling something out the bag (most likely we'll now finally return to the initial offer for May) doesn't excuse the absolute ****ing mess they've made over 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. 4 points
    MySpazz

    Ask Brown a question

    The SLO is second to none They were taken to task for causing bother. It was not handled brilliantly, but the club were doing what they had to do. Question for you: WHO WOULD YOU SUGGEST BUY SAINTS???? 30-40% - so around £2.5m I used to be of the same mindset, that the Browns were "handed" St Johnstone and have benefited as a family and personally from owning it. Of course they have, and they earned that right as a family - three generations worth, committed to the local sports team. Someone has had to run it. They have, and have done an amazing job in times where football has gone from basic business to a professional set up. I don't have a question for Brown. But think he will read this forum, and some of the things posted are useful, some nonsense. But that's the nature of football eh....we've all got an opinion.....and an arsehole MON THE SAINTS
  24. 4 points
    Oh no it's not
  25. 4 points
    Another week of deafening silence from McD!!!
  26. 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.
  27. 3 points
    Sevco.....The Saints are coming!!
  28. 3 points
    sixties saintee

    TW defends Chris Kane

    Get behind him , support him , sing his name give the lad some confidence
  29. 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.
  30. 3 points
    rik2304

    Saints capped players.

    Zander isn't good enough IMO.
  31. 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?
  32. 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. .
  33. 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...
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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
  37. 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.
  38. 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!
  39. 3 points
    Johnny B

    Hibs v Saints 24 August 2019

    Highlights anyone? Tommy's reaction to the 2 goal is priceless. Enjoy
  40. 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.
  41. 3 points
    blueheaven

    Season Tickets

    The online system lets you look at a seat plan and choose your seat, which I think is a big plus. Personally I'd always rather do a transaction online than have to go to the bother of calling someone up and talk them through what I want, but I guess that's just personal preference.
  42. 3 points
    Cagey

    Player contracts and transfers

    We have been waiting all summer & all we have is 2 backup keepers ,a discarded Celtic youth & a useless centre back and an omnishambles. Difficult to keep the faith.
  43. 2 points
    Pat McGroin

    Monaco remembered

    What’s even better is reading through this post and remembering some WAP legends. It’s great to see a really old post get a bump. I didn’t make Monaco, I was only 13 but I’m sure I remember my dad subscribing to ITV digital just solely to watch the game as it wasn’t on Sky. It was either for the home or away leg, anyway. I didn’t make either. My grandad passed away suddenly in his early 70s last year. At heart he was a Celtic man but both my grandparents took Saints Season Tickets back in the 90s and took me and my wee bro to games every week. Anyway... Both my grandparents spent their summers in the south of France and made the trip to Monaco without us, despite being “part timers!” My wee old gran spent a good hour regaling us with stories of that Monaco trip over this summer with a huge smile on her face, especially when describing the gendarmes taking off their riot gear and embracing the joy of our support partying in Europe. There’s no away trip I wish i’d been on more. To this day, I suspect it was something that money can’t buy.
  44. 2 points
    Cumbo

    Jeanfield in the Scottish Cup

    Crowd was officially 340 but it was nearer 500 due to committee members, other teams and kids who got in for free. Normally we average 100 for a home game.
  45. 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.
  46. 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
  47. 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.
  48. 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
  49. 2 points
    RandomGuy

    Player contracts and transfers

    Not long now...
  50. 2 points
    I think Kane's OK. My opnion has always been that he's a good level for the Championship and as utility hold-up or 3rd choice squad striker. Absoluely nothing has really changed my view on that in his time with us. I also agree that getting on the backs of players isn't really fair, unless they are not interested, not trying, not keeping fit or being disruptive. Kane is a player that clearly works his sock off and plays for the team. I like him. But that's just my view. I'm certainly not going to criticise other supporters for having a view on a player's performace or suitability, and I'll never presume to suggest that anyone isnt' 'a real fan'. As for the rest of the post, what I read is yet more 'we should get down and know our place' stuff that's on here far too often for my liking. We're a regular top 6 Premiership team and we have every right to expect a striker that can deliver quantity and quality of goals against that benchmark. The lack of ambition disguised as 'realism' on here is what really gets me down, not people criticising players.