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  1. Manager Blasts Negative Fans

    I'm pretty much in agreement with Lark Saint's post. We're going through a relatively bad spell, no doubt about it, and I've always said that Tommy's biggest weakness seems to be his transfer market activity. I'd also agree, from the limited number of games I've either been at or watched on TV this season, that we're not the force we were and there's certainly not been much entertainment (other than in the first few games when Mikey was flying). But - we're seventh in the league, still only three points behind Hearts (who have played a game more), and despite things feeling like a struggle our form's not actually all that bad (we've won two of our last four games). The top 3 teams aside (and possibly also Hibs, who are doing very well as the newly promoted side), I'm not seeing any of the other sides doing anything sensational either. I watched our game against Hamilton on Alba and, despite what reports were saying, it was pretty much an even match and Saints did what Saints have so often done - grind out a good result. It's always a tight league and yes, we could easily slip down it, but it also wouldn't take a helluva lot for us to push back into a decent top 6 position. I agree with what someone else said on here recently, about the standard of Scottish football in general right now being really, really poor - worse than at any other point in my years of watching it. When you combine that with our manager's budget, I'm not sure how realistic it is to demand a significantly more entertaining product (even though it's something we'd all love). Tommy Wright's job is very, very safe, and rightly so. I just hope that McMillan is the player we need him to be, and that he's able to hit the ground running, but also that the fans don't get on his back if he needs time to settle - there's going to be a lot of pressure on that guy's shoulders.
  2. Pre Match in Perth for home games

    Really surprises me that Saints players are allowed to plan to arrive as late as 1.30pm for a 3pm kick-off. I've always assumed that pretty much all full-time professional teams these days meet early and eat lunch together.
  3. Tommy for Rangers

    I'd be amazed if Mackay would turn down a coaching role at Saints. Nothing to do with what he does or doesn't feel for the club - it's a big step up in terms of salary, profile and professionalism and it wouldn't do anything to lessen his chances of getting a Championship management job in the future. Pretty sure Paul Sheerin made a similar decision when he quit his Arbroath job to join the coaching staff at Aberdeen. The thing that surprises me is how completely certain everyone seems to be that Callum Davidson would be handed the Saints job if Tommy went. I'm not saying he wouldn't get it, but there would be plenty of candidates.
  4. Youth Academy News

    Do you mean that every youth team had to play that formation, or literally every single team including senior teams? I just don't see how that would work. It would mean managers in top level matches wouldn't be able to change their system during a match that was going badly, for example. If that's the case then I'm very glad they haven't adopted it in Scotland.
  5. Player Contracts + Transfers

    Are we actually considering paying a transfer fee for this guy? Presumably Dundalk aren't planning on letting their main striker leave midway through the season out of kindness.
  6. Time for Tommy to go?

    Understand this but surely it also means the funding that would previously have been spent on youth development can now be freed up to be spent on other areas (e.g. strengthening the first team)? I don't want Saints to go out and blow a fortune on a player, but I think it's pretty obvious that giving the manager a little more during transfer windows would be of benefit.
  7. Partick v Saints 28/10/17

    You're over the moon about achieving top six for the past four seasons, but unhappy about this season... yet we're in the top 6 this season too, and have hit our points target for the first round of matches. Feels a bit like your argument is being unfair in not acknowledging that. Some people seem to be talking about this season as if it's some sort of disaster, yet we're above Hearts with their massive fanbase and resources, five points better off than Partick who signed the strikers we were after, and seven points above Dundee who we're routinely told make better signings than us (even though they definitely don't). As things stand it could very easily be argued that the manager yet again has us punching above our weight. It terrifies me to think what the reaction will be like on here when we eventually do have a genuinely bad season.
  8. Partick v Saints 28/10/17

    Every season we have a bad spell like this, and every season similar comments get made, and every season Tommy has pulled us out the other side of the bad patch stronger. I wasn't at the Partick game but have seen a few games this season and from what I've seen the squad doesn't need major surgery. We have plenty of young players, we're largely still the same well-organised unit (let down recently by some sloppy individual errors), our games tend to be fairly close and it's only really the lack of a good, impactful striker that is a big problem (and the lack of a fast/creative player if O'Halloran goes in January). I think the comment about him failing to rebuild the squad 3 years ago is harsh, because as I remember it he released some players (Cregg, Hasselbaink) in order to free up space for new arrivals, but then the chairman pulled the rug out from under him by not allowing him to sign any replacements. He also lost May shortly after that - and yet we still went on to adapt to those circumstances and finish fourth. I'm not blindly pro-Tommy and my main criticism of him would be that I think the balance of the squad is wrong. We have way too many midfielders. If you consider Wotherspoon, Davidson, Paton, Scougall and O'Halloran to be the favoured five, on top of those we have Millar, Craig, Alston, Thomson (who seems way down the pecking order) and McClean (who was apparently signed to go straight into the first team squad but doesn't seem to be anywhere near it). Do we really need all those midfielders? On top of that, up front we give a contract to Kane but send him out on loan, spend more money on Denny Johnstone but don't give him a game (has Tommy already decided he's not good enough?), bring in Callum Hendry and talk about him being promoted to the first team but never use him. People talk about Tommy not being given the budget he needs, but actually I'd say our squad is too big and I think we could comfortably lose three players to bring in one good quality front player and we'd be better off for it.
  9. Hearts v Saints at MURRAYFIELD

    Great to get the chance to tick off seeing Saints play at Murrayfield but that was one of the strangest atmospheres I've ever experienced - 18,000 people sitting in complete, eerie silence to the extent that you could hear the players shouting at each other like you can in League Two matches. Bizarre. McDiarmid Park takes a lot of stick, sometimes justifiably, but it's never like that. Personally I felt Saints played OK and a draw would have been a fair result, but as others have said we're never going to win any of these games if we can't create any chances. I'd be more than happy if Mikey was told to basically never pass the ball again because the only time we look like troubling defenders and making inroads towards goal is when he takes it for a run and either gets fouled or tries to get a shot off. I don't feel the squad needs major surgery, but the lack of an alternative striking option to Macca is really hurting us. He still wants to be everywhere on the pitch which is fine if he has a penalty box striker playing alongside him, but as things stand it just means that on the rare occasion we get a cross in, there's no one there to capitalise on it. At this stage it's really hard to make sense of the fact that we gave Chris Kane a new contract (why?), sent him out on loan (why?) and brought in someone else on loan who just doesn't look good enough (why?). For a club that is famously so tight with the purse strings, all of the above feels like a big waste of money to me. We'd get a lot more value for money if we just spent a bit more on someone who'd actually start games and make an impact - which must be incredibly frustrating for Tommy. Things aren't quite working at the moment and I'd like to see Scougall given a chance to play more centrally for a run of games, to see what he can do. He's a good player with a great touch but there just hasn't been a huge amount of end product from him from what I've seen so far and I'd like to see how much more he could influence the game from the middle of the park. Didn't he always play centrally before he came here? And we have Spoony and Alston who can both take his place out on the right. I thought Gordon looked promising for the future, incidentally. Good to see guys like him and Comrie getting a game at the moment.
  10. Hearts v Saints at MURRAYFIELD

    He didn't say we're of "similar standard" to them though. His whole point was that we're not a similar standard to them - he's saying he thinks we're of a similar size as a club, but we're way more successful than them thanks to our manager. I wouldn't say there's anything especially controversial in saying that. Isn't it pretty much true? (Although it's obviously not as simple as saying it's all due to having a good manager).
  11. St Johnstone v Rangers 13/10/17

    I don't understand this at all. Isn't it your results on the pitch that gain you the "right" to play in the Premier? Falkirk and Dunfermline have been out of the top flight for a while because they've been rubbish for a while.
  12. Tommy for Scotland?

    Not convinced the SFA could significantly better O'Neill's wages, and if getting a big pay increase was really his aim, wouldn't he just go for one of the club jobs down south that he keeps getting linked to? Sadly I just don't think Scotland has the pulling power to poach/attract a Northern Ireland manager - in a lot of ways it's a downward step. With Tommy Wright - totally appreciate Scotland have raided Saints before for managers, but that was a long time ago (over 40 years ago) and hasn't happened in the modern era. I think the days when they'd simply look at who's doing a good job with a Scottish club and offer it to them have gone. I think they'll want someone who they consider to be more of a "name" in their eyes - which to them basically means someone who has the Old Firm on their CV and has managed a large-ish English club. I do agree that Tommy's strength is in getting below-average players to perform above themselves, but at the same time he's not big on youth development and I'm not sure he's the man to build a new Scotland team by looking to up-and-coming talent. I hope the SFA think that too because I want him to stay right where he is!
  13. Tommy for Scotland?

    Why would Michael O'Neill be even remotely interested? I don't think Tommy Wright will even be on the SFA's radar (and I don't think the job would suit him anyway). Taking a manager from a smaller club like Saints just isn't the SFA's style. They'll want someone from the usual gang of supposed big-name under-achievers, probably Scottish, and probably with some tedious Old Firm connection. If Malky Mackay ends up getting it I'll be even more disgusted with the SFA than I already am. I think they should try to find someone who has already had some experience at international level. Failing that I think McInnes would be a good pick, but appreciate he seems tied to Aberdeen for the long haul.
  14. St Johnstone v Rangers 13/10/17

    How could Pedro know that Saints started at 12 and had access to the Sevco line-up? Does he have a spy in the Saints camp?
  15. Nations League

    I think the idea is there won't be more than there are at the moment because this will replace friendlies - but yeah, I completely agree. The constant disruption to club football really annoys me. I'd like to see FIFA completely re-think international football and have far fewer matches - make it a bit more special, which I think would bring back some enthusiasm fot it. At the moment it just feels like a never-ending slog that there's never any respite from.