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  1. We win 2-0, and once again people are calling for Levein to be sacked and suggesting he is only here for the money because of.....what exactly?
    5 points
  2. My qualms are as follows: 1. The manager has said that we're getting to the point where we need to get rid of players before bringing more in. We're lacking options in midfield, we're lacking options in defence, we aren't lacking options up front. Another striker absolutely isn't required, especially not in the present situation. 2. This leads me to believe that someone must be leaving, but who? The likeliest candidate is probably Stevie May, but he has been looking quite promising as a slightly deeper option and I was thinking that could prove a valuable asset for us this season. Excluding Ikpeazu, our other strikers are all fairly similar in the sense that they enjoy playing off the shoulder. 3. Regardless of how he has performed in the Lowland League, there isn't anything to suggest that he'll perform at Scottish Premiership level. In fact, he flopped in League One last season. I'd be surprised if you heard much, if any, positive feedback from Hamilton fans. 4. The Hearts fans' disappointment at his departure is (in the majority of cases) due to his scoring record at Lowland League level, rather than actually seeing him play. They were openly disappointed to lose Connor Smith as well. So, when you put all of that together, with the additional caveat that he is the assistant manager's son, it all feels a bit dubious to me.
    5 points
  3. Baffling decision to sign rubbish like McPake and resign MacPherson.
    5 points
  4. I wish Sven Sprangler got the same amount of time on the pitch as he does for marketing. Twitter profile, advert for Alloa match, release of away kit. Need to start playing him, I hate to think MacPherson will be first choice centre mid. I don’t massively dislike MacPherson but I do really think Sprangler is transformative.
    4 points
  5. Just as well he signed a two year contract then
    4 points
  6. I would start Taylor Steven in each of our next 3 League Cup games. Theres definately a player there.
    4 points
  7. Really looking to see Saints approach this game in a positive way, try to start on the front foot and start giving us some reason to think that this season might be different. Would really like to see Taylor Steven get some game time too so that he can get a chance to show what he can do before the transfer window closes. Not sure who's fit and who's not but if players are available I'd like to see something along these lines: _____________________________Rae Keltjens ____McClelland/Sanders____ Cameron ______Raymond __________________Essel ___________Sprangler Steven ___________________May ___________________Carey _________________________Sidibeh
    3 points
  8. Thank you for your custom 🤣
    3 points
  9. Depends. Who's selling? If it's Steve Brown then we're getting some magic beans and an IOU written on a beermat.
    3 points
  10. I agree Bair got lots of chances in a Saints shirt and he was consistently terrible. But the issue wasn't number of chances. The issue was Callum Davidson failing to properly assess what kind of player he was, being completely ignorant of how to play to his strengths, and doing nothing at all to develop, coach and instruct him. When things don't work out, there are usually reasons for it.
    3 points
  11. Keeping it simple would be having no seeding whatsoever
    2 points
  12. Someone summarising on whether Swansea made and will make another bid? Every man and yer dug knows they made a derisory offer. Who actually gives a **** until they make the RIGHT offer?
    2 points
  13. Gee it must be great to be able to ascertain that a player is not ready for premier football after 15 minutes of action. I think the point you were trying to make (badly) was that we should not have signed Andy Kirks son. For god sake give the lad at least 30 minutes before you start slagging him off.
    2 points
  14. I've absolutely no idea if Kirk is any good (I'm guessing none of us do). What I will say though is that I think signing the manager/assistant manager's son feels like a bad idea. Whenever he has a bad game, people are going to chuck that at him and question why he's in the team. It even feels weird that the club announcement didn't mention him being Kirk's son, as it makes it look like something they're a bit embarrassed to tell us. So much of it just feels like a no-win situation. Personally I think a player like that needs to find their own way in the game and try to steer clear of their Dad's club, or they're forever going to carry the nepo-baby tag. It might be unfair but it's just unavoidable. More generally, I'm finding our signing policy increasingly worrying. We're bringing in a lot of hopeful punts who might blossom in the future, but basically no one with the experience of our league to hit the ground running. I always think having a few players in that first category is a good thing, but you can't build your whole team around them. You need balance. On top of that there's the fact that one minute we're told the budget's gone up, then we're told the manager's nearly at the point of not being able to sign anyone else without losing someone, then we're suddenly paying a fee to add a striker to a squad that is already overloaded with strikers (and I still think Levein will end up only playing only one striker a lot of the time anyway). It all just feels a bit Football Manager to me and the strategy feels like it's all over the place. I can only pray that the "bigger" signings are still to come - but even if that does happen, the squad's going to be massive. Either way, it's just all starting to feel like a bit of a mess.
    2 points
  15. Sorry, I should have said that he has the potential to be a journeyman!!
    2 points
  16. to suggest he's not great at football is reasonable though.
    2 points
  17. I'm not as down as others are about Levein, but I'm fully aware of his frustrating faults that surfaced last season. Whether you agree with the signings or not, I do think that we're better organised than we have been for the past few years, and hopefully have a few ideas in place on how we go forward and progress in the future. The manager does at least seem to have a bit of a long term plan, whereas it always seemed to me that Davidson did not. Callum was all about treating the effect rather than the cause, and putting a sticky plaster over the problem instead of getting to the reason of why it was happening. This caught up with us each year, because twelve months later we'd still have the same problem which still hadn't been fixed. Levein seems to cover both the short and long term with his decisions. So because of that, probably a good way of describing where I am at the moment is cautiously optimistic.
    2 points
  18. I'm not saying there is a comparison between the two managers, I just mean "let's give a manager time to shape a squad and get some results before saying we're going to rip up our season ticket and call him the worst manager we've ever had after he saved us from relegation and started the new season with a win". If we're bottom by November, then fine. Personally, I feel more positive than the last few seasons. We're signing young players with potential who are going to make mistakes, but will develop and in a few years time could be sold on for lots of money. We're thinking outside of the box, rather than signing the same old players. MacLean had the right idea in that sense, but perhaps not the experience to make it work. It might all go wrong, but I'd rather go down with a squad full of young players with potential, rather than 11 Ali Crawfords. My feeling was that Davidson's signings were all quick fix. At least Levein is thinking about the long-term future of the club in spotting young players who will either be crap and be sent away easily, be decent and can spend a long time here giving the club some stability, or be amazing and sold for a lot of money. Would you rather have Essel as your centre midfielder, for potentially the next 15 years of his career (if he's not good enough to be snapped up for a few million that is), or Jacob Butterfield on a 6 month contract.
    2 points
  19. What Levein's saying about not being able to sign anyone until players leave just doesn't add up. 15 players have left (among them several high earners including our captain, plus the fee we've been paid for Mitov) and six players have arrived (several of whom I'd say are cheap punts taken in the hope that they'll pay off in future). And yet we're told the budget has increased? If what Levein's saying is truthful (and I have my doubts), then it suggests a bit of a mess has been made of the summer planning. Our squad looks too big already and yet we're still seriously short of quality in several areas. We're heading towards another season of expensive players sitting in the stand because they're not in the manager's plans. Who'll be this season's Ali Crawford?
    2 points
  20. He is getting the credit for keeping us up but it's his negative, let's go for a 0-0 draw that almost took us down. The decks should have been cleared at the end of last season.
    2 points
  21. Currently, I would place him below John McLelland, Billy Stark and one of my heroes, John Connolly. Levein has done nothing.
    2 points
  22. Personally I loved Tommy's style of football. It was effective and adaptable and intelligent and tough to break down and more than anything else it was successful. Similar story with McInnes. I'd take either of those guys back here in a heartbeat. Levein has a long, long way to go if his time at Saints is to even come close to being comparable to those managers.
    2 points
  23. Everyone complained about Tommy's style of football too....and Davidson.....and MacLean......McInnes too if I remember correctly. Levein will always want to play defensively, try to keep the ball. This season he wants two big strikers up front as a battering ram, he wants hard tackling centre midfielders, quick defenders, and to play on the break. We saw it on Saturday, quite happy to pass the ball along the back line and wait for an opening. Even the goalkeeper was playing it short quite often. Tbh, I appreciated that far more than Gordon hoofing the ball up to no one in particular. It might not be exciting, and we're never going to score lots of goals, but as long as we improve on last season then I'm happy. Get out of the group stage and a comfortable 7/8/9 finish in the league. We have young players and this can be built upon in the future.
    2 points
  24. Good old fashioned plastic card for me
    2 points
  25. That's it for me exactly. There's far too much riding on Sanders and McClelland so we need another CB. Olufunwa...who knows but not hopeful. Midfield is a disaster area. The Smiths, McPake, MacPherson and Kucheravyi are poor. The signings of MacPherson and McPake is actually staggering. An absolute waste of money. There's a lot resting on Sprangler and Essels. Just not convinced at all. Such a big squad with such little quality.
    2 points
  26. Wish Matt Smith fricken would....
    2 points
  27. Just thought this was a nice post ..
    2 points
  28. Just over 2,000 sold as of Friday not including padded seats area.
    2 points
  29. garydavidson

    New Owner

    I had a feeling you would have 😁 An excellent idea and great to see it happening.
    1 point
  30. sixties saintee

    New Owner

    Run by the one and only Sam McKenna, also a shop at the side o the Playhouse, instrumental in setting up Saints bingo, if you go that far back, an getting Barrosa built, ignored by Saints, as Geoff couldn't get his hands on it.Should be in our hall o fame.
    1 point
  31. glenrothes saintee

    New Owner

    I bought a Saints hold-all there circa 1970, carried my school books and fitba boots in it when I went to Auchmuty School in Glenrothes
    1 point
  32. 1 point
  33. Melbourne Saint

    New Owner

    I like what Mr Webb says, but I want Saints TV upgraded . I get up at 2am I am
    1 point
  34. We'll just have to make Europe to avoid the hassle going forward
    1 point
  35. That's as daft as the League Split. Why cant Scottish Fitba not keep things simple 😏 You win your group, you get seeded but I guess if there is only 8 games so kinda makes sense. Thanks for clearing that up 😉
    1 point
  36. Not quite, a win v Alloa and a draw on Saturday would see us finish top. Would it be great to win all games though after last year 😀
    1 point
  37. Probably not although back in the 1960's we had Kemp, Kerray, Kilgannon and McKinven!
    1 point
  38. With the Manager making Cameron captain, he probably does not share that view. There are players at that level in England, and The National League, who would stroll it in Scotland.
    1 point
  39. I mean, Davidson’s thing was to sign players “proven at this level” so is that something we’re aiming for? If a player is proven at this level we either can’t afford them or their best days are behind them.
    1 point
  40. One thing I noticed in the first half yesterday was we look far more capable of attacking down the wings when we play a back four. Keltjens and Raymond both looked eager to overlap which meant they were getting close to the goal line and able to send in more effective crosses (which our first goal came from). Keltjens in particular seems really good at crossing from those positions. When we revert to using wing-backs we end up with one wide player on each side often with way too much work to do, getting nowhere near the goal line, and any attempts to attack down the wings either see us trying to cross from much further back or just peter out completely. Really hope the back four is something we're going to persist with, though I always have my doubts with Levein. I just think he's always going to default to wanting more men behind the ball.
    1 point
  41. I don’t necessarily disagree, but I think it depends what you are measuring progress against. The simple fact is this year we have 6 points after 2 games, last year we got 3 points from all 4. That’s progress. If we qualify for the next round, that’s the next progression. After last season, it’s got to be small steps.
    1 point
  42. I think the reality is the middle ground between Levein being a shitemare disaster and yesterday being a sign of progress. Morton, by their fans accounts, were playing without their starting 2 CBs and are trying to work out a way to play without their 2 best attackers who both left in the Summer. There's pretty heavy caveats around how good they are just now. We were okay but there's a lack of quality where it matters still and errors that can't be made every week. Sanders was generally fine but got caught under the ball twice without getting punished. We defended two set plays poorly giving away free headers, and MacPherson/Essel were being caught in possession in midfield often. I don't think the performances this season demand Leveins sacking and think this deserves time to develop for longer, but I also don't think yesterday was a huge cause of hope either about the league season.
    1 point
  43. Squad update ... Goalkeepers Josh Rae - 2026 Ross Sinclair - 2026 Craig Hepburn - 2027 Defenders/wing backs Oludare Olufunwa - 2025 David Keltjens - 2025 Sam McClelland - 2025 Liam Parker - 2025 Kyle Cameron - 2025 - on loan from Notts County Bayley Klimoniek - 2025 - on loan at Forfar Athletic Jack Sanders - 2026 Andre Raymond - 2026 Midfielders/wingers Connor Smith - 2025 Max Kucheriavyi - 2025 Matt Smith - 2025 Alex Ferguson - 2025 Cammy MacPherson - 2025 Sven Sprangler - 2025 Graham Carey - 2025 Drey Wright - 2025 Arran Cocks - 2025 - on loan at Forfar Athletic Josh McPake - 2026 Fran Franczak - 2026 Taylor Steven - 2026 Aaron Essel - 2027 Forwards Stevie May - 2025 Nicky Clark - 2025 Benjamin Kimpioka - 2025 Adama Sidibeh - 2026 Uche Ikpeazu - 2026 Makenzie Kirk - 2026 Departures Dave Richards - end of loan, returns to Crewe, signed for Dundee Utd Luke Robinson - end of loan, returns to Wigan Athletic Diallang Jaiyesimi - end of loan, returns to Charlton Athletic, signed for Leyton Orient Chris Kane - end of contract, signed for Dunfermline Athletic Jack Wills - end of contract, signed for Queen's Park James Brown - end of contract Andy Considine - end of contract, retired from playing Callum Booth - end of contract, signed for Spartans Tony Gallacher - end of contract Ali Crawford - end of contract Cammy Ballantyne - end of contract, signed for Linfield Dimitar Mitov - sold to Aberdeen for undisclosed fee Liam Gordon - end of contract, signed for Motherwell Ryan McGowan - end of contract, signed for Livingston Daniel Phillips - end of contract, signed for Stevenage
    1 point
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  45. 1 point
  46. Back on planet earth...we were comfortable and well organised if not spectacular. Good to see that players can now play multiple positions, and look reasonably comfortable. Some sloppy passing from MacPherson and McClelland at times. Some players need a bit more time to bed in. It feels like we have a clear game plan, and whilst it's not hugely thrilling, everyone knows what they're doing and they do it reasonably effectively, which hasn't been the case for a few years. Kirk obviously not here to make up the numbers, and showed that he can offer something. After the subs it got a bit messy, and some players struggled with the system. Kimpioka was MoM for me for some good finishing and hold up play.
    1 point
  47. I don't think Sprangler is long back from a serious injury tbf, not sure he featured in any friendly either?
    1 point
  48. Midfield still an issue don't understand why Sven doesn't get a start
    1 point
  49. Think I'll judge at end of window but we need to get a few players out either permanently or loans
    1 point