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  1. I thought the announcer must have pre-recorded his message on Walter Smith, and it cut out so the ref thought that was his cue and started the minute’s silence. The announcer then got the system working again and plodded on with it right through the minute’s silence. Was embarrassing, and was one thing I didn’t think was the ref’s fault last night. The tannoy system is very poor in the East Stand as well, struggle to make it out at times.
  2. As much as I rate him out wide, I think Kennedy is even better through the middle. It suits his all action style to be involved more, and he can take players on on either side through the middle. He also is fairly strong at holding the ball up, as well as spinning centre backs. Wright and Wotherspoon have done okay the past couple of games, but as much for their defensive work as their attacking play. Spoony was obviously excellent going forward v Accies, but I thought he was poor in possession against Hearts. However, he did put a good shift in and played his part in a battling victory. Wright was steady in both games, again not creating a lot, but playing his part at both ends of the park. I'd say both MOH and Swanson are generally bigger attacking threats than both Spoony and Wright, but neither are as good at the defensive end. That's why Spoony and Wright have been picked when we've been struggling and conceding goals; too make us more solid and harder to beat. And it's worked the past couple of games. But I'm struggling to see how Spoony or Wright made more of an attacking impact against Hearts than Kennedy.
  3. You are entitled to your opinion like everyone else obviously. But I read that and think it's unbelievable. Kennedy has been our best attacking player over the past 12 months by a long way. He makes things happen and is a constant thorn in the side for opposition defenders. Our top scorer last season and joint top this one. Regularly puts good deliveries into the box. He does give the ball away at times, but he's an attacking player taking a gamble on beating players, it's not always going to come off for him. The thing is he does it in the right areas, the final third. It's not as if he's trying to beat players and losing it in our own half. If we're still struggling in January, he will be the first player other teams try to sign on a PCA.
  4. Not sure about his wages, but I wouldn't be putting a 64 year old on the bench either!
  5. I know Callachan can be unpredictable at times, and isn't everyone's cup of tea, but watching today I thought his energy would have been a big plus in centre midfield for us. He also likes to drive forward with the ball, whereas when we did win it in centre midfield it felt like we were slow in driving up the pitch, and generally let kilmarnock get set up with men behind the ball.
  6. Yes. Pretty sure the figure was £48k per first team player. Outside six clubs (OF, Edinburgh teams, Aberdeen and Dundee) most of the rest were around the same, only a couple of grand in it either way, with the exception of Livi, who were a bit further back in 12th on £34k.
  7. That was horrendous. Bit of excitement beforehand, a buzz from a May signing, couple of hundred extra fans, and a shite flat performance. Absolutely total St Johnstone. Such an awful insipid match that even killie fans were sitting quietly in the second half despite winning away from home. Nothing to get the home support involved or excited about either. Killie went ahead then just sat in, probably bemused at our pathetic attempts at trying to get back in the match. They won’t have an easier 3points all season. We just gift goals every game. Killie were doing nothing and then from our free kick we give them the ball, they break forward and score, despite us having a chance to clear it. Shite crossing all game, pathetic free kicks from Tanser, just an absolute lack of pride in performance to show such poor quality to perform basic straightforward tasks. Especially after last weeks great display. Duffy looked terrified whenever he had the ball and just desperate for a teammate to take it off him. Kerr had a stinker of a first half as well. Liam Craig fairly anonymous. O’Halloran had a few positive runs, but we didn’t have much more invention than give him the ball and he runs at defenders and lets see what happens. We still desperately need a centre midfielder to get hold of the ball. The table doesn’t lie, and I think we deserve to be bottom.
  8. Like the idea of 2 up front, or Kennedy off May, but it's easy to get carried away because killie have had a poor start to the season. Their centre midfield is the best in the league outwith the OF, and has dominated ours over the past couple of seasons. I think it'll be a similar team to last week, possibly with May in for Kane. Not ideal having May as a lone striker, but I would worry we'd hardly get on the ball with just two in the middle. If it's not Power and Dicker together, then yes 4-4-1-1 with Kennedy off May. Probably comes across as quite negative, but we've struggled so much against killie for a while now, and I put that mostly down to their superior midfield, that I'm cautious about our set up. Love the idea of a Saints 3-0 win, but would be surprised as they're usually very tough to score against. Any kind of Saints win today is a good result to get us up the table especially with a few difficult matches coming up.
  9. A few other things that have come back to me: We will be charging OF fans £30 for games at McD this season to make extra money from them. I think that's what they charge us anyway? It means Saints fan walk ups will also be charged this, but there will be again be the deal where if they go with a season ticket holder then they get it much cheaper. We had 3 bids for Jason Kerr during the summer, from 2 or 3 different clubs. There was interest in Clark but no bids. Someone reckoned we sold May too cheaply the first time round. SB said a players' value is only what clubs are willing to pay for him. May had a bit of time left on his Saints contract, but his contract with his agent expired on the 31st December, so his agent was desperately pushing for a move to cash in. SB said once a player wants to move you have no choice but just get as much money as you can. Wednesday was the biggest offer, but it was also over 2 years whereas the others were mostly over 4 years which Saints thought was too risky with the climate of clubs going bust down there. SB was asked about including sell on clauses. There was one on the May deal but it wasn't reached. However Saints reckon it was, but the figure stated wasn't accurate so as to avoid paying Saints their cut. There was a very strong implication of an underhand payment to keep the stated price down. Saints looked into pursuing it through the English league/ FA, but it couldn't be proven at all. SB admitted it was a learning curve for Saints, and any future deals would be worded differently.
  10. Just for the sake of completion:- SB gave an account of the May saga that was so detailed it was day by day, who phoned who etc. It would take pages to relay it all. All shook and agreed about 5 minutes before KO at Ross County match, then Vine came back with 4 additional clauses a couple of days later. Adding upto over £50k extra I'm pretty sure the figure quoted. Saints said no on principle, but also because if word got out agents could change a deal after its agreed Saints would suffer from this again. There was something about May's agent had agreed a severance fee with Aberdeen. Once he had been released by Aberdeen he was to contact Saints and he would get signed for us. Saints kept checking spfl registrations site to see if May was released but nothing appeared. Saints wondered it was because Aberdeen staff were in Georgia on Europa business so there'd been a delay. Turned out SB phoned Milne who had a sweary rant about the agent. Once the deal with Saints had been agreed, he'd gone back to Aberdeen and wanted a bigger severance payment from them than the one that had already been agreed with them. Aberdeen said f**k off. So it didn't happen. Thats why for the deal to go through Saints have had to make up the balance of the severance fee, and we maybe can't afford another player (other than the full backs mentioned).
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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...
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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..
  17. 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....
  18. They're going to have to when we soar into third place (depending on what happens this week, obviously..)
  19. Matty was good, but thought if any of our wide players was in with a shout for making team of the week it would be O'Halloran.
  20. A cynical part of me wondered if he'd manipulated the situation to work a way out of the club. It just seemed far too quick for Killie to have been mentioned. Also, he had the season still on his contract, I don't think simply taking a strop in training or telling the manager to **** off is enough to be sacked, so it sounds as if it's a mutual termination of the deal. And would you agree to that if you didn't have another club lined up? Who knows? There might well be nothing in the killie rumours.
  21. Brilliant day out, and a really entertaining match. We were the better team. Another comeback point, especially equalising so late, can only build the self-belief and confidence of the players. The lack of fight previously was a huge worry, but the recent spirit gives a lot of hope. Fairly even first half with Hibs having the better chances, but second half was excellent from Saints. Great spirit and a lot of good football, mostly through the midfield, which was a revelation compared to the Livi match. Tanser was as good as he's been, the centre halves did well overall; the two of them look like quite a natural partnership. Duffy made some errors and looked a bit unsure in possession on occasions, but overall he did well, didn't look out of place at all, and you feel he'd benefit massively from a run of games. Ali McCann looks like he's as close to the type of possession-keeping midfielder we've been crying out for since Millar left. In the first half he dwelled on the ball a wee bit long a couple of times, butover the 90 minutes he looked brilliant. Sitting in front of the back 4 looks to be his best position so let's keep him there. Michael O'Halloran was tremendous. Watching him run at players is a great sight, and his finish was top drawer. As we've all been saying for a while, with a couple of key new players in we could be really good to follow this season.
  22. All fair points. The bother for me is that we have lost our ability to keep clean sheets and keep teams out. If we set up to invite Hibs onto us then them scoring feels inevitable. Their weakness is definitely in defence, and whilst I’m not saying we should be gung ho, playing on the front foot and having a go might be the better option. I think ultimately it will be 4-5-1 though.
  24. We played 4-3-3, with Roddy through the middle and Moore and Maskrey on either wing. Purely in terms of the way we played, that was the best attacking St Johnstone side I've ever watched over a season.