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  1. According to the Robert-Koch-Institut in Germany, a pandemic like this comes in waves and is likely to last for two years. That would suggest that, unless there are surprisingly rapid breakthroughs in testing and/or in vaccination development, this season is gone and when the next season would have been played is a wipeout too.
  2. We are no longer at the containment stage, but at the stage where slowing down the infection rate is the main aim. One opinion is that, now that the virus is in the wild, it will never be removed, and infections will continue to recur, just as they do for flu. We can look on the bright side: because it's affecting many rich countries, every effort will be made to find treatment. The same effort is not put into the likes of Lassa fever or Ebola, because they mostly affect countries without the same medical resources or political weight.
  3. Schools are always sinks of any number of diseases, and the children may show no symptoms while passing on their infections at school, ready to be delivered to, say, grandparents at home.
  4. There is a major difference between Italy and the UK - the large influx of Chinese workers returning to the north of Italy after spending the Lunar New Year holiday at home. The Chinese Government (well, the Chinese Communist Party really, which is more powerful) knew of the new Coronavirus' existence in Wuhan in November 2019 but did not act until after the Lunar New Year in late January. Taiwan, which is in a similar situation and where many workers returned from China, had epidemic control measures already in place and has 45 cases of infection to date, in a population of 23 million with close links to China. Italy is paying for its connection to China. In the UK, there are plenty of Chinese people, but many are students, who cannot afford to take time off during the academic year, and others tend to be academics with similar considerations, if they're not already settled in the UK with families here. So the UK has more time to react than Italy had.
  5. Interesting to hear how McCall used public shaming of players. You would imagine those days, even then, were long over. Doolan's explanation of Simon Donnelly's play when Doolan joined was also fascinating. Donnelly was one of the most talented players ever at the club.
  6. The whole division knows who takes our penalties and which side he favours. The rest of the division has statistical analysis - but we dropped that in order to have 2 coaches as well as a manager.
  7. It would be much more difficult to pilot it after the end of the season (whatever the outcome), and then have to face the problems for weeks on end as people come back from holiday and have problems when they try to purchase tickets.
  8. Disgraceful! How could you impugn the value of our gnomes on their hallowed grassy slope? Shame on you!
  9. The last time I saw defending like that was at the 5-4 game at Hampden against Queens Park. As for building a team with a spine of Fox, O'Ware and Bannigan - in your dreams, McCall!
  10. Not a single clean sheet this season! Sneddon really should be applying for a transfer if he's not being allowed his chance.
  11. A great idea! Why not let the players find/make/buy their own kit? It would save a fair amount and the players would always feel comfortable in their own kit. Queen's Park did it and won the Scottish Cup!
  12. This, especially the highlighted bits. We've been appointing old boys for too long: it's time for a more professional approach to executive appointments. We could certainly learn from other countries. Enclosed are pics from a 4th tier football club in Germany, Lippstadt 08 <www.lippstadt08.de> - way more professional in appearance and, obviously, in efforts to gain sponsorship, than any Scottish effort I've ever seen. BTW, before anyone complains about us suffering because Glasgow has bigger clubs, this club has a Bundesliga club just up the road, in Paderborn. I've circled the electronic scoreboard next to the main pitch, which can also do video replays. Even before the club moved to its newish stadium, it had an electronic scoreboard of a more limited type, which showed time, the score, the time expired in each half and the temperature - in other words, superior to our current one. On the last occasion I recall it being mentioned, our club maintained that electronic scoreboards are terribly expensive. AFAIK, in the UK, they are, but other countries supply more capable models at much lower prices. Maybe showing a bit of initiative and looking online is too difficult, or maybe the dependence on English-language suppliers is a drawback. List of photos: practice pitches (also used for junior teams); rear of main stand; modern, convenient turnstiles - easy passage for spectators and comfortable for employees; the main pitch; the clubhouse and changing facilities; sponsors.
  13. Whatever the reasons, it would be good to have assertive business management requiring evidence of improvement. Perhaps the Working Group should be turning its thoughts to how the Club is managed here and now. Is Gerry Britton a hard-nosed businessman capable of asking difficult questions and making tough decisions? (I doubt it, but don't know enough about the inside dealings.) Surely a general manager should be asking McCall what two assistants can contribute (as opposed to an extra scout or specialist coach or other position) , if he can supply a reason for fielding a defence which has not had a clean sheet this season, whether the goalkeeping coaching is up to scratch, whether he has plans for dealing with injuries (McKinnon, Rudden) and to what extent he has data on the opposing teams and players in this division.
  14. My concern is that Archibald, as the assistant manager with experience in defending, was also behind advice to keep O'Ware.
  15. This. The goalkeeper should be protected from attacking players by his defenders. (I would still prefer Sneddon to Fox, but the latter was let down by his defenders, especially for the first goal.) It's not encouraging that O'Ware, who should be organising this, is being given a contract extension.