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  1. Duke Gekantawa

    Christie Elliott

    I completely agree. I've said before, that I genuinely believe Elliot would be much more highly regarded had he arrived at the club as a right back (even if it had still took him a season or two to come good). He has been excellent as a full back for a few seasons now (with the exception of earlier this season where he had a complete loss of confidence and form). However, he did seem to fully recover form this blip. I'm not sure why, but because he arrived as a striker, a position at which he was simply not very good, his subsequent performance as a fullback has largely been downplayed, with "limited but always puts in the effort" usually used somewhat dismissively. Of course, all our players are limited, particularly those with long service, or else they would likely move on to a higher level. However Elliot has been one of our best and most reliable players for some time now, and looked completely within his depth in the Premiership. I expect he really will be missed.
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    Doolan

    I, like many, am not completely convinced by Gary Caldwell. I, like many, would have kept Doolan, as I think he could still be asset this season. I, like everyone, feel privileged to have seen a true legend in my time supporting the club. However, while Caldwell is manager, he has to be entrusted with these decisions. He has a finite and limited budget and has to make his own decisions as to how this budget is best spent. He will be judged on the outcome of these decisions. It would be unfair if he was obligated (or felt obligated) to offer any player a contract if he thinks that money could be better spent elsewhere, either purely for sentimental reasons or if others think he is wrong. Caldwell is stamping his mark on the team, as is his prerogative. Next season, it will be undoubtedly his team on the park. This will be the true indicator of his managerial ability. He alone will take the plaudits or flak due, depending on how it goes.
  3. Duke Gekantawa

    Last word on 2018/19 ?

    While I think some of Sandy's criticism of Caldwell was OTT (in terms of quantity and relentlessness, anyway)- I got no impression whatsoever that he actively wanted us to lose. In fact he made it explicitly clear that he wanted us to win in each match thread, and his posts were largely celebratory when we did (before reverting to criticism of Caldwell, of course). I therefore think you're being unfair. Anyway, in the spirit of the original poster, here's some musical light relief:
  4. Duke Gekantawa

    Jacqui Low

    Ultimately, for a club of our size, we've won very little in our history- in terms of "major" trophies: just the two cups. One cup nearly 100 years ago and one cup nearly 50 years ago. We've also spent a considerable portion of the last 50 years outside the top division. That's a lot of failed managers and chairmen.
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    Jacqui Low

    In answer to the specific question, St. Mirren did this two years ago (avoiding the play-off on goal difference). They then won the Championship last year. Things can change around quickly. Edited to say: I've just appreciated that you say "from top 6" which St. Mirren never achieved. However, they did when the League cup in the season immediately preceding their relegation, which is a comparable achievement.
  6. Duke Gekantawa

    PTFC v QoS 4/5/19

    Really,? as much as four?
  7. Duke Gekantawa

    Caldwell’s Massive 7 Days

  8. Duke Gekantawa

    Caldwell Like or Loathe

    Goodwin has undoubtedly done superbly with Alloa this season. However this does not necessarily mean he’d be a good manager at a full time club. I remember Ian Murray doing an equally remarkable job at Dumbarton (possibly better considering the position they were in when he took them over) keeping them in the Championship for two seasons before being lured away at St. Mirren. At St. Mirren he was a disaster and they were very fortunate that Jack Ross was so good that he was able to salvage the season from what looked an impossible position. And, of course, Dick Campbell continues to prove himself as an excellent part time club manager. Goodwin may be successful at a bigger club, of course- I’m just saying that it’s no where near as certain as some seem to think here.
  9. Duke Gekantawa

    Season 2019-20

    I’d definitely keep Elliot, as he’s one of the best right backs in the division. Wouldn’t disagree with much else, You’ve not mentioned McGinty, who’s an interesting case. A few weeks ago, there would be no question that we should get rid. More recently, he’s been one of our best and most consistent performers. Maybe worth another punt? Add Fitzpatrick to the keeps (obviously) and there is a decent core there.
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    Caldwell Like or Loathe

    I posted this immediately after the final whistle on another thread- it probably belongs here: So the season is over. I’ve tended to avoid the Caldwell debate, largely because I’m not sure what to think. This remains the case. Back at around Christmas, I posted that Caldwell should be punted forthwith. I also said, assuming this won’t happen, he should only be given another season if his team shows sustained promotion challenging form; simply staying up by the skin of our teeth on the final day is not enough, So where are we now? We’ve gone into the final day in danger of relegation. On the face of it, that’s not good enough. However we’ve also shown sustained promotion challenging form. A form table of the past 15 games- close to half a season- shows us third, two points off United in second. Based on this, along with our survival and 6th place finish, I think he has objectively done enough, to be fair.  I somehow can’t warm to him, however. If he wins promotion next season though...
  11. Duke Gekantawa

    Caldwell’s Massive 7 Days

    So the season is over. I’ve tended to avoid the Caldwell debate, largely because I’m not sure what to think. This remains the case. Back at around Christmas, I posted that Caldwell should be punted forthwith. I also said, assuming this won’t happen, he should only be given another season if his team shows sustained promotion challenging form; simply staying up by the skin of our teeth on the final day is not enough, So where are we now? We’ve gone into the final day in danger of relegation. On the face of it, that’s not good enough. However we’ve also shown sustained promotion challenging form. A form table of the past 15 games- close to half a season- shows us third, two points off United in second. Based on this, along with our survival and 6th place finish, I think he has, objectively feeling, done enough, to be fair. I somehow can’t warm to him, however. If he wins promotion next season though...
  12. Duke Gekantawa

    What team(s) have Thistle relegated?

    I think Stranraer was managed by Gerry Britton at the time
  13. Duke Gekantawa

    What team(s) have Thistle relegated?

    We definitely relegated Airdrie with that win.
  14. Duke Gekantawa

    vs Alloa 20/4

    I think we’d struggle to find a better right back. I genuinely believe him to be premiership quality, as he has proven. Since January he’s been one of our best performers and has come back strongly after a terrible loss of form and confidence earlier on in the season.
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    vs Alloa 20/4

    To be fair to Azeez, he played in every league game (at least up to the split) in our best season in decades. He might not of scored many, but his single season tenure was ultimately successful.
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