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  1. That seems to me a short-sighted way of looking at it. Undoubtedly we did go backwards when the new players were brought in. But they were brought in with the normal belief that there would be some time to bed them in. It was never the case that they were all going to hit the ground running. It seemed to me that the team was bedding in just as the close down happened. Also, every major recruitment (never mind one as hasty as this) was always going to include utter duds. Even great managers will employ rubbish. That's why it is important for there to be time to identify them and put them aside. And as for no credit? Surely some credit in getting decent form out of Caldwell's team is due? I'm not sure if I understand your total negativity for a manager who was at the helm for a few months, inherited a truly dire squad, and only managed the team for a few weeks with a squad he had any input in whatsoever.
  2. I think he was (and we were) particularly unlucky with the timing of the season closure. I thought he did a very good job of turning around a bunch of the near complete duds he inherited, to the point that our form picked up considerably approaching the transfer window. Then he took a big gamble in attempting a comprehensive overhaul of the squad mid-season. This was always going to take time to pay off and bed-in the new team (and work out who the duds where, as it was inevitable there will be some in such a rushed mid-season influx). We'll never know if the gamble would've paid off, but I personally saw signs of genuine improvement in the couple of games up to season closure (albeit after our form falling off a cliff over winter). Also, there is something perverse in saying a manager had plenty of time in turning the form around, when he takes over a team almost immediately after the window shuts and he's stuck with a pig's breakfast of a squad for 6 months. That he got as much as he did out of them, I believe, deserves credit.
  3. The pre-injury O’Ware maybe. The O’Ware I watched last season would look out of his depth in the Lowland League
  4. Unless he's spectacularly lacking in self-awareness, I suspect that knowing you've been voted as top forward as a joke is not likely to be good for confidence. It may be useful for his CV if he leaves the Scottish game though.
  5. Probably the most inappropriate appointment since Tony Blair was appointed Middle East peace envoy
  6. https://ptfc.co.uk/ptfc-news/board-update-17th-june-2020/?fbclid=IwAR3GCHhLCGDYj0cbrud8PvAoZcr38CK2YS426c_LSTa4rlHe9sAgNVdCWcg Wednesday 17th June, 2020 at 5:13pm Heart of Midlothian Football Club and Partick Thistle Football Club have today lodged a petition with the Court of Session to challenge the unfair and unjust decision of the SPFL to enforce relegations, to the extreme detriment of those clubs affected. Unfortunately, Scottish football has been unable to pull together at this time of national crisis to obviate the need for this legal challenge. We desperately hoped Court action would not be necessary, but we were left with no other option. For clarity, our petition does not seek to set aside or unravel the fee payments made to clubs, nor indeed the declaration of Champions, or the nomination of clubs who will participate in European competition. Instead, the petition primarily seeks to reduce the unfair resolution insofar as it changed the SPFL’s rules on promotion and relegation. If that remedy is not granted by the Court, we seek, in the alternative, awards of compensation relative to the significant financial loss which the unfair relegations will visit upon us. As matters stand, we have not asked the Court to grant an interim interdict which would prevent next season commencing on 1 August. However, we have to reserve our right to do so in the event that becomes necessary. We would emphasise instead that we have no wish to disrupt Scottish football but rather our aim is to have the proceedings litigated to a conclusion as quickly as possible. In that regard, the Court has today granted our motion to reduce the normal period within which the SPFL must answer our petition to 7 days. No further comment will be made by either Club at this time.
  7. I've paid about that (via a season ticket) for the past three years to watch the men's team and the product has largely been unadulterated horsepish.
  8. There is a fundamental issue of giving the Old Firm preferential treatment over their peers simply because they are the OF. I know this has always happened anyway- but to actually enshrine it as a rule (OF colt teams allowed but no other colt teams) is absolutely unacceptable
  9. I genuinely look forward more going to these sides than to watch us play the Old Firm, sadly.
  10. Because it might be cheaper than paying for Furlough and/or unemployment benefit should the clubs fail entirely
  11. I thought (and it's a subtle difference), that it ensured that the Old Firm had an effective collective veto. While it's not evident at the moment, the Old Firm (as the term applies) have tended to work together for the good of the Old Firm. This rule ensures nothing could pass without their collective say so.
  12. He had plenty of ability- but zero heart and application. Never seemed to care.
  13. I would add: During which time many cities had to be rebuilt, the NHS and welfare state was formed and the population boomed.
  14. The cultural differences and relationship between citizenry and government make that impossible here. I think that is broadly the approach the UK tried at first (though more muddled), but here so many people ignored it. As the article explains: “What it has done differently is it has very much relied on its relationship with its citizenry and the ability and willingness of its citizens to implement self-distancing and self-regulate,” Ryan said. “In that sense, they have implemented public policy through that partnership with the population.”
  15. In 1988 the English first (top) division had 21 teams during a reconstruction from 22 to 20 over two years (it went back up to 22 a couple of years later and then back to 20 in the mid-nineties (by then EPL).