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  1. Agree with your first statement, but what do you mean by the second? He's financially invested in the club, he can't just walk away, there is literally no option for him. We took a large loan (correctly) fae the Scottish government, and took in a shite load of cash in player sales to plug the hole.
  2. The Merkland thing was put on a plate for him by the fans. Fuck knows why Milne didn't do that sooner. But a good move, as you say. There's a certain level of job that you expect complete competence in, and Cormack is at that level. If your only attribute is being able to put money in that you earned in another field, then it's good to raise questions as fans. Unfortunately, "Cormack oot" is not how it works (nor "Milne oot!"). However, Cormack has so far shown complete footballing naivety and that he's not fit for purpose in the role as chairman and thus may be better taking a non-exec role or simply watering down the Chairman's involvement, as happens in most other companies (football being the exception). The Atlanta linkup has so far been an absolute failure. There appears to be little similarity between the teams, and literally an ocean between them. The signing of Hernandez was a disaster, not just because he was a terrible footballer, but the fact that we blew our budget out of the North Sea and I'm guessing that would have raised resentment. His handling of the McInnes departure was awful. We could all see McInnes' flaws, and Cormack did nothing to attempt to address them. The January transfer window was an absolutely disgraceful way to treat a manager and left us a window behind where we should have been. He made no attempt to get a recruitment specialist in until McInnes left, when both club and manager desperately needed one. He took the budget approach to Director of Football, which is fine, but don't do it after McInnes left and don't do it after you've appointed your pre-ordained manager. The appointment of Glass was indeed pre-ordained, and an absolute shambles. The fact that he tried to lie about it was just embarrassing. The appointment of Brown was pathetic, with the club doing nothing to address the racism element and force an apology - it was weak as fuck, and we're left in a weak as fuck position now that our manager is failing. He should never been offered a position on the coaching staff, that should have been a future role based on merit within the club. Jack fucking Gurr. That's just fucking wrong. He's made many errors, and I think it's good that, as fans, we continue to highlight them. It's like watching Milne going through the learning process all over again. He's paid his money, bought his toy. Well done to him.
  3. I'm waiting for the price to come down after relegation
  4. Agree about McGinn. However, I'm far more concerned about Brown than Ferguson. He's been good in a few games this season, but overall been average. Last night he was honking and being outplayed by Adam who he was directly up against (unlike Ferguson). I said it when we signed Brown, his best attribute was getting in people's faces, winning the ball and being fit. He hasn't been the guy advancing forward with the ball, making amazing passes, moving the ball quickly and taking the odd shot. He's not the ageing pirlo or modric. He's just ageing. He's not even Barry Robson. I think he's beginning to see it too, as are his teammates and most certainly the opposition. Look at what Adam offered his team and his fellow midfielders last night, it was night and day from Brown. He brought others into the game, quickly moved the ball on, used his attributes to their limits. Brown doesn't have any attributes to offer us anymore and that should have been obvious when he was playing for the Tims last season. He's nowhere near the level Shinnie was when he left us a few seasons back and that's the standard we should be aiming for at Aberdeen, or have a player that's capable of working towards that. For the money, we should have got someone far better, with far more of a future ahead of them. Brown is by no means poor, but he's not good enough to do what we're expecting of him (and he's suffering from our failed setup as much as everyone else). It's difficult to estimate how poor a signing it was to be honest. It reeked of inexperience and insecurity. Compare it to the signing of Robson by McInnes. McInnes kept it professional, signing a guy with fantastic qualities and making him a part of a team that McInnes was firmly in control of. He didn't make him captain, he didn't bow to his demands at being an assistant or a coach without evidence (I can guarantee that it was discussed and McInnes will have said it was a possibility if he proved himself, which he subsequently has). That allowed us to drop and recall Robson as and when required and use him as an example for guys like Jack to learn from and he bossed around by. He was used as a transitional pawn to take us from the Brown era to something better, with an improved Jack, Shinnie, McLean and even Ferguson following on from. That's what managers do, they don't build some guy up into some sort of superstar who's going to blow everyone else out of the water (see McGhee with Hartley). It shows the absolute naivety of the manager and the chairman. Where does Cormack go from here? Sack Glass, but keep Brown? Insist that Brown retains his place in any future management team? Demote Brown to player only? Sack Brown alongside Glass, leaving the rest of the team bitter and a bit rudderless? We've played ourselves into such an obvious hole, it's embarrassing. That's what "the process" has done for us. Ferguson's a young lad, struggling in a formation that doesn't suit him in a place he doesn't want to be. He's a sideshow.
  5. I believe that if we all vote for first, then it'll happen. Which, incidentally, is Glass' strategy too.
  6. The whole link up with Atlanta was his doing and so far it's been atrocious. Although we can't really get rid of him now that he's named the training ground after himself.
  7. He wouldn't even change formation, do I doubt he'd quit.
  8. Aye, it's been average to say the least. Gallagher been an improvement on McRorie and Bates, that's about it. Still looks like we're playing the 4-3-3, but it does look like we're allowing Ferguson to play a lot higher and he hasn't done particularly well despite a few shots. I think he struggles in that formation and, actually, alongside Brown who generally hogs that area that Ferguson prefers to play in.
  9. Good signing for them. Think it's one we'll regret eventually. Although it did seem a very strange situation, so wouldn't blame the club.
  10. The good thing about Moldova is that it's the first of the two fixtures. The double header does seem to throw up a few difficulties for us. A big first fixture and we struggle to match that in the second, as if we've already done the hard work. A poor first fixture and we are a bit shaky in the second. It must be a difficult psychology for the manager, it's not really like anything else in football. A European game is two legs against the same team, which gives it the air of a single game. It's almost like we have to treat each game in a double header as a single fixture, where it only counts if you meet your objectives in both.
  11. That's the thing, if you don't screw up one of those then the Italy game doesn't matter (wasn't our goal offside too?). The only time I can think of a decision that was ridiculously contentious was the Henry handball against Ireland that sent them out in a playoff. But those clear cut bad decisions - rather than subjective calls - are really not that common. It's best just to let them go and deal with any missed red cards etc afterwards like we do currently. Even the lauded goal line technology gets used about once a season. It's just not required.
  12. I can't think of a single bad decision we've had over the years that's made a difference. It pales into insignificance when you count the number of times we've played terribly, put out a poor team, chose the wrong tactics etc. That we expect absolute perfection from refs is bizarre. It's entirely designed by TV viewers for TV, with supporters who actually attend games kept in the dark. Perfect for the greatest league in the world.
  13. Nope. The ref awarded the goal last night, var decided to dick about for five minutes checking 800 replays for a "clear and obvious" error. After spending three minutes looking at an offside call also given. Unless you mean the Austria game? That was a classic example of var not really working. Adams penalty was such a 50-50 call, you just didn't need a twat in a room overturning that decision. Similarly against Israel, if the ref is too shite to think Dykes' challenge was a foul then he shouldn't be reffing (I actually think that he gave the foul safe in the knowledge he could use var to check). Either way, slim has it correct. Although I'd say that you can never have subjective technical accuracy. It simply doesn't exist, and - ironically - if people had taken two minutes to think about it before implementing, that would have been clear and obvious.
  14. Aye, that was atrocious. What fucking game was Clarke watching, and how often is he going to make the mistake of not making changes? Every fucking time. A complete fluke that we got away with it. Christie, Fraser, McTominay all gash and Dykes not much better until he scored. Dreadful performance. That striker role is going to be the doing of us, we're just not good enough in there and with Dykes out for Moldova because of that fucking awful ref, we're going to struggle. Special mention for the abomination that is var again tonight. Time to accept you got it wrong uefa, it's fucking awful. Ruins the game.
  15. So you've taken Nisbet's stats from last season to compare to this season's stats for Christie (whilst deducting a goal from Christie just for good measure)? Seems reasonable.
  16. Interesting tactic of adding the number of appearances to the number of goals to get a total number of goals for Nisbet. I don't think that's how it works.
  17. You seem determined to shoehorn Nisbet into the team HD. Did you watch the Moldova game at Hampden? One of the worst performances by a striker I've seen. He was terrible. Adams movement and hold up play was good for us when others were struggling in the first half. He makes space for others very well and works hard. He's not as good, but reminds me of Kenny Miller. A good team player. Nisbet should be launched into the Faroe sea. We had seventeen shots last night, with nine on target, scoring three. Think the lack of shots criticism was harsh.
  18. Aye, that was cracking. Great way to win against those time wasting fucks. Totally deserved and a fantastic second half all round. The ref was fucking rank, what the fuck he was doing with var for our great second goal, I don't know. Totally ruined the moment. Fucking weird. Just get the easy decision right. Some bounce at the third, well done McTominay, assuming he got a deserved boot up the arse at halftime. Well done again Clarke, we've not been in this type of position in qualifying in a long time.
  19. It's probably a little harsh, but in the main I agree. We just don't need him in most games.
  20. Actually, I forgot one fucking obvious point when I was calling Newcastle Huns. They've just been bought by the fucking royal family. You couldn't get more Hun. It is literally the equivalent of Prince Charles buying your club. If Prince Charles was also the leader of the Tory party. It's the staunchest thing this side of the moon. I've heard working class Sunderland are asking Jeff Bezos to pay his workers a little less so that he can make them the biggest, biggest team in the best league in the world.
  21. Meh. You could replace Newcastle with Aberdeen in that argument. They're not a proper working class team. If they were, they'd be walking away from the Saudi dictator. Even yer Man United weirdos went full on new team when the glazers arrived - and they hadn't murdered journalists. I've nothing against Newcastle. The only EPL game I've seen was at St James', it's a cracking ground in the best location.
  22. ^^^this. Adams and dykes were excellent against Austria, there's no chance we'd be splitting up that pairing. McTominay will be lucky to start too, he's nae been great for Scotland. Looking forward to it. Hopefully it won't be a total shambles getting in this time. I notice they've said that they won't be refusing entry for folk with no vaccine passport, which is useful.
  23. There's bound to be a rule where lower division teams don't have to pay compensation. Remember, the Huns were down there a long time.
  24. Good question. It becomes Hunnish when you buy your way to success, getting yourself in debt (whether that be bank or donor) and operate way beyond your means for an extended period of time. Whether successful or not of course. The Huns were still total Huns in the championship losing league and playoff. There is a good argument that teams like Kelty, Bora, Cove Huns are just finding their level. Alternatively, you have the Newcastle situation, where you turn a blind eye to the nefarious cunt buying your club and bask in his money. Like Charles Green, the easdales and so on. The player equivalent would be goodwillie of course - that was fucking Hunnish. It doesn't currently happen at pittodrie, but we've seen glimpses in the past. Milne's cheap attempt to become the Huns, whilst retaining the voting structure was unforgivable for example. The Hernandez signing looked like it might be the start of something, but that was just a weird anomaly it seems. The training ground is capital expenditure, as would a new stadium, designed to increase turnover and doesn't fall into the operating category. Hope that clarifies it for you. I think we have to bear in mind that my classification of Hunnishness isn't subject to law.
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