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  1. I think that 'partnership' is a waste of both their talents.
  2. barkblue

    Five Players Required.

    Appreciate that mate. Those of us who haven't seen the younger players prior to them hitting the first team maybe presume too easily that we're seeing them in their natural positions. Or that maybe we should be seeing them in their natural positions!
  3. barkblue

    Dundee V Peterhead Sat 20th July 2019

    That definitely echoes my thoughts on Nicholl mate.
  4. barkblue

    Dundee V Peterhead Sat 20th July 2019

    Good enough for me mate.
  5. I don't see many other options. Killie's crowds will drop away if the guy in charge there doesn't get things right and we will end up with crowds around the 3000 mark if we don't have a good season, so while I loathe St.J I don't see all that much difference on that basis.
  6. barkblue

    Dundee V Peterhead Sat 20th July 2019

    Difficult to say what a guy's strengths are without seeing what happens behind the scenes on a daily basis. I'm only basing it on the excellent, organised football his team played way back when. To be fair, I can't remember who his assistant was back then, but whoever it was, maybe they were the tactical guy.
  7. From memory (maybe wrong, but I know after admin two he had an agreement to leave if a top flight club came in for him) both St Mirren and Kilmarnock were in a division above the one he'd been playing in with us if he had stayed. It's a moot point and all ancient history now though.
  8. barkblue

    Dundee V Peterhead Sat 20th July 2019

    The only thing that is rocket science, is rocket science, so it's a completely redundant turn of phrase to use regarding football. It also comes across as you just trying to wind folk up.
  9. barkblue

    Dundee V Peterhead Sat 20th July 2019

    Watching his young Raith side (which we did a lot back then - me and my brother went round the grounds that season and started choosing Raith games because they were so good to watch), he was an excellent tactician. He's been a number two for a long time now so it's harder to judge exactly what he is now, to be honest.
  10. barkblue

    Dundee V Peterhead Sat 20th July 2019

    Not having a go mate but you really do, in my completely irrelevant opinion, undo a lot of your well reasoned (whether I agree or not) posts with throwaway cliches like that, that basically no one else agrees with. Football can be as simple of as complicated as we want it to be and I 100% agree that a lot of managers seem desperate to make it as complicated as possible but being a football manager, with the full gamut of responsibilities that entails, is not a straight forward thing to be good at.
  11. barkblue

    Dundee V Peterhead Sat 20th July 2019

    If anyone can find McInally's short radio Scotland post-match interview it 100% tallies up with Huggs' post above. He stated that he's said pre-match (which I didn't hear) that they were confident that they could get something from the game purely from those points and it definitely worked. It's a real worry that we're so easy to negate and that with a guy like Nicholl running the show from the bench, so bereft of a way to change it. That in itself doesn't bode particularly well, although we are still a work in progress.
  12. barkblue

    Five Players Required.

    I think that's a correct interpretation of how things unfolded. I do think that folk were booing more at the situation and 'yet another' backwards pass but there's no getting away from it being Robertson and Cunningham who were moving the ball between them at that specific time. In itself that was unfortunate and pretty much undoubted that the youngsters will have heard it. That also made it pretty cringeworthy. Cunningham did OK for himself in his short time and it was good that Nicholl had faith in him to bring him on in the situation we found ourselves in. From the three younger players he looked the one least prepared for where he found himself, with every first touch he took taking him towards our goal and his first thought to move the ball back to his defence. However, the senior pro's should be helping him with much better movement and MUCH better communication. I was DELIGHTED for him when he took the best penalty of the 9 that were taken.
  13. barkblue

    Five Players Required.

    That mine is always right?
  14. I get what you're saying mate but you could say the same about Harkins the second and third time he joined us. He had tried his luck in a higher division and down south and neither had really worked out. Arguably it's been all downhill since as well. May maybe feels that he needs a familiar, positive situation around him to rebuild his confidence and in truth the only place that has been (other than on loan at Airdrie and Alloa) is St Johnstone, although he did start well at Sheffield Wednesday before being hit by injury. Maybe e year deal with them and then reassess again could be his most sensible option but I personally hope he ends up at Dens.
  15. I think we are all guilty (and understandably so) of seeing this from a purely DFC standpoint. May, it would appear, has a lot to weigh up, with 3,4, maybe 12 options to consider. Some will offer him more money, some will offer him more game time. Some will see him have to drop a level, some will see him have to relocate and so on. He's in an industry with a short opportunity to earn a living and arguably this move could be make or break for his career. If he needs time to consider and see every option he has and weigh all that up - and he still ends up at Dens, then for me he'll be here for the right reasons. I'm coming round to the opinion that we'd be better off trying to get someone like May in if we can because the last three seasons of working with bit parts up front has failed dismally. I'd rather we backed a guy who has at least something of a track record than ended up either going with what we've got or bringing in more short term gambles like last season. Will it work? Who knows but something needs to change. For me Nelson is much more effective and part of the game with a partner. This working McDaid and Gowser off him (and I thought Gowser started well and it was telling that McInally said after the game that they'd hoped to try and force Gowser deeper and deeper and that it worked. making him less effective) leaves Nelson simply running around chasing lost causes. We were better once Curran came on so if we can add someone who will make Nelson better while adding 10 goals as well, then that has to be a good thing. At least for me it does anyway.
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