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Reverend Lovejoy

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    Pastor of the Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism First Church of Springfield.
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  1. Reverend Lovejoy

    Jim Duffy

    You'd better prepare to be disappointed then.
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    Jim Duffy

    I know that we can be successful but I don't think that we should expect success. What is success anyway?, it's open to interpretation and means different things to different people. For me having a realistic expectation level means that anything that surpasses that level brings more joy. If I go to games expecting wins and cup runs I know that I'll be disappointed more often than not. I've set my expectation stall out just below where I think, in the average season, we'll be and anything that surpasses is a welcome bonus.
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    Jim Duffy

    Totally share this view. We haven't won anything of note for over 45yrs and have competed once in Europe in a similar period of time. We've been up and down like a prostitute's knickers and been owned by our nearest rivals more often than not. I'd suggest that a top 4 Championship finish is realistic, with promotion being the ultimate short term goal. Looking forward I'd say prioritising home wins in the Premiership should be an aim and retaining our top league place, if promotion is achieved, should be the priority. The cups are a bonus. I'd forget about budgets and the size of the support, sleeping giant fairytales and past glories. All these things only serve to increase the levels of expectation and drag us down. Within reason and with the opposition taken into account we should set out to entertain the fans, it's what we pay our money for. Putting a smile on our faces should be an expectation and not up for negotiation.
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    Now the Season From Hell Is Over....

    Was thinking exactly the same. We went to Raith a few seasons ago and Jim dug us out of a hole with 2, injury time I think, goals. Utility player with just a little bit of quality who could run all day.
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    Now the Season From Hell Is Over....

    One of our biggest problems in recent seasons has been that we've continually ripped up the squad and rebuilt. We've already released a huge number of players but we need to retain some to at least have some level of continuity. Total change will only result in more uncertainty and more team building to be done.
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    Now the Season From Hell Is Over....

    I think the danger when dropping into the Championship is that you spend a chunk of your budget on ex-premiership players and you,and they, expect it to be a walk in the park because they've played at a higher level. I think in past seasons once we realised that we needed a different type of player to make up the nucleus of the squad and then topped that up with a bit of quality rather than vice versa we done ok. The likes of the afore mentioned Davo & Benny done great for us in the Championship but wouldn't/couldn't cut the mustard when we stepped up.
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    Who do you think will be next?

    It must've dropped then.
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    Most Damaging Signings

    He was a wide player you are correct but he played on the opposite side to Connor. Totally agree with your recollection of his ability whilst at Dens, he was never remotely close to being as bad as he's been made out to be.
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    Most Damaging Signings

    Not too sure mate.
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    Team v St Mirren

    Probably because he was being asked to do something he wasn't comfortable with mate. O'Dea was a far better player when we stopped fannying about and passing it from the back. Interestingly though we reverted back to playing it out yesterday at times but I thought young Robertson was very comfortable accepting the ball from Hamilton amongst a load of bodies.
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    Who do you think will be next?

    £14.99 on Amazon.
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    News:McPake Declares Interest In Dundee Job

    Looking further ahead I see that Nelms has given a fairly firm 2021as the date for the new stadium, he's also regularly stated that the venture isn't dependant on the league we're playing in. FPS just simply wouldn't be here if they didn't think that the Campy development will go ahead because that's where they'll make their money. With that in mind I think they'll attempt to keep costs down this season with the appointment of McPake and speak to a close circle of experienced confidants as and when required rather than adding anyone else in particular to the payroll. The expected cash shortfalls will be offset by the parachute payment. That would only leave one season before Campy opened for them to balance the books if we failed to achieve promotion at the first attempt. If McPake is a disastrous appointment then the pay-off shouldn't be too great as he's already on the payroll and we'd just be topping up what we already pay him if we make him manager. If someone like Adams bombed it'd probably cost 6 figures to pay him off. Total speculation but based on my thoughts that FPS will attempt to get to stadium opening whilst spending as little of their own cash as possible.
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    Most Damaging Signings

    I thought he was signed in anticipation of a player moving (probably Brown) rather than being a direct replacement, could be wrong there though. I remember he had particularly good games in midweek draws at home to both Celtic and Hearts (sure he scored in the Hearts game) and if I recall correctly he also played in the famous Skol Cup win against Utd. I think you're right that the expectation level amongst the fans done him in. I think we were all expecting a superstar and we ended up with something a fair bit lower than the expectations we'd set. Still thought he was a decent player overall though and I'd expect him to be a standout in this season's Dee team.
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    Dundee Fc - Contracts for 19/20

    I wouldn't be surprised by that mate. He Tweeted this about an hour ago though- Finally a massive thank you to everyone involved at @DundeeFC . I’m gutted with how the season ended, I wish that it couldn’t have ended differently. But right now we all have to pick ourselves back up, enjoy the break and be ready to go again in June. See you all next season
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