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 Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Murchadh  
Date:   Sun 14 Apr 20:57

Unsure why the original post was deleted - seems a strange decision but I’ll repost the thread to keep the healthy debate going.

Crawford has shown nothing in his time in charge to suggest he should be in charge next season. We should therefore open ourselves up to a proper recruitment process for a new manager when the season ends rather than what we did previously which was rush to a appoint an inexperienced individual who was already present within the club.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: gordi-b  
Date:   Sun 14 Apr 21:03

Agreed

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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Berkey  
Date:   Sun 14 Apr 21:07

I’d be worried if/when Davidson leaves. Craw not managed for 9 years and never recruited at full time level. Shields has never managed or recruited anyone.

We have to give him til December with his own team.

I like in hope that the fitba is murder the now as the squad he inherited doesn’t allow for any other way of playing.

Just sitting here drenched in my own positivity! AJ is gone!
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Sun 14 Apr 22:59

Has Davidson ever managed a team? I thought he was a coach. I find it weird that Davidson got most of the credit for our 5-game winning run but seems to be exempt from criticism now that we've hit a bad spell.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: DRreturns  
Date:   Sun 14 Apr 23:21

Calum Davison is not going to be here next season!

I’m here to take over!!
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Paristotle  
Date:   Mon 15 Apr 00:02

Yip it's definitely Crawford's fault that a team he inherited hit the woodwork twice and missed a penalty. He definitely should have done something about that.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Sliema Par  
Date:   Mon 15 Apr 06:11

It is crucial the Board gets Callum Davidson to stay.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: JamesAndrew74  
Date:   Mon 15 Apr 06:50

Quote:

Sliema Par, Mon 15 Apr 06:11

It is crucial the Board gets Callum Davidson to stay.


Why if we’re such a shambles and poor tactics etc?

I’m a fan of all 3 FWIW

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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Rastapari  
Date:   Mon 15 Apr 07:57

Appointment meh....results pretty meh.....football meh.
I've seen nothing to suggest we'll be anything but meh going forward....and I'm not too positive about McNamara drip feeding the signings.

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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: GG Riva  
Date:   Mon 15 Apr 08:51

Quote:

Sliema Par, Mon 15 Apr 06:11

It is crucial the Board gets Callum Davidson to stay.


Why is that? Do you have some inside knowledge? There's an implication that Davidson is the main man in the management team, but we don't know that.



Not your average Sunday League player.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Lambo1885  
Date:   Mon 15 Apr 08:55

"There's an implication that Davidson is the main man in the management team, but we don't know that."

Only when we win GG;-)
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: MikeyLeonard  
Date:   Mon 15 Apr 09:22

Quote:

GG Riva, Mon 15 Apr 08:51

Quote:

Sliema Par, Mon 15 Apr 06:11

It is crucial the Board gets Callum Davidson to stay.


Why is that? Do you have some inside knowledge? There's an implication that Davidson is the main man in the management team, but we don't know that.


That's why you should disregard the majority of posts on this forum GG !

Rockets.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: The Boss  
Date:   Mon 15 Apr 13:23


“Appointment meh....results pretty meh.....football meh.
I've seen nothing to suggest we'll be anything but meh going forward....and I'm not too positive about McNamara drip feeding the signings.”


Totally agree.

I like black and white (dreaming of black and white)
You like black and white
Run run away
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Murchadh  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 16:51

Sigh. Bump. It’s quite apparent, due to the way that the season is ending, that this “experiment” has now concluded and has been a failure. Can we open up applications as soon as we are safe, assuming we make it to safety, and appoint a proper manager who can lead us to success next season.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Paristotle  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 16:55

Quote:

Murchadh, Sat 20 Apr 16:51

Sigh. Bump. It’s quite apparent, due to the way that the season is ending, that this “experiment” has now concluded and has been a failure. Can we open up applications as soon as we are safe, assuming we make it to safety, and appoint a proper manager who can lead us to success next season.


Do you think it's anything to do with the squad he's inherited not being good enough, or just his inability to manage them?
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: evo!  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 16:57

Its a bit of both. He inherited a struggling team and a lot of poor players

The three he added definitely improved things.

Fact of the matter though like AJ he cannot change a game, but unlike AJ he doesn't at least attempt to play as much good football.

Probably done enough to keep us up, though not confirmed of course, but now firmly believe new manager will be needed..who I don't no

Jobby!
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: SergioDuarte  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 16:59

The squad are rank rotten. That is obvious but it’s crystal clear that SC does not have the relevant experience. A shambles
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Frank Butchers LoveHandles  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:02

Players are rank but I've seen nothing to suggest that he is the answer. The fact he has us in contention to go down considering the position we were in a few weeks ago is a disgrace.
If we can financially, he should be bulleted.

Awight Pat!
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Bannockburn Par  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:02

Chairman needs replaced before the manager.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Murchadh  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:02

To answer Paristotle’s question, it’s both. Which makes the appointment a failure, he was appointed to improve us and I see no signs of improvement.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: SergioDuarte  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:04

We’ve got worse.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: 1981par  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:05

Chairman needs to explain
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Murchadh  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:09

You could argue we have gotten worse since the appointment, however AJ was sending us down from what I witnessed.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: nightboat  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:09

I’m with Frank. This is an awful situation. The good spell seems to have been a period when other teams were having a bad one. Every team needing to fight at present is doing so, except us. The team inherited wasn’t that bad, but the managers have been.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: OzPar  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:10

Yes, I agree that Crawford has to go. We all acknowledge that he inherited a hopelessly imbalanced squad, but it is clear now that he does not have the wherewithal to sufficiently change things around.

The five wins were what can only be described as a "sugar hit", for what has occurred since has revealed a management team bereft of ideas. This is the worst football that I have seen in years from a Pars team and there is nothing on the horizon to suggest that it is going to get better.

My fear is that we'll be playing Falkirk derby games in a lower league next season.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: wulliepar57  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:22

A rank rotten team and an a cheap option of a manager is killing us fans
there is absolutely no guile or commitment from them
Manager doesn't know how to change a game Yes it's all been said before !!
Like others if we don't get the finger out it will be the lower league for us next season Next week is a massive game now and I am sure we will be encouraged to support the Team , But who want's to go week in week out and watch that garbage , I dont expect the Pars to win week after week if i wanted that I would be a celtic supporter , But i do expect the Team on the park to play for the jersey
Will be happy when this season is finished , and then I await and see what players we have , not much from our current squad I hope
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: elvis_lives  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:29

Quote:

SergioDuarte, Sat 20 Apr 17:04

We’ve got worse.


I think we have. 1 point from 18. Utterly inept
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Sliema Par  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:36

The Board appointed him within 22 hours of AJ clearing his desk.

It is utterly bewildering.

The greatest tragedy is he is now tarnishing his legendary status at Dunfermline.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: BlackLight  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:38


There's a lot of nonsense being spun.

SC took over a team that wasn't performing. He managed to deliver a series of narrow wins. Now he's suffered a series of narrow defeats (and the loss of a two goal lead at Thistle).

The sensible conclusion is that he hasn't really improved a team signed by someone else.

Does that mean he couldn't pull together a better team of his own? No. Does that mean he should get the job on a permanent basis? No.

We need to ask ourselves what sort of manager we need right now, in our financial situation. We need somone that can build a sense of purpose in a group of players that's going to change all the time, including loan players coming in. We need someone that can help players to improve (or they won't come on loan) and we need someone that can bring younger players through.

Who is the best person that fits that profile? I have no idea. It could be Stevie Crawford or someone else entirely.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Murchadh  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:39

His legendary status isn’t tarnished with me, the board “panicked” and made an uninspiring decision which I don’t hold against Stevie. Make the right decision at the end of the season though, which isn’t employing McNamara.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: 1970par  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:44

We’re stinkingl
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: dover par  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:44

Jim Goodwin gets my vote all day long.

"Pressure is something you feel when you don't know what the hell you're doing."
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: nightboat  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:52

Sorry but he is not legendary in my book so please stop saying he is. I’ve watched DA for 45 years and seen an awful lot of players that are more legendary than SC.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Murchadh  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:59

Well I’ve watched us since 1995, he’s a legend to me.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: GJS93  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 17:59

should he go? no imo but hes got a nearly impossible job next season as some opinions are well and truly set and wont change no matter what.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Berkey  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 18:01

I’m one of those who said give craw a shot till next December with his own team.

I’ve almost lost the faith in that. We’re rapidly approaching the point where I think AJ might have had more points the now and we’ll have been slightly better to watch.

Doesn’t look like the management can motivate the players. You have to set standards, I know we have injuries but you needed to drop Blair for his spineless performance last week.

You get a game for regardless by the looks of it, hardly motivates the players.

Punt craw and get someone who can actually set a team up properly in.





Just sitting here drenched in my own positivity! AJ is gone!

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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Murchadh  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 18:01

If he has us top of the league then we are hardly going to complain are we? However having witnessed his tenure so far he won’t have us anywhere near that.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Par  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 18:01

Crawford is a legend to a generation of Pars fans, that will never be taken away. Similar to Jim Leishman who is a legend to me and most of my generation despite lean times when he came back. Once a legend always a legend.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Rastapari  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 18:05

Quote:

Par, Sat 20 Apr 18:01

Crawford is a legend to a generation of Pars fans, that will never be taken away. Similar to Jim Leishman who is a legend to me and most of my generation despite lean times when he came back. Once a legend always a legend.


Shouldn't land him the job though.

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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: GJS93  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 18:08

Murchadh some will that's an absolute cert.

"You have to set standards, I know we have injuries but you needed to drop Blair for his spineless performance last week"

and play who? your favourite Higginbotham? another kid in Paul Allan? you have to put 11 on the park and we have nowhere near the level of player needed to fill even half of that!
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Par  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 18:09

Rasta you are correct it shouldn't, but our chairman and BoD thought otherwise, they could obviously see something in him in his short time coaching the U20 that he was management material, Crawford was never going to turn it down.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Rastapari  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 18:20

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Par, Sat 20 Apr 18:09

Rasta you are correct it shouldn't, but our chairman and BoD thought otherwise, they could obviously see something in him in his short time coaching the U20 that he was management material, Crawford was never going to turn it down.


Of course he wasn't going to turn it down.. however if he's the man going forward my money stays in my pocket next season, simply not a manager.
And as much as I enjoyed the wee winning streak...I called it day one....uninspiring....and that's what we have...uninspired dirge.
I don't under any circumstances want him signing a team.

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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: PARrot  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 18:35

Quote:

Sliema Par, Sat 20 Apr 17:36

The Board appointed him within 22 hours of AJ clearing his desk.

It is utterly bewildering.

The greatest tragedy is he is now tarnishing his legendary status at Dunfermline.


Its only bewildering if you cant do joined up thinking.

It was indeed the cheap option, which was indeed the only option open to us.

I don't think he is tarnishing his rep as a player.
Totally different thing.



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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: eastendalloapar  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 18:38

The chairman should have got rid of Johnston at the end of December. That way Crawford would have had more time in the January signings.

matt forsyth
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: gegganpar  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 18:43

At the end of the season AJ and S.Clark's contracts should be paid in full.
So maybe we can afford slightly higher wages for a new management team.

J angus blacklaws
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: SergioDuarte  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 18:54

Crawford will be the manager here next season no matter what. The board are a disgrace . The 2 year deal to AJ , the dithering about, more interested in attacking the support than sorting out the team. They are clearly massively out of touch when it comes to the footballing side of things. Jackie MacNamaras involvement seems crooked as anything. A proven failure. Crawford has been hung out to dry to an extent. He just doesn’t have it. The idea that an up and coming manager will be the next Pep Guardiola and hit the ground running highlights the utter naivety in the boardroom at the minute.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: JTH123  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 18:58

Quote:

Sliema Par, Sat 20 Apr 17:36

The Board appointed him within 22 hours of AJ clearing his desk.

It is utterly bewildering.

The greatest tragedy is he is now tarnishing his legendary status at Dunfermline.


Have you stopped to think that maybe that's because they had a plan in place before they got rid?

Thought not but that's what directors worth their salt do. The alternative is the dreaded "no plan b".
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: 1981par  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 19:01

Crawford was clearly in the pipeline when AJ got the bullet
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Rastapari  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 19:03

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1981par, Sat 20 Apr 19:01

Crawford was clearly in the pipeline when AJ got the bullet


Why is the question though...
What about him was it that screamed "I'm your man!"
Because it sure isn't on show.

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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: 1981par  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 19:04

I was all for SC. Cheap option but give him a chance. It’s clearly not worked. He will get next season.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Rastapari  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 19:25

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1981par, Sat 20 Apr 19:04

I was all for SC. Cheap option but give him a chance. It’s clearly not worked. He will get next season.


Why will he get next season though?
Again...I don't see the reason.

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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Connor560  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 19:30

Legend when he won 5 on the trot. Now a fraud to some.

It's not been attractive but I'd give him it until December and see how he goes with his own squad.

C'mon Ye Pars!
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: DAFC_90  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 19:33

Why run the risk of writing off another season .
I think he's proven that he has no idea how to change a game.
Threw a 2 goal lead away against Partick and has never manage to win a game that we've conceded in
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: eastendalloapar  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 19:37

If they had got rid of AJ in December Stevie possibly could have signed better players. I know that he has not had a good start, but it's the chairman and AJs fault that we have the sub PAR players. I have no idea what Jackie Mac does at the club. I was at his talk in Hospitality at the Ayr game, I think he has talk to the board but I do not know why. A waste of a wage I think.

matt forsyth
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: cammypar 1995  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 19:53

So who would you have brought in Sergio?

c'mon the pars

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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: The Boss  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 20:14

Get him out!

I like black and white (dreaming of black and white)
You like black and white
Run run away
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: parsfan97  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 20:46

Rastapari the reason Crawford will be here next season is cause we have no money. Don’t let anyone on this forum forget we are absolutely skint and we should just be grateful we have a team to support....

Time to get some ambition ffs and get a proper manager. Look at teams like Alloa who can always set up and get results against Ross County, Dundee United etc but soon as we play them we make them look like Barcelona.

It’s not all about budgets, proper recruitment instead of the AJ policy of signing absolute shite that played for you at a previous club



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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: dpard  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 20:54

He won't, but he should be released at the end of the season. When he took over the chairman said the squad were underperforming, that performances weren't good enough and too inconsistent. Crawford was tasked with improving that and aiming to finish in the playoffs. None of this has been met so he should leave. The results are as bad as AJ's and the performances worse.

The flame still burns
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: JamesAndrew74  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 20:59

Quote:

gegganpar, Sat 20 Apr 18:43

At the end of the season AJ and S.Clark's contracts should be paid in full.
So maybe we can afford slightly higher wages for a new management team.


And how are Shields and Davidson being paid? Beggars belief people on here don’t understand the basics of running a business
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: elvis_lives  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 21:03

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cammypar 1995, Sat 20 Apr 19:53

So who would you have brought in Sergio?


I don't think an open competition would be a bad thing.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: mach1  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 21:09

It's a pretty strange brew to me.

Stevie, Shields, Davidson and whatever McNamara does for us.

I just can't see the links.

As I've said before, I'll always be a Pars fan and so long as I can afford it will buy a season ticket, but whether I will attend all the games with the sort of rubbish we have just now is doubtful.

The whole club setup is just uninspiring at present.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Rastapari  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 21:55

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mach1, Sat 20 Apr 21:09

It's a pretty strange brew to me.

Stevie, Shields, Davidson and whatever McNamara does for us.

I just can't see the links.

As I've said before, I'll always be a Pars fan and so long as I can afford it will buy a season ticket, but whether I will attend all the games with the sort of rubbish we have just now is doubtful.

The whole club setup is just uninspiring at present.


You stealing my line now😂

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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: mach1  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 22:00

Sorry Rp.

I just want to see some decent or exciting football at times.

Hence my comments elsewhere about Crossgates Primrose.



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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Rastapari  
Date:   Sat 20 Apr 22:39

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mach1, Sat 20 Apr 22:00

Sorry Rp.

I just want to see some decent or exciting football at times.

Hence my comments elsewhere about Crossgates Primrose.


Agree..

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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: PARrot  
Date:   Sun 21 Apr 00:10

Quote:

JamesAndrew74, Sat 20 Apr 20:59

Quote:

gegganpar, Sat 20 Apr 18:43

At the end of the season AJ and S.Clark's contracts should be paid in full.
So maybe we can afford slightly higher wages for a new management team.


And how are Shields and Davidson being paid? Beggars belief people on here don’t understand the basics of running a business


Very few of them have ever ran a business but nearly every one of them could run a fitba club.

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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: CrossPar  
Date:   Sun 21 Apr 00:35

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PARrot, Sun 21 Apr 00:10

Very few of them have ever ran a business but nearly every one of them could run a fitba club.


Unlike many boards of directors who seem to be able to run a business, but are poor at running a fitba club.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: PARrot  
Date:   Sun 21 Apr 01:57

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CrossPar, Sun 21 Apr 00:35

Quote:

PARrot, Sun 21 Apr 00:10

Very few of them have ever ran a business but nearly every one of them could run a fitba club.


Unlike many boards of directors who seem to be able to run a business, but are poor at running a fitba club.


I think ours realise this. I think Ross even said as much.
Is this not why we have got Macnamarra on board to advise.

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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: fergie  
Date:   Sun 21 Apr 02:55

We got a hell of a lot of half hearted players to get rid of before we judge the manager. I was there today an it's the most half hearted display I have seen in a long time and I am pretty old:(
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Rigger Al  
Date:   Sun 21 Apr 05:46

I am sure SC remit would have been to complete the season with a possibility of top 4 .
But most critical part to ensure DAFC safety in this league .
We have to realise apart from a good pre season and first few games we are no better than any other team outwith the top 4 .
The top 4 are there on merit they did something we were not capable of all season being good enough .
We are what we are .
We keep blaming the BOD and management . YES they have all made mistakes and unfortunatly through inexperience we pay the price for those mistakes .
But i think we need to be pointing the finger more at the full time players who are not producing the end product They are the ones not scoring , bad defending , and simply unable to put passes together .
These players must be accountable more than the BOD and management .We have had no leadership on the park all season .Profesional footballers should not have to look at the manager for answers but to come up with the answers on the park themselfs ...
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: DAFC_90  
Date:   Sun 21 Apr 06:51

Isn't it the managers job to motivate and organise the players .you can't tell me we don't have a better squad than the teams we've been beaten off since the turn in fortune .
I can see nothing in Crawford that would justify him keeping his job.
Furthermore The football style he's adopted is painful to watch.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: eastendalloapar  
Date:   Sun 21 Apr 06:53

I have to say that I feel gutted for the trio of coaches. You can hear it when Stevie speaks. The reserve team under Greg has done well and Callum has a good pedigree.
The players lack experience on the pitch what we should have had was a few older and wiser players. Plus the balance is wrong. This is not the fault of our coaches it was the fault of AJ. I just hope that we can stay up because I don't think that we will be as bad next season.

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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: DAFC_90  
Date:   Sun 21 Apr 07:04

AJ was forgotten about during that 5 game win run and in the top 4 Crawford was the best thing since sliced bread.
Now it's all AJs fault.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Parsweep  
Date:   Sun 21 Apr 08:09

Not all his fault . S Clark has to shoulder some of the blame . His pre match warm ups were more entertaining than the game's that followed . Invariably just involved him tapping a ball up for someone to half volley into the crowd . Then job done he would have been as well going home .

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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Rigger Al  
Date:   Sun 21 Apr 09:13

Motivation should start with themselfs .
They are all big boys they need to man up
If I was expecting my senior management to motivate me on my work I would say i was under achieving.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: OzPar  
Date:   Sun 21 Apr 10:24

I am with Parsweep on this one. Watching from afar on Pars TV, the broadcast always closely focusses on the pre-game drills. Sandy Clark was very old school. Indeed, his drills were not unfamiliar to those of us who learned the game in the Sixties and rarely did the sequence change.

In contrast, Callum D takes a much more proactive role and there's far more variety and intensity to the sessions. It is a real concern that this is not translating into improved performances during games.

Surely, there's an essential cog missing somewhere in this wheel?

Like Rigger Al, I suspect that it is to be found in too many of our players' basic skills. I find it almost impossible to comprehend how a group of players who regard football as their profession can be so lacking in basic skills; their first touches, their passing, their shooting and general teamwork capabilities.

After yesterday's match, I was quite angry and joined others in calling for Crawford's head. Having slept on it, I am forming the view that provided we don't get relegated, he should be given an opportunity to restructure the side to his own liking before making any judgment.

Sure, Crawford's inexperience is an issue and a contributing factor, but seeing what is going on on the pitch, it is hard not to conclude that what is going on here is primarily down to the hapless recruitment policies of the AJ and SC regime.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: RossDAFC  
Date:   Sun 21 Apr 10:46

Crawford should only be kept on if 5th place is achieved, I highly doubt the board expected top 4 from him considering where AJ left us. Anything lower and i'm afraid he has to go.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: DAFC_90  
Date:   Sun 21 Apr 10:50

Wishful thinking ,he's shown absolutely nothing to indicate there'll be an improvement he's absolutely clueless with regards to selection, formation, motivation, and tactics .
Never managed to turn a a game around in all the games he's been in charge, neverending n a game we've conceded in and it's painful to watch hopeful balls straight down the middle won of which came straight back and almost led to a goal
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: OzPar  
Date:   Sun 21 Apr 10:54

I commented during the live match thread that almost every single ball kicked by a defender was going to an opposition player. This has nothing to do with the manager and everything to do with the players.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: DAFC_90  
Date:   Sun 21 Apr 10:55

The keeper for example hasn't the confidence or ability to be able to kick the ball into wide safe areas,
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: RossDAFC  
Date:   Sun 21 Apr 11:04

I agree i've not been impressed with the football but maybe he feels he cannot impose a certain style due to not having the right players? Either way, I don't think anyone was really happy to see AJ be given any kind of deal last season but he barely met the target of top 4 and no more. I feel like SC might be the exact same, limp into 5th and be given a one year deal. What worries me most is the notion that Jackie Mac is the man with the contacts to build us this new and improved squad. What he has shown in his previous roles (With York in particular) is an ability to capitulate. Can see us bringing in someone like Alex Harris from York because that's where JM will look, despite Harris proving at multiple clubs in the championship how rotten he is.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: DAFC_90  
Date:   Mon 22 Apr 08:27

Just listened to Crawfords after match interview
Seems he had a crack and changing things after queen's proved the better side , then we conceded another after half time so he tweeted it again and thought we got back into it.
I think the only time things improved was after queen's decided to sit back and see the game out .
Showed on Saturday that he has not the experience to change a game ,I'm not sure if we have the time to "teeth" in a manager as patience is wearing thin, he should maybe get hi self s job in the bottom tier and start from there
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: beaston  
Date:   Mon 22 Apr 09:02

He already did with East Fife

That was his cv before he was told he would get the job by a director, weeks before AJ was sacked
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: DAFC_90  
Date:   Mon 22 Apr 09:05

Maybe it is the chairman to blame them .
If he thinks that his experience warrants a job at this level with a team that is looking to get promoted

Just checked 25% win rate at East Fife before resigning and a 33% win rate here ,at least he's pretty consistent



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