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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Topic Originator: beaston  
Date:   Mon 22 Apr 09:02

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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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Topic Originator: Rastapari  
Date:   Mon 22 Apr 09:26

I just hope if we have to go for the cheaper option...if that what the current set up is...that the club can be honest about it.
Because if they are here next season....any claim that it is on merit will be laughed at.

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Topic Originator: eastendalloapar  
Date:   Mon 22 Apr 09:55

I'm happy to stick with him even if we go down (hopefully we won't). I started being a fan in 1965 (after the cup final). I have lived through the 70s when I used to get asked by my mum "how many did you get beat by". By the end of the 80s were great again and it got better. Sometimes we were relegated but we tended to get promotion. Then we started having money problems and everyone knows the rest.
When AJ got the job he built a great 1st division team many of the players were far too good and I don't know what the budget was then.
We got promoted and managed 5th place. However last season I was loosing heart with substitions frequently IMO getting things wrong and starting to loose games that we should have won. I got fed up and despite having a season ticket, I stopped going.
This season I have kept going but I was shocked by many of our players. They have not proved to be good enough and do not seem capable of working as a team. Our chairman and fellow board members should have got rid of him in December which would have let the next manager January to fix things. Stevie got the job and we should give him a chance to get rid of the players that do not work as a team. Next season give Stevie a chance no matter what league we are in.

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Topic Originator: renegade master  
Date:   Mon 22 Apr 09:55

To Christmas with as many of his players and full preseason!

This does not mean waiting to August to see who is still left to sign to save a summer wage bill! As in previous seasons!

Jackie Mac and Callum can be key in bringing some top younger players to the club in this window and get some spark and fire in the belly of the team!
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Topic Originator: Row_ZZ  
Date:   Mon 22 Apr 10:14

No chance should Crawford remain in charge. He remains in charge we’ll end up like Falkirk this season: doon.


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Topic Originator: gordi-b  
Date:   Mon 22 Apr 11:06

Who do we replace him with ? Jim Goodwin would be the obvious choice but im affraid. he will be touted for a lot better than we can offer

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Topic Originator: AJ27  
Date:   Mon 22 Apr 11:34

How about Dick Campbell with Josh Falkingham and wee Joe as player coaches? - should be good enough to get us back up to the Championship.
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Topic Originator: Berry  
Date:   Mon 22 Apr 11:51

The players we have are good enough to compete in this league, when they want to, that's the problem.

AJ lost the dressing room during his tenure and Crawford can't get much out of them at the moment.

The blame isn't solely with anyone, those 5 wins in a row that people say was luck or that its clouded peoples judgement on what's going wrong...

Those five wins in a row have ultimately saved us from relegation.

We need a clear out which is inevitable, I don't think Crawford has done anything wrong to not warrant a shot at it next season, and I think that will happen. Think the issue is the board giving him the job in the first place, he doesn't have much credentials other than being an ex Par and for where we want to be, we should've brought someone more experienced in.
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Topic Originator: Berkey  
Date:   Mon 22 Apr 22:41

Renegade you hit the nail on the head, AJ always did business late in the day and you always felt it was to save on wages over the summer.

Just sitting here drenched in my own positivity! AJ is gone!
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Topic Originator: eastendalloapar  
Date:   Tue 23 Apr 06:52

I always felt sorry for players who arrived for trials, did their best and then got regected.

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Topic Originator: OzPar  
Date:   Tue 23 Apr 10:16

There may be an element of truth in that comment about saving wages over summer. But I think this season it was really because of a number of pretty unpredictable factors.

Losing Clark was a given and with hindsight, he probably should have kept Cardle, but losing Morris was a disaster. Aird was another blow after agreeing on a deal. That left a bitter taste in the mouth. And then there was the fiasco with Willo Flood.

These events surely tore to shreds any plans AJ would have had for creating a strong spine to this season's squad.

He acted reasonably quickly to address the central midfield problems that had been exposed last season and certainly at the time we were largely satisfied with the solutions he had found there.

But because the Faiss negotiations dragged on so long and we apparently ended up paying over the top for his loan deal, AJ was left scrambling for adequate replacements at the back and players to bolster the forward line and left wing.

Jackson Longridge was a good signing, but Devine and Durnam were not what we were looking for. Connolly or Louis Longridge are surely no match for Aird or Cardle.

Managers always go into the close season with a wishlist of maybe 8 to 10 players for the positions they need to be filled. This time around, one gets the impression that we ended up getting AJ's 8th or 9th choices or maybe even in one or two cases, his 11th or 12th choice.
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Topic Originator: DAFC_90  
Date:   Tue 23 Apr 10:32

It boils down to wages and term and probably location .
A hundred pound a week could quite easily sway a player depending on club location/travelling costs.
I think that's why loan moves are attractive to small budget clubs
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Topic Originator: PARrot  
Date:   Tue 23 Apr 10:34

I wish folk would stop stating the obvious or having a go at the board for giving Craw the job.
We wanted rid of AJ. The board worked out when they could afford to do that and it involved the cheap option of giving the chance to someone already on the wage bill.

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Topic Originator: GJS93  
Date:   Tue 23 Apr 11:41

"This does not mean waiting to August to see who is still left to sign to save a summer wage bill! As in previous seasons!"

yes some players were signed in August in previous seasons but that down to trying to "save a summer wage bill", no imo.

"But because the Faiss negotiations dragged on so long and we apparently ended up paying over the top for his loan deal, AJ was left scrambling for adequate replacements at the back and players to bolster the forward line and left wing.

Jackson Longridge was a good signing, but Devine and Durnam were not what we were looking for"

the defence was sorted over a month before El Bakhtaoui rejoined, arguably the problem was they were too quick in terms of signing both Devine and Durnan.

"Connolly or Louis Longridge are surely no match for Aird or Cardle"

Aird chose to leave though so not much can do about that but they are different type of players for different roles in the plan of a different system but versatile enough to do other roles as well, can add in finance as well.
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Topic Originator: JamesAndrew74  
Date:   Tue 23 Apr 12:01

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PARrot, Tue 23 Apr 10:34

I wish folk would stop stating the obvious or having a go at the board for giving Craw the job.
We wanted rid of AJ. The board worked out when they could afford to do that and it involved the cheap option of giving the chance to someone already on the wage bill.


Why do people continually say Crawford is the cheap option?

His wage would be increased to match or close to AJ, Davidson’s will be at least probably more than what SC was on apparently not full time and Shields will get paid what Crawford was on...nothing cheap there
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Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Tue 23 Apr 13:48

''Why do people continually say Crawford is the cheap option?''

Because on this forum rumour or opinion quickly becomes an established 'fact'.
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Topic Originator: PARrot  
Date:   Tue 23 Apr 14:05

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JamesAndrew74, Tue 23 Apr 12:01

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PARrot, Tue 23 Apr 10:34

I wish folk would stop stating the obvious or having a go at the board for giving Craw the job.
We wanted rid of AJ. The board worked out when they could afford to do that and it involved the cheap option of giving the chance to someone already on the wage bill.


Why do people continually say Crawford is the cheap option?

His wage would be increased to match or close to AJ, Davidson’s will be at least probably more than what SC was on apparently not full time and Shields will get paid what Crawford was on...nothing cheap there


Because if they got a new manager with his assistant they would have still had craw to pay too.
Davidson was an afterthought.
Any decent new manager would want security in a longer contract. With Craw we have options if it doesn't work out.

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Topic Originator: widtink  
Date:   Tue 23 Apr 14:29

Quote:

wee eck, Tue 23 Apr 13:48

''Why do people continually say Crawford is the cheap option?''

Because on this forum rumour or opinion quickly becomes an established 'fact'.


And that ^^^ is a fact 🤣



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Topic Originator: Rigger Al  
Date:   Tue 23 Apr 15:41

You can sign someone but date their start date close to training beggining .
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Topic Originator: chewie  
Date:   Tue 23 Apr 19:47

He is on the verge of keeping us up, which would have been the target. We were heading down with AJ. Those 5 wins and clean sheets proving to be crucial, whether or not they were down the change in manager alone, I don't know. There was certainly a belief and the team were more organised even if there was still no flair. He signed a proven goal scorer and a midfielder who can hit a dead ball. Decent additions that didn't break the bank.

Unfortunately they have not kicked on from there. Players fault? Yes, partly. They weren't SC's choices and it's been a poor effort from them. He has to carry the can for not being able to get good performances out of them though. These are not diddies playing above themselves. They are experienced top end championship and premier league players. They have the pedigree. A decent coach should have been able to at least get some good performances from them. Hard questions need to be asked. I'm all for a clear out of everyone at the season end. Of the players contracted next year, keep all except Hippo. Make him an offer to leave.
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Topic Originator: Row_ZZ  
Date:   Tue 23 Apr 20:54

Board - yous need to a have a meeting ASAP. Crawford was given a rolling contract which takes him beyond this season. He must have been laughing when he signed that. There is no chance he should be given beyond this season. Based on what exactly? The football has been absolutely dire, genuinely the worst I have watched since supporting the Pars. We got 5 wins on the bounce, fair doo's, but how many games have we lost on top of that? Don't forget the utter humiliation to an absolutely brutal Raith side in the cup as well as the defeat to the worst Falkirk team of all time.

There has to be a clear out from head to toe. I'd only keep one member of staff and that's Joe Thomson - and he's going to be long term injured. We need to appoint someone that can get us out this league instead of this happy clappy, 'should just be happy to have a football club' guff we keep hearing. We are a big club and should be challenging for 1st place regardless who else is in the league.

We get about 5000 turning up every week and they get served utter dug shoite in front of them. There is no chance teams outwith Rangers, Celtic, Aberdeen, Hibs and Hearts would be getting the same crowds as us in the Championship. We deserve better as fans and we should be demanding better. Voices need to be heard and things need to get fkucking done or else it's going to be relegation stuff every season.


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Topic Originator: mach1  
Date:   Wed 24 Apr 06:56

An angry, but understandable post.
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Topic Originator: JohnnyW  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 17:08

Give this guy next season at your peril DAFC. Time to clear the decks both with the playing squad and management, get someone in who know's what they're doing because this guy is completely out of his depth.

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Topic Originator: hudza  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 17:09

He had his chance to get the job and has failed miserably.
Get someone else in next season.
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Topic Originator: RossF  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 17:10

They’ll keep him on because he’s the cheap option JohnnyW. Next season could be very difficult.
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Topic Originator: JohnnyW  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 17:12

Cheap option for me is to keep my money in my pocket because there's no way I'm getting a season ticket to watch more of that.

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Topic Originator: RossF  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 17:16

I’m edging towards that too JohnnyW. First time I’ve ever considered not renewing my season ticket. The board, management and playing staff give me no confidence at the moment. The board can change that by hiring someone competent next season. Goodwin would be my realistic choice.
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Topic Originator: dover par  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 17:16

Rookie ain’t working,dire stuff today again.

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Topic Originator: Murchadh  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 17:16

I reiterate my original post which was deleted - Crawford out!
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Topic Originator: parbucks  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 17:16

We can’t afford the “cheap option”!

Crawford and his team have done nothing to deserve another chance.
What exactly were his managerial credentials in the first place?
He and Nielsen were kicked out of MK Dons when they were in 21st place.
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Topic Originator: eastendalloapar  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 17:16

I've said on another post, keep them until Christmas, if no improvement then change before January. However they should be given a chance to build their own team. I would use many of our reserve players next week, clear out the chaff this week.

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Topic Originator: Rastapari  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 17:18

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eastendalloapar, Sat 27 Apr 17:16

I've said on another post, keep them until Christmas, if no improvement then change before January. However they should be given a chance to build their own team. I would use many of our reserve players next week, clear out the chaff this week.


Why though?
Why keep them until Christmas?
Sentiment?
Politeness?

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Topic Originator: Parnear  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 17:21

Totally agree with JohnnyW. Starting the new season with a failed management structure and non functioning team would be a mistake and financial suicide. I will not be renewing my season ticket until I see some positive action from the board in the closed season

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Topic Originator: Berry  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 17:23

Not renewing your season ticket is counter productive.

The quality in that squad is shocking, Crawford doesn't have the credentials to lead this club.

Its paramount that the Board get the next few moves right as it could really set us back.
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Topic Originator: GJS93  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 17:23

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

nothing changed in my mind.
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Topic Originator: BlackLight  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 17:25


I love SC. He did a great job stringing those wins together. I think his transfer window deals were pretty solid.

Q. Are we any better off in the league than we would have been if AJ had stayed? I don't think so.
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Topic Originator: yorkiepar  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 17:37

Maybe Crawford won't want the job. Would you?
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Topic Originator: da_no_1  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 17:46

Rasta clearly loving this tirade against Crawford. Quite sad. We're safe. An outcome I'm relieved and happy about. Chill the fk out and enjoy your Saturday night

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Topic Originator: JTH123  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 18:01

No you're right Rasta. Lets keep changing manager every 4 months until we find the right one. It's a little more complicated than that I'm afraid.
I'm certainly not going to make excuses. Today was more of the same. We didn't threaten their keeper once in the second half and the only goalscoring chance on target that I recall was the looping header from Longridge in the first half.
Even when we were winning games we were scraping through. The performances were the same but they seemed to just doing enough to win.
So what now? We can slag off the board all we want but they have very difficult choices to make about what next years playing budget will be and whether Crawford will be entrusted with it.
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Topic Originator: eastendalloapar  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 20:44

The reason I said Christmas was because we would still have the January transfer window. If things are dreadful earlier then we cancel them. We held on to AJ and we didn't give Crawford much time to get players in hence most of what he was left with were poor, it would like to say that they were lazy, slow, not interested and pathetic. However perhaps they were doing their best and are just not good enough.

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Topic Originator: the saline hill puma  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 20:55

His sub today taking Anderson off and bringing on the useless Tw*t fais should indicate to everyone that he has no future in management. *****
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Topic Originator: KirklistonPar  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 20:57

To be totally honest I am past caring, I’ve never been so glad for a season to finish. Time to smash some beers & enjoy the garden & the sun. I will be back in time for next season, but by god do I need a break! I had to have a conversation with my six year old Pars supporting son all about the good & the bad times (he can’t understand why we’ve been so bad compared to last season) of supporting a football team.
Hopefully next season will be a lot more entertaining & enjoyable for all who wear the black & white. COYP!
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Topic Originator: JimMcDAFC  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 21:06

I am not overly keen on S C as manager but how can he do anything about stupid defender giving away penalty and another getting himself sent off for a needless foul in a no danger area. Morton were like us and not looking like scoring but as usual we give them a helping hand. We have been very lucky with other scores today but just need to be carefully not to do a Falkirk by Binning all the players at once even though it feels like we should. Going to have to consolidate next season if we want to stay up cause i think we have certainly gone backwards quite a way.
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Topic Originator: onandupthepars  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 21:41

I think it should have been possible for a manager to achieve a bit more with the squad we have. Some are saying our manager did well bringing in Blair and Anderson. They gave us a lift for a few games, we have survived but only by the skin of our teeth.

To start next season with a manager whose last eight games (assuming we lose at Inverness) produced one point, wouldn't make sense. On that evidence there's no reason to believe we'd do anything but carry on from where we left off - in that same vein of form - which we must avoid. Is a new manager the answer? If there is someone we confidently believe will do better, sad to say I think we must take that option.
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Topic Originator: PARrot  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 21:42

We looked like we were on a training exercise doon the glen.
No attempt to pass the ball forward to anyone at any pace. Trap look around pass back rince and repeat.
Slow as Beechams.
I was actually falling asleep.
We are far too easy to defend against. I hope we get some decent sized aggressive runners in next year.
Oh! and the subs warming up...what was that? Professional athletes my erkie.



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Topic Originator: mach1  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 21:54

What on earth is the sports physio achieving now?

He arrived last season with much fanfare and promise of new regimes.

What happened?
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Berkey  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 22:47

Ajs team got AJ the sack, can’t expect they would buck their ideas up for craw as he was part of the old regime and the rot had set in.

Despite this, give him the summer to gut this squad (let everyone out of contract and those with a year left go if poss apart from beadling and j Longridge) and bring in his own players who he’ll presumably have scouted and ensured they have the quality and attributes we need. I’d be happy with a strong first 11 and a young bench to ensure we have some match winners.

However if he renews any of the current squad bar maybe craigan as a squad player i’ll very quickly change my tune, we know they are not good enough and suspect attitude wise.

Just sitting here drenched in my own positivity! AJ is gone!
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: twin par  
Date:   Sat 27 Apr 23:12

I have never been so bored watching a pars team,as this in my 55 years as watching the pars.Enough said.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Rastapari  
Date:   Sun 28 Apr 09:28

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da_no_1, Sat 27 Apr 17:46

Rasta clearly loving this tirade against Crawford. Quite sad. We're safe. An outcome I'm relieved and happy about. Chill the fk out and enjoy your Saturday night


Yeah....I'm loving our club being utter garbage...Crawford has been a failure here and only sentiment is holding back an absolute mauling.
So you're happy to have survived...good for you.
I personally think you're butthurt because you know I called it....boring...insipid and uninspiring....and called it from the start.

I Hope You're Ok Today....
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Berry  
Date:   Sun 28 Apr 10:25

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Rastapari, Sun 28 Apr 09:28

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da_no_1, Sat 27 Apr 17:46

Rasta clearly loving this tirade against Crawford. Quite sad. We're safe. An outcome I'm relieved and happy about. Chill the fk out and enjoy your Saturday night


Yeah....I'm loving our club being utter garbage...Crawford has been a failure here and only sentiment is holding back an absolute mauling.
So you're happy to have survived...good for you.
I personally think you're butthurt because you know I called it....boring...insipid and uninspiring....and called it from the start.


You could argue the decision to hire him was correct in that he did his job and avoided the drop. We didn't think at the time we had any hope of the playoffs, he gave us hope with that wee run and improved the results but ultimately we failed, recent results and performances have been shoddy, I put that down to the players downing tools and SC not having the ability to rev them up.

The only issue I have is that Craw (if it had to be him) should have got a contract until the end of the season only.

Board also picked Shields and something with McNamara, the latter I think beggars belief.

My worry is people like Goodwin will be in the shop window after what he's doing at Alloa and we might have taken ourselves out of the running by making the sentimental decision to go with Craw because hes an ex-Par but when you look at the credentials he doesn't get passing grades.

A major own goal I think.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Rastapari  
Date:   Sun 28 Apr 10:30

At the time Crawford was brought into improve us, that was the hope....no?
Where did this survival pi5h come from?
Shoehorned in because if sentiment.

I Hope You're Ok Today....
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Berry  
Date:   Sun 28 Apr 10:34

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Rastapari, Sun 28 Apr 10:30

At the time Crawford was brought into improve us, that was the hope....no?
Where did this survival pi5h come from?
Shoehorned in because if sentiment.


He improved us enough to get 15 pts on the trot, issue was he couldn't sustain it.

I agree with being shoehorned in.

All depends on his contract situ, is there a clause at end of season to part ways or not.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Sliema Par  
Date:   Sun 28 Apr 11:01

If it really is true that Bruce did not signal he wanted to come off; then I utterly despair.

Our threat( such as it was) evaporated.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: JamesAndrew74  
Date:   Sun 28 Apr 11:22

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Sliema Par, Sun 28 Apr 11:01

If it really is true that Bruce did not signal he wanted to come off; then I utterly despair.

Our threat( such as it was) evaporated.


Bruce Anderson had his poorest game yet yesterday and was quite rightly taken off. How many efforts did he have, did he run himself into the ground for the cause?

I like him but can see why he felt changing it may have produced something
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Angus_W  
Date:   Sun 28 Apr 11:40

After the Rovers cup game I just wanted Craw to keep us up.

He's achieved that goal.

Craw deserves a chance he's earned it. I think this will come good but we have to show a bit of faith.

🔩 ya 🚀
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: DA_NO1  
Date:   Sun 28 Apr 11:55

I am just glad this place is the voice of all Dunfermline fans.

So many pessimistic people in one place.

Crawford will be here next season and will have a summer and full pre season to get his own players in place to work with.

Let him clear out the dead wood.

I'll put my hand in my pocket and buy my season ticket and go, I am hardly flush with money but Dunfermline are my team and I'll be there to support them thru thick and thin.



"a picture paints a thousand words"
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: parsmad123  
Date:   Sun 28 Apr 14:15

I think a lot of people have posted here with emotions still running high and without putting a lot of thought into things.

With the exception of Scully, Anderson and Blair this is AJ’s squad. It has been his woeful recruitment in terms of quality and also balance that’s led to where we are just now. Players who left in the summer were replaced by insuperior journeymen. He set up the squad to play 3-5-2 and after we got battered in our first couple of league games (United aside) it was clear the shape would have to change. Subsequently we have a squad with no natural width, absolutely no pace throughout and no creative spark.

The board made a mistake in that they gave AJ so much time in the first place. Please remember though this is a board with no experience in running a football club, but if it weren’t for their hard work and dedication (in particular that of Ross McArthur) then there wouldn’t even be a Dunfermline Athletic to support.

Once they finally made the decision to opt for SC and GS, there was very limited time to bring in fresh faces to help us improve. However, Blair and Anderson in particular looked like astute signings with Anderson in particular showing his worth. It is fair to say the spark that they first offered has faded away. Teams know Anderson is our only real threat and can nullify him with ease, mainly because our players are incapable of creating anything for him that doesn’t involve a 50 yard ball in the air.

Nobody was complaining when we went on a 5 game winning steak with 5 clean sheets. Yes, we rode our luck at times and took the few chances we had but to get this group of players to win 5/5 and not concede a goal is no mean feat and shouldn’t be ignored.

I think our recent slide again shows not only the little quality we have within the side but the lack of backbone. There is no fight, no passion, no leader within this group of players. When we go a goal down we may as well go home, if I was out on that park and looked around me at my teammates and seen the body language they give off then I certainly wouldn’t be fired up to make things right and get back into the game. It’s no conincidence that when we won 5 in a row, we took the lead every time. It gave the players some self belief but that’s quickly evaporated again.

A new coaching team can only do so much and to me all they’ve done is polish a turd. The squad is so limited that the main reason we set up so defensively is because we’re far too easily exposed by our lack of mobility and pace all throughout the team.

A massive clear out is needed in the summer. I’d get rid of as many of them as possible and start again. To me SC & GS should have the opportunity to do this and try and shape their own team and play the way they want to.

We need to, as a club, put this season all behind us and regroup. When the fans all unite behind the club then we really are a strong community. It’s what saved this club in the first place. To those saying they won’t be back or aren’t going to buy a season ticket, please reconsider your viewpoint. The less money we put in then the less we have to shape our squad for next season. We are one of the biggest clubs in this league and we have the potential to make next season something special if we just concentrate on regrouping and getting behind whoever is in charge, whether that is SC or somebody else.

Time will tell if it has been a mistake to go for this new management structure and the new personnel but the best thing we can do is rally behind or club and give us the best possible opportunity to make next season a memorable one.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: DAFC_90  
Date:   Sun 28 Apr 14:34

With regards to pace there fais ,hyppo and Thompson .
Width fais higgy Williamson and hyppo can play there

There's plenty of talent in the squad moreso with Anderson there but need confidence and organising
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: Indiapar  
Date:   Sun 28 Apr 16:38

I think you have to give new managers 2 or 3 seasons. Personally I would have stuck with AJ to the end of the season to see if things improved. There are probably all sorts of reasons with respect to the squad of players recruited at tge start of last season and the contracts offered. That is behind us now and its important to look ahead and plan for the future. The new management team shoild be given the opportunity to do that. I doubt promotion will come next year. I think the club took a shot last season with Nicky Clark and Co. Financially, we may not be in the position to offer big salaries hence the focus on development.
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: eastendalloapar  
Date:   Sun 28 Apr 16:53

We have a club, however do we have any money. I will buy my season again as I have done for along time. The budget will come from season ticket sales. Unfortunately we do not have a rich investor, unlike Ross County and Dundee Utd.

matt forsyth
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 Re: Crawford Out
Topic Originator: parsmad123  
Date:   Sun 28 Apr 17:11


“With regards to pace there fais ,hyppo and Thompson .
Width fais higgy Williamson and hyppo can play there

There's plenty of talent in the squad moreso with Anderson there but need confidence and organising”


Hippo might have pace but he’s certainly not got the finishing ability to play up front and he doesn’t offer enough out wide either. Yesterday is the first time he’s looked “up for it” since probably the 4-1 win at Falkirk. Fais runs but offers nothing else. Williamson will never be a wide player as long as he plays.

I dispute the fact there is plenty talent in the squad, as results and performances would certainly contradict that completely.
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