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Newco: Dead in the water

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Your grandad will tell you Jock Stein was master of the news the week before a big derby game.  He would seed positive news stories about players or the club to make sure everyone had a spring in their step and to put pressure on opponents.

Graeme Murty is not the master of his own domain, so has few levers to pull in this respect, but he must have despaired when news broke that Newco were unable to retain a 21-year-old central defender they bought from Raith Rovers in January 2017.

Newco are dead in the water if they cannot retain recruits from Raith Rovers who have played a dozen league games for them this season.  Dead. In. The. Water.  They cannot buy the finished product, they cannot even compete for the French youth international talent Celtic seem partial to.

The only team development strategy available to them is to develop, retain and benefit from young domestic talent.  And according to Murty, they cannot afford to offer competitive wages for David Bates.

They couldn’t even convince him to keep his contract business to himself for a few days until after his team face Celtic tomorrow.  What a hopeless shower.

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  1. Does anyone know? – Can Lewis Morgan return and play for us before the end of the season?

  2. Big Packy you have just went up in my estimation, and your wife. Our Lord would have been proud of youse. Be the bigger person.

  3. What is the Stars –

     

    Well we did buy him so …

     

    I thought he might be a good substitute for Scott Sinclair? Maybe he’ll get a chance to prove himself?

  4. JOCKODEE on 14TH APRIL 2018 7:39 PM

     

    Does anyone know? – Can Lewis Morgan return and play for us before the end of the season?

     

     

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    I would think yes, however unlikely to happen.

  5. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Lewis said he wants to come and train with us to get himself integrated with the squad, great idea

  6. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    A good heart by Fergul Sharky on yesterday

     

     

    A door heart if hard to find..

     

     

    Keep the faith

  7. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    A door heart wasn’t a tune by Fergul

     

     

    But a good heart was sung by Fergal

  8. DAVID66 hope all the players turn up if they do a comfortable win, just scared if they dont all turn up.hh.

  9. Neustadt-Braw on

    Mr E ….that will be braw having the smile back….big day the morra …all hands on deck..

     

     

    smiley please pass on my regards thing

     

     

    Braw

  10. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Big Packy

     

    Hope you still take the dogs into the Wetherspoons in new Brighton

     

     

    Hope to get down to see my nephew this summer

  11. Second in league and in cup semi – bet rest of Scottish football wish they were dead in the water.

  12. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    G64

     

    PV tomorrow with the small crew?

     

     

    Big hall now open at bar prices

  13. was fully expecting mcinnes to announce his resignation, saying he had taken the dons as far as he could, opening the door for his beloved rainjurz.ktf.

  14. Man City lump one ball over the top and the lad scores. Simple football. They’ve been brilliant so far but showing you can mix up the play now and then.

  15. Leftbackagain on

    I hate to burst everyone’s bubble re The Rangers. But. The Cowboys are coming – all the way from Dallas.

  16. BLANTYRETIM IS PRAYING FOR THE KNOX FAMILY, how are you blantyre tim, give my regards to the tohg, whom i seen many times vastly underated, not just saying that cause you might be related.smiley thing ,yes still go to weatherspoons went on easter sunday, thanks for the info.hh.

  17. Blantyretim, have lurked for several years. But one of my earliest memories was you telling us about a Saturday morning, sleeping in, missing the supporters bus, the wife having to drive you up to the game (Dundee?) It was hilarious. I think it involved some enforced shopping too?

     

     

    Can you remember? Please tell it again, maybe 3 years ago.

  18. !!Bada Bing!! on

    BIG PACKY on 14TH APRIL 2018 8:06 PM

     

    was fully expecting mcinnes to announce his resignation, saying he had taken the dons as far as he could, opening the door for his beloved rainjurz.ktf.

     

     

    Not to be ruled out…

  19. Braw

     

    I have missed her big time, she goes to see the grandweans a couple of times a year, it’s no the same without her, the break is fine but would rather no have it.

     

    HH

  20. I heard Chris Sutton say the other week that he was speaking to FDB and he said he was interested in the hun job, the hoards would be extatic if he got the job, so would I be, he would drain them of cash they don’t have, bring in a bunch of overpaid Dutch journeymen and the whole cycle will start again.

     

    More chance of him than The Badger getting the job imo.

  21. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    BP TOHG, aye he is a close relative ☘️☘️

     

     

    JIMTHETIM53

     

    Can’t remember that particular post but as Mrs BT is designated driver who likes to spend at my expense it could be true.

     

     

    We used to go to wee club just a 5 minute walk from Tannadice street

     

     

    Mini BT now has the privilege of attending matches with TOHG as she loves it

  22. TeT

     

     

    Surely De Boer’s advisors wouldn’t let him anywhere near it. Regardless, as you say I think he would flop. Too idealist for the hoardes.

  23. mike in toronto on

    Think McInness will leave the dons… but will go south …he looked behind the curtain at secco and didn’t like what he saw … has WBA picked a new manager yer? Figured he was looking for that job

  24. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    MIT

     

    Cousin just send message snowing in sunny Toronto ☃️☃️

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