I personally dont feel "conned", as others have said,that's very harsh. A 3 year plan is not a promise or a guarantee, its an ambition and you would imagine most clubs would have similar aims within their respective boardrooms and most aims won't be met. Think some read too much into what is a glorified mission statement! I'm sure those comments where made when Crawford was appointment Chairman and his father was still alive and still owned the club.
I am however concerned with the budget comments from JJ as I can't imagine Ray overspent, (surely he wouldn't have been allowed to)So what has changed from then until now? Think Dougies death must have an impacted Crawford in some way as has the interest from the Easdales.
It's probably in our best interests if a deal is done sooner rather than later as the lacks of funds and radio silence can't be a good thing!
Yeah, I think the truth is somewhere in between. Punting Duffy, the McKinnon deal and sports science stuff was an unexpected step in the right direction.
We also likely have 5 players in the top-earner bracket this season (Tidser, Millar, McAlister, Telfer, Johnstone) and a lot of other signings which just haven't worked out. Duffy managed to run a small squad padded out with young players who were presumably on lower wages.
Its not a ridiculous idea to suggest that the bulk of the budget is spent and Crawford isn't keen on releasing what's left. It's a massive gamble but if he's really serious about promotion he might be tempted to keep something back for next season. Even if the promotion talk was just that, you could still see why he wouldn't be keen on spending more.