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  1. Today was yet another 'sliding doors' moment for MCT. I made the point on the podcast that the attitude the players have towards the fans is either reinforced, or even stems, from those inside the club. Today's replies to James Binnie, in particular, were incredibly galling and pulled back the curtain to the views that exist inside MCT. That showed a complete lack of self-awareness from whoever was tweeting from the MCT account, and I'd be incredibly interested to learn who it was. We've now had 18 months of middle-management business jargon from the folk in charge. Rather than hit us with bluster and bullshit bingo - get your fingers out and start showing tangible results. It's been spoken about and planned internally since the takeover was announced. It's also worth bearing in mind that, during this time period, an individual with outstanding professional commercial credentials was so frustrated with MCT that he felt the need to walk away. Cut the bluster. Cut the bullshit. It's time to shit or get off the pot and admit you're out of your depth. I absolutely cannot believe that we're sitting here, less than 48 hours after Sir Douglas has returned, speaking negatively about both Morton and MCT. What a shite situation, on the back of the biggest opportunity both parties have at a second chance to win over the fanbase. An entirely underwhelming announcement of Sir Douglas getting the job and now this utter tripe. It certainly isn't the 'Big Bad Morton Fans' that are to blame for wanting a bit of positive engagement and the completely unreasonable request of *checks notes* the club maximising their commercial activity at Christmas. In fact, if we need to up commercial income, I might develop and sell my own MCT Bullshit Bingo drinking game. 'The club definitely need to improve X', 'Moving forward', 'I don't disagree', 'We're committed to', 'Jumping through hoops' and 'Engaging with fans' are all one shot each. This could get messy.
  2. I'd imagine after paying Gus off, the board don't have the cash to tear up Millen's contract. The sad reality is we're stuck with Millen until his contract expires, or he chooses to walk away.
  3. Not to worry lads, we will be shot of at least one of the video units in January, but for the moment there's a Christmas goose that needs fattened up.
  4. As far as I'm aware, one team must use both sets of changing rooms to comply with the current COVID regulations, which is why they were previously the Morton players were using the hospitality lounges before crowds were allowed back in. Now that hospitality is back, the club rented the two portacabins for the away teams, with our players using both dressing rooms in the main stand.
  5. If it's a choice between ensuring that we can have all our hospitality lounges running and generating income, which is where Morton players used to change when previous restrictions were in place, and upsetting opposition teams with our temporary fix, I know which option I'd rather choose. Dodds' main concern seems to be that the generator broke down on Tuesday night. There's not a lot Morton could do about that on the night.
  6. I covered 'The Cappielow Riot' as part of my dissertation. There were several academic papers, most of which pre-dated that publication, which cited the failure to win the league alongside the Scottish Cup as being a substantial factor behind the rioting. As you say, we will never know for sure, but to claim that it's 'made up pish' is a certainly a 'unique take'.
  7. I'm not against a ban being reviewed if/when someone can demonstrate that they've changed their ways, but it would need to be a substantially longer period than a year.
  8. Chris Dodds is reporting in the Tele today that Brian Rice and Sir Douglas of Imrie are both interested in the job.
  9. I'd like to think that we'd be exploring the loan market for strikers in January. Knowles is already gone, and we should be punting Reilly, which should free up a decent amount of cash to bring a player in.
  10. One uninformed decision (amateur directors appointing a DoF), followed by a series of decisions being made with a more informed decision-making model, is going to have a higher success rate than the current model. Increasing the expertise we have in our football decision-making model increases the amount of footballing decisions we're going to get right. Absolutely nobody is suggesting that a DoF appointment is going to be a magic wand that means we never get another footballing decision wrong. It's optimising our football decision making to ensure that we are, at the very least, guided and advised by someone with industry expertise. Nobody in the fanbase would accept amateurs signing off on the club's books or writing up the takeover agreement between MCT and Golden Casket because they'd an amateur interest in accountancy or law for thirty years. The potential consequences are catastrophic. The fact that our representatives on the Morton board are in favour of this approach in footballing operations, the most important facet of the club, is as unacceptable as it is staggering. Anyone, upto and including the people on the current club board who have appointed themselves as football decision makers, who can't comprehend the case for a DoF are simply choosing not to.
  11. Absolutely. With a good sporting director overseeing the footballing facets of the club, and Chris Ross overseeing the business facets of the club, we are fan owned and expert run. That's the pitch we were given when asked to get involved in this project. Whilst we've amateurs making footballing decisions, making an arse of it, and refusing to answer the fanbase on the back of it, we're a million miles away from that.
  12. The justification for not appointing a sporting director in the Morton Q+A concerned me hugely. I'd argue the exact opposite point - Morton simply can't afford not to appoint a sporting director. MCT membership is nowhere near where it was predicted to be at this point of the first season; MCT's credibility seems to be dwindling by the month; and, largely thanks to MCT's first footballing decision, results on the pitch are pish. I'd say that appointing a successful SD/DoF would go some way to turning the tide on all the biggest issues currently facing MCT.
  13. I'd like to think the club would be open to that possibility, providing it isn't Shelley Kerr.
  14. Andy Ritchie's role at the club should not extend beyond being an (excellent) stream commentator, and shaking hands and mingling at hospitality. Ritchie is a club legend, but let's not go down the road of thinking that automatically makes him a coach, a manager or anything else.
  15. I know of at least one person who submitted a question related to the Lithgow signing.
  16. I’ve just watched the Q&A (twice), and to say it is uninspiring is being generous. I have absolutely no qualms with the footballing aim of the season being Championship survival, along with striving for sustainability. Between Lesley Ann, who could sell snow to the Eskimos, and Chris Ross coming on board with a solid background of income generation, I’ve got no concerns that the club will maximise revenues. I took issue when my question about football expertise on the board was kicked into the long grass. This issue has been raised for the best part of a year now, both internally and externally, so blustered ‘we’re considering it’ type answers really don’t cut the mustard at this stage of proceedings. This is particularly galling when our football decision model thus far has left us as the lowest scoring team in the SPFL with a manager we don’t seem able to sack because of the length of deal we offered. Stability can quite easily be achieved at this level with one year rolling contracts. If only there had been someone in place at the time to advise the board of that… I don’t buy the ‘when finances allow’ argument either. It was acknowledged at least once in the video that a winning football team on the pitch helps boost crowds and engagement, which were stated as key aims of the club in the near future. So, improving footballing performance has tangible benefits to the rest of the club. A good appointment to oversee footballing operations could quite easily justify their salary through an increase in league prize money alone. I'd go as far as arguing that Morton can't afford not to appoint a Sporting Director. To examine the worst-case outcome, MCT overseeing a limp-wristed relegation in their first season will affect their credibility massively. I’d argue that MCT are quite a way behind where they expected to be at this stage of the project in terms of their membership numbers, gaining the trust of the fanbase and their overall credibility. I’m open to all accusations of hyperbole, but if MCT do not change the current manager and/or their governance model, and the club go down this year, it will be the first nail in Morton Club Together’s coffin. And a large one at that. I can see absolutely no positive case for amateurs continuing to make footballing decisions at the club who already have a professional reputation that is lower than a snake’s arse. I also found the choice not to name Gus’ immediate line manager strange. Where exactly does that decision fit into the ‘open, honest and transparent’ policy we were pitched? Taking the current state of affairs at face value, and giving MCT the benefit of the doubt, it is poor decision making that I’d label as ‘penny wise and pound foolish’. Ineffective football decision making at board level will hinder the club’s results, reputation and therefore engagement and ultimately finances. If you were to take a more cynical look at the current set-up, it would appear that we have a director who simply wants to play Dougie Rae on our money, whilst lurking in the shadows to avoid any potential repercussions. Neither of those scenarios are acceptable, and both could quite easily have disastrous consequences.
  17. If you fancy a romantic birthday dinner for you and the Mrs then make sure you go to The Norseman Wine Bar before the game. They do great food and have a fine selection of wine. I'd thoroughly recommend the lobster thermidor.
  18. Yeah, my take on those programme notes was that Gus is going to be in charge for the foreseeable future, regardless of the next two results, which is worrying to say the least. Remember when we anticipated a bit of positive momentum after the fan takeover?
  19. You're spot on there. We are on opposing sides of the debate, you were comfortable with the signing when I wasn't. But we've both recognised the need for the club to listen (something I don't think MCT do enough of currently) to concerned supporters and offer them a friendly ear at the very least. The club board, and in particular the director who took it upon himself to make this decision, showed ignorance and nonchalance in abundance on this issue, and I sincerely hope that MCT have learned lessons from the whole debacle.
  20. Putting your obtuse nonsense to one side, there are certain issues that fan owned clubs should absolutely seek guidance from the support on. Votes on Colts teams being included in senior competitions is one such issue that I think it would be appropriate for the fanbase to decide en mass. The decision to bring a sex offender to a community club is another issue where the fanbase should have their concerns heard. I'm not suggesting that some sort of fan vote on the issue was required, but it was a decision that should have been taken by more than one club director, as is my understanding of what happened in that instance. The signing of a convicted sex offender was always going to be contentious, bearing in mind this is someone who has yet to show any sign of (public) remorse for his crimes, which were absolutely vile. There were polarised opinions on signing Lithgow and that should have been recognised by the club. At the very least, there should have been a club statement issued alongside the signing announcement, explaining that Lithgow was remorseful for his actions and that anyone with concerns about this should contact the club. I think that would have been acceptable to most people within the fanbase, rather than the total ignorance that was shown to legitimate concerns around a sex offender signing for a community club. And that's before we get into the utter cowardice shown by the club in refusing to issue a statement after the songs at Firhill. The statement from the MCT socials the following week was nothing more than a transparent, and frankly shite, compromise. This isn't a criticism of Chris, who I think deserves a lot of credit for coming onto the Forum and taking positive and negative feedback on the chin, but it's becoming quite obvious that there's a growing disconnect and mistrust between MCT and sections of the fanbase. It's been mentioned before on this thread, but the lack of output outwith normal matchday content (interviews, highlights etc.) does concern me. We only seem to hear from the club now when they're trying to sell us something. No match previews, no match reports, nothing giving us an insight into what has changed behind-the-scenes since the takeover, no real attempts to genuinely listen to lapsed and frustrated supporters. This is miles away from what I envisioned when I was sold on the prospect of a fan owned, expert run Morton. Considering that we're only four months into fan ownership, that is a massive worry.
  21. I'm not particularly optimistic, but even with McEntee and Oksanen missing we should have enough to get past a mid-table League One side.
  22. Michael Garrity has joined Annan on loan until January.
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