Hi Crawford, or Stuart, or whichever Rae you are.
As has already been picked up, a number of your original points have already been answered, so I don’t think there’s any point in covering that ground again. As you are keen that some points are answered, maybe you could answer a few too? If you aren’t going to own up as a Rae, then at the very least you are clearly a strong supporter of them so genuinely keen to hear your thoughts on;
1. Why was Hopkin allowed to build a 22 man, imbalanced squad? Particularly at a time where we were already in the midst of a global pandemic and it was blatantly obvious we had to budget for no fans attending games.
2. On the first point, if you are happy to get into economics, P&L etc (and whatever other business buzzwords you have picked up), surely it’s basic sense to plan for the worst case scenario? Surely the budget for this season was built around not expecting fans back into Cappielow? Was it? If so, why is COVID suddenly being used as an excuse and is Crawford suddenly shocked that we can’t afford the players that we have?
3. Was too much money wasted on Hopkin? If rumours are true that he was told to release 5/6 players in January, and instead left himself; how sizeable was his salary? Was it really the equivalent to that of 5/6 players? Or should we now still expect to see 3/4 players out the door in January aswell as Hopkin leaving? If money was so tight, why last season did we “splurge” money on new dugouts, a new gym, meals at a hotel before every game etc?
4. What was the contingency plan if MCT failed? We are in the position we are in - a dire financial one apparently - and that’s with £10k per month coming through the door from MCT. What if members contributions suddenly stopped and we had to survive without handouts from the fans, like you know, the vast majority of clubs in Scotland?
5. Crawfords statement, and both of your posts, bleat on about lack of cash, but what have the club actively done to bring in more? I’m more than happy to dish out praise when it’s deserved - for example the streaming coverage has rightly been lauded as one of the best in Scotland, but what about other revenues for income? We’re now a few weeks away from Christmas - other teams are advertising merchandise sales, club themed Santa hats and Christmas jumpers. What have we had from Morton to encourage us to spend? Nothing. I went to buy a season ticket at the start of the season and poor systems, lack of encouragement and sales techniques etc put me off and I never did. Where is the commercial acumen that MacKinnon was supposed to bring to the club? As fans we can’t actively spend more at the club if there is nothing to buy. As you would put it, it’s simple economics.
There’s probably about a million and one mort points I could make, and questions I could ask, but I’ll leave it there. I doubt I’ll get a response anyway, but more than happy for you to prove me wrong. It’s worth noting that fans don’t have to be treated like scum. Your posts don’t have to be so condescending and patronising - absolutely without the Rae family this club wouldn’t exist, but without the fans it wouldn’t either. Don’t forget that. We aren’t stupid.