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  1. They won’t get relegated if he is allowed play this time.
  2. Although they are not yet universal, full-time contracts are becoming commonplace in formerly semi-professional clubs. With this in mind, it’s a different world for part-timers and full-timers to compete at the same level of the game. Part-time players often face the daunting task of incorporating a full-time job, two training days per week and a weekend match into their schedule. “When you are full-time everything is set up for you in the sessions, you just go and put in work. The manager also has more training days to put things into practice, so the Queens players would have more time to get their philosophy ingrained into their heads. It helps with the changing room as well. The boys are around each other constantly and the group becomes closer because of that, well that’s if you are lucky enough to have a normal manager! These clear benefits almost always translate onto the pitch. Since the modern era of changing from part-timers to full-timers, as such, one might think that committing to a full-time playing staff is a no-brainer – but matters in the lower echelons of Scottish football are rarely so simple. Full-time players require significantly higher wages. All of a sudden, instead of representing little more than a top-up income, contracts must cover the foregone income from a player’s ‘other job’. This financial leap of faith, so crucial to success according to the history books, requires smaller clubs like Queens to become more revenue-oriented. This philosophical change seems to directly contradict the principles of community which have historically governed Scottish football. In short, some teams do not want to take the financial risk, whilst some do not want to sacrifice the charm on which their fanbase is built in order to pursue success. Scottish football is fraught with financial imbalances as a result. The lofty ambitions of Cove Rangers, Hamilton Academical and Ross County have all been supported by cash injections and full-time players in recent years, and all have rapidly ascended through the leagues as a result. With only one automatic promotion spot to the top flight, spending big almost seems a pre-requisite for success. “A lot of players love the challenge, but don’t think it’s ideal when there’s a big difference between teams’ budgets in the same league. Financial Fair Play highlights financial irregularities in Europe’s top divisions, but matters lower down the pyramid tend to be overlooked. While spending big to chase success is a method used at almost every level of the game, such financial imbalances naturally raise questions of fairness. With the majority of Scottish League clubs now full-time, the quality gap between the Premier and Championship teams widens every season. However, sometimes when the wealthier lower clubs like Falkirk who recently brought higher league players into our division they’re surprised to see the level of talent. That really shows that it’s not always the better players playing at higher levels.” Lower-league teams in Scottish football are now a well-known breeding ground for emerging talent. The lower tiers’ gradual professionalisation underlies the steady growth in quality seen in recent years. In many ways, Scottish football is on a positive path. More full-timers breed more competition, and more competition allows emerging talents to test themselves against high-calibre opponents. League One and League Two players and further below know that progression is now possible from such a level, even if part-time structures require many to do it the hard way. Part-time teams like Alloa Athletic, Brechin City, Cowdenbeath and Arbroath will never stay in the Championship for a long period, trying to compete as a part-time team team is nothing more than a hindrance and a financial disaster. Queens have the infrastructure in place, they just need the people to implement this and therefore generate the finance to take us back to the top division for the first time in over 60 years!
  3. I get the whole concept of what you are trying to achieve; incidentally, how many shares will the Trust now own after this transaction?
  4. FFS, don’t give him any clues, he’ll definitely over think it
  5. I’m sure the South League don’t want/like them as their application was turned down the last time they applied.
  6. Can we kindly ask both sets of supporters to switch places to make Palmerston look better for the TV. We need all the covered enders going into the old main stand and all the Falkirk fans taking their place on the terrace. Thank you for your help!
  7. The current Queens Board of Directors should not be waiting for new candidates to come to them, mainly because that means that they might miss out on the right person(s). Therefore, they should also be proactive in approaching those individuals that have been identified (if any) as suitable candidates. Queens current shareholders should form a nominating committee, or appropriate recruitment body for Queens organisation needs, they will have been tracking suitable candidates, and should share their research and confirm the Board’s requirements as they conduct the process. This will obviously help them target those who could be a perfect fit. Perhaps a National advert to attract more interest?
  8. If Dan had even contemplated a delusional offer from Queens, how the hell would the internal system work while he is not at Palmerston, an absolute fanciful discussion indeed! Incidentally, oft-repeated phrase when reporting a manager’s dismissal is that he has left a club ‘by mutual consent’, reflecting that the parties have reached an agreement on the terms of departure, so why have Queens not looked at this privilege. Given the inevitable highly publicised dismissal of football managers, it is often in the interests of both parties to settle the claim by way of agreement rather than publicly through the courts - Surely an option for us! While UK employment law does apply to the world of football management, do not expect to see any high-profile managers involved in an Employment Tribunal claim any time soon.
  9. This suggestion was made to Dan 12 months or so ago, there was a bit of interest from a UK manufacturer - He never returned the call.
  10. I remember that midweek game well, it was indeed 3-0 to Queens. I was really disappointed with the result as every other team had been gubbing them at the time and I felt short changed.
  11. Clubs like Queen of the South are constantly faced with an array of factors to consider when participating in the debt finance market – predominantly pricing, maturities, the potential impact of relegation or promotion, the assets available to provide or take as security and the myriad of rules and regulations applicable to them and their activities. I doubt that a move to part-time football would allow us to continue with our major interests out with the playing side. .
  12. Wilbur Post Today Accies 5-0 QoS. Those sneaky lowlands b*****ds are already resting their best players ahead of our cup tie. BOO !!!!
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