The close season battle must go on
The door revolves quicker in uncertain times, well it certainly feels that way to me.
Im sure every last one of us understands changes are called for during these crazy times and that has lead to those out of contract becoming the most at risk despite previous assurances an offer would be made.
Its just business and everyone across the land is conducting their own cost cutting exercises, our club of choice is no exception despite being the top dog on a major mission.
Its never the name you do want to hear but one wonders just how far exactly the cull could go?
How far does it need to go?
And does that align with what we need as a team to take the tenth title?
Its zero surprise Craig is going, not one bit.
Being asked to take a pay cut isn’t nice, just ask Mikel Lustig, and a certain amount of pride will kick in. The Swede had the added bonus of still playing while negotiating, and still couldn’t get same terms again, so that leaves Craig with no hope of one more year extension please.
Having joined on a free he has proven good business, and would have been on a nice wedge for sure, but once you’re not playing you cant expect the same pay grade.
Squad money when squad player is only fair and the nature of the beast.
So the big man looks to be heading home, of course for more than we offered, but again that should surprise no one. For starters the big man will play, not squad money but starter wage.
Theres a strong character about to go into the Tynecastle dressing room, a man who can offer advice and command a bit of respect having actually collected a haul of medals to back up the talk.
And they’ve probably just found a future coach.
I think it will be a good move for both parties and along with Robbie returning would cement them as firm favourites for the bounceback, which will have been anticipated when planning our former stoppers wage packet. Budge might just have done something right for once.
Thanks for the memories Craig but when we meet again expect no mercy.
Of course this does put us in the position of having no playing goalie on the books, but we will have freed up quite a bit of salary recently with Jozo, Craig, Kouassi departing and the loans ending. There’s only one keeper for us and this special campaign, should we opt for one signing only then it better be Lurch as far as I’m concerned. The centre of defence has two regulars and two absolute reserves at the moment so we aren’t tip top, but the Great Wall gives them such a platform.
I really hope Lenny pushes for this one as its not the right season for a new name or to put the existing stopper we have under contract back between the sticks.
Getting this one right will have a huge bearing where that title sits this time next year.
Wee Strachan was a surprise though.
I didnt even realise his son was in the game, and ironically had joined Fergies lad.
It would be easy to sit here and say its a jobs for the boys etc but as we are seeing cost cutting elsewhere that doesnt stack up and its not as if the lad isnt from a football family. At 41 he is at a good age to bond with the young modern player as Duffer was said to, and basically offers continuation of the winning formula Neil has hit upon.
Some would like an older head to challenge the manager at times, such as Calmac at left back, but our young management team did come up with season winning tactics on the winter break under pressure. They should have some credit in the bank, and I cant imagine them bringing the wrong man onboard at this important juncture.
We usually lose the close season battle every year which exposes the weak at heart, and it only makes winning on the field all the more sweeter. This historic campaign has not started well first with the terrible irony of no fans seeing history along with ruined income stream plans, further cemented by ill received board decisions.
Normally a few signings would boost morale but normal times these ain’t.
Thursday we will look more at the ramifications of our income drop for all involved.
The above is by Mahe.
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