Just back and Hibs were shiter.....

Boo

Well-Known Radge
So true, which is a damming inditement of the work Graeme Mathie & co are doing on the recruitment front.

Two guys who are leaders, winners, characters, but also very good players. Head and shoulders above what we have available right now in those positions.
Why are they playing for Livi and not us - I am sure if either player was asked which club they would prefer to be playing for then both would prefer Hibs.
 

Two Headed Boy

Well-Known Radge
Livingston manager David Martindale: "We came here with a wee bit of a game plan and I think it worked perfectly. They leave a lot of space in behind the centre-halves.
I hope someone has pinned that to the wall in Jack's office because I doubt he's the only one who has noticed.

Really frustrating again today. I hope it inspires some lateral thinking from the manager and the recruitment team.
 

Davy

get off yer bum an sing radge
67% possession, yet on the few breaks Livi made upfield, they moved quick, ran straight through our midfield and generally scored. On the other hand we passed it sideways, passed it back, passed to the goalie, passed it out the field, and occasionally blootered the ball upfield finding the opposition more often than nought. Dire stuff

Agree that Mallan was the best of a very bad lot
 

Zab

Admin
Why are they playing for Livi and not us - I am sure if either player was asked which club they would prefer to be playing for then both would prefer Hibs.

Efe left, activating a clause in his contract. He signed for Derby, then was a free agent. We never approached him about coming back.

Marvin we let go.

Neither look like great decisions by Hibs.
 

Boo

Well-Known Radge
67% possession, yet on the few breaks Livi made upfield, they moved quick, ran straight through our midfield and generally scored. On the other hand we passed it sideways, passed it back, passed to the goalie, passed it out the field, and occasionally blootered the ball upfield finding the opposition more often than nought. Dire stuff

Agree that Mallan was the best of a very bad lot
No urgency , appears little confidence within the team - something needs to change and change quickly or the second half of the season could be a disaster
 

BB4ALL

Just A Radge
When Mallan gets the vote for best Hibs player then there's definitely something badly wrong at ER.
 

Sir Shrink

Retired Radge
Efe left, activating a clause in his contract. He signed for Derby, then was a free agent. We never approached him about coming back.

Marvin we let go.

Neither look like great decisions by Hibs.

Marvin has no agent, he does his own negotiations. When he wasn't getting regular games at Hibs he talked to Livi about a deal to include regular games and starting his coaching career. He then told Hibs he would be leaving. I suppose we could have tried harder to keep him, but we can't offer every player a future in coaching.
Regular starts at Livi have meant the return of a fitter and sharper Marv, one that would be an asset at Hibs once again.
 

Zab

Admin
Marvin has no agent, he does his own negotiations. When he wasn't getting regular games at Hibs he talked to Livi about a deal to include regular games and starting his coaching career. He then told Hibs he would be leaving. I suppose we could have tried harder to keep him, but we can't offer every player a future in coaching.
Regular starts at Livi have meant the return of a fitter and sharper Marv, one that would be an asset at Hibs once again.

I view that as letting him go, or at least doing nothing to try and keep him, especially considering we offered Gray & McGregor 4 year deals with future roles included.

Allowing Milligan (another proven leader) to leave at the same time as Bartley was equally poor.

This all happened while Heckingbottom was Head Coach, so he had to have some say, but Graeme Mathie has overseen all of this.
 
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Sir Shrink

Retired Radge
That was really my point, we’d already made long term offers to the two you mentioned- we can’t give everyone that deal.
We seemed to have been assured of a couple of replacements until the Sheep slithered in with bumper deals and left us a bit high and dry.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
 

Zab

Admin
That was really my point, we’d already made long term offers to the two you mentioned- we can’t give everyone that deal.
We seemed to have been assured of a couple of replacements until the Sheep slithered in with bumper deals and left us a bit high and dry.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

It is indeed. I don’t think we should offer any such deal to anyone ever again, madness to do so at their age and with their injury records. Hopefully we don’t make such mistakes in the future.

For me Graeme Mathie needs to be doing a much better job at long term planning and identifying the right players to give the squad proper balance.
 
On the surface it looks like the St. Mirren love in, has been Ross's baby. As Sporting Director would Mathie have had a big say or imput?. Maybe the negotiations with Civil Service Strollers he alluded to yesterday took priority? The St. Mirren thing looking back in a few years time may look like a poorer one than it appears to be now.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, foresight is better.

BIG G
 
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