Gus offered a new contract
As posted on the Official Website on Friday the Board has offered Gus a new contract for next season. I know some will question this strategy in our current position but we believe we have the right man to see us through these difficult times. I have stated many times on the sites that this year was going to be one of the most difficult in the clubs history owing to it’s financial difficulties and it is certainly that. Having said that , our financial situation is much improved. Until yesterday, so were our performances. We firmly believe that Gus has the experience and skill to keep us in the 1st Division despite the fact that we provided him with a much reduced budget than any of the previous Managers then only 3 weeks to assemble a playing staff. If the worst were to happen we believe with the correct resources he is the man to bring us straight back up. During our discussions, Gus laid out how he would see the future from the playing side. This includes the youth set up and other areas he believes we could strengthen. After all of these discussions we concluded that there was no better man to see us through these difficult times. I would ask for your continued support.
Scottish Cup run
Sadly our Scottish cup run came to an end with the heart breaking late goal against Aberdeen. Over the two games I think we were unlucky to lose and comments from Craig Brown and Stuart McCall both experienced Managers, who said we shouldn`t have, does not ease the pain. We just hope the team can replicate that second half performance on a regular basis for the rest of the season. On the bright side , the income from that run will be most welcome. We have since had our post match review of how we think things went on the night and know we could have done some things better in terms of crowd management but still a successful night. It was great to see such a large turn out and the players very much appreciated it but where have they all gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Met with the Trust last Friday to talk through working protocol for the remainder of this season and next. It would be fair to say that we do not always agree on what is the best way forward for the club but both parties want the same end result. We have agreed that there is some uncertainty out there as to exactly how much money collected transfer from the Trust to Queens’s football Club. It is a generous amount but needs to be more transparent to avoid confusion. We will keep you posted on our progress.
Falkirk vs QOS
After recent improving performances I went to Falkirk with high hopes but also a bit nervous as I believe they are the best football team in the Division. Unfortunately my worse fears came to surface as early as the 1st minute when they broke through. They were in my opinion much faster, more skillful, hungrier and played a game which we could not match. Sometimes you just need to put your hand up and say you were beaten by a far superior team. Unfortunately the truth hurts. Two players stood out for me the No9 who has beat us up in every game this year and W Gibson who I thought was outstanding. Before Queens’s fans get on their high horse about why we did not sign him when we had the chance, perhaps they should ask him first. I will say no more on this point!!!!!!!!!
As you know running a club the size of QOS is no small task and we are always on the look out for people who are genuinely looked to help out the club. It is in times like these that you really find out who are the real diehards. We are still on the lookout for any fans out there how would like give up some of their precious time to help out at this great club. There are many areas in which you could help namely,
1. Turnstile operators
2. Ground maintenance
3. Clerical assistance
4. Fund raising
Please feel to contact me direct if you would like to offer up your valuable time to support your local team.
Till the next time,
Responses to Comments from previous blogs.
Hi Mark, Regarding the future partnership with DGHP, I was wondering whether or not our new chairman`s company Building Crafatmen would be the preferred company for this work? I imagine that his company would be doing this work for next to nothing but how does this work given that DGHP will be obliged to follow public tender procedures and be subject to FOI requests? I would hate to see Queens (and Dumfries business) lose out through this bureaucratic process.
Cheers Hi Andy. Nice to hear from you. It will be up to DGHP as to how they run the tender process but they are very experienced in this field and therefore confident that they will make the right decisions.