From the April edition of The Albion magazine
Whilst the simple arithmetic still adds up, following our draw against Queen’s Park, it is now highly unlikely that we will achieve a play-off spot come the end of this month.
No excuses from me – and I know there will be none from Stuart (McLaren) and his team – we simply haven’t consistently performed to the level we would have hoped for, and indeed are capable of.
I don’t believe in looking back in anger given it serves no meaningful purpose. I do, however, firmly believe in learning from mistakes and putting that learning into practice. It doesn’t guarantee success in the future but it sure as hell increases the likelihood.
Everyone at the Club learned a lot from the recent East Fife hammering (apologies for bringing that up again), in particular which players are committed to the Club both short and longer term. Clearly that commitment doesn’t in any shape or form determine which of them will be offered contracts for next season but they are the ones who have been, and will continue to be, involved in Stuart’s match day squad.
Additionally, Stuart will continue to assess the readiness of some of our under 20s to step up – for example, Scott Stevenson who was recalled from his loan spell at East Kilbride in advance of the April 1 cut-off.
In respect of the recent departure of Willie Robertson and Mark Lamont, whilst some of the background is confidential, I can say that both players were very much on the retain list and were made excellent contract offers for next season some time ago.
Unfortunately, despite prompting, neither player has shown any likelihood of accepting the offer made to them and indeed have expressed a desire to pursue full-time football. As stated above, Stuart is looking for commitment and given this was not forthcoming it was time to move on and explore other options.
I do understand and empathise with – having been a supporter for over 50 years – the frustrations of our fans but I can only provide assurance that no one wants success on the field for Stirling Albion more than me, and that me and my Board colleagues are doing everything we can to provide it.
I don’t expect for one moment for everyone to agree with every decision that we make but it is disappointing (albeit understandable) that some choose to criticise (most particularly anonymously) without being in possession of the facts behind those decisions.
I can only repeat (yet again) my open offer to speak with anyone about anything at any time, subject of course to confidentiality. Some have taken up this offer and for that I thank them.
All that said, I do appreciate that not everyone wants to stick their head above the parapet and it is my intention to hold an open “Meet the Chairman / Manager” session in the not too distant future; indeed in all likelihood a date will have been communicated in advance of your reading of this article.