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Ann Budge’s review of the football department

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GinRummy

What a damn shame.

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graham

What a load of utter pish!!!!

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Jeff

Websites crashed as well

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Selkirkhmfc1874
6 minutes ago, Gambo said:

A big f u to the supporters that was.

Exactly! I've always been big backer of Ann Budge but that statement is as you say 

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DarioHMFC

This post could get fun 🙄

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BigC

Yep, crashes for me too so I haven’t read it but I can pretty much guess what it says from the reactions on here and on twitter.

Edited by BigC

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1874Gorgie1874

Birthday caird pish

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OmiyaHearts

Why such a long statement?

 

Could have just said 'We don't care how the supporters feel.....Levein will remain in charge for the forseeable.....Keep handing us your cash'.

 

This isn't going to end well.

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Jamboross

Anyone able to sum it up? Website has crashed. 

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Adam_the_legend

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Leveins Battalion

Well this changes everything,the sack the boards shouts from last week will intensify 1000% now.Its no longer all about removing Levein.

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AGoodLaugh

Yikes. For all the claims of not having her head in the sand she sure has misread the mood of most fans if she thinks this is going to be received well. 

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Bring Back Paulo Sergio

Budge you can **** off on your yacht and never come back. ****ing livid.

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highlandjambo3

Was reading this like everyone else, completely uninspiring,  lots of mention about injuries past and present then I got to this bit:

 

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             “We have planned in a specific way for this season, including catering for injuries, etc.,” 

 

so, here’s a question Anne, what specific plan did you or CL put in place for injuries and, how come it has not worked?

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wavydavy
5 minutes ago, Dusk_Till_Dawn said:

What a load of pish

 

Exactlt.

 

This is an extract from her statement.

 

Like every other Hearts supporter at the moment, I am hugely frustrated with the results… or indeed lack of them… from the first 5 Premiership fixtures.

 

It's not just about the first 5 fixtures though is it as has been correctly reposted in the media since last October we are the worst performing team in the league with only 28 points.

 

How can she only talk about the first five games?

 

I think she is heading towards alienating lots more fans than she has done already.

Edited by wavydavy

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Walter Bishop

Disgraceful. 

 

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AGoodLaugh

At the start of August 2019, I put out what I referred to as Part 1 of my Chairman’s Statement. This was kept deliberately high level, focusing as it did, on our objectives and achievements over the past 5 years and our key strategic objectives for the next 3 years.

I promised to follow this up with a more detailed paper, focusing on our plans for the current season/financial year.  Given what is currently going on across social media and the “demands for action”, from supporters and media alike, I will forego the Business Plan update for now, and address only the matters surrounding our disappointing start to the season.

I would effectively like to make a 2 part statement.  The first, I address to all genuine Hearts Supporters; in the second I will address recent media coverage.

To the Supporters I say this:-

Like every other Hearts supporter at the moment, I am hugely frustrated with the results… or indeed lack of them… from the first 5 Premiership fixtures.  There is no way any of us set out at the start of the season believing we would be languishing in the bottom half of the table at this point… let alone in bottom position.  Clearly, what we wanted to do, was to have the same kind of start as we had last season… without the catalogue of injuries that then befell us.  However, as we all know, that has not happened.  So what do we do about it? 

What we do not do is over-react, throw all of our plans out of the window and start again!  I am frequently asked in what way running a football club is different from running a “normal” business.  While there are many differences, I firmly believe that one thing is the same, no matter what business you are running.  In simple terms, it is essential for the Board to have a plan and to continuously measure performance against that plan, year on year, learning from past mistakes and adjusting our plans accordingly.  That is precisely what I, and the Board, have been doing. 

For example:-

·       In season 17/18, when we finished 6th what did we do?  We discussed the situation at length and we responded by investing heavily during the transfer window, to re-shape the team.  In season 18/19, we, like every other Hearts supporter were delighted that our actions seemed to be paying dividends when we were riding high in the early part of the season.  Then disaster struck and we suffered an unprecedented level of injuries.  This meant that for the second year in succession, it looked, as though, achieving our football target of finishing in the Top 4 was at risk.

·       What did we do?  We went back to the planning board.  In January, 2019, well before the end of the season, we took action and modified our plan to focus our investment entirely on strengthening our football operation.  We put a halt to all new infra-structure developments, ring-fencing our resources to secure those players we believed were key to our future success, while recognising that we would, once again, aim to further strengthen and expand our first team squad in the summer.  This we did. 

·       We all know that while some of these new signings have been settling in and while we are still carrying injuries to a number of our key players, our performances in the early part of the season have been hugely disappointing.  However, the Board firmly believes it is too early to be panicking and tearing up our plans. 

Our decisions have been taken against the following backdrop:-

·       We have a very strong squad… arguably the strongest we have put together over the last 6 seasons.

·       We have the mix of youth, experience and quality that we have been striving for and building towards since we returned to the Premiership in 2015.

·       We have still not seen our first choice starting XI playing this season, as we are still awaiting the return of a number of key players.

Of course, we hear the criticism… you have wasted money, you have got too many things wrong, you have made too many bad decisions, you have given Craig Levein too long, etc, etc.

Have we made mistakes at times?  Unquestionably, yes.  However, running a football club… like any business… is not an exact science.  None of us will get every decision right… and it is so easy to be wise after the event and say “I would never have done that!”

The simple fact is that we plan, make decisions and review on a continuous basis, focusing on how/what we can do better to get to where we want to be.

In short, we have invested heavily over recent years… never more so than this year… to build what we believe will be a winning squad and we remain confident that this investment will pay dividends.  We have planned in a specific way for this season, including catering for injuries, etc., as they come along.  My message is simple.  I would urge you to continue to support the team while we work through this difficult period.

Be assured that we are not ‘burying our heads in the sand’; we are in constant dialogue about performances and what is going wrong on the pitch; and we are waiting (im)patiently for the return from injury of some of our key players… and no-one is more impatient than those players themselves. 

With regards to recent media coverage surrounding the club, I would say this:-

Some coverage has been fair and has accurately reflected the facts of the situation, while other coverage has been woeful.  Certain reporters and pundits have made numerous ill-informed “statements” regarding how things operate at the Club, how decisions are made and who is involved in the decision-making process.  They present these opinions as though they are fact.  They are not.

They are aimed at whipping up yet another media frenzy around the set-up at Hearts, which they simply cannot understand.  To repeat just a few of these inaccurate claims: the Board is weak; Craig is running the club; I have lost control; decisions cannot be taken about the Manager because he sits on the Board…

I would simply point out that, unlike other Managers, who may get called in front of the Board if/when things are going wrong, Craig has to present to the full Board at every Board meeting, on how things are going against plan, across all areas of the football operation, including highlighting issues and discussing courses of action. 

Our Board has 4 non-executive directors, appointed because of their business acumen and experience, whom I, as Chairman, consult with on a very regular basis both individually and as a group. This includes discussing on-field, as well as off-field, matters and personnel. So, the suggestion that Craig’s attendance at formal Board meetings, inhibits open and frank discussion about his or the team’s performance and/or future, is palpable nonsense.

This brings me to recent media speculation. I can confirm that I have spoken to no other manager about the possibility of joining Hearts and names being publicly linked to the club are pure speculation. I have, however, fielded numerous, unsolicited phone calls from Agents… who are rarely shy of trying to further their cause by leaking “made up” stories to the media!

In short, our Board remains behind the Manager, his coaching staff and his team… not because he is “untouchable”, not because he is “all-powerful”, and not because we are “weak”, as has been suggested.  We remain behind him because we believe in the plan we have jointly put together.

We will continue to scrutinise our on-field performances and should we feel our plans are going astray and our approach needs to be adjusted, we will respond accordingly.

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Thommo414
Just now, Jamboross said:

Anyone able to sum it up? Website has crashed. 

We've got a plan

 

Injuries

 

We've not approached anyone

 

Injuries

 

We hear your criticisms

 

Injuries

 

**** the lot of you, Craig Levein's going nowhere 

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Sexton Hardcastle

Can someone post the whole statement, website gubbed like the team.

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Bring Back Paulo Sergio

Not paying another penny to Hearts until Levein is gone. Wish I never bought Aberdeen tickets now.

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allyby

This is a kick in the teeth to us all, Budge oot, Levein oot!

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18Jambo_dave74

That statement is patronising drivel.

 

She is now the problem. 

 

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Bring Back Paulo Sergio

"Bulletproof" Michael Stewart has been right all along.

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OmiyaHearts

Seriously tempted to do an indemnity claim and get back all those DD's I've paid. What a waste of a season and it's hardly even started.

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Sexton Hardcastle

She has only fanned the flames with that garbage. Opportunity to try and buy more time but shoots them both in the foot, again.

 

Has she lost the plot? Only giving more ammunition to the Budge oot/hertz twitter mob.

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Famous 1874

Budge out now. That statement sums it all. We need to protest to get her out now. Disgrace. 

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karipidis

Absolute disgrace of a statement. She is clearly a big part of the problem.

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Coco

Why has she chosen to bind herself to Levein?  

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David McCaig

5 bad games apparently!!!! Utterly disingenuous Fin nonsense.

 

Totally appalled at this statement.

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SteauaNeedarest

She’d have been better saying nothing at all. A disgraceful statement.

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kila

Ridiculous statement. 

 

Patronising as **** to say ‘genuine Hearts fans’ instead of just Hearts fans!

 

She has no clue. She doesn’t want to do this without Levein that much is clear.

 

Urgh, there was me hoping she’d have sense. Just a bunch of excuses as to why her best pal Craig is not a shitebag.

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highlandjambo3
3 minutes ago, Jamboross said:

Anyone able to sum it up? Website has crashed. 

In summary......

 

not good where we are, injuries again etc...., preferred starting 11 not on the pitch yet....etc.  We are a business with a long term plan....etc..... we won’t make any rash decisions....ect..... season is early....ect...... we will stick with the plan and review accordingly etc...... oh, and the media are all bell ends...... that’s about it really.

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Paolo

Awful statement from the start:

 

‘The first, I address to all genuine Hearts Supporters’ 

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RudiHMFC

I think it's extremely clear what kind of people we are dealing with here. They all must go.

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skacel51

Pathetic.

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merseyjambo

She’s circling the wagons and in doing that is becoming part of the problem.

 

At any other football club in the UK/World performances like we are turning in would lead to his removal. 

 

Shes too invested in believing in him rather than what is actually looking at what is best for club.

 

Hes lost the support of the fans and AB coming out with this piffle is actually starting to turn the fans on her and the amount of good work she’s done

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Shooter McGavin

That’s a shocker of a statement. Very patronising. 

 

Haven’t won a league game since March and the response is “Calm down, we’ve got a plan and we’re sticking to it”

 

Levein isn’t going anywhere soon and we could very well have a relegation battle on our hands.

Edited by Shooter McGavin

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i8hibsh

Her club

Her vision

Her terms

 

 

 

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Miami vice

Trying to hide this statement with the media concentrating on Fernando Ricksen’s death

 

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vegas-voss

First choice starting 11 ?

 

We haven't had one since he took over its chop change all the time regardless of fitness.Levein really has fed her a pile of pish and excuses and she has bought it.

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Lord BJ

This isn’t going to end well.

 

The statement is a ramble, I don’t know what it’s supposed to achieve.

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merrymac

No wonder Craig was seen laughing and joking at the Reserve match yesterday ............ He had obviously just read it.!!

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i8hibsh

I am not a Hearts fan to her as I don't fit her mould. Cancel ur subs and stay clear of her stadium is sadly the only way to move forward.

 

'Geniune Hearts fans'

 

:seething:

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heartsfc_fan

Oh dear oh dear.

 

What an awful statement.

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iantjambo

What a load of shite and a massive GIRUY to the fans.

 

Ann Budge is now a big part of the problem!

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vegas-voss
2 minutes ago, i8hibsh said:

Her club

Her vision

Her terms

 

 

 

Or Levein's and she backs it no matter what.

 

Honestly she needs someone close to her to tell her she is backing the wrong horse

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Homme
Just now, Miami vice said:

Trying to hide this statement with the media concentrating on Fernando Ricksen’s death

 

 

Most definitely seems that way.

 

Its not the best! 

 

 

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Ribble

Did she get her pal Leanne to help her write that drivel?

 

Quite clearly she has zero football knowledge

 

- It's not just about the last 5 games

- We all know we've had injuries but we also believe that the players that have been available should be capable of better results than have been achieved

- A number of the injuries have been caused by playing unfit players

- We look disorganised and poorly coached

 

Is she honestly saying wait until we have a fully fit squad before she'll look at the manager? So free pass to not win a game until after new year when washington's back?

 

 

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McCrae

The content of the statement is no surprise. The upheaval created by removing CL is too much for her to stomach. It would involve a complete change in her plans and at this stage when she is in the process of handling the club to FOH is not a battle she is willing to take on.

 

Regime change is required.

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Clerry Jambo

How to undo all the great work she has done in one swoop, as already said very poor statement 

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