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  1. Championship Table

    If players are being paid “generally” at a certain level, that is their market value. TV deals with different kick off arrangements aren’t evidence that players are paid above their market value. TV deals are one component of what gives footballers their market value.
  2. Inverness Courier

    This is the least attended competition in Scottish football, it’s an age since we qualified for the semis, it’s live on television, kick off is at a terrible time, there’s going to be a tiny away support. It’s going to be a shocking crowd, no point in going all pearl clutchy about it.
  3. Championship Table

    I doubt that we train three hours a week but at the same time there is a big danger in over-training. I was reading an article about the new Leeds manager, Paul Heckingbottom. As part of his team he has performance analysts who try to tailor training sessions to the players levels - you can't play for 40+ games at your best level if you just train the same all the time and don't manage your recovery. Barnsley, where Heckingbottom had success, came from miles behind to get promoted from League One a few years back with a late season push. Here's the article actually - http://www.trainingground.guru/articles/why-nathan-winder-will-be-key-at-leeds-united
  4. Inverness Courier

    The reason we received compensation is because we had managers under contract. If we had contracts that specified we could pay them off with three months wages then we'd have had to release them for that, or less probably.
  5. Inverness Courier

    It isn't really rewarding failure - if you agree a contract with someone then you should honour it. We've made hundreds of thousands of pounds in the last 15 years from compensation paid to release our managers from their contracts.
  6. Inverness Courier

    So we haven't played any games, held any press conferences, signed any players or basically done anything for two weeks? What do people expect the Courier to write? That sounds fair enough to me - a Bond film would have coverage across the media but a single showing of a prize winning film at Eden Court is a specific local event.
  7. Rank ICT Managers

    When someone buys a copy of Charles' book something like this happens
  8. Dunfermline game

    We need to wait for the result of the Irish League Cup final.
  9. Highland Derbies Next Season

    Yeah, that was the point - the final two games were certainly gimmes against sides who couldn't be bothered.
  10. Highland Derbies Next Season

    County are in a bad position but I wouldn't be surprised to see them stay up. They have 13 games left and 10 of those will be against teams in the bottom six. They are on a terrible run (12 without a win) but have played top six teams in seven of those games. The teams they are really likely to be up against in the relegation fight are Dundee, Hamilton Accies and Partick Thistle. I'd say that Accies and Dundee have been significantly weakened in the transfer window - Accies have lost Michael Devlin, Greg Doherty and Darian Mackinnon, Dundee are down Jack Hendry and Scott Allan. County have done their usual and signed a lot of players - if at least a couple of those work out they could be boosted and it's hard to argue they've been weakened. I think the split does help teams who are marooned at the bottom - you get a chance to cut your rivals throats and peg them back and you also get games against teams that have basically chucked it for the season. Consider how awful we were last season yet we managed to win three of our last four games.
  11. Irn Bru Cup semi final

    We should have a game of kerby at half-tme of the Dunfermline game to decide this.
  12. Caley Jags 2017/18 squad + changes in/out

    Looking forward to Jim White revealing a series of league clinching signings on Sky Sports News today.
  13. Championship Table

    Incidentally, in three of the four losses we've had since the first quarter of the season, we've had a red card in those games.
  14. Championship Table

    In the last five seasons fourth place in the Championship has had an average of 56 points. We've currently got 30 points from 23 games. If we go the rest of the season on that points per game rate we'll get 46 points. However, we had a terrible start to the season. So if you take our form since the first quarter of the season (24 points from 14 games), we'll finish on 52 points. I think that'll probably be enough to get fourth. We are entering an absolutely crucial part of the season though - our next three league games are Dundee Utd (h), Dunfermline (a) and Morton (h), depending on this Crusaders pish. I think we really to win two of those games minimum to really put ourselves in the driving seat for a play off, especailly the games against Morton and the Pars, two of our direct play-off rivals.
  15. Falkirk -V- Inverness CT

    That was a pretty odd game. We started Trafford and played him with Seedorf and Chalmers in midfield and started really well, we made all the running and, as I see a Falkirk fan noted, Oakley dominating the home centre halves. We didn’t create that much though and slowly Falkirk came back into the game, forcing Ridgers into a good save before Mulroney had his meltdown. It was utterly bizarre, he conceded a foul and got booked then immediately went through Longridge before kicking out at someone a few seconds later. He literally got booked twice in two minutes and walked off, it was like he wanted to get sent off. Really odd. After that we were really up against it. We organised to a kind of 4-3-1-1 but it was clear that we were going to be sitting back. Not much use in giving away stupid penalties if that’s your game plan but that’s what we did, both looked really daft fouls from Seedorf. We also gave away a string of free kicks around our own area through the game and didn’t offer a thing going forward. A really depressing showing. There was a momentary bright spot when we subbed in a couple of young lads and they combined for a good goal - Jack Brown picked the ball up in midfield, made a strong run and played it to Daniel Mckay, who held off the defender, made space and finished well., our best attack of the whole day. Overall, deserved win for Falkirk and one we need to write off as a bad afternoon and get back to our prior form.
  16. Caley Jags 2017/18 squad + changes in/out

    Robertson said a few weeks ago that he was targeting three signings in the window, although he said that he wasn't going for midfielders. We've signed Austin and no-one else.
  17. Falkirk (A) Preview : 27/01/18

    We need to go for an innovative 4-0-6 formation. Constant long balls up to a front line of Doran, Baird, Austin, Oakley, Bell and Mulraney.
  18. "... a bit more respect" - Duff.

    I just looked up the HFL v SPFL results in the Scottish cup for the three seasons before this one, HFL have done a lot better this season than previously. HFL wins - 3 HFL goals - 16 Draws - 2 SPFL wins - 14 SPFL goals - 40
  19. "... a bit more respect" - Duff.

    East Fife played Brora Rangers a few years back in the Challenge Cup and needed a late winner from our own Nathan Austin to go through - I doubt any clubs in the lower end of the league are in any doubt as to how good the well funded Highland League clubs are. East Fife also have Kyle Wilkie, who played a season in the HFL for Nairn. In this season's Scottish cup the HFL v SPFL record is as follows HFL wins - 4 HFL goals - 8 SPFL wins - 2 SPFL goals - 8 (Keith 0 Clyde 3 / Airdrie 2 Cove 3 / Buckie 2 Brechin 3 /Formartine 1 Forfar 0 / Stranraer 0 Brora 1 / East Fife 0 Brora 1) Here's hoping Fraserburgh add to the HFL win tally on the 31st.
  20. Dundee -V- Inverness CT

    Interesting start to the day with our selection, Trafford and Doran in for Polworth and Mulraney. Not sure why Polworth was dropped, maybe we expected to need to defend more in the centre of the park. Notwithstanding the changes, we started pretty well, moving the ball around and getting into good positions to get the ball into the box while not creating a great deal. Around the 15th minute we opened the scoring when a long throw on the right by Brad Mckay found its way to Doran, who fired home. From what I could see it was a bit of a defensive mix up from Dundee but a good finish from Doran, who had a great game. Following this, Dundee really took control though and dominated most of the rest of the half. They dominated midfield, with Trafford giving the ball away on a lot and Vigurs unable to really assert any control. Dundee carved out three fantastic chances in this period - one was blocked by a great tackle from Mckay, the other saved by Ridgers and the third headed into the bar by Trafford on the line. When half time came we were really just happy to get in with our lead intact but we should’ve doubled it right in the half when Doran slipped Oakley right through in goal. He should’ve done better but I thought he took it too wide and his effort was saved. It was good to get in at half time still ahead but that evaporated about a minute into the half -Dundee moved the ball well to the edge of th box and then the deflected shot beat Ridgers. A bit gutting but we came back well and a minute or so later Trafford crossed for Bell to force a fantastic save from theIr keeper, I’m stunned that he made it across to get a very well placed header. Dundee took the lead a few minutes later when Vigurs had a pass intercepted by O’Hara who ran it in and hit a low shot into the net. Vigurs has been dominating games in the Championship but the margin for error is less against better sides and he was punished for it. We rallied after this and pushed forward again. Trafford was subbed after a bad head knock in an accidental collision and Polworth came on to and had a couple of decent efforts. We managed to equalise when Calder made some decent running on the left, his cross was knocked into the air and Oakley reacted first to stab it home. We managed to create one final chance when Doran was almost out free in literally the last second of the game but he couldn’t get a meaningful shot away. For Dundee, I thought their midfield was excellent, O’Hara and Allen were influential and hurt us. The right back Kerr was also good. I thought Doran was our best player, he was threatening and popped up all over. We didn’t manage to establish dominance in midfield, Trafford didn’t do all that well and Vigurs, despite some good passes,, was a lot less in control than he is in the league and he got caught for the second Dundee goal. Donaldson was excellent again and Oakley took his goal well.
  21. Caley Jags 2017/18 squad + changes in/out

    Liam Polworth continuing his contributions by assisting for Aaron Doran's goal on Saturday. The first two goals also both came from Polworth corners, which the QotS defence couldn't deal with. #contribution
  22. Some strike from Chalmers. Pick that one out!
  23. Joe Chalmers

    Smokin’ Joe Chalmers.
  24. Caley Jags 2017/18 squad + changes in/out

    No goals or assists for Polworth on Tuesday night but still some good contributions - excellent through balls in the moves for the first two goals to Mulraney. He hit a similar pass for the second goal at Tannadice earlier this season, behind the full back to allow Mulraney to use his pace.
  25. Caley Jags 2017/18 squad + changes in/out

    We've scored 34 goals in all competitions this season, Liam Polworth has scored or assisted 17, from a central midfield position. He can present himself any way he wants as long as he contributes like that.