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  1. If you fancy a shot at writing Previews and Reports for the new Championship season, drop me a PM or put your name down here and I will add you to the editorial team for what could be a promising season ahead in our quest to return to the Premiership. If you have not seen any of our articles before, check out the Home Forum, where you will find all the articles for the season. They don't need to be versions of war and peace, as long as they cover the event in question with accurate fact, some stats and a bit of humour thrown in. We always find as the season progresses that the number of scribes drops off for whatever reason and the onus is left to a handful of people to keep the articles coming. If you can offer any assistance, let me know and we will take it from there. Cheers in advance.
  2. In retrospect, maybe some should refrain from posting damaging criticism directed at the club before the truth has been revealed. Just saying
  3. Welcome home Robbo! Inverness Caledonian Thistle have announced that their new manager will be a familiar face. It's thirteen years since he last managed at the Caledonian Stadium but he's back. It's Robbo who has emerged from the silence of the boardroom to be named as the man given the task of getting Inverness back into the Premiership, something he achieved thirteen years ago. John Robertson has been here before and was in charge when we were promoted to the top league in 2004, but not before some ammendments to the rules that saw stadium criteria altered in favour of smaller clubs, much to the annoyance of Partick Thistle at the time who were set to benefit from these archaic rules. Robertson began his full managerial career at Inverness in 2002 before returning to Tynecastle two years later having got Inverness promoted to the Scottish Premier League in season 2003/2004, when we pipped Clyde on the final day to send the helicopter flying North to Inverness with the silverware. What a day that was! He was lured to Tynecastle in November 2005, but when the new regime arrived, Robbo was deemed surplus to requirements. After leaving Hearts in 2005 amid the management takeover, Robertson had short spells at Ross County, Livingston and Derry City. Robbo took over at Bayview in 2010. The highlight of his tenure at Methil saw East Fife knock Aberdeen out of the Scottish Communities League Cup on penalties. Robertson was an enthusiastic coach first time round, but his lack of managerial positions in recent years has some fans reserving judgement. However, I'm sure we all wish him the best of luck in this appointment as he will need to get back up to speed pretty quickly given that the season kicks off with a League Cup game at home to Brechin City on Saturday 15th July. Early statement from the Board at Inverness Caledonian Thistle Inverness Caledonian Thistle are today delighted to announce John Robertson as their new Manager. Chairman Willie Finlayson commented "we had an excellent interview process with some strong candidates but John emerged as our unanimous choice. We were hugely impressed with his tremendous drive, determination, communication and motivational skills. He clearly has a great knowledge of the game in Scotland and is both well respected and connected. We firmly believe he is the right man to lead us back into the Premier League. We would also like to thank Hearts for their very professional approach. John was doing a great job for them but they recognised his desire to get back into the dug out." More to follow as this breaking news unfolds.................... The repercussions of relegation don't come alone and staff reductions are becoming apparent as the new regime begins to shape the way forward. u20 coach Duncan Shearer has been removed from the payroll with Inverness not continuing with a development squad whilst in the championship division. Varying reports that this has become rather messy are clouding the issue, but Duncan Shearer has told the P&J that he is no longer required by the club. From P&J Shearer Leaving. Statement from ICTFC Shearer Leaving. It appears that Brian Rice will remain as assistant with Scott Kellagher as another coach.
  4. Absolutely good news regarding ticket prices. It's a positive statement from the board at last. I appreciate it's been a difficult time for all concerned and fan power seems to have had some effect. Say nothing and be fleeced, or make a stance and be heard. Well done to all.
  5. It certainly wasn't happening with any of the other names being thrown around on here. So nothing has changed. We need to get a squad built quickly, so let's get on with it now.
  6. In fairness to Robbo, he was hardly likely to turn down the opportunity to manage at Tynecastle after his very successful season at Inverness. He is a legend at Hearts for his exploits on the park and a great striker. It was out of his hands when the new management structure terminated his contract when they took over. I've no idea what happened at East Fife, I'm sure someone will be able to tell us though.
  7. I've no idea, but he was able to get us motivated enough before. Better than wasting any spare cash luring Sheerin here.
  8. Oh well, let's just all make him a failure before he get's his chance. I seem to remember a Mr Foran was a welcome and mostly popular choice before the start of last season. That went well. Anyway, it's reassuring to know that we have so many experts on the forum able to make these judgements.
  9. Got us promoted first time round, should be able to attract some decent names, where's the issue? Underwhelmed is surely synonymous with Sheerin.
  10. Do me.always liked Robbo, but maybe without rice.
  11. At this rate you would wonder why we were relegated.
  12. Another cheap option is it. Where will all this end?
  13. It's time the fans made a stance at the product on offer (zilch) and what the board are going to do about it (who knows). They need to stop treating us like fools and show us what the future holds. Where else do people go shopping and pay overpriced money for a sub standard product or a product that is not available at all. Apart from IKEA or Habitat. Time to wake up and stop being fleeced. Show us what you have to offer first.
  14. Not enthralled with this to be honest. They have, between them, taken the club back fifteen years with last seasons antics and next season looks like we are preparing for another drop. I just don't understand why people are throwing money at the club through season ticket purchases when at the moment there is no product to buy. All seems a bit odd to me. Who should we keep, who should we punt? It's not easy to answer given we have no manager at the moment. Pre-season turning into a joke. No a happy bunny.
  15. Someone wake me up when it's all sorted and we are ready to start the season. Getting boring now.
  16. I'm sure he's a nice guy, but he's not a match winner or player to be feared. Not good enough for us before and nothing has changed. Shoot me!
  17. Is he away somewhere nice? Who did he book it through? How much did he pay?
  18. Pretty much spot on assessment Hissy, great article.
  19. New Manager Required, apply within. Richie Foran has left his position as Inverness manager after a disastrous season which has seen the club relegated. We almost escaped automatic relegation but missed out on the play-off position by just one point. We looked doomed around Xmas time, but a lack of activity from the board led to Foran remaining in his job until it was too late to avoid relegation. It was almost a year to the day that Foran was appointed in a blaze of optimism that a playing legend would be able to carry his winning style into the managers chair. It was a mainly popular appointment with most willing him to succeed and the rest wary of the pitfalls of handing a four year contract to an untried candidate. The season saw Inverness slump badly with only seven wins, three of them coming in the last four games. Many fans felt our squad was good enough to remain in the Premiership, but results speak for themselves and we enter the Championship for next season. Sadly, it has ended in this statement from the board today. The Board of Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC announces, today, that Richie Foran has left his position as Manager of the Club. Willie Finlayson, Chairman, commented: “Richie has been a great servant to ICTFC and put 100% into his job as Manager; and previously as a player. We all thank him for his service and wish him and his family all the very best for the future.” More to follow as this story unfolds.
  20. Closing this topic now. Someone can start a new topic now.
  21. Accies I would imagine will be easier to beat next season.
  22. Matchday Thread

    Last report from a wretched season TFI finished.
  23. Annus Horribilis Endum Relegationus Our Annus has at last ended in relegation after we defeated Motherwell 3-2, but Hamilton thumped Dundee to ensure they live to fight another day. The inevitable happened, albeit later than most of us expected, but after getting some false hope in midweek, the great escape was called off before half-time with Accies 2-0 up at the interval. So, the worst team in the league got their just reward, automatic relegation. A lot of unhappy bunnies at full-time with many fans turning their anger to the board, or more specifically the lack of action from the board and a rookie manager who will be made the scapegoat in all of this. Foran was given the role by a board which we all hoped would work out. When it never happened the board did nothing. When it all went tits up the board did nothing. The silence from the board is deafening and the stench of relegation will linger around for a long time. Anyway, congratulations to Accies who took the pressure and went about their business the right way. For us, it's championship football next season with no guarantee that we will bounce back. Bigger clubs than us have found it's tough to get out of this league and float around the championship for several years. However, that's the position we find ourselves in and we just have to get on with it. Foran fielded the same side that started against Dundee and a big crowd turned out to see if the impossible would happen. Motherwell were without the departing Scott McDonald, but Louis Moult made the starting XI. It was a cagey opening half for us and we looked nervous, afraid to make the errors that would see us relegated. It took 23 minutes for us to feel uneasy as news filtered through that Accies had taken the lead. The frustration doubled two minutes later as Accies bagged a second and we all knew it was game over. It looked as though the players knew something was wrong as the first half was poor, and heads were dropping, but in all honesty it was the same fare we have been treated to all season, so nothing new there. Despite the poor first half, we did create the best opportunities and Laing fired a long range effort that worked the keeper. Polworth skewed wide and Draper opened his body too much when he should have found the top corner. However, Motherwell did look slicker than us for the most part which in itself was a tad worrying. Half-Time 0-0 We needed goals and upped the pace after the break but had Raven to thank for clearing what looked like a netbound effort away from goal. Dougie Imrie sealed our fate when he scored a third for Accies from the spot in the 56th minute. Relegation assured, and Just when it looked as though we had run out of ideas, we hit Well with a triple whammy. Greg Tansey punched the air in delight as his parting gift was a goal rifled across the keeper in the 64th minute. Three minutes later and Alex Fisher had us 3-0 ahead. It mattered not a jot though although the goals were pleasing. Motherwell beavered away and were rewarded with a couple of goals, one from sub James McFadden and a late penalty from Bowman. Full Time 3-2 Many fans had seen enough long before the end and may have missed Well's mini revival, but they fell just short of utterly ruining our day completely although relegation was punishment enough for a season of dross. I'll stick to comments regarding the game for now and my MotM goes to Iain Vigurs who looked assured on the ball, the one player who looked to have class in abundance on a dark day for the club. Greg Tansey also impressed in his final game before joining Aberdeen. However, it's not just about this one game, the whole season has been littered with failures, from top to bottom and that is why we are going down. It has taken twenty-two years to build this club into a force to be reckoned with. It's only taken one year to demolish it and set us back fifteen years. ICT v Motherwell Foran Interview on BBC Sport I'm not sure about bad apples, but something is rotten to the core. As someone commented somewhere, "Budapest to Brechin in just two years............... See you all next season in the Championship Date: 20/05/2017 Venue: Caledonian Stadium, Inverness Attendance: 5351 Referee: Craig Thomson Inverness CT: 3 Lineup: Esson, Brad Mckay, Warren, Laing, Raven, Polworth (Mulraney 77), Tansey, Draper, Vigurs (McNaughton 83), Fisher, Billy Mckay. Subs (not used): Hoban, Cole, Anier, Boden, McCart. Scorers: Tansey (64), Fisher (66,67) Booked: none Sent Off: none Motherwell: 2 Lineup: Griffiths, Cadden, Heneghan, McHugh, Hammell, Clay, Campbell, Ainsworth (Livingstone 56), Moult (McFadden 73), Frear, Gordon (Bowman 67) Subs (not used): Turnbull, Lasley, Jules, Pain, Scorers: McFadden (73), Bowman (pen 93) Booked: none Sent Off: none a