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  1. John Hughes was extremely lucky to get the job as our manager in the first place. No other team in our position would of gone near him. In my view he is now degrading the club and our ambitions by his negative comments. This was our season to progress and establish ourselves as a Premier League club but this has not happenend. Hughes continually talks us down and his negativity must surely detract players from wanting to join us. When you have a solid, consistent and very good player like David Raven desperate to sign a new contract and you decide not to, in my view it is a disgrace. We are In
    13 points
  2. It's nice to see everyone coming together to stand up for one of our most universally liked players. He's never let us down and represents our club well on and off the pitch. A warm, welcoming, happy, familial workplace environment makes a huge difference to any professional, and has been a hallmark of our success over the years. It's almost part of our clubs identity. If managment start treating our players like garbage, as in this case, all of that will unravel. Brewsters aloofness and callous man managment was his undoing. Sadly Yogi looks like following in his footsteps.
    9 points
  3. Hughes is quoted in the P & J as saying that Doran is his main priority once he has sorted out a new deal for Tansey. I've no idea what kind of wage Raven might be on but I can't imagine it would be one of the highest at the club. I'm pretty flummoxed by this bizarre episode. If money is tight and we can only afford to retain a certain number of defenders whilst strengthening the forward line (fair enough on the surface actually) surely you keep your best defenders which to pretty much everyone on here would be Tremarco, Warren, Meekings and Raven but Hughes seems to prefer playing De
    7 points
  4. Well that was awful viewing. Essentially saying that he doesn't really want to keep Raven keep but maybe he will but only as a last resort. What an awful message to say to the fans and the players and what an awful way to treat a loyal player to this club.
    6 points
  5. OK - I'm going to stir the pot here. Yogi implies that his priorities are (1) Doran (2) extended contract for Tansey - if these fall through, he might entertain something for Raven... If he's lucky. Here's what I'd suggest as an alternative (controversial!): 1. If there's an offer on the table for Tansey, sell him and put the alleged £200k in the kitty. 2. Sign Raven on an enhanced salary because he's worth it. 3. Forget about Doran - he's allegedly the Highest earner at the club and we have no idea what he'll be like after a terrible injury. 4. Use the earnings from T
    3 points
  6. That was effin awful viewing. He does not seem to know we are playing Sunday not Saturday as he suggested more than once. Spinning plates is truly awful patter even in the world of sales (which I'm in) All faith ( for me )is lost in the guy now which is a shame because after last season the potential was there however, his dialogue is truly awful and like it or not it must transfer directly to the dressing room and player morale. Finally I'm willing to guess that this top quality up top he is sacrificing our best players for will in fact going by hi
    3 points
  7. Spot on - to say this publicly shows a really poor grasp of man management. Even if by some miracle DR does stay how much respect will he have for a manager who effectively said he's not good enough to stay? The momentum and feel-good factor generated last season has been totally undone. Partly this has been beyond the Club's control with injuries and key players going on to bigger and better things. However the Board seems to have gone AWOL and JH has got carried away with his own hype and is increasingly making baffling tactical decisions and clumsy statements. Someone at the Club needs to b
    3 points
  8. Like other posters, I hope this gets resolved and Raven stays. There are two images I will never forget: 1. The sheer joy and surprise on his face when he scored the winner in the semi against Celtic. 2. Whilst I was sobering up in Glasgow so only saw it on You Tube, his leading of the singing at the celebrations after the final. I agree, let's make "Stand by me" our song for the rest of the season!
    2 points
  9. Sat 23 Apr 2016 Felipe Morais, recently back from long term injury, scored his first goal of the year for Bradford City in a 4-0 win against Walsall in EL 1.
    2 points
  10. 2 points
  11. So basically depending on what donkeys Huges unearths Raven may or may not get a deal. Raven must be pretty unhappy with the manager. Time surely for the Chairman to step in here. At least Raven knows the fans value him
    2 points
  12. You may expect an increase in the basic rate of income tax in the next parliament but the SNP in their manifesto explicitly rule this out saying that it will be frozen throughout the next parliament. Their manifesto states that they will raise at least an additional £1.2bn through income tax in the next parliament. Clearly none of this is going to come from an increased basic rate. They confirm that they will implement the Tories' proposal to raise the basic rate threshold and will extend that in the last year of the Scottish Parliament term (that's one year beyond the Tory term o
    2 points
  13. 2 points
  14. The green dots for this post reflect the feelings of fans. I dread to think what our season ticket sales and gate receipts will be like next season.
    1 point
  15. Gregory Tade scored this evening (23 Apr) for Steaua Bucharest in a 3-0 league win.
    1 point
  16. Will there be a special guest speaker? I seem to recollect John Hughes turning up for it once.
    1 point
  17. If hes sacrificing 2 or 3 players like raven for someone quality up top, im expecting a quality striker coming in on record club salary. While we know up front its been light this season should we not be reducing holding and defensive midfielders instead of getting rid of our only natural right back. This all suggests he is keeping horner but more worrying who else will go.
    1 point
  18. 1 point
  19. From the horse's mouth....
    1 point
  20. Rory McAllister misses penalty, then sent off, for violent conduct, all within the first 11 mins in today's match for Peterhead v Ayr.
    1 point
  21. I might be slightly blinked in that I like Raven, i have to say I find the way we do business is bizarre to say the least. It is as difficult to understand as is the way we play and who we use. I am not sure but since our last assistant manager left our forward play has been chambolic. I will be pleased when this season is over, we went from a dream team to a chambolic team albeit we did lose players.
    1 point
  22. Just for context, although it is going a wee bit OT, Hughes says that "the first thing" he wants to do is "tie up Greg" (oo er) as he is pivotal to the way ICT play and although he has a year left of his contract Hughes wants to tie him up and "committed to the club." He continues "after Greg we're probably looking at Aaron.....another who excites me at the top end of the pitch." For Raven Hughes says that "No decision has been made.....we're sitting waiting to see where we are going to finish.....it seems very unlikely he will get something......I want to invest in the top end of the fie
    1 point
  23. Totally agree - some of the comments in the press which are assigned to Hughes are mind boggling. Of course they could be taken out of context but as a player or board member I would be pretty disappointed to be reading that type of thing in the press this morning. If this is Raven's last season with us there are better ways of going about it. Potentially looks like we will be back to another pre-season of scrambling around for players to make up the numbers in our squad. Maybe we are just seeing another step in the great unravelling.
    1 point
  24. Ah, missed the Doran comment. I would hope Doran will be signed on a reduced wage. Big gamble given his injuries. Can't see many clubs after him for this very reason
    1 point
  25. The Club is bigger than anything and anyone. Has anyone tarnished the name of the club by their recent actions ? Just as I was falling into the depths of despair salvation has come. We still have Tremarco's left arm. Oh No - think again ? Was that the arm that dragged somebody back in the cup final ?
    1 point
  26. And where does the journalist get his facts from if not from sources, be they official or unofficial, associated with the club?
    1 point
  27. True fans will always have a relationship with the club but I agree it could be a turning point or tipping point for the manager.
    1 point
  28. The story actually referred to an "American man visits Skye". The story was featured on "Have I got news for you" tonight. Ian Hislop referred to the very low key reporting as "proper journalism". Brilliant!
    1 point
  29. This decision has nothing to do with finances. Raven seems to be a good honest professional who has done an outstanding job for us and would continue to do so. There is a definite link between our average performance this season and Raven's absence. This decision is Hughes doing and could be a turning point in the fans relationship not only with him but the Club.
    1 point
  30. Strange how every player in that photo has left us
    1 point
  31. Fair point, DD, but again you question the merits of voicing this in public. If I were DR, I'd sign my pre-contract with County immediately: The undertone is "we'll only sign him if our other targets turn us down and we have to scrape the bottom of the barrel". Well, thank you very much indeed - I'm glad you value my services so much!
    1 point
  32. Hughes is not saying he definitely won't offer Raven a contract but clearly he is not going to if he is successful with his other signing priorities. Leaving aside his stated priority for quality up front, he still only has 3 defenders signed up so there is a need to do some work on that front. Devine is not signed up yet so presumably Hughes thinks Devine as a centre back and Meekings at RB is a better option than Meekings in the centre and Raven at RB. That's not my preference for sure. But even if you accept that, where's the cover? Is he planning on having all our defensive cover com
    1 point
  33. Aye. Looks like he's being ousted to make way for forwards. Personally I'd have dumped Horner and kept Raven but I'm not the manager
    1 point
  34. ...and yet he is happy to spend money paying wages to defenders far inferior to Raven both in terms of reliability and commitment.....
    1 point
  35. Those Alloa odds are tempting but it will have to be Morton @ 4.75 - ta
    1 point
  36. Report for the Celtic pre-season friendly in 1973 at Kingsmills Park in the days of multiple highland league pre-season games against league teams touring the north. Thistle 2 Celtic 6 Fraserburgh 1 Motherwell 4 Buckie Thistle 0 Airdrie 7 Caley 1 Clydebank 3 Ross County 0 Queens Park 4 There are a few teams there that would love those types of scores these days.... Match trivia from CelticWiki: Start of the new season with two games in the highlands as part of the pre-season warm up. The players ha
    1 point
  37. I would like him to stay. Devils advocate though means I cannot be outraged because I do not know the full picture. As fans we only get a glimpse of things on a Saturday afternoon, we do not know the financial situation of contracts, attitudes at training, personal relationships amongst players, potential replacements available. David has said he would like to stay, im glad this is case. I don't know the club reasons for not offering a new contract but I presume there will be one. We may find out we may not. This is the way football is. If we are struggling next season
    1 point
  38. Think you have got it bang on. Maybe time for the Chairman to stick his head above the parapet and re-assure us with his vision for the future.
    1 point
  39. Another pic of Raven in happier times! Looks like the last 'survivor' from this photo is also on-his-way. This photo is from just 12 months ago (almost to the day!)
    1 point
  40. Quite possibly three of the most passionate players ICT have had but sadly it doesn't appear to tick any of the boxes at the club :-( .. Any update in today's press re David Raven ?
    1 point
  41. Unlike the message from public enemy - they do believe the hype. We seem to suffer from managers having some success or taking the club forward with plaudits from media and peers then they seem to go off the rails and become ego maniacs. Rather than continue their initial philosophy and humility which brought success they become so hungry for more they end up destroying what they built or inherited to promote themselves further.
    1 point
  42. The Tokely and Munro situation was similar yet different, both were stalwarts and club legends who had given so much, but both were past their best and fading fast - it was never going to be an easy decision or time to move them on but had to be done. Raven however is still performing at the highest level and has consistently done so since arriving with probably another 2 years left at least.
    1 point
  43. Hopefully not another summer of awful trialists and vague comments in the press about the lack of money then...
    1 point
  44. A picture is worth a thousand words
    1 point
  45. This is yet another shambles from the club. Yogi said the day before or day after hearts game that Monday passed was the deadline for players to re-sign and now it's Friday...nothing's happened! Polworths deal was supposed to be competed last week and it hasn't. It's seems the club has been bullied into waiting for players as they've become desperate for them to resign. Then of course there is the story that the club are going to release David Raven...one of if not the best right back we've had to date and it's not like he's passed it. And he's one that wanted to sign, seems that the cl
    1 point
  46. Gellions are running a bus for the Partick Thistle Game. Please contact the Facebook page "Gellions Bar ICTFC supporters Club" If interested. Thanks
    1 point
  47. Absolutely gutted by this news, if true. I must admit I had a 'feeling in my water' that it might happen, only due to the inordinate amount of time it was taking. I feel sure Raven would have been good for another couple of years, and I doubt very much that we've seen the last of him in Scottish football. I'd hate for him to end up at one of our competitors, especially 'over the bridge' He has been a great servant and will always be remembered for, amongst other things, his great extra time winner against Celtic in the Cup semi. I'm sure we will all wish him well.
    1 point
  48. I would expect to start seeing more of Horner playing, JH seems to be keen to oust some of our key players over the last few seasons in favour of those he is bringing in whether better quality or not - similar to his match tactics he is becoming more stubborn in his approach at the club. Very disappointed to see DR leave, but really comes as no surprise - he has been a great player at RB and really made the position his own - I will be even more gutted if he goes to another SPFL club which I'd say looks probable. He will forever be remembered for running into the box and scoring the winni
    1 point
  49. Raven hasn't left! Oh, and I think that might be Tremarco's tattooed arm?
    0 points
  50. Well they've finally produced something. 30,000 words, 31 photos of Nicola Sturgeon - and all launched under the banner of a wish list containing the only statement that means anything to them at all. Despite having been told in 2014 to do one on this issue, they still want another separation vote within the next 5 years. What a wonderful set of priorities for the group likely still to be in charge of our ailing economy, struggling schools and moribund NHS. Burns..... Rome.......Fiddling.....
    -1 points
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