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  1. 9 points
    Without a doubt, the team of last season did improve individually under the influence of John Hughes and Russell Latapy. The season just gone by has been a total abomination from the start. The fact that we signed Owain Fon Williams 24 hours before our European qualifying match against FC Astra tells its own story. The preparation for the season was so lacklustre, I'm fairly certain by the Motherwell opening game of the season, Hughes didn't know what his squad would be. We knew for months that Graeme Shinnie was going to be leaving the club, did we replace him? - No. Same goes for the likes of Watkins, Mckay, Ofere and Ross. I found the number of midfielders brought into the club this last season quite unsettling. What was the actual point in Nat Wedderburn? What was the point in Liam Hughes, Ryan Williams? The club is crying out for a structed scouting system looking for quality players rather than quantity - says it all when you're signing players from DW Sports, to be fair Vigurs have been fantastic this season. Kenny Cameron has publicly stated that Hughes was given the biggest budget of any ICT manager, he's had all the support he needed and more, end of the day, it's his own fault for pissing it away on mediocre players like Dani Lopez. I will always be forever thankful for Hughes success at the club but he is not bigger than the club. I want and think the club needs fresh ideas and Yogi isn't the man to provide that anymore IMHO.
  2. 5 points
    John is going to find himself stuck up there if he climbs any further. I do think that without the injuries we could have been looking at a very different finish to the season and Yogi has to get some of the credit for that with his style of play, BUT Yogi was not the man responsible for bringing most of these players to the club in the first place and lately especially he seems to be a man who can rub the board, players and fans up the wrong way with his antics. This cannot be good for the club, especially at this time when deals should be being done. And just for the record I think it has been the 'average' players who have been 'incredible', they are my heroes. Also a word for Dean Brill - a fantastic goalie for us until his injury, I'd be sorry to see him go.
  3. 5 points
    The club statement of 28th April stated the club had made an offer to him and that his decision was imminent. The latest statement makes no mention of him and that is a little bit concerning. I don't know if a deadline has been set for Fon Williams to sign but I suspect he is holding out for a better offer from elsewhere on the back of his inclusion in the Welsh squad. A recent interview with Dean Brill made it pretty clear he wanted to stay but that no offer had been made. We could easily find Brill signs elsewhere and then Fon Williams rejects our offer. With offers apparently still on the table to only Fon Williams and Vigurs (and possibly Devine) there is clearly still a lot of recruitment to be done. On a brighter note, I am delighted with the news about Aaron Doran. He was a big miss for us last season and he can get back to his former level and then push on, he will be a really important player for us. Among all the shambles of other contract issues and the unseemly spat between manager and chairman, this is a bit of good news that deserves more recognition than it has received. Good luck next season, Aaron - you deserve it!
  4. 4 points
    Yogis "best friend" also said we played "no football" before Yogi arrived, and apparently he now has us playing "total football". If these views reflect those of Yogi himself, then the man is an absolute tool.
  5. 3 points
    Not a great comparison. 1) This is 'but a few'? 2) Many transfers from County happened when they were in a lower division, not direct opposition. 3) What about those going the other way? Granted they were mostly at the end of their careers, but I can think of Tokely, Munro, Hastings, McCulloch, Duncan, Golabek 'to name but a few'. 4) Look at the timescale. How many players have been poached/approached on McInnes' watch? 5) I didn't have to edit it
  6. 3 points
    If only we had sold them !!
  7. 2 points
    I just wish something would happen to move the Yogi v The Board situation on a bit, because at the moment no business is going to be done with contracts and signing up new players until this is sorted. Very damaging for the club.
  8. 2 points
    http://stv.tv/sport/football/1354498-hughes-would-be-huge-loss-for-ict-and-could-be-celtic-boss-says-collins/ I think John Collins needs to come and watch ICT more regularly - he might change his opinion on JH's brand of football!
  9. 2 points
    I don't know what you mean by "Yogi holding out". Do you mean you think he will quit or that he will be sacked? I'm afraid I find the current situation rather perplexing as it was only in December that Yogi extended his contract. At the time there must have been clarity around the money which is available for players and the role of different people within the club over contract negotiations. Remember, before he signed Yogi had complained about how the club dealt with these matters and therefore there was a particular need for him to be clear on the arrangements before extending his contract. Unless the Board has withheld promised funds or has gone back on their agreed process then Hughes simply needs to shut up and get on with it. If the Board have done the dirty on him then I think he would be a bit more specific in his complaints.
  10. 2 points
    You've hit the nail on the head, absolutely spot on in my opinion and I challenge anyone to argue your points. I think it's firmly the case that the board do not trust JH with his handlings in the transfer market and player recruitment and from the stories coming out it would appear to be true. We simply can't have the board and manager at loggerheads and fighting against each other, the board will protect the club/business at every turn and up to now over the lifetime of the club can it be argued? I think not. The manager in general terms is normally blinkered and has one agenda, himself and the team unless he has bigger control which I doubt he does. I trust the board to make the correct decisions for the club but unfortunately do not trust JH to make the correct decisions for the team. I think Russell Lattapy was a bigger influence on the team than he gets credit for and we certainly looked a lot stronger going forward last season and played better football, that was the start of the fall from where I sit. Some of JH's decisions mentioned in the above post is baffling especially the OFW situation and the timing of him coming in. We simply must get this resolved one way or another, if the board do not see JH seeing out his contract then get him out now before frittering our budget away leaving the next person nothing to work with, if they see him as the man for the next two years then JH has to fall in line and work within the budget, simple!
  11. 1 point
  12. 1 point
    I know what you're trying to do but Esson bumping into Vigurs in DW Sports is top quality scouting.
  13. 1 point
    I'd echo those sentiments although in my case I have to congratulate no less than 37 who came above me . It appears I seem to be the Aston Villa of the league - started poorly and it all went downhill from there. Never mind - I'll bounce back and confidently predict a top 30 finish next season. By the way, do I recall this time last year people congratulating Andrew on retaining his title? If so, is it now 3 in a row? Awesome performance if that's the case!
  14. 1 point
    I would be stunned if any Wigan player in League 1 is earning £30,000! Anyway, I see De Vita was released by Ross County the other day. He's probably within our budget (free) but he barely played last season although he did have a good start to his County career when he first signed. Worth a punt?
  15. 1 point
    Operating with barely enough players to also fill the sub bench for an entire season that including cups could be 46+ games long, isn't a formula for regular top six finishes. And it means that many of the 'subs' need to be utility players. Surely we need a squad of 22, to cover for long term injuries and suspensions. It may well be a dig at Hughes, but to suggest the budget is big enough to get decent quality into the squad, when we barely afford any sort of fee, and our wages offer will also be pipped by most of the teams in our division is a bit disingenuous.... looks like the tension between Hughes and Cameron is coming to a head, and some posters will clearly be happy to see Hughes go....but as every Newcastle supporter now knows....be careful what you wish for!
  16. 1 point
    Always good beating the other half eh Joonya ;) . Thanks gringo for a fab season and all your hard work
  17. 1 point
    You said "ANY league or cup game" as opposed to specific visits of the Old Firm in the very earliest years of SPL membership.
  18. 1 point
    I might be in the minority but I believe Hughes has improved the team. Ok we can be a very frustrating team to watch at times but we do look a far better footballing team under Hughes than we did under Butcher. I don't think Hughes is the problem. His single mindedness with our style of play with what appears at times to be no plan B or C in place to break teams down can be annoying but I think the bigger problem lies within the management of the club and the behind the scenes decision making (or more the lack of). Personally I think Butcher ran the show during his tenure and Hughes is struggling with not being able to get the same response. I for one would be sorry to see Hughes go as I believe if he can get the right type of player in I think he can take us forward. Unfortunately it looks at present like there will be too many pieces of the jigsaw missing and he might indeed walk if he does not get more support within the club with what he wants to achieve.
  19. 1 point
    Is this one of the "money can't buy" prizes that you can win by buying the season tickets early? A squad position for the pre-season?
  20. 1 point
    Fraser McEwan Legal ?
  21. 1 point
  22. 1 point
    I'll miss the magic hat song
  23. 1 point
    Woof! Agree with Perf. If he is going to go get it done now so any new manager has as long as possible to shape the squad. If he isn't then let's get on with rebuilding the side and ditch the fighting in the press between the manager and board.
  24. 1 point
    Calm down, we don't need anyone for another 2 months!
  25. 1 point
    Are we all talking about the David Raven who played only 17 minutes on Saturday but still made the SPFL Team of the Week
  26. 1 point
    It's taken a bit of time to assimilate my thoughts on that season! On the face of it, the basic stats make reasonable reading: League position: 7th Points: 52 Goals for: 54 Goals against: 48 Scottish Cup: QF (lost to Hibs 1-2 (h) replay): League Cup: QF (lost to Ross County (h)) Europa cup: lost to Astra 1-0 agg. So, mid-table and 2 quarter-final appearances: what's to be glum about? 1. Style Yogi's persistence with possession football really did my head in! It is not entertaning or effective. In general, we actually did better when we adopted a more direct approach (e.g. games against Aberdeen and Ross County). We had the 3rd lowest number of shots and number of shots on target. Conversely, we had the 3rd highest conversion rate (goals/shots), suggesting that when we created chances, they were more clear-cut. Equally, we were tight at the back, with the lowest % shots on target in the league, perhaps suggesting that teams were forced to take shots from range against us. This also is relected in the number of goals conceded - the 3rd lowest in the league. Summing up - a reasonably effective style that worked well defensively, but made us too slow and predictable going forward. The players seemed afraid to shoot unless there was a clear goalscoring chance. 2. Players Some terrific performance this year, particularly from Ross Draper. I've always seen him as a ball-winner, but this year he was a really attacking midfielder who won us a few pens and scored a few key goals. Fon Williams was generally solid in goal and Tremarco really came onto his game later in the season. Tansey had a really slow start, but was neverthelss a key player in midfield. Warren was solid on his return, but would have liked to see his partnership with Meekings rekindled. Devine was OK, but has the odd crucial mistake in him. Of the guys definitely leaving: Vincent had a really good spell in January, but injuries let him down, Williams was reliable at left back and midfield and Storey was an excellent find from obscurity at Swindon. Vigurs was his usual mercurial self, while Roberts played really well when he got the opoportunity. Mutombo was exciting at times, but lacked a final ball and had a couple of petulent moments early on. 3. Manager Yogi refuses to shift from his principle of possession football. In fairness, it does yield the occasional cracker of a team goal, but too often it doesn't yield even a shot. If he'd just swallow his pride and go more direct occasionally, and encourage the players to shoot and get in the box! Off the field, Yogi has had a shocker IMO. The DUFC debacle was embarrassing: Yogi should be delighted that KC helped him dodge a bullet! All his statement did was to alienate him from the supporters who then doubted his commitment to the club! In addition, what is it with bigging up Auld Firm opponents? How many players has he offered to "drive them down there myself for the money they've bee offered"? The thinly veiled spat that is playing out in public over budget is unhelpful. And what about the comment about injured players playing through pain?? Meekiings wasn't impressed. 4. Injuries If one word summed up the season it was "injuries". There were times when there were more players on the treatment table than the pitch. Easy to forget after the event, but we really were struggling to field a team at times. 5. Recruitment and retention My biggest gripe all year. Everybody was aware that so many contracts were up at the end of the season and yet we failed to recruit effectively during last summer and then continually brought in midfielders when short of defensive cover and attack-minded players. Granted our late finish to last season and early start to this contributed to the problem, but starting the season without a recognised striker was justt shambolic. At least efforts were reported to have been made to keep Williams, but he turned down the offer - the same wasn't true of Vincent, who Yogi didn't rate for whatever reason. The Raven saga was just poor form - here's a player who really wanted to stay and he's punted by the manager.... 6. Attendances In many ways, this was the most depressing aspect. Average attendances almost exactly the same as last season (3,753 v 3,732), despite all the buzz of the cup win! I know these figures hide many things (e.g. who we play more times at home and midweek games, poor form etc), but it certainly highlights that there is no "other level" for us to go to in this respect and that we failed to capitalise on the cup victory. My pipe dream of perhaps 500 extra bods lay in shatters, which is why we find it so hard to retain and recruit!
  27. 1 point
    It's importnant to remeber that Storey was never our player - only on loan. We haven't lost him because we never had him. Yes, you would hope that we might have had an edge in his thinking because we rescued his career, but it was Swindon and Storey's agent who held the cards here, not ICT. I really don't think we can point the finger at the club or management on this one: I've no doubt that there was a desire to keep him, but the speed at which this deal has been done suggests that it has been in the wind for a while, so we migth never have been at the races.
  28. 1 point
    Horner in - Raven out. How can anyone at ICT tell the fans that this is a forward thinking move. Why don't the board or the manager come out and tell the fans what exactly is happening.and why has Raven been shown the door when he is the best right back at the club and wanted to remain unlike some of the other prima donnas who are holding out on re-signing.
  29. 1 point
    The BBC article on Storey http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/36314711 states that Goodwillie has been released by Aberdeen - hopefully we are not even thinking about considering him as a replacement
  30. 1 point
    Here we go - back to the old days of squad catch-up. Even if we ignored the Storey situation there is something that appears to be not quite right when it comes to the club's recruitment. Personally I don't rate Lewis Horner as a defensive unit and wouldn't have said he was the type of player that Hughes was stating we need to improve the club. Then again maybe he will prove me wrong.
  31. 1 point
    Do you not think the managers recent conduct in press etc has been distrspectful? Personally cant wait to see the back of him!
  32. 1 point
    How does anyone know a contract wasn't discussed either informally (which is likely) or formally, Storey has an agent and between them its probable that they would have wanted to hold out until end of season and see if there were better offers or where he sits with his parent club. Its very easy now to start blaming Yogi or the board for everything but unless anyone has actual facts as to what happens in any of these cases as there are always 3 sides with football.
  33. 1 point
    Once again you confuse best with with lucky and successful. In my view, as far as their times with us are concerned, Steve Paterson, John Robertson, Charlie Christie and Terry Butcher were all better managers than John Hughes. I would agree that John Hughes is a better manager than Craig Brewster second time around.
  34. 1 point
    Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes believes there is no reason why his club cannot win a cup or achieve European football next term. A convincing 4-0 win over Dundee clinched seventh place in the Premiership for Caley Thistle. It was a fifth win in Inverness' last seven games. "The standards I felt we've set were last year. I want to keep those standards, keep driving this club forward," said Hughes. The Highlanders have found form towards the end of a season in which they have struggled for consistency. Now Hughes wants to set his side lofty targets for next season."Don't tell me that a provincial club like Inverness can't go and win the Scottish Cup again, can't go and get third, get Europe," he told BBC Scotland. "I'll not accept that, that's the standards but we all need to be on board and keep driving it forward." 'Let's keep what we've got' Hughes concedes there may be significant changes in personnel, but reiterated the importance of retaining key players. "I keep saying this, let's make sure we keep what we've got, guys like Miles Storey and Greg Tansey," said the manager. "Keep that solid foundation and lets go and add to it. "When it starts off again we have to make sure that we're bringing in or keeping players that we feel will go and take us back into the latter stages of cup competitions." It does seem fans' favourite David Raven will depart, with Hughes admitting he sees Josh Meekings as his preferred option at right-back. A number of players have been offered contracts to stay but the club awaits final decisions.
  35. 1 point
    I find it odd that many SNP people value Independence and Self Determination so highly, yet maintain obsequious support for remaining in the EU, an institution which, at it's core, is anathema to both. Same goes for NATO. Some mental gymnastics at play there.
  36. 1 point
    Don't think your grasping the real point being made here. I haven't actually seen anybody moaning about the league position on here it's more to do with all the crap in the behind the scenes stuff thats the real problem. No loyalty shown to players who are desperate to stay. Permanently talking down the clubs finances the area etc from the manager I could go on but it is definately not the league position that is the focal point.
  37. 1 point
    I'll be renewing. I'll support the club first and foremost, regardless of stupid managerial decisions.
  38. 0 points
    I'm not raising any issues, merely pointing out an error of fact in that sellouts at the Caledonian Stadium have never been other than very rare. Otherwise, I'll simply take the quoted observation as coming from the same stable as the notion that so called "sweetie rustlers" are not true football fans.
  39. 0 points
    It's not really valid for you to raise any issues in this thread, given that you don't pay for your entry to an ICT home game!
  40. -1 points
    Sure is a lot of People ITK on this site. This is rumours started on Social Media sites by people who clearly don't like Yogi. He is the best manager we have had, sure he's not perfect but he's done a great job! I expect him to be with us until end of his contract at least.
  41. -1 points
    hope he gone bye end of today the way he plays football is not good what about taking terry butcher back he got contacts to get good players
  42. -1 points
    Along similar lines - John Rankin.... Don Cowie.... Stuart Golabek..... Andrew Barrowman...... to name but a few. Pot, kettle, black?
  43. -1 points
    I would guess it's forward thinking due to the ages of the players in question. It is a shame to lose Raven, but I actually think Horner has shown quite a bit of potential this season.
  44. -1 points
    You're having a laff ain't ya? Could have 7k in the stadium and the atmosphere would still be questionable... ^^this and all this merde about 'entertainment' FML! If you want entertainment, go to the cinema. If you want to watch a game of fitba, and support your local team, then you buy a season ticket and head down to the TCS! If you're lucky, you will be entertained as well.
  45. -1 points
    I never said anything...but a Rangers or Celtic game would fall into the any game category.
  46. -1 points
    Good post TBB. I agree entirely.
  47. -1 points
    So I see, post-election, and after a couple of conspicuous duffers obligingly jumped ship, the Scottish Nookie Party has been rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. The only surprise about Angela Constance is that she's been given another job, with John Swinney now becoming their latest attempt to make education work. There must have been one or two fair bricking their Saltire branded MandS Y-fronts before that reshuffle! However, the vital question remains unaltered - when are the SNP and their ministers actually going to start concentrating on running our services rather than continuing to obsess about their monolithic agenda and another referendum?
  48. -1 points
    Butcher deserves more credit than being a long ball team. JH had improved them last year and does deserve credit, but he had a great base to work from as improvements were clear to see under Butcher. This season has been difficult and with a short pre season, quality players leaving, injuries and slow/poor recruitment we have gone backwards. Both board and management team need to sort themselves out and decide either way. This statement bickering by both is not on, it shows a weakness in the board especially as they could have nipped it in the bud without public statements. I appreciate there maybe sensitive talks at present but the clubs No Response probably tells us something is about to come out. Last week I hoped JH stays as I feel he is a good manager, but with the bickering he will probably have to go. Message to the board if you are going to undermine the manager in public through scripted statements and childishly not even mention your manager in end off season speeches to the fans (at least praise him for his efforts and family sacrifices he has made for the club) then your good reputation could go up in flames, especially with potential new managers.
  49. -2 points
    Miles Storey was a Swindon Town player and as his parent club they were due under English League rules a developement fee even when his contract had run out Swindon Town Chairman Lee Power was lookig for £250,000 for Storey Aberdeen have apparently negotiated that down to nearer £200,000 Remember he charged ICT a fee of £50,000 to extend the loan spell in January
  50. -2 points
    Then it's a pity he didn't put that intention into practice months and months ago. Under Hughes we have morphed into Ross County as the second most successful team in the Highlands and pitifully few players tied to long term deals. That is bad enough for a single season but wholly unacceptable longer term.
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