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    Favourite cup memory?

    The whole semi final, but best moments were Tansey stepping up to bury that penalty like a boss 'Hand of Meekings' just for the complete meltdown of all Celtic fans. Glorious.
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    Next Season

    It wont be any time soon we will have even as little as £5k to pay a fee for someone. Based on our current position that's probably about 2 months wages paid to an experienced or more senior player in our squad (there may be the odd exception who gets more but wont be many these day s - many will be on less).
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    January signings

    Because we have no money to sign them unfortunately. Its the same reasons we only bring in players cast off from other clubs and are out of work - no compensation and players desperate for clubs. We failed last few years to sign a couple of HL players but couldnt get the compensation monies together. Plus some HL players with a full or part time job & football money make more than we can offer on a full time footy salary - most folks with family and commitments wont and cant afford take less money even ifs its just a short term gamble as a stepping stone to potential success
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    Next Season

    Pele also had a much higher budget than most of the teams around him at his time in the lower leagues, couple the excitement of a new team and entering a new league both investors and fans came out. Examples of ICT, County and Livi all progressing fast wasnt just down to the clubs management but the ability to sign higher caliber players whether from HL or elsewhere in SPFL. Pele built a team signing some of the top guys in the HL - we even paid 5 figure transfer fees for some and were a full time team in Scotlands 3rd tier. Yes it was an exciting period for the club but given the budget constraints, lack of fans and feel good factor we are in a worse position that we were then. Whats needed is realism and looking forwards as neither Pele or the money are coming back.
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    Next Season

    Pele is irrelevant to the progress and next season. Why are so many fans wanting to look in the past.
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    So WHAT do you know about Kilby ?

    Never heard them called Kilby by anyone on the West coast - its just E.K.
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    The Liam Polworth Enigma

    ^ have to agree, our creativity is stifled this season by not having a strong midfield enforcer type to protect Polly and Doran to be more free and expressive. The effectiveness of Polly could have been more if given the support around him. I have been critical on occasion however I think based on the team this season his stats have been good, the problem is that he is being restricted and trying to provide defensive cover as well as create but its not his game or strength so can at times play in a way open to criticism. Right now he is doing too much in a game and more often not his primary skillset due to the circumstances.
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    January signings

    Its not just about scoring goals its about creating chances. Unfortunately (my opinion) is that unless we have wingers who can get the ball into the box with decent crosses or someone in the middle to play through balls we will struggle. Our last prolific striker Billy McKay scored goals as he was dynamic and had movement & pace to run onto balls and create his own space. Others such as Ofere & Fisher were more dominant in the air and physical so would attack cross balls from the likes of Tremarco/Williams/Christie etc Right now we are struggling to create, so no matter who we sign they will have a hard time getting goals. Personally I think Austin is our most pacy & mobile guy up front which is why him & Oakley worked well at the tail of last season - hence why I think they can do so again. White for all his exploits is too similar to Oakley and lacks the dynamic input. Right now I don't think another striker or forward is the solution. Either a midfield enforcer (a-la Draper) to allow space and time for Polly or if he leaves Doran (he can play more central) to be the creative spark or find another creative player which given our budget wont be likely.
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    January signings

    None of this historical manager chat is relevant or productive and its been done to death. This has little to do with the topic of January signings and TBH is the regurgitated huff we should expect if we were in the Premiership and had no games or anything to show interest in for a few wks - right now there's more interest in deciding who shafted the club the most between Butcher, Hughes and Foran than there is about upcoming games.
  10. We dont have the money to pay off Robbo - he would have to just be given gardening leave and paid out over time like Foran (who we are probably still paying for) . Its likely Robbo is on more than a lot of the squad and if we cant get rid of them then there's no chance the board will get rid of the man they wanted and has personal ties. Promoting from within? I'm not sure there will be many calling for Kellacher to take over!!!!
  11. No. He just signed a new contract. Whether results improve or not, the board have installed him for the long haul, which means rebuilding the team in a financially stable manner. AJ was sacked because he went from a team which made the play-offs last season and was backed financially with a budget that allows for a number of experienced Premiership players so as a team are sitting below where that squad should be on paper.
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    January signings

    To summarise Managers fans like at ict - robbo & pele Managers disliked - butcher & hughes Used to be liked until getting the job now despised - foran Can we all now move on from going over the same old ground about our management history please. Whats done is done now let's focus on where we are now and what team is needed to move forwards and provide success and stability which right now is around robbo.
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    January signings

    God more striker stats. White and Oakley will be too immobile together and if robbo thought they were going to be the next shearer and Sutton they would play together. Regardless of thoughts on white our best pair is Austin and Oakley and its proven as shown last season but no point playing 2 up front if we can't create chances.
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    January signings

    So which is it?
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    Next Season

    The longterm plan should be to give up on chasing promotion for both club and fans and spend the next year or two slowly reducing the number of 'journeymen' jobbers at the club and bring through more youth. If it all clicks and we make play-offs then great, but focus on Championship consolidation, more attractive football and a team that shows signs of excitement coming back. From that core of younger players it will hopefully reduce the wage bill and allow for the introduction of select quality additions rather than quantity to supplement and strengthen to aim towards getting premiership status back. If Dunfermline, Falkirk, Morton and even DUtd cant just steamroller this league and get out then we cant expect to either - some have been here years. Even the likes of PT have shown that its a hard league and not to be underestimated. Next season needs to be about realism and that needs to start from the board level right the way through.
  16. Not disagreeing but it's long term unsustainable to perform consistently at that level. It will peak and trough as the better players are or the club does the more income is needed to remain at that level.
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    January signings

    Not that it's relevant to us now but he's spent much of the last 2 years recovering from hernia and other injuries which he was playing though when with us. So that's Tansey draper and McKay who all left then spent months getting treatment elsewhere. That to me says more about our club than the players.
  18. And we are paying what we can afford to be at the level we are. 6th highest budget in Championship and 6th place. I'm sure someone on here will have all the figures and statistics for footfall and turnover at clubs - right now we after many years of over-achieving are heading towards where we should be based on the finances and size. Plenty bigger clubs than us have spent years in the Championship with no sign of getting out, so what makes anyone think we are going to be different?
  19. What capabilities do you see that makes you think 2 of our strikers who haven't had match time together will be the solution? Robbo sees these guys in training so clearly doesn't think they complement each other so what is it you see?
  20. These stats are increasingly boring. Facts are simples. We have scored only 26 goals in 19 games which is less than every team above us (excluding Morton), while we have actually only conceded 22 which is less than several teams higher in the league. Goals win games and we dont have enough. Churning out the same stats in different formats for indivduals does little other than fail to address that Robbo has tried many player options and combinations yet has failed to find one that works. There is a clear lack of goals from other areas of the pitch - the midfield offers little and the defense aren't scoring at set pieces. We need creativity & goals from the middle of the park - perhaps then the strikers will contribute more, they dont have the ability to create for themselves which means we need to either alter how we play to get the best out of them.
  21. Strikers goals per game is only a part of the true statistics to be considered. As discussed yesterday on radio - Doolan of PT is a double figure per season striker in the Premiership every season but has only 3 goals in the Championship - he hasnt suddenly become a poor player, but he can only work with the chances created. So goals per opportunity are a better reflection of player capabilities and given we seem to have spells where we create either a lot or a little its very much feast or famine and this needs drastic improvement.
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    January signings

    Pre-season - we can only play those who want to play us. Bigger teams wont travel up to Inverness to play a floundering team offering little competition and we can unlikely guarantee the gate would even cover their costs - add that to our lack of funds for any fancy tour we are left with local and cut price. If that's HL and local lower league teams its the measure of where we sit. Average mid-table may be what is required to get the club into the black - our outgoings significantly exceed the incoming and now we have no TV or windfall monies associated with the Premiership and what it brings, then we are more reliant than ever on gate money. Right now our average gates of 2000-2500 will not support a team anything other than mid table Championship at best. Time for all to realise this. Agree on the last point about youth players and exposure and been saying that since mid season last year. Better playing 2 or 3 of them and distributing the saved 'journeyman' wages to sign slightly better (but less) 'journeymen'
  23. Wont happen at our club or any other. Look at recent seasons Leicester, Chelsea, Man U - players give zero f**ks and wont play for a manager > manager sacked > super star form returns along with passion and desire. Unfortunately in the ICT case, there may be a few who could give a bit more but there limitations isnt desire but ability, they can only give what they have in their lockers. Sadly we have a limited talent pool and perhaps the style of play and tactics isnt tailored enough to that level as we are at the market level now where many players dont have the football brain to adapt to new formations & tactics quickly enough and any trial period eats away at valuable game time.
  24. Or await shankland to return and sign off at Ayr with another hat trick and rip our defence a new one. I know where I'd put money......
  25. Just shows that the unbeaten run supported by all those draws that did little than paint a false picture of our true capability and paper over the cracks. Many couldnt see past the statistics maybe now eyes are open and given our financial position don't get hopeful of any significant personnel changes to improve the quality.