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  1. No place for sentimentality anymore. David Raven has already had a reprieve from a contract expiry. I'll back Robbo on this one. He will always be a hero at ICTFC.
  2. Great stuff. This simple info from the club is the basic narrative most people need in the build up to the weekend.?
  3. To be fair he did use that strap line in his interview too. Looks like the catchphrase is here to stay. Gulp.
  4. I'm taking the diddy cup seriously in the hope we can re-group our 500 euro veterans for an away fixture in Ireland
  5. At last, a coherent, mature statement of intent really attempting to address all the speculation within the confines of some commercial things which are not meant to be out there for public consumption. I've go a boardroom bounce from that, now back to the footy supporting, survival and ICTFC walking the talk. Well done board.
  6. Looking for a sugar daddy (or mummy) is not the answer although it might help short term. Very few of these people have bottomless pockets. And even RCFC came unstuck for a while when their benefactor stopped pumping in money a few years back. We seem to be lacking a long term strategy and plan to develop and market our club and instead focus on short term management to pay the football wages. I know football success is bottom line and the purpose of the business is to feed the football club but coaches and players will come and go and the club needs to look at things which will align them with fans and the local community for the long term. I think there is a lot of good will out there and the club would do better spending another player wage on a person equipped to take that sort of development of the business forward. I must admit I was surprised by the number of mercs etc parked up at the club before season started and couldn't help feeling that for a relegated club pleading poverty and making cuts we we're overpaying on the playing side. But then again I generally don't think footballers are worth the inflated wages going around these days. Perhaps both players and us fans need to realise that we are a first division (I mean championship) club based on our current fanbase and focus on grafting and surviving in this division rather than thinking we are a still premier league club who's had a blip.
  7. oh well looks like I'll need to hope for a lucky draw unless you sell your insiders story to the Highland News ?
  8. Is this not something a COO would be all over to protect club reputation and demonstrate control of day to day club management. Quite simply which party was the first to raise the subject of a move to county. If Draper was tapped up and stated a desire to leave then ICT position of telling him to formalise that, makes some sense. On the other hand, if club received a bid and told Draper about it and if he wanted to join rcfc to submit a request, then they need to just say so unambiguously. Right now even a clarification / retraction won't be as embarrassing as the Twitter porn statement.
  9. So Combat what did you ask and what honest answers did you get? Or are you now sworn into a board oath of silence? ?..Any news is better than no news.
  10. So was he tapped up and then put in a transfer request knowing a wee wages boost was coming from the deep pockets at County? Surely ICTFC permission and agreement on fee was needed before speaking to a contracted player? So who was involved in the tapping up? Serious investigation required by ICTFC if they have really been reluctantly forced to sell. Or is this just skint board spin. This happens too often. Time to make players / managers /agents /boards properly accountable for apparent dodgy dealings with a proper protocol for handling these scenarios enforced by SFA/SPFL with severe penalties (points deductions, suspensions, bans, etc) agreed and set out in advance for infringements. Severely p'd off.
  11. Felt we bossed the game and on another day (with another ref) things might have gone better. Just can't see how united got that early penalty and the linesman calling the ref over to send Robbo off was way OTT 10 mins into new season. Vigurs awarded a well deserved MoM. Mark Ridgers is needing to practice his kicking this coming week.
  12. The stats above make for intersting reading better all round player then tansey or draper is my interpratation but one stat missing would be km covered. However if you have the ball and can pass it to a teammate, why do you have to run aboot? Think sometimes he is singled out because we have all seen the range of clever touches/passes he can produce and expect it all the time. If we can keep him, I'm expecting this will be a big season for Iain at ICTFC.
  13. Thoughts pretty much same as everyone else on this thread. Solid controlled performance with some attacking flair. Colin Seedorf stood out at RB. We looked like a premiership side playing a second division side. Liked Bairds movement off the ball. Some loose passing which better teams may punish. Not major personnel changes from Elgin game but big jump in performance level. Saw enough to think we can make a challenge in championship. Seeing most of the other "big teams" put 4+ past their lesser opposition so maybe that's a reality check on where we are at, but on another day we could have bagged more goals. Jake still sometimes goes down too easily and theatrically, after first tackle and doesn't always get a foul, but on saturday when he skipped past 2/3 lunges he did eventually get properly clattered poor bugger.(hope he'll get more protection as the season goes on - when he was running at pace with the ball he was exciting to watch). We lost our shape a bit at the end when Robbo made subs to give others some game time and moved guys around.
  14. Just another day another PR mishap...too many of these occurring imo.
  15. Grim. First outing of season for me. ICTFC lacking a goal threat and any real cutting edge to create chances. Lots of misplaced passes from us. The Elgin trialist team was a match and based on their 2nd half showing deserved win. Why I never learn and eventually give in and pay to watch these friendly games is beyond me. Saw nothing extraordinary to offer some hope for season ahead. Positives? Elgin pies were good and it was only a friendly.
  16. Looking forward to our draw in the international diddy cup. A wee flight or ferry tour to celtic cousins beckons? #almosteuropaleague
  17. Maybe BR at the wheel is a possibility? +Experienced coach , knows club and already contracted players, solid senior career, already contracted=£savings. Step up for one of senior players to assistant/player. - not a fresh face if we want a shake up. Maybe steady as she goes is what's needed. Lots of things I don't know such as his real influence last season on dressing room, tactics, selections (Did he know how to fix problems but couldn't implement because of manager decisions). Also don't know his personal back story in enough detail. I'm thinking ranieri / Shakespeare at Leicester as an example (admittedly we didn't have a ranieri in the hot seat).
  18. I'll be renewing my ST at the quoted prices when manager known. Worrying that board is trying to tie up contracts without a manager in place. What if the new manager doesn't fancy one of the players they've re-signed for him?
  19. At the time I was supportive of the rebuffs to better resourced clubs poaching our talent on the cheap and felt the board made the right call. Turned out to be post cup euphoria. I'd have been unhappy if the board had let JH join united. The apparent bad management of the JH situation (which I can't help also pointing the finger at JH for) was then compounded by a short term financial decision with a rookie (long term) appointment and then most fans giving Richie too long. I think I was still buying into RF saving us and was still not 100% sack him even after the first of his naive "must win" game comments. Not sure about RF sacrificing his "managerial career". My own opinion is that he just joins a very long list of ex players who were not able to effectively transfer there playing skills and experience to a coaching / management role.
  20. "Richie Foran will remain in charge at Inverness Caley Thistle, despite several board members being keen on a change of manager following relegation " (Daily Express, print edition) Not the footy gossip I was looking for on BBC website. Hoping that it's the express getting it wrong.
  21. Elgin1 you clearly have more money than sense. Lots of ways the club is already willing to take your grand. Sponsor player, matches, hospitality, buy all the halftime draw ticks etc. IMO something has just not been quite right in terms of the club marketing / experience to make the best of this. I'd be more inclined to sign up to something like you suggest if it was financing support services at club. Or here's a novel idea why not just cut the playing side wage bill to align with normal jobs and save us all some money. (Really not keen on putting my handing my pocket to pay off failure at the moment.).
  22. Making losses not sustainable. Need to play smart and keep punching above our financial weight rather than trying to keep up with other spenders.