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Collected more points in April than any other team except Celtic so probably justified statistically. I guess it wasn't an option not to give it to anyone.....

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Also a little surprised at this.
However, it's in the record books now - and it's another accolade for the club - Inverness Caley Thistle's 11th time winning the award:

Craig Brewster 3
Terry Butcher 3
John Hughes 3

Charlie Christie 1
John Robertson 1

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5 minutes ago, finmack said:

What would Victor Meldrew say about this!

"I DON'T believe it!"
But, Hughes will see this as justification/vindication/validation of his efforts recently - ta ta Raven.

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In fairness to Hughes, April was solid (at least on paper) - good victories against Dundee United (a), Kilmarnock (h) and especially the elusive Partick Thistle (a) result, justifies the award, with only Celtic doing better.


I would argue that the syle of play in some of these games was more direct, which might have been seen as a realisation from Hughes that the tikki-taka style is a non-starter, but the other 3 results would suggest that he will not budge from that philosophy: the Hamilton, Motherwell, Hearts and Dundee United (h) displays were horrendous on the whole - against DU, we went more direct after going 3 down and it worked...but too late!

The message is there, JH: tweak your tactics to go a bit more direct and you get the rewards: play slow, turgid football to solely retain possession and we're scuppered.

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2 hours ago, Kingsmills said:

Scottish football has finally tipped over the edge into total farce.......

Well done Yogi good luck next season. I don't think Scottish Football has tipped over the edge into a farce - maybe it's people like you who never miss a chance to give the big fella a kick whilst supporting the "blazers".

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1 hour ago, PerfICT said:

In fairness to Hughes, April was solid (at least on paper) - good victories against Dundee United (a), Kilmarnock (h) and especially the elusive Partick Thistle (a) result, justifies the award, with only Celtic doing better.


I would argue that the syle of play in some of these games was more direct, which might have been seen as a realisation from Hughes that the tikki-taka style is a non-starter, but the other 3 results would suggest that he will not budge from that philosophy: the Hamilton, Motherwell, Hearts and Dundee United (h) displays were horrendous on the whole - against DU, we went more direct after going 3 down and it worked...but too late!

The message is there, JH: tweak your tactics to go a bit more direct and you get the rewards: play slow, turgid football to solely retain possession and we're scuppered.

The awards will only be looking at events on the park and not off it so on that basis I think PerfICT sums it up well.  10 points out of a possible 15 ain't bad.  But whilst acknowledging that on a results basis the award is justified, I think it is also fair to say that criticism of Hughes is justified on 4 separate but related issues.

Firstly, with the players we have at our disposal we should have done better than we have.  This year has seen the top flight as weak as it has ever been.  Playing players out of position does not help.

Secondly, the style of play has often be very negative and boring to watch.  But apart from being boring, it is also ineffective which relates to the first point.  When the possession at all costs approach is abandoned and we start being more positive going forward, we play better, we get better results and it is more entertaining.  There are at least some signs now that this lesson is being learnt.

Thirdly, Hughes has too often been critical of his players or the Board in the media and seems to lack the humility to take responsibility himself for the teams failings.

Finally, he has been poor in the retention and recruitment of players.  He bemoans the fact that we have lost the likes of Shinnie, Watkins and Mckay but he has failed to replace them with anyone as good despite having a significantly bigger budget than his predecessor.  And despite the larger budget, he is having difficulty retaining some players and seems not inclined to sign others that fans clearly want to see retained.

Manager of the Month maybe.  But that does not mean he's a good manager.  

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Congratulations to the  players and Yogi but at the earliest opportunity can we have news of who has been released. On the face of it we are talking about significant numbers.

 

 

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14 hours ago, caleyboy said:

Well done Yogi good luck next season. I don't think Scottish Football has tipped over the edge into a farce - maybe it's people like you who never miss a chance to give the big fella a kick whilst supporting the "blazers".

By 'Blazers' are you referring to the succession of individuals who, for no personal reward, have kept the club solvent and on a generally upward trajectory under a succession of managers for a decade and a half.

We cannot spend what we don't have. We did that once before under the Doug McGilvray regime and it brought us to the brink of administration.

These blazers have given more John Hughes more money than any other ICT manager before him. Who is to blame if he has squandered much of that on too many players, including an over abundance of midfielders who are not up to the mark ?

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8 hours ago, Kingsmills said:

By 'Blazers' are you referring to the succession of individuals who, for no personal reward, have kept the club solvent and on a generally upward trajectory under a succession of managers for a decade and a half.

We cannot spend what we don't have. We did that once before under the Doug McGilvray regime and it brought us to the brink of administration.

These blazers have given more John Hughes more money than any other ICT manager before him. Who is to blame if he has squandered much of that on too many players, including an over abundance of midfielders who are not up to the mark ?

So you think Kenneth Cameron and Kenneth Thomson don't get paid for what they do at ICT? Just look at the accounts! Maybe you could also enlighten us as to where we spent the money from the Christie transfer and the Scottish Cup? 

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4 hours ago, caleyboy said:

So you think Kenneth Cameron and Kenneth Thomson don't get paid for what they do at ICT? Just look at the accounts! Maybe you could also enlighten us as to where we spent the money from the Christie transfer and the Scottish Cup? 

Again? It's been posted on here many times before that the club operate at a financial loss, with prize money and transfer fees ensuring that the club breaks even or turns a profit.  The board statement also reported that further money had been made available following the injury crisis - that's where yer money's gone! Also, their is a strong probility that our trip to Romania costs us more than we won in prize money for that too! In addition, the transfer budget for this year has been kept at the higher level, despite a lower league finish. 

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and dont forget that our wage structure has always relied on a fairly modest wage but good bonuses so cup winning money for example wont be straight into the coffers without first getting a decent slice split between the squad so the net amount will be a lot lower.

No idea whether or not KC and KT are drawing a wage, but I know in the past that many of those who ran our club did not. If they are then I would say its likely deserved given our on and off field performance over the last few years. 

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