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5 minutes ago, aldo_j said:

He won’t get back in to full time management. He’s f**ked it now, like Kenny did.

I agree we both know it will be near impossible for him to get back into full time management.  Was just quoting a N.I. paper who did an interview with him. The rest of my post is guess work on my side which I dont think is too off the mark . 

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6 hours ago, Wendy Saintss said:

 


One of the main reasons given for the launch of the new group stage format was that clubs would be able to replace friendlies with competitive fixtures during the summer!

 

And they have. Result has been to offer opportunities for the smaller teams to provide shocks. Good for the game overall. Imo

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We are short of bodies and it’s difficult for the players as the majority of them have played three games in a week.

At this time of the season that’s not ideal preparation. They’re not anywhere near as fit as what they should be at the moment and you would like to have more options there to freshen things up like some of the bigger clubs can.

But I knew taking on the job that we had a job on our hands to get people in. But we’re doing all we can to make that happen before the league starts.

There’s not enough in the squad at the moment. It would be unfair throw kids in at this stage as they’re not quite ready. We need good first-team pros who can come in and make a difference.

We’re confident of getting one or two over the line soon but it takes time. I wouldn’t have thought we’d have any in before Tuesday. There’s none close enough to say they’ll be over this weekend to sign papers. Easter Road is the priority.

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We are short of bodies and it’s difficult for the players as the majority of them have played three games in a week.

At this time of the season that’s not ideal preparation. They’re not anywhere near as fit as what they should be at the moment and you would like to have more options there to freshen things up like some of the bigger clubs can.

But I knew taking on the job that we had a job on our hands to get people in. But we’re doing all we can to make that happen before the league starts.

There’s not enough in the squad at the moment. It would be unfair throw kids in at this stage as they’re not quite ready. We need good first-team pros who can come in and make a difference.

We’re confident of getting one or two over the line soon but it takes time. I wouldn’t have thought we’d have any in before Tuesday. There’s none close enough to say they’ll be over this weekend to sign papers. Easter Road is the priority.

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5 minutes ago, Ethan said:

One or two is nowhere near enough we need 6 or 7 before the Hibs game. 

By the sound of things,  it looks like 5 will be the most. In his interview,  he said 4 or 5 again.  Worrying. 

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2 hours ago, munoz said:

By the sound of things,  it looks like 5 will be the most. In his interview,  he said 4 or 5 again.  Worrying. 

I'm not sure how many we need but it's clear to JG and to Fans that some solid, experienced pros need to be signed. But.. We are not the only top league team to experience trouble with lower league opponents so I won't get on anyone's case. 

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1 hour ago, St.Ricky said:

I'm not sure how many we need but it's clear to JG and to Fans that some solid, experienced pros need to be signed. But.. We are not the only top league team to experience trouble with lower league opponents so I won't get on anyone's case. 

But we are the only ones with half a squad and a bad one at that

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3 hours ago, munoz said:

By the sound of things,  it looks like 5 will be the most. In his interview,  he said 4 or 5 again.  Worrying. 

This time last season will still be fresh in the boards mind from the cluster f**k of bad signings we made. We are trimming the squad this year though looking to spend on better quality. 5 would still take us close to the numbers we tried to bring the squad down to in January. Still think if we move one or two on, that will free up space for a couple more.

I don't believe we are skint, just trying to be shrewd, however frustrating the length of time it is taking to get more bodies in.

Edited by kevo_smfc

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3 hours ago, Johnny Rep said:

I'm still thinking ya rocket and so should you after that result.

Why. :wacko:   you still can't work it out. Unbelievable. 

Edited by pod

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13 hours ago, munoz said:

By the sound of things,  it looks like 5 will be the most. In his interview,  he said 4 or 5 again.  Worrying. 

I'm hoping for four or five signed, plus 1-3 loans on top. But the loans are likely to be towards the end of the window.

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I'm hoping for four or five signed, plus 1-3 loans on top. But the loans are likely to be towards the end of the window.
Looks like they will all be towards the end of the window. Which, while not ideal, will be OK by me as long as they prove to be worth the wait !

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15 hours ago, kevo_smfc said:

This time last season will still be fresh in the boards mind from the cluster f**k of bad signings we made. We are trimming the squad this year though looking to spend on better quality. 5 would still take us close to the numbers we tried to bring the squad down to in January. Still think if we move one or two on, that will free up space for a couple more.

I don't believe we are skint, just trying to be shrewd, however frustrating the length of time it is taking to get more bodies in.

 

5 hours ago, Magic Monkey said:

I'm hoping for four or five signed, plus 1-3 loans on top. But the loans are likely to be towards the end of the window.

 

2 hours ago, MenstrieSaint said:

I'm thinking 8 signings required in total . Five to strengthen the first team , and three to give cover .

IT is plain to see to most fans and surely also to our management team and BOD.

We currently have 16 1st team players including a back up keeper (Lyness), Tansey, Kellerman, MacPherson and Erhahon.

The Fakes had 26 1st team players last season. So 5 new signings would take us to 21 plus some youths apart from those above...

I am all for making 5 top signings, but what happens if we pick up long term injuries and have little cover?

We clearly and desperately need - LB, CB x2, CF x2, DM, Creative M, and at least 1 more winger type like McAllister.... I make that 9 not 5

So one option must be to let younger lads go out on loan, possibly including Kellerman, MacPherson, Erhahon, Breadner, Glover, McAllister etc. IF they are not going to play often for us, it is best they are picking up 1st team experience in lower leagues... it could also save us some dosh for the first team budget.

Anywhere near only 5 new signings or loanees has disaster written all over it....and panic buying in the January window... 

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You would usually get excited at prospect of an international capped centre half as an indicator of quality but I wouldn't get too excited about the fact that someone is USA capped. 

They play about 30 games a year and literally dish out tryout caps to just about everyone. If he has more than 6 or 7 caps, fair dos but if its one or two then it's a total hit and hope. 

Nothing against our targetting but more the USMNT policy which make Berti Vogts looked reserved in his cap offerings. 

Edited by djchapsticks

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