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  1. That was a problem with the board and Allan Johnston though? If you, like me and many others, believed a new manager could turn our fortunes around, and that AJ was a major problem, surely you had some sort of belief in the squad at his disposal? I think we did show improvements when Wullie Gibson took over showing the squad weren't completely useless. How many of our strikers have been given contract offers for next season? None out of the 13 total offers. The rest of the squad were Championship quality; as I said before, if we had talismanic strikers like the previous seasons we'd have stayed up comfortably. The strikers take up 1 or 2 positions in our lineup; they shouldn't define the quality of our whole squad. We lost 13 of those 19 games by one goal. I'm not suggesting this team would have been anywhere near challenging for the playoffs even with a striker that can score, but 3 more goals in those games or the nine that we drew could have kept us up. We had a record of 6 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses against the rest of the bottom 4. We 'won' that mini league. And I'm not sure saying we only got 7/9 points in our last 3 games is a strong argument for last season being our worst ever team. For me that shows remnants of grit, desire and determination instilled by our new manager Wullie Gibson, and the fact that the squad was capable of performing. Obviously we all have our opinions, but I don't think the relegation should blind us to the fact that our team wasn't actually any worse than our previous ones. We would have got relegated in the COVID curtailed season, saved by a ridiculous ppg ruling. Stephen Dobbie rescued us in the playoffs before that, and a 2 month purple patch aided us in the shortened 20/21 season.
  2. I completely disagree with this. Our squad last season was the best we've had for the last 4 years, in terms of quality "all over the park". To me it says a lot that we've signed 10 players from our relegated squad for next season, and there's not one of them that the majority (or even a significant proportion) of people are unhappy about. There are also 2-3 more people who the club would have received no complaints about should they have been re-signed (Rae, Fitzpatrick, maybe Cooper). Yes, we got relegated so our opponents will be worse. But, as everybody knows, we still need a better quality squad than last season to get promoted this time around. We should no longer be fighting to survive; we need to win matches. It takes a lot to unanimously please a football team's support, and the fact the new contracts of 10 relegated players from the "worst team in the club's professional history" have done just that proves something for me. We have been saved in recent seasons by strikers that can score goals. In each of the three seasons before our relegation one we had one of the two best stikers in the league. The season before last we had Connor Shields (who was the second best striker behind Liam Boyce) and then signed for Motherwell; we also had Ayo Obileye who was the second top scorer in the league (I'm not suggesting he was a better striker than Shields). The 2 seasons before that we were single handedly saved by the indefatigable Stephen Dobbie (and COVID-19). The season before last, two of our better players were Rhys McCabe and a certain Daniel Pybus. Yet people were not disappointed to see them released. Last season, we were entirely competent against teams our standard (Dunfermline, Morton, Ayr). We just bottled it against any teams better than us. The lack of experience and belief (and obviously ability) in Allan Johnston's final squad as manager ultimately ended our status as a Championship club. But the ability was not worse than before. Ultimately we got relegated because our top scorer in the league last season scored a grand total of 7 goals, with second top on 4. If we had a talismanic figure up front like beforehand we would have comfortably stayed in the division. Personally, last season's squad was the first since 17/18 that I've felt any sort of connection with. They didn't do that by being the worst I've ever seen. The amount of games I came out of thinking that we should have got more from that. The squad didn't get worse, the league got better, and we got slightly unlucky. Edit: Just looked back at the post and it's very long, sorry!
  3. I have a screenshot of the guy at left mid when the goal went in if that helps.
  4. It looks like we were playing 442. McKechnie was RM when the goal was scored so that must mean the trialist was a LM. Wullie wasn't involved - was he taking a look from the sidelines for this game or is he looking to take a more secondary role this season? I suppose Todd/East/Connelly didn't play so they could have just been playing new signings and younger players. There was also no Paul McKay. Does anyone know how far away he is from a return from injury? He'll obviously have to build up match fitness again so it'll be good if he's back sooner rather than later. Unfortunately the goal was scored from McKechnie's side so we can't see who the trialist was in the video Kilmarnock put up. It was a great finish though.
  5. We only have 3 senior central midfielders (Cochrane, Wilson, McGrory) as well as McMahon and Johnstone, so I'm not surprised he's looking for another. Yes, Todd could fill in at CM but he was preferred at LM last season, and I think he'll continue to be first choice at LM. Although then again, Gibson's dodgy maths might end up looking closer to the truth if this were the case. I'm not sure I'd be too devastated if Cochrane were to leave though. McGrory and Wilson are both very able, and we would get some sort of fee for him given he is still under contract. Also, I imagine his wages will be amongst the highest in the squad. Cochrane is a good player, but never seems to have a run of games without injury, which for me stops him from reaching the next level as a footballer. I think that we would be able to replace him.
  6. I was wondering about that as well. Excluding youth players we currently have 17 in the squad and he wants 4/5 more. He is a football manager not a mathematician though! *** He named GK, ST and a midfielder as positions he'd like another option in. I assume that a winger (hopefully Fitzpatrick but probably not) and a defender would be the other 2. I think we need a leftback as I'm not sure we can go into next season with Quitongo as our only option there. I'd like Cooper to stay as he looked competent enough last season, but like Fitzpatrick he probably has other offers. If we sign another GK, we can only assume Cowie will be out on loan; if he was good enough as backup last season he definitely would be this season. Hopefully a league 2 club would want him, but I imagine he'll go to Dalbeattie Star or another Lowland league team - being a first choice goalkeeper is more important than standard at this stage I think.
  7. Cove Rangers had 2.19 ppg last season which is 10.95 every 5 games. I think we can afford to start a little bit slower than that (if we were to end up going for the title). I would take 8-9 points from the first 5, including not losing to Falkirk in game 5. For me that would be a very solid start, and would likely build confidence and momentum for the rest of the season. It might be an early round Scottish Cup game, it could also be an SPFL Trust Trophy game (the Quarter-Finals are usually early December). They almost certainly won't be blank weeks - only one Championship game a week is televised so I doubt there'll be any problems with TV companies not wanting clashes with the World Cup.
  8. I was absolutely delighted that Connelly had resigned. But I then had to re-sign myself to the fact that we now have to endure another year of people spelling his name incorrectly. I think now that we all know the difference between resign and re-sign, we should teach ourselves the correct spelling of Lee's name!
  9. From what I can make out Ruth is 5'8" (although there are differing reports), so a similar profile physically to Reilly and Paton. I think this would mean Wullie has no intention of using a target man, which I definitely can't say I'm unhappy about.
  10. Hopefully he'll be a Ruth-less finisher... That's all I'm asking for!
  11. I obviously don't speak for everybody (and I'm sure plenty of others will disagree) but: For me the main problem was always Allan Johnston, and we've replaced him with our previous captain, which seems to have made the club atmosphere more positive. I would rather we had different owners but there isn't anyone that would be willing to buy or invest into the club, and while we don't have a large budget, so far I think our transfers in have been good enough for the level we are expected to be playing at. The manager has been backed reasonably and we just have to see how we fare next season. The things which have frustrated me most recently is the physical condition of the stadium and lack of care for it (Palmerston looks run down), and the fact that it's Mr Hewitson's company that won our shirt sponsor draw (although it probably was fair, I'd have put the name back in and redrawn it). Nothing (apart from our division) has really changed, but as there isn't any possibility of a takeover at the moment, in my opinion we just have to continue as we are - our situation is far from a catastrophe; we aren't in debt and at risk of going bust, and we look to have as decent a chance as we could expect of getting promoted next season.
  12. Well, at the moment, based on the fact he is one of 2 strikers at the club and, if you didn't want him at striker, I'd argue he was better than Connor Murray and McKechnie out wide. Obviously it could change with new players brought in, but I don't see us signing many more top class attackers as they will come with a premium price.
  13. Sorry, this wasn't best 11, just players who play in each position. I filled it out as players were signed. I completely agree Wilson and Paton deserve to start.
  14. I will be so so surprised if he doesn't play 442 like he ended last season. Just because we've already signed 3 CBs doesn't mean we'll play a back 3. Playing a back 4, we will need at least 4 CBs in the squad especially as Stuart Morrison is injury prone. Wullie will want to play Todd in his preferred left midfield, and will want to play him most weeks as he is captain and one of our better players. That rules out most other formations. I think he'll play 442 because even when he had Connelly who was clearly a number 10 he still kept with the same formation playing Connelly out wide. This for me is why Connor Murray is a bit of an underwhelming signing, as I think he has been signed for the RM role in a 442. If you look at the squad depth (see below) in each position, that is where he seems to fit in. If we were to sign Fitzpatrick or get a good loan winger I would be happy with his signing as he would be a good squad player. Or if we were to sign Connelly I would also be happy as that would suggest he is going to be played as an attacking midfielder, and we would change formation. Overall, he isn't a bad player to buy, and we should definitely give him a chance at this level, but I hope he won't be our only option going into the season.
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