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1 hour ago, ebobsboy said:

it's looking more like a mistake letting Leitch and Laverty go out on loan aswell. They may not have featured much but at least it's options off the bench. Sammon and McMillan hopefully will be nowhere near our club next season, I'd also question the signing of Gomis for next year. Might be ok as a back up, but this squad is in need of major surgery in the summer regardless of league. If we don't go up I can't see M&M being tasked with it. 

There is the rub 3 teams in 3 seasons. It is another new squad next season  whether we stay down or go up. With the signing on fees and buy out of contracts must have cost the cost 200k+ if lucky.

Who do we have for next season that make the grade ?

Mutch. But I doubt he will be at the club.

Dixon. Bear with me ! Think he will be better as part of the central defence.

Gomis. As long as there are players around him to do the running.

Longridge. Got the football but need to get his head in order during a game.

McManus. Pay whatever signing on fee he wants but suspect he will get better offers.

The rest of them not bothered one way or another but Laverty, Connolly, Leitch could be maybes.

 

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If Falkirk gains promotion, will there be any “young hungry” players capable of playing at Championship level available to be signed? The other problem is “young hungry” players usually means players that haven’t yet proven themselves, and that is likely to give you one successful signing out of two or three. A promoted team most often carries some players over and signs a few journeymen from a recently relegated team. The easiest source of good, young players is loans from the top level teams, but they often don’t engage the fans.
With the Academy closed, there isn’t an easy path to promising young player signings, unless Falkirk are willing to take some flyers...which might be costly in the Championship. Conversely, and somewhat perversely, if Falkirk stay in League One, there will be more of an opportunity to infuse the team with youth and reconnect with the community. As shitty as a third year in League One has been for Raith, the engagement from the community has risen as younger players have moved into the starting team.
Thats not to suggest that Falkirk should be content to miss promotion, but just that reconnecting the team to the fans and community will likely take a lot more than a bounce back and a few “youth” signings.
Well you lot have wanked yourselves foamy over Regan Hendry all season, isnt that the type of player he is?

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Whilst the Raith game was pretty grim I can see Lee Miller being the difference for us in the next 9 games - looked a lot better in his 3rd sub appearance. 

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43 minutes ago, TxRover said:

If Falkirk gains promotion, will there be any “young hungry” players capable of playing at Championship level available to be signed? The other problem is “young hungry” players usually means players that haven’t yet proven themselves, and that is likely to give you one successful signing out of two or three. A promoted team most often carries some players over and signs a few journeymen from a recently relegated team. The easiest source of good, young players is loans from the top level teams, but they often don’t engage the fans.

If we gain promotion we'll have a reserve team again. I know of at least one young player we're monitoring as a potential signing, initially for the reserves but who could be developed into a first teamer. I'm sure there are more.

We actually did that last year with the likes of Scott Reekie, Souleymane Diakite and Ruaridh Langan. Unfortunately we had to ditch them all following relegation. The only one we kept was retained because he had a long term injury and we were looking after him. (Aidan Laverty)

As for young loanees not engaging the fans, I don't recall Zak Rudden having any problems.

 

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If Falkirk gains promotion, will there be any “young hungry” players capable of playing at Championship level available to be signed? The other problem is “young hungry” players usually means players that haven’t yet proven themselves, and that is likely to give you one successful signing out of two or three. A promoted team most often carries some players over and signs a few journeymen from a recently relegated team. The easiest source of good, young players is loans from the top level teams, but they often don’t engage the fans.
With the Academy closed, there isn’t an easy path to promising young player signings, unless Falkirk are willing to take some flyers...which might be costly in the Championship. Conversely, and somewhat perversely, if Falkirk stay in League One, there will be more of an opportunity to infuse the team with youth and reconnect with the community. As shitty as a third year in League One has been for Raith, the engagement from the community has risen as younger players have moved into the starting team.
Thats not to suggest that Falkirk should be content to miss promotion, but just that reconnecting the team to the fans and community will likely take a lot more than a bounce back and a few “youth” signings.


Have you convinced yourself this is a well thought out post?

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3 hours ago, ebobsboy said:

If we don't go up I can't see M&M being tasked with it. 

And nor fu*king should they be tasked with it, but nothing this Club does surprises me.

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This could be interesting. Hopefully sheds some light on the whole situation 

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Well you lot have wanked yourselves foamy over Regan Hendry all season, isnt that the type of player he is?

“wanked yourselves foamy”
Spectacular use of language sir, well played.

I wonder if I can work this into my month end management team report.

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2 hours ago, Sanity check needed. said:

We have been screaming out for young hungry players all season, hopefully during the summer we can add some youth to the squad which gives us some energy

What like from an academy or something?

You are correct that's what we need but that ship has sailed - only journeymen and loan signings for us these days, and in the future. Craig Campbell's legacy. 

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3 hours ago, AGPar said:

I can. In fact, I think it's a certainty they'll be here next season, irrespective of the league we find ourselves in. From the point of view of those who own and run the club, it's an absolute no-brainer. The appointment has had exactly the desired effect. I wouldn't be surprised if contract extensions are confirmed in the next few weeks.

If we fail to go up, they haven't done the job they were tasked with and should be binned.

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17 minutes ago, 18BAIRN76 said:

If we fail to go up, they haven't done the job they were tasked with and should be binned.

Absolutely agree

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If we fail to go up, they haven't done the job they were tasked with and should be binned.

Amazing.

We kept a so called experienced manager with access to virtually unlimited resources but we would ditch a young hungry management team that have distinctly improved us with minimal changes, and are continuing to learn.

I don’t know what some of the posters on here do for work but thank f**k I don’t work for them.....

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1 hour ago, roman_bairn said:

Amazing.

We kept a so called experienced manager with access to virtually unlimited resources but we would ditch a young hungry management team that have distinctly improved us with minimal changes, and are continuing to learn.

I don’t know what some of the posters on here do for work but thank f**k I don’t work for them.....

Most people thought McKinnon should have gone after relegation. He was a total dud, we can agree on that. The squad he built isn't great - in fact, if we were to go up it would need strengthened considerably. However, combined with the funds M&M had in January for additions, the players there should be enough to win this league. 

McKInnon was sacked after 14 league games. By the seasons end, M&M will have been in charge for 22 league games. Improved performances from that under McKinnon really isn't setting the bar very high. The fact they are young and inexperienced isn't an excuse and was largely the reason many, including myself, were sceptical at their appointment in such an important season. If they do manage to get us up, which I really hope they do, then great. But if they don't - especially after such a poor window - I don't see how you could argue anything other than that they had failed to do the job they were brought in to do.

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Amazing.
We kept a so called experienced manager with access to virtually unlimited resources but we would ditch a young hungry management team that have distinctly improved us with minimal changes, and are continuing to learn.
I don’t know what some of the posters on here do for work but thank f**k I don’t work for them.....


Anyone claiming the improvements are any more than minimal are kidding themselves on.

The squad is rotten outside 3/4 players and given the chance to improve it in January M&M failed.

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13 hours ago, Gaz said:

I was sceptical at the time of appointing Miller and McCracken. I want them to do well but appointing two rookie managers in a very important season was always going to be a risk. Now the new manager bounce has well and truly finished, we don't look any better than we did earlier in the season. I'm worried.

I also raised concern at the appointment of M&M at the time , rookie managers in one of our most important seasons in recent times was more or else word for word what I said - a huge gamble.

But now we have them I believe we should stick with them into next season whatever happens , they will learn on the job (not ideal I know) -  we need continuity now ,if not on the park at least in the dugout  

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Is John Park still sniffing about the club would have thought someone with his knowledge would be able to steer onto some up and coming players. The problems we have at the club aren't so much on the footballing side its the day to day running the clubs being ran into the ground and we are helpless to change anything.

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M and M's january recruitment has been no better than the dross that was signed before.  Da vita was signed in a flash and has done absolutely nothing. Todd is no any better than what we had and only hall has actually nailed down a place in the team. We needed legs and pace and got feck all of either.

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M and M's january recruitment has been no better than the dross that was signed before.  Da vita was signed in a flash and has done absolutely nothing. Todd is no any better than what we had and only hall has actually nailed down a place in the team. We needed legs and pace and got feck all of either.


We let the only guy we had with pace go - McLean. Is De Vita an upgrade on him? Not for me

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Is John Park still sniffing about the club would have thought someone with his knowledge would be able to steer onto some up and coming players. The problems we have at the club aren't so much on the footballing side its the day to day running the clubs being ran into the ground and we are helpless to change anything.


He sent in players in the summer to look at and not one of them were up to scratch

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