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Mikkelsen at least could be useful if we actually had any wingers to supply crosses to him.

 

But no, we'll go through the season without a creative central midfielder, any wingers or any specialist centre halves other than Davies. The squad is dangerously lopsided.

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Interesting decision.  From an outside point of view, County are arguably performing at the same level as the most of the clubs they would view as peers and it begs the question for any town club in the league as to what is realistically achievable - especially now that Hearts, Hibs and Aberdeen are operating without most of the financial restrictions of recent times. I see what St Johnstone are doing now (regardless of how well and sustainably they are run) - and what Motherwell did before them - as an overachievement and not a realistic benchmark. 

Assuming a smaller club is going to live within it's means - the expectation surely is that with good recruitment in manager and players (and a productive youth system) that a mid-table finish is consistently achievable and maybe a cup run to add a bit of excitement. It looks shite and unambitious written down like that but that is the reality. I think I've seen 'Well finish in every position in the league bar 1st but every season, my goal for the club is to stay up as it simply takes a poor manager or some lazy signings and you're in the grubber. 

If Uncle Roy sees the club is on a downward trajectory, it is possibly a good decision to change while there is a lot of time to turn things round - but I'd be interested to see what the new manager's target is..

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10 minutes ago, Swello said:

Assuming a smaller club is going to live within it's means - the expectation surely is that with good recruitment in manager and players (and a productive youth system) that a mid-table finish is consistently achievable and maybe a cup run to add a bit of excitement.

I'm not sure McGregor is expecting anything more than survival with the occasional cup run or push for the top six; he's just getting McIntyre out as soon as the signs that they'll fail to survive have appeared, rather than punishing him for failing to do any better than that.

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Interesting movement from County, I would assume that they have someone lined up to come in and take over. 

I suppose with Caley doing so dreadfully in the Championship, it makes "Uncle Roy" keen to make sure that they don't follow in the same footsteps.

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Hilarious seeing all these football journos on Twitter chastising County for sacking MacIntyre. Between them I'd guess that they've seen County for about 2 hours in total over the last few months.

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Caley being honking and Boyce being on fire at times masked a lot of issues within the team and some truly bizarre signings (Gobern, for example). I don't think Roy trusted Jim with his cheque book in January again.

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2 hours ago, Cumdog35 said:

What are they expecting? Crazy decision. 

Tactics. I've always felt that we should have some.

This has been a long time coming, absolutely clueless and has spent an absolute fortune to just keep throwing players out in a random selection until something got a result. He'd been marked for off since last season and was one game away from going, but luckily for him he scraped a few results together to see out the season.

Goodbye Jim and your Tactical Tombola. You will not be missed.

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26 minutes ago, yoda said:

Surprised he's gone this early but relieved that it's happened sooner rather than later. Of course it's a "gamble", every time a team replaces a manager it's a "gamble".

McIntyre was in the job, what, three years? The League Cup win was incredible. Genuinely a tremendous achievement. But that's not a reason to keep him in charge. He didn't know what his best system or team was (like stretches of last season, and indeed, for half of his first season). The midfield was never properly fixed - Jackson Irvine's incredible work rate pretty much kept the whole thing together in the middle of the park, but then he left and was never replaced (and the system took forever to change). County leaked goals last season but that's not been fixed over the summer. 

He brought in some real quality players: Davies, Irvine (although he was at the club on-loan before JM arrived), Schalk, Fraser, Naismith. But he signed a lot of absolute shit. Derek Adams levels of absolute shit. That first January transfer window was ludicrous. Abdoulaye Meite FFS. Terry Fucking Dunfield. Tim Fucking Chow. The money he must have pissed up the wall!

Last January was staggering. He spent months trying out a 4-4-2 without any natural wide players. Gets to January, signs a couple of wingers. Then goes 3-5-2 and plays Ryan Dow as a wing-back :unsure:

Boyce bailed him out last season. And even then, McIntyre tried shoehorning him in as an attacking midfielder, to the detriment of Boyce and the team. 

A lot of good memories but also a lot of dreadful memories. The football over the past few months has been piss poor. He could have gone months ago but managed to get a winning run going to finish 7th. JM was capable of putting this little winning runs together but he was equally adept at throwing together a run of defeats. The inconsistency in performances and results was so frustrating.

The Scottish football press will have a good whinge over the sacking but they don't know what they're talking about. A brief glance at the results and remembering back to that one time you watched County last season might leave you pondering how Uncle Roy could be so callous to sack the manager who brought the League Cup up the A9.  But it has been on the cards for some time. Was always a matter of "when" not "if".

Spot on.  I'll give Dunfield a pass (even though he couldn't) because that was the epitome of a desperation signing.  

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22 minutes ago, yoda said:

Surprised he's gone this early but relieved that it's happened sooner rather than later. Of course it's a "gamble", every time a team replaces a manager it's a "gamble".

McIntyre was in the job, what, three years? The League Cup win was incredible. Genuinely a tremendous achievement. But that's not a reason to keep him in charge. He didn't know what his best system or team was (like stretches of last season, and indeed, for half of his first season). The midfield was never properly fixed - Jackson Irvine's incredible work rate pretty much kept the whole thing together in the middle of the park, but then he left and was never replaced (and the system took forever to change). County leaked goals last season but that's not been fixed over the summer. 

He brought in some real quality players: Davies, Irvine (although he was at the club on-loan before JM arrived), Schalk, Fraser, Naismith. But he signed a lot of absolute shit. Derek Adams levels of absolute shit. That first January transfer window was ludicrous. Abdoulaye Meite FFS. Terry Fucking Dunfield. Tim Fucking Chow. The money he must have pissed up the wall!

Last January was staggering. He spent months trying out a 4-4-2 without any natural wide players. Gets to January, signs a couple of wingers. Then goes 3-5-2 and plays Ryan Dow as a wing-back :unsure:

Boyce bailed him out last season. And even then, McIntyre tried shoehorning him in as an attacking midfielder, to the detriment of Boyce and the team. 

A lot of good memories but also a lot of dreadful memories. The football over the past few months has been piss poor. He could have gone months ago but managed to get a winning run going to finish 7th. JM was capable of putting this little winning runs together but he was equally adept at throwing together a run of defeats. The inconsistency in performances and results was so frustrating.

The Scottish football press will have a good whinge over the sacking but they don't know what they're talking about. A brief glance at the results and remembering back to that one time you watched County last season might leave you pondering how Uncle Roy could be so callous to sack the manager who brought the League Cup up the A9.  But it has been on the cards for some time. Was always a matter of "when" not "if".

Yeah but Jim Delahunt says that you lot are idiots (not literally) for getting rid of him and he clearly knows what is going on.

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Well known central belt manager goes to the highlands, wins the league cup, retains premier league status...and gets sacked along with his likeable, ex-Rangers, occasional media contributor assistant...

For the first time in a long time I can't fucking wait for Sportsound tonight....

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