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You cant beat uncle Dick wanting 5 strikers for one position.
I mean, i keep being told, we cant argue with his track record ( which of course is true )
But yeah 5 strikers, one position is excessive, especially when he doesnt rotate.
We threw this away, how he wins manager of the year is just down to how bad the league is, we have the pick of the best part timers in the country, dominate the league, and old uncle fester wont change it up.
Dont change a winning team i hear you moan, we were not winning, we were throwing points away all over the place.
Guys sat on a bench and have little to no chance of coming on, poor b*****ds moved up here aswell
 
I partially agree with you.

Think it was more down to his faith in certain players that gave fans more to moan about.

Bringing on the likes of Donnelly on from the bench when chasing a goal is about as much use as flying a kite underwater.

Dick never seemed to want to change things or try Ford or Bakare until the game was pretty much up.

We need a big improvement next season as surely we cant perform lile we did in the 2nd half of the season and expect to be in the top half.
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24 minutes ago, RedLichtie86 said:

I partially agree with you.

Think it was more down to his faith in certain players that gave fans more to moan about.

Bringing on the likes of Donnelly on from the bench when chasing a goal is about as much use as flying a kite underwater.

Dick never seemed to want to change things or try Ford or Bakare until the game was pretty much up.

We need a big improvement next season as surely we cant perform lile we did in the 2nd half of the season and expect to be in the top half.

Pretty sure all season our form was in the top half. The whole league turned into a shitshow after January, there were a ridiculous amount of draws, but we still picked up a lot of points. 
 

Calling DC old uncle Fester is just absolutely bizarre though and he maybe never had the best January but all that matters is over the course of the season so finishing second huge achievement and he deserved manager of the year 

 

Slag him off for Ford and Bakare? Well where’s the credit for Nouble, Hamilton and Hamilton 

 

Cant get every one right 

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You cant beat uncle Dick wanting 5 strikers for one position.
I mean, i keep being told, we cant argue with his track record ( which of course is true )
But yeah 5 strikers, one position is excessive, especially when he doesnt rotate.
We threw this away, how he wins manager of the year is just down to how bad the league is, we have the pick of the best part timers in the country, dominate the league, and old uncle fester wont change it up.
Dont change a winning team i hear you moan, we were not winning, we were throwing points away all over the place.
Guys sat on a bench and have little to no chance of coming on, poor b*****ds moved up here aswell
 

It’s possible for us to have thrown this away, yet still overall have had a fantastic season. My major grievance is the left wing position, an absolute disgrace the amount of games Henderson & Craigen started there, offering absolutely nothing going forward.
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Going off the late season games and especially Inverness Bobby really should have saw more game time at home. He had that great game against Partick on the Wednesday and then I think he earned himself a start at home to Dunfermline on the Saturday and on the Saturday he really struggled but he had got his first start in forever in the midweek so I think it was maybe harsh to see him not pick up any starts after that. I could be wrong but I would guess that after the start in the Dunfermline game his next one would have been the Morton one last day?

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To be calling our most successful manager of all time “uncle Fester” is pretty disrespectful imo.

To me his one minor failing is that he’s not really an attack minded manager. His teams are built from back to front and he places more importance on not conceding/losing than on playing swashbuckling attacking football. Just look at some of the strikers he’s signed since he’s been in charge - Doolan, Spence, Donnelly, Hilson, Ford etc. His loans have been decent though, either through luck or judgement.

I would like to see us appoint a dedicated strike coach - perhaps a role for Gavin Swankie?

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Just now, Tattie36 said:

To be calling our most successful manager of all time “uncle Fester” is pretty disrespectful imo.

To me his one minor failing is that he’s not really an attack minded manager. His teams are built from back to front and he places more importance on not conceding/losing than on playing swashbuckling attacking football. Just look at some of the strikers he’s signed since he’s been in charge - Doolan, Spence, Donnelly, Hilson, Ford etc. His loans have been decent though, either through luck or judgement.

I would like to see us appoint a dedicated strike coach - perhaps a role for Gavin Swankie?

Extremely disrespectful and just strange to be honest 

 

And for all this chat... we were also top goal scorers in the whole league 

 

Our back 4 and keeper is what the team has and always has been built off. Why keeping Liam Henderson and getting someone in like Cammy Ballantyne could be so important going forward 

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2 hours ago, Lichteeeeee said:

You cant beat uncle Dick wanting 5 strikers for one position.

I mean, i keep being told, we cant argue with his track record ( which of course is true )

But yeah 5 strikers, one position is excessive, especially when he doesnt rotate.

We threw this away, how he wins manager of the year is just down to how bad the league is, we have the pick of the best part timers in the country, dominate the league, and old uncle fester wont change it up.

Dont change a winning team i hear you moan, we were not winning, we were throwing points away all over the place.

Guys sat on a bench and have little to no chance of coming on, poor b*****ds moved up here aswell

 

Where to start with this absolute mess of a post.  I trust Dick completely with the squad and any additions he makes, he knows the leagues and our club inside out now. A large part of his recruitment has been spot on as we moved up the leagues and see no reason why this wont continue this year. Uncle Fester stuff is absolutely pathetic in all honesty. We have played with 2 stirkers in 90% of games also not 1 position. 

Top scorers in the league and one of the only teams to play 2 strikers and wingers so not sure how more attacking we couldve been, I actually think Dick at times could've been more pragmatic and defensive minded in certain games, certainly dont think we could ever have been looked upon as a defensive team in any way shape or form.

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The uncle fester comment actually pissed me off to be honest. What a way to speak about the guy who’s been nothing but brilliant for the club and a gentleman to everyone in and around the place. Taken the club so far and been a great ambassador for the club. Talking about him like that when you’re a fan of the club is strange 

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You cant beat uncle Dick wanting 5 strikers for one position.
I mean, i keep being told, we cant argue with his track record ( which of course is true )
But yeah 5 strikers, one position is excessive, especially when he doesnt rotate.
We threw this away, how he wins manager of the year is just down to how bad the league is, we have the pick of the best part timers in the country, dominate the league, and old uncle fester wont change it up.
Dont change a winning team i hear you moan, we were not winning, we were throwing points away all over the place.
Guys sat on a bench and have little to no chance of coming on, poor b*****ds moved up here aswell
 

Seriously? Are you saying we’d have won the league playing Ford and Bakare more?

Dick is a terrific manager and our results have been outstanding. His “weaknesses” are he’s quite defensive (so Bobby gets few minutes because he has no defensive side) and he is over-loyal to established players (eg he could have tried Henderson at left back and he persists with Donnelly). But his strengths are a very solid defence and a strong group who will play for each other and for him. Two sides of the same coin. They have been the basis of our success.
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Seeing more and more rumours about Nicky Low coming to Morton. We all know he's a Morton fan, lives in Greenock and he's been in the local rag recently saying he wants to play for us at some point.

Question is, would Arbroath allow him to leave mid contract for the chance of a full time deal at his local club or would they expect a decent transfer fee for him?

Certainly seems to be something in it.

 

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3 minutes ago, madton said:

Seeing more and more rumours about Nicky Low coming to Morton. We all know he's a Morton fan, lives in Greenock and he's been in the local rag recently saying he wants to play for us at some point.

Question is, would Arbroath allow him to leave mid contract for the chance of a full time deal at his local club or would they expect a decent transfer fee for him?

Certainly seems to be something in it.

 

Think it depends on us getting a replacement for him. Charlie Adam perhaps. But I think we would be doing our best to keep him atleast for this season if we couldn’t find a suitable replacement or never got a fee. I did see he was struggling with the travelling

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30 minutes ago, Smokerson said:

Decent fee and wouldn’t stand in his way of going back full time. Heard Henderson is away to Falkirk. 

That’s ashame, he’ll be a great signing for them

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Decent fee and wouldn’t stand in his way of going back full time. Heard Henderson is away to Falkirk. 

Would be very disappointed to lose him but silver lining would be no more of him at left mid. Strange he was only signed on a years deal if it’s a free transfer
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We struggled for seasons with a lack of left sided players then had a surfeit of them with Hammy, Low and Henderson. Nobody can grudge players going full time if that’s their preference.

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1 minute ago, timlichtie said:

We struggled for seasons with a lack of left sided players then had a surfeit of them with Hammy, Low and Henderson. Nobody can grudge players going full time if that’s their preference.

Low more because he’s a Morton fan and struggling with the travelling and Henderson is too good to be sitting on the bench at his age. Ricky and Tam too good 

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Going by Nareys Toepoker 26/42 clubs have given updates on players. Obviously we will be a bit behind after having to deal with the play offs but I imagine we will hear something this week. 

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