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Delighted with this, and hope McCall has what it takes to turn us around.  God knows we need someone in charge who can command the players' respect, and who (more importantly) is capable of organising them into an actual team, and motivating them.  The previous incumbent couldn't manage any of those things.

Not sure what Archibald brings to the table (it certainly isn't recruitment skills or instilling robustness into a team so that they can see out the last 5 minutes when ahead), but if McCall wants him there then fair enough. 

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Thistle as f**k.

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Loving Archie being back. 700 games as player and manager.
Anymore shite from Bannigan and he'll be getting launched over the Northy.

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1 minute ago, Cerberus said:

Thistle as f**k.

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Loving Archie being back. 700 games as player and manager.
Anymore shite from Bannigan and he'll be getting launched over the Northy.

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Can someone lip read this please. It appears magnificent.

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19 hours ago, Hammer Jag said:

Absolutely fantastic news, delighted. 

This will sound patronising, I can assure you it isn’t meant to, but I genuinely feel gutted for Ayr. I know how I felt when Utd came in for McNamara, yet it ended up being a blessing in disguise. No reason why this cannot be the case for Ayr.

This goes a long way to making up for the utterly devastating news that we were unable to procure the services of our number one target - Danny Lennon. *

*said no Thistle fan, ever.

Wrong again. There are some fuds on P&B but you always out do them. Trot on about 4 posts and have a word with Nightmare about sticking to the ‘official line’. 

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4 minutes ago, SouthLanarkshireWhite said:

Wrong again. There are some fuds on P&B but you always out do them. Trot on about 4 posts and have a word with Nightmare about sticking to the ‘official line’. 

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There's, of course, no guarantees with any appointment and the new management team certainly have quite the challenge on their hands but that's as good an appointment that we could realistically have made. The Club have done well here. 

When he was appointed previously McCall talked about a five year plan. I hope he doesn't talk in those kind of specifics this time around but it is worth noting that he was only one year out in terms of Thistle winning promotion. By then though he had moved on but he laid the foundations and but for some hugely challenging financial problems he might even have got us there sooner and under his own tenure. We were ahead of the game when we had to sell Harkins and Twaddle and a little further down the line Buchanan. 

He's got a really shrewd eye for a player. Has excellent man management skills and has a good track record in giving young players an opportunity. He ticks a lot of boxes for us. 

If there is a weakness (and it is a big If and a small Weakness) then it is on the coaching side. Which is why he has always surrounded himself with good coaches. Respected not just as coaches but as people as well. I don't know much about Scally but Archibald certainly fits the bill that regard. 

It's an unifying appointment as well and goodness we need some of that. 

Thursday's AGM will be interesting. This appointment makes me think, one way or another, things have moved re the takeover. 

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11 minutes ago, SouthLanarkshireWhite said:

Wrong again. There are some fuds on P&B but you always out do them. Trot on about 4 posts and have a word with Nightmare about sticking to the ‘official line’. 

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Jog on now... 

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16 minutes ago, SouthLanarkshireWhite said:

Wrong again. There are some fuds on P&B but you always out do them. Trot on about 4 posts and have a word with Nightmare about sticking to the ‘official line’. 

No one wants your shite manager m8.

 

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23 minutes ago, SouthLanarkshireWhite said:

Wrong again. There are some fuds on P&B but you always out do them. Trot on about 4 posts and have a word with Nightmare about sticking to the ‘official line’. 

The official line is that Ian McCall was on our shortlist (likely as #1) and we’ve got him...

I have no problem with that either; I was basing my preference for Lennon on the fact that McCall has had his chance and Lennon hasn’t. As I said numerous times, though, was happy with either one of them as our manager.

And I get it - you’re taking the ‘said no Thistle fan ever’ line literally. If you start doing that on P&B you’re gonna be sitting here all night quoting old posts, tbh. Best to wind it in.

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Imagine telling a Partick Thistle fan 4 or 5 years ago that Ian McCall would be back as manager and they'd be chuffed with it.

All the revisionism in the world won't change that fact you'd all have been appalled.

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6 minutes ago, Poet of the Macabre said:

Imagine telling a Partick Thistle fan 4 or 5 years ago that Ian McCall would be back as manager and they'd be chuffed with it.

All the revisionism in the world won't change that fact you'd all have been appalled.

I genuinely don’t think this is correct.

I think we’d be disappointed that we’d gone backwards as a club such that we were having to make those kinds of choices in the second tier, but I don't think the fans would have been “appalled” at the notion that one day we’d be back in the second tier, one day McCall would conquer his demons and one day the timing would be right for another rebuilding exercise.

I think we probably would have been very underwhelmed if he came back following, say, the sacking or otherwise departure of Archie while we were in the Premiership.

The unlikelihood of McCall coming back to Thistle was always about his relationship with the board and the manner of his departure, rather than his potential as a manager.

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Imagine telling a Partick Thistle fan 4 or 5 years ago that Ian McCall would be back as manager and they'd be chuffed with it.
All the revisionism in the world won't change that fact you'd all have been appalled.


McCall’s stock is a lot higher and ours is a lot lower. If you were to have told me 4 or 5 years ago that McCall would’ve done a good job with Ayr and we’d be struggling in the second tier I would’ve believed it tbh.

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29 minutes ago, Poet of the Macabre said:

Imagine telling a Partick Thistle fan 4 or 5 years ago that Ian McCall would be back as manager and they'd be chuffed with it.

All the revisionism in the world won't change that fact you'd all have been appalled.

Dunfermline went from top flight to 7th place in League One in the space of 3 years. And of course there were mitigating financial circumstances around that, but it’s really not surprising for the fortunes of a team in Scottish football to change drastically in a period of 5 years.

United from Europe to relegated. Killie from continual relegation fodder to 3rd place. Etc.

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Crash helmet on..........

Genuinely don’t get this Archibald love in. Yes, he got us promoted and kept us up. But his last 18 months in the post seem to have been erased from a lot of people’s memories. He got us relegated and the last squad he built was an absolute shower of shite hence why he was sacked. A bit like someone knocking down a building and then returning to the scene a year later offering to rebuild it.

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34 minutes ago, Poet of the Macabre said:

Imagine telling a Partick Thistle fan 4 or 5 years ago that Ian McCall would be back as manager and they'd be chuffed with it.

All the revisionism in the world won't change that fact you'd all have been appalled.

Horseshit^^^

McCall began the process of removing us from the laughing stock file 1st time around and I always respected the job he did. 

Surprised maybe, never appalled 

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38 minutes ago, Poet of the Macabre said:

Imagine telling a Partick Thistle fan 4 or 5 years ago that Ian McCall would be back as manager and they'd be chuffed with it.

All the revisionism in the world won't change that fact you'd all have been appalled.

Nonsense. McCall is widely credited for laying the foundations of one of our most successful periods.  I was disappointed when he left and I'm delighted he's back. 

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1 hour ago, Nightmare said:

The official line is that Ian McCall was on our shortlist (likely as #1) and we’ve got him...

I have no problem with that either; I was basing my preference for Lennon on the fact that McCall has had his chance and Lennon hasn’t. As I said numerous times, though, was happy with either one of them as our manager.

And I get it - you’re taking the ‘said no Thistle fan ever’ line literally. If you start doing that on P&B you’re gonna be sitting here all night quoting old posts, tbh. Best to wind it in.

Literally. That I did. It is important to point out lies every now and again. I will leave you to celebrate now.

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