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I'm not really getting this talk about extra pressure being on Pollok, or McInally's job being under threat just because they've signed some good players. It all sounds like wishful thinking from the haters. 

Pollok are in the enviable position of being able to invest in taking the team to the next level. Part of protecting that investment isn't just overhauling the team and management if they don't bring in the big silverware next May and there's little to suggest that's what they would do unless this season is a disaster. 

McInally has displayed an ability to implement steady progress throughout his time at Pollok. They've never made spectacular strides in his time there but he's generally been slow and steady. Nobody is going to be more aware of this than the folk putting the cash in so I'd be astonished if his job depends on bagging a big cup. 

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1 hour ago, Shanner said:

I'm not really getting this talk about extra pressure being on Pollok, or McInally's job being under threat just because they've signed some good players. It all sounds like wishful thinking from the haters. 

Pollok are in the enviable position of being able to invest in taking the team to the next level. Part of protecting that investment isn't just overhauling the team and management if they don't bring in the big silverware next May and there's little to suggest that's what they would do unless this season is a disaster. 

McInally has displayed an ability to implement steady progress throughout his time at Pollok. They've never made spectacular strides in his time there but he's generally been slow and steady. Nobody is going to be more aware of this than the folk putting the cash in so I'd be astonished if his job depends on bagging a big cup. 

In the 3 full seasons Tony has been at the club he has won

in first season super first and ET

second season - league cup

third season - WoS cup

Add in our first appearance in the Scottish final for 20 years and I doubt there is any other manager except Sloan who has won more in that time. 

I agree it's been a steady climb, and the main thing that is missing is a push at the league title, which hopefully is the next step this season.

Last season many Pollok supporters, including myself, were critical of the way we were playing, favourites getting played and the lack of depth in the squad.

these things seem to have been addressed in how we have recruited this summer, so it's obvious that that Tony and the rest of his team recognised what was needed to make the next step, it's just now delivering that. I do think he will feel pressure, but that isn't to do with the signing policy, just the pressure of being the manager of a football club. 

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57 minutes ago, Bankie2015 said:

Lol.. 

 

3 hours ago, fan of the juniors said:


Able to give Meikle a better deal than we could at Ladeside I know that

The money man from meadow as you put it is not in anyway involved at Cambuslang. The club have arranged several fundraising activities and several businesses are helping the club out . We are lucky that a lot of people are helping us and hopefully we can continue to go from strength to strength.

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1 hour ago, superpollok said:

In the 3 full seasons Tony has been at the club he has won

in first season super first and ET

second season - league cup

third season - WoS cup

Add in our first appearance in the Scottish final for 20 years and I doubt there is any other manager except Sloan who has won more in that time. 

I agree it's been a steady climb, and the main thing that is missing is a push at the league title, which hopefully is the next step this season.

Last season many Pollok supporters, including myself, were critical of the way we were playing, favourites getting played and the lack of depth in the squad.

these things seem to have been addressed in how we have recruited this summer, so it's obvious that that Tony and the rest of his team recognised what was needed to make the next step, it's just now delivering that. I do think he will feel pressure, but that isn't to do with the signing policy, just the pressure of being the manager of a football club. 

Would've said that Glenafton eclipsed that last season alone ... but it's not too shabby

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Massive pressure on Pollok. My long time Pollok supporting work mate commented by the end of this season it will be ten years since they won the top league and twenty years since last won Scottish. That's a massive amount of time for Pollok to have went without winning one of the big two, almost unthinkable not so long ago. Along with Talbot, and one or two other teams that's unacceptable at that club his thoughts and one many will agree with including me.

 

Everything else is secondary, great for most other teams but being one of leading lights in junior football for the last forty years everything is looked in a totally different light.

It's clear as day if they don't win either league or scottish that it, can't do anymore and would be time for someone else to have a go his thoughts and one again i could not disagree with.

I've stuck a good chunk of money on Pollok to win league and double, I do hope I'm wrong just can't see past it!

 

 

 

 

 

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Massive pressure on Pollok...


You're like a cracked record now, Brian. We get it that you don't like Tony McInally and that you think that Pollok are a real threat to Rob Roy this season, so you're trying to constantly raise expectations to try and put some pressure on them. But it's a bit boring reading the same thing over and over.

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10 hours ago, geo 1909 said:

I heard pollok are getting their money from one of the guys who was involved at the medda, just look at the mess they were left in

 

Utter and complete nonsense. Lok have no "sugar daddy" ... Or mommy for that matter.

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3 hours ago, superpollok said:

In the 3 full seasons Tony has been at the club he has won

in first season super first and ET

second season - league cup

third season - WoS cup

Add in our first appearance in the Scottish final for 20 years and I doubt there is any other manager except Sloan who has won more in that time. 

I agree it's been a steady climb, and the main thing that is missing is a push at the league title, which hopefully is the next step this season.

Last season many Pollok supporters, including myself, were critical of the way we were playing, favourites getting played and the lack of depth in the squad.

these things seem to have been addressed in how we have recruited this summer, so it's obvious that that Tony and the rest of his team recognised what was needed to make the next step, it's just now delivering that. I do think he will feel pressure, but that isn't to do with the signing policy, just the pressure of being the manager of a football club. 

Pollok Juniors management job is one of the biggest in Junior football and always goes hand in hand with pressure.
From what I have seen it looks like Tony is doing a slow but fine job, building as he goes along.
incorporating the Pollok Soccer Academy was a great idea and will hopefully bring dividends for Pollok in the future.
The Pollok team last year, I personally thought, was slow paced but this new team looks younger and willing to attack constantly from all angles.

 

Would Tony get sacked if they don't win the league or Scottish, that's not for any of us to say but I do expect them to be in the latter stages of each competition.  Pollok committee and fans have shown faith in Tony and they see what his plans are in the team and their future and I think everyone is on the same page to let him continue for a few years yet, personally I totally agree with this. There is a plan in place to build a strong powerful unit right through the core and not just the first team but a unit that the whole community wants to be a part of.

Edited by Bestsinceslicebread
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1 hour ago, rednblack said:

Massive pressure on Pollok. My long time Pollok supporting work mate commented by the end of this season it will be ten years since they won the top league and twenty years since last won Scottish. That's a massive amount of time for Pollok to have went without winning one of the big two, almost unthinkable not so long ago. Along with Talbot, and one or two other teams that's unacceptable at that club his thoughts and one many will agree with including me.

 

Everything else is secondary, great for most other teams but being one of leading lights in junior football for the last forty years everything is looked in a totally different light.

It's clear as day if they don't win either league or scottish that it, can't do anymore and would be time for someone else to have a go his thoughts and one again i could not disagree with.

I've stuck a good chunk of money on Pollok to win league and double, I do hope I'm wrong just can't see past it!

 

 

 

 

 

You just keep telling yourself Tony is under pressure if it makes you happy. If we do manage to win the league and double you can give Cumbernauld Rob Roy some money to try get back to Kirky :) 

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22 hours ago, rednblack said:


Of course but most haven't done it to such a massive extent in one full go , 10 big signings in a short space of time is massive investment and massive pressure , always been big pressure at pollok but never more so than this season.
Will say one thing despite the big signings and how i expect them to win the league i don't this team will have the fear factor of Pollok teams from ten / twenty years ago . Will be interesting to see how it goes , if it gets to the point of naming people on the bench who aren't even in the country then the game really is a bogey with that squad emoji4.png

Games a bogey with the squad but on the other hand you think they will win the league? :blink:

 

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29 minutes ago, muller said:

Games a bogey with the squad but on the other hand you think they will win the league? :blink:

 

you're looking for sense and logic in the last place you're going to find it - the postings of R&B.

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The Pollok Board faced a huge task as Willie Irvine destroyed much of the club in his short and disastrous reign.It was a massive error of judgement in appointing him and it has taken years to rebuild things.The club and fans are totally behind Tony and recognise what he has already achieved.It takes time and patience and no-one is looking to chop and change as a knee jerk reaction just because he doesn't win major trophies in a short space of time because of new signings or otherwise.Much as supporters of other clubs want to put him under pressure the vast majority of Lok fans are delighted with what he has achieved and what the club is doing whether on or off the park from the ongoing affiliation with Pollok United,review of stadium possibilities,commercial backing or otherwise.Pollok are in a very strong place win,lose or draw on the park whether fans of other clubs like it or not.

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43 minutes ago, Lokloyal said:

The Pollok Board faced a huge task as Willie Irvine destroyed much of the club in his short and disastrous reign.It was a massive error of judgement in appointing him and it has taken years to rebuild things.The club and fans are totally behind Tony and recognise what he has already achieved.It takes time and patience and no-one is looking to chop and change as a knee jerk reaction just because he doesn't win major trophies in a short space of time because of new signings or otherwise.Much as supporters of other clubs want to put him under pressure the vast majority of Lok fans are delighted with what he has achieved and what the club is doing whether on or off the park from the ongoing affiliation with Pollok United,review of stadium possibilities,commercial backing or otherwise.Pollok are in a very strong place win,lose or draw on the park whether fans of other clubs like it or not.

Think without doubt if Pollok want to get back to the very top where they used to be then this way, in todays environment, I personally think is the best way.  The Committee and fans believe in a manager and coaching staff that they have appointed and are without doubt giving him time.  He has already produced trophies and has brought stability on and off the park as well as the committee.

I'm not privy to other on-going such as on and off the park in commercial etc.. but one thing for sure as a guy who played in junior football and knows what expected at that level, I for one know with the connection with Pollok Soccer Academy, Sena will not be the last Youth to make the Junior grade at a young level.

 

Regards Willie Irvine, don't know him or the story but I take it he was at the helm when Pollok went down or got rid of the social club ?
Still shake my head when I read all this happening to such a giant in the junior game.

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4 hours ago, classof2010 said:

There is 3 teams at least with just as good a squad as pollok. Talbot beith and the Glen's for sure

I would say Pollok have a squad now as good as at least 3 other teams, Talbot, Beith and the Glens.
These 3 squads and more have been strong for a number of years, Pollok's hasn't, well indepth, that's for sure.

Lets all hope this makes out for a great league and games and pure excitement.
Oh and I think Kilbirnie are moving along under the radar and haven't heard much about Hurlford either so all fun at the fair.

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I would say Pollok have a squad now as good as at least 3 other teams, Talbot, Beith and the Glens.
These 3 squads and more have been strong for a number of years, Pollok's hasn't, well indepth, that's for sure.
Lets all hope this makes out for a great league and games and pure excitment

I said the 4 clubs had strong squads pollok got to hit ground running with so many new faces the others still have nucleus of first 11 from last few years and in Talbot and beiths case the new additions look to have made them stronger never write of Talbot they might have lost 4 good players but they have made some very good signings to replace them I'm looking forward to seeing beiths middle to forward this season mckenna n milliken added to what is already there makes me confident of a good season I've not mentioned hurlford but I do expect them to be in there this season

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