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1 hour ago, Diamond10 said:

Players aside imagine an assistant manager must be high up on the priorities.

Expect the assistant manager to have two roles at the club that’s all I’m saying!

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5 hours ago, airdrieman said:

Definitely agree about the need for another striker. I know there will be a lot of pressure and expectation on Thomas Robert to score and create goals but, at the moment, Gallagher is our only forward who has consistently scored goals at this level. Don't even think we necessarily need a 20 goal+ man (though wouldn't say no to one!). Somebody like Leighton McIntosh (though obviously not him haha) who'll be guaranteed to score 10-15 goals coming off the bench would be grand. 

In an ideal world, and as much as I like him, I'd prefer Callum Gallagher to be the "goals from the bench" player.

I do like Gallagher, but his run timing and touch can sometimes let him down, but he is always guaranteed to fashion a chance himself or be in the right place at the right time to nick a goal, but he does struggle to stay in the game for a full 90

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2 minutes ago, Stevo1968 said:

Expect the assistant manager to have two roles at the club that’s all I’m saying!

Oh ho.

Player, assistant perhaps??

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What on earth is with the absolute flood of "in the know" smugness in the last couple of pages? You're acting like Falkirk fans lads!

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1 hour ago, Stevo1968 said:

Expect the assistant manager to have two roles at the club that’s all I’m saying!

Crighton player/assistant?

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12 minutes ago, GoalForAirdrie said:

Crighton player/assistant?

Funny I was thinking the same thing.

 

I think Sean was coaching at Hamilton last season but they have mothballed there setup i believe.......

 

On to the squad  there seems to be a level of disappointment on the new signing,   don't know a thing about the lad,  SM rated him and I'M would have clocked him playing with Aberdeen,  would imagine he is signed as cover,    what happens to Josh Kerr who was in out the defence last season,   wouldn't be surprised to see him deployed  as a defensive midfielder not sure how that would go, Kerr and McKay in the middle of the park could be a recipe for disaster, we definitely need a good midfield player who can mix it when required , a bit of 'dig etc,   to give young Robert and the likes a bit of protection, a side of the game we lacked especially against Raith last season.

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Maybe it’s just me, but we seem to be a bit heavy in terms of numbers in defence and up front - yet really light in midfield.

Don't get me wrong, I know that Burke and Walker are still young lads, but aside from them we have four centre backs and only two full backs. Given that Crighton and Fordyce played most games last season (and rightly so in my view, as they are our best defenders), it seems a bit excessive. I’d have thought we’d maybe want more cover in the full back positions.

In terms of strikers, again we have a couple of young lads there but five in all, which seems a lot given the financial climate we’re in. Yet I still feel we may be a player short in that area.

Given that we only really have one out and out centre mid (and even then, he’s more a utility player) I still think we need two players in that position. I’d feel better if we added a fourth ‘experienced’ winger to O’Reilly, Robert and Thomson too. 

Think what I’m trying to say is that I feel we’re four players short (full back, centre mid x2 and striker) but the squad already seems pretty big, so would be surprised if we got all that!

Pleased with most of the business the club has done and the team is definitely taking shape - with those positions I’ve suggested above filled, I think we’ll be there or there about at the top of the league, but I just hope we’re not over stretching ourselves financially by having a bulky squad!

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2 hours ago, Stevo1968 said:

Expect the assistant manager to have two roles at the club that’s all I’m saying!

Colin Cameron to return AND pull the boots back on. 

There's yer experienced ball winning centre mid, folks. Come to think of it, was also a dab hand at the forward pass anawl.

If it's good enough for Danny Lennon... 

 

 

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Expect the assistant manager to have two roles at the club that’s all I’m saying!

 

I had actually thought about Stephen Whittaker coming in after hearing he was looking to get into coaching and his hibs connection with Murray. But has since gone to Dunfermline .

Will be interesting to see who comes then .

 

Think sorting a CM with experience and more quality than last seasons is pivotal if they go with a CDM pairing of Kerr & McKay a creative forward thinking CAM is needed. Or if like has been mentioned on here carrick drops back an experienced CDM to sit with McKay is required.

 

As for goals I’m not so worried I think Gallagher and Carrick will get their fair share again and hopefully Roy and Robert can chip in too. I suppose that could be a problem if carrick goes back to midfield we may need another goal scoring forward if he won’t get as many from there.

 

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For me it has to be the signing of a proven goal scorer(s) in the Declan McManus mould.  I don't see the present strikers being able to provide the threat up front that we need to gain promotion. Gallagher will score his plus ten as always but I don't see Ally or Dale being prolific unfortunately. Just look at the sides over the past few seasons who have been promoted, they have all been able to call on a natural finisher who wins tight games for them i.e Bobby Linn (Arbroath).

The lack of goals from midfielders and defence last season was a major factor in our win ratio in evenly matched games. I would hope that our new midfield signings have goals in them.

The major plus side for me this season is starting with a quality settled defence who will only go on to improve. Just give us more threat up front and I'll be happy.

 

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55 minutes ago, Diamond72 said:

For me it has to be the signing of a proven goal scorer(s) in the Declan McManus mould.  I don't see the present strikers being able to provide the threat up front that we need to gain promotion. Gallagher will score his plus ten as always but I don't see Ally or Dale being prolific unfortunately. Just look at the sides over the past few seasons who have been promoted, they have all been able to call on a natural finisher who wins tight games for them i.e Bobby Linn (Arbroath).

The lack of goals from midfielders and defence last season was a major factor in our win ratio in evenly matched games. I would hope that our new midfield signings have goals in them.

The major plus side for me this season is starting with a quality settled defence who will only go on to improve. Just give us more threat up front and I'll be happy.

 

Agree , we are in a better than most though in the strikers dept, we have reasonable depth and decent enough though,   in all honesty there are not many options out there,  if someone can name me 5 strikers available who can get 15 to 20 goals, you will be doing g well.

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On the facebook page, someone is saying that these are the away and 3rd kit shirts

If so, absolutely tremendous. 

Airdrie away top.jpg

airdrie 3rd kit.jpg

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30 minutes ago, AndyDD said:

On the facebook page, someone is saying that these are the away and 3rd kit shirts

If so, absolutely tremendous. 

Airdrie away top.jpg

airdrie 3rd kit.jpg

I need to see the red one on something other than a red background before I judge.  Anyone have decent photoshop skills?

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8 minutes ago, DiamondJack85 said:

Saw those strips on twitter before, they are design concepts by some site called DesignFootball so not the actual strips.

 

... And that's why i'm glad I said 'someone is saying'. 

I'd like to take this opportunity to distance myself from this baseless internet rumour. 

Ahem. 

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If accurate, the white is classy: the red is a bit difficult to quite grasp: like the third as it is sort of T Shirt. I know we need sponsorship but I'd buy that one if it had no logo. Will just need to wait for the real start! 

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8 hours ago, Passionate said:

Agree , we are in a better than most though in the strikers dept, we have reasonable depth and decent enough though,   in all honesty there are not many options out there,  if someone can name me 5 strikers available who can get 15 to 20 goals, you will be doing g well.

8 hours ago, Passionate said:

Agree , we are in a better than most though in the strikers dept, we have reasonable depth and decent enough though,   in all honesty there are not many options out there,  if someone can name me 5 strikers available who can get 15 to 20 goals, you will be doing g 

The striker we sign will be from south of the border.

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2 hours ago, Ayr Diamond said:

The striker we sign will be from south of the border.

Airdrie striker Taylor Morgan wants to leave parting gift for ... ? 

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