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I think Grant Gallagher was not a bad midfielder at times,good side to side passer of the ball with the odd dangerous pass,Hope he comes back from injury and kicks on wherever he goes

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Surprised at Wilkie, disappointed at O’Neill.
O'Neill was showing some great promise under Murray, a great shame. Also surprised at Wilkie he looked handy and could've done a job off the bench.

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1 hour ago, Ross Forbes said:

Has he been injured since February or just dropped? I noticed he hasn't played since then.

Injured himself with a very bad foul on Bobby Linn in stopping a counter attack. Got a yellow card ( could have been Red) . he went off after treatment, tried to com back on and folded. He has been out ever since. Given his career injuries it was another blow for him . He had a competent season but no real creativity. One good goal at Stranraer and a howler pass back to give Brechin the win after one of the best and worst  "Park the Bus" I have ever seen. Not surprised he has gone

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Don't disagree with most of them. Disappointed O'Neil is leaving though. But I suppose there's not much we can do if we offer him a contract and he doesn't want to sign. He was a good player but isn't irreplaceable. Likewise with Wilkie. Our best midfielder last season on his day and when he played well and we played through him the team as a whole generally played well. I had a few concerns though about signing him for next season. Firstly he tended to fade out of games really badly and quite quickly. And once he did that you were practically playing with a man down. He also picked up knocks quite frequently. Given that Conroy is signed for next season (and might not be released as a result) I'm not convinced I'd want to go into another season with Wilkie and Conroy ostensibly our options at #10. Think we need somebody much more reliable in there that's going to be able to play every week. 

A bit surprised Scott Gallacher and Kieran Millar was not on that list. 

Would expect/hope we'll maybe get some news on our players signed for next season and whether or not we are able to move some of them on. Really can't see Page or Victoria being here next season and maybe Robertson too. I suppose since they have contracts it will take longer to sort out the contract formalities and hopefully some pay-offs...

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41 minutes ago, Diamond8 said:
43 minutes ago, stuartcraig said:


Surprised at Wilkie, disappointed at O’Neill.

O'Neill was showing some great promise under Murray, a great shame. Also surprised at Wilkie he looked handy and could've done a job off the bench.

I wonder if O'Neil would not go FT? Wilkie had style but injury prone and few 90 minutes.  Still more negotiating going on with the 2 yr guys? 

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Apparently looking to reduce the part-time wages in order to free up money for the full-time wages.

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10 minutes ago, Chapelhall chap said:

I wonder if O'Neil would not go FT? Wilkie had style but injury prone and few 90 minutes.  Still more negotiating going on with the 2 yr guys? 

His maw (presumably) was on the Facebook group saying it was too low a deal for him to accept. 

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Injured himself with a very bad foul on Bobby Linn in stopping a counter attack. Got a yellow card ( could have been Red) . he went off after treatment, tried to com back on and folded. He has been out ever since. Given his career injuries it was another blow for him . He had a competent season but no real creativity. One good goal at Stranraer and a howler pass back to give Brechin the win after one of the best and worst  "Park the Bus" I have ever seen. Not surprised he has gone

When he signed for us his game was all about physicality. He had a tremendous engine on him, and was aggressive and powerful. Two serious injuries later and he was a a technically pretty average player who lacked what had made him such a success at Stranraer.

I’d be delighted to see us make moves for O’Neill and, especially, Kyle Wilkie. Always been a fan of his.

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1 minute ago, Ross Forbes said:


When he signed for us his game was all about physicality. He had a tremendous engine on him, and was aggressive and powerful. Two serious injuries later and he was a a technically pretty average player who lacked what had made him such a success at Stranraer.

I’d be delighted to see us make moves for O’Neill and, especially, Kyle Wilkie. Always been a fan of his.

Chris was very good in a back three for the 2nd half of season but he could do a job for you at RB in a back four since Ballantyne has gone.  Wilkie is a clever footballer but he needs to be nursed.  Assuming you pay quite good PT wages then it could be on.  

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Chris was very good in a back three for the 2nd half of season but he could do a job for you at RB in a back four since Ballantyne has gone.  Wilkie is a clever footballer but he needs to be nursed.  Assuming you pay quite good PT wages then it could be on.  

We’ve seen this season how vital having solid full-backs can be, and upgrading from Willie Dyer to David Ferguson (albeit with Ballantyne swapping sides) played a massive role in saving our season. O’Neill would be a nice solid replacement for Ballantyne, and is a guy who has more than proven himself as a good League One player.

Wilkie always looks strikes me as the mercurial type, but given Duffy’s got loads out of most of our attackers he seems like a guy who would do well under him. I’ve no idea if we’re in a position to be good money or not - but I’d hope we at least show a bit of interest in both players!

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Personally do not understand the furore over O Neil he was steady enough, but that calibre of player has made Airdrie a consistent league 1 side,   The directors want better,  what's left of the fans demand the return of the glory days.  Better quality players is the only answer for the club to progress.   Next season is pivotal (say it every season). Falkirk , possibly Raith and QOS and the rise of the Angus teams could make the campaign perilous,    Massive summer ahead.........onwards and upwards as the guvnor used to say.

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2 hours ago, AFC1878 said:

Apparently looking to reduce the part-time wages in order to free up money for the full-time wages.

According to Facebook the boy was gutted with what he was offered.

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8 hours ago, Passionate said:

Personally do not understand the furore over O Neil he was steady enough, but that calibre of player has made Airdrie a consistent league 1 side,   The directors want better,  what's left of the fans demand the return of the glory days.  Better quality players is the only answer for the club to progress.   Next season is pivotal (say it every season). Falkirk , possibly Raith and QOS and the rise of the Angus teams could make the campaign perilous,    Massive summer ahead.........onwards and upwards as the guvnor used to say.

A few people using the word "disappointed" == "furore".

I disagree with your point though.  I'm sure that O'Neill has his flaws, like just about every other player at this level, but it certainly wasn't his lack of ability or commitment that was responsible for our failure to achieve the targets set at the start of this season.

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9 hours ago, Passionate said:

Personally do not understand the furore over O Neil he was steady enough, but that calibre of player has made Airdrie a consistent league 1 side,   The directors want better,  what's left of the fans demand the return of the glory days.  Better quality players is the only answer for the club to progress.   Next season is pivotal (say it every season). Falkirk , possibly Raith and QOS and the rise of the Angus teams could make the campaign perilous,    Massive summer ahead.........onwards and upwards as the guvnor used to say.

Slight hyperbole there mate.

 

I've been on record as saying that we were so bad that we can't get too upset about anyone going as we really need to improve.

 

But I kinda expected the poorer guys to go first. O'Neil, Wilkie, Gallagher would not have been my first three picks to go 

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7 hours ago, Nipper said:

According to Facebook the boy was gutted with what he was offered.

Chasing away young raw talent is the Airdrie way right now under this board.He was offered next to nothing to stay,the laddie deserved more.We have a tough league again to try and get out of,so let's hope and pray this 'hybrid ' this works.Also heard Hutts has been offered a better deal away from us,if I was the board I'd be busting a gut to keep him.

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I think it’s too early to jump to conclusions. I was surprised at O’Neill leaving but maybe there’s someone better lined up. There will also be negotiations to get rid of some of the players who still have contracts. Then we need to sign new players. Only then should we’ve in a position to take a view as to where we’re placed.

I have to admit that I’m no great admirer of the manager but I’m sure he’s working to a plan.

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9 minutes ago, waysider said:

I was surprised at O’Neill leaving but maybe there’s someone better lined up.

And if there isn't we'll at least have lots of fuel for the bitter recrimination that will run for the rest of the season.

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