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I’m not entirely sure what to think of that appointment if I’m honest. It just all feels a bit rushed when you had a bit of time to see who applied/was interested but I suppose your board will be wanting to retain as many as last season’s squad as quickly as possible. 

I’m wondering if Murray maybe recommended him or something.

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If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

 

Wasnt sure about the appointment initially but coming round to the idea. As has been said above McCabe’s experience, leadership and knowledge of the game is clear to see. 

Think the relationship between the fans and players is as strong as I can ever remember so I’m sure him and Dycey will get plenty of time.

Hopefully an experienced coach is coming in to help out along with Prunty staying.

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1 hour ago, cb_diamond said:

It's a bold one. Surely one of, if not the youngest manager ever in Scotland. But a class act and the kind of guy who can hopefully attract decent players.

Jamie McKenzie was Elgin manager for a couple of months when he was 25, but officially he was only a caretaker.

This is an extremely weird appointment on the face of it, but when it's this or some of the shite on the merry go round you're always likely to be happier with the left field gamble.

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23 minutes ago, KD1711 said:


Apparently Hutton is joining as a coach funnily enough.

Wonder if he’d make a return may as well add another player coach to the mix.

Hopefully it happens.

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19 minutes ago, Diamond1924 said:

Got a feeling Frizzel will be signing on

18 minutes ago, Aufc said:


Just saw that on twitter. Hoping it’s a good sign

So we lose Murray, Aggie and Dylan but keep Rhys, Dycey, Frizz and Smith plus add Ballantyne and more to come? I'll take that left field gamble right now thank you!

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Surely giving the job to someone already under contract has to be cheaper than making an external hire?

I'm sure McCabe is getting a salary bump in all this but no chance they've went all out behind a 29-year-old with zero managerial experience.

Its certainly different and maybe he'll turn out to be an inspired choice but seems a steep drop-off from Murray on the surface.

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11 minutes ago, Cardle is Magic said:

Surely giving the job to someone already under contract has to be cheaper than making an external hire?

I'm sure McCabe is getting a salary bump in all this but no chance they've went all out behind a 29-year-old with zero managerial experience.

Its certainly different and maybe he'll turn out to be an inspired choice but seems a steep drop-off from Murray on the surface.

It does seem a strange one in saying that he has shown tremendous leadership skills last season and has the minerals to be a manager, whether or not this set up will work time will tell,    It does seem like the cheap option unless the savings  have been put back into the budget to increase wages etc...

The main positives are he is current and has plenty contacts in the game..

 

Cammy Ballantyne is apparently a done deal. (Murray signing)

 

It continues to be a whirlwind time for the Airdrie support

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The first important thing is that Fordyce and McCabe have signed on again to play. If we'd lost them it would have been an entire rebuild for a new manager. For all the attention on the attacking players last season I always thought Fordyce was the one player we couldn't do without, he has held the defence together for a few seasons now. McCabe was also great and will be able to do a job in midfield and defence if needed.

From the management point of view it's a gamble, and we'll presumably need another coach because McCabe and Fordyce will be on the pitch. On and off the pitch McCabe has always seemed like a level-headed, calm and considered type of guy. None of that necessarily means he'll be a good manager but he seems to have the right characteristics. Recruitment is everything at this level so ultimately if he can attract some decent players and get them organised then he'll do fine. I think we had to move quickly to firstly keep the players that we want to keep, and secondly not be left behind with recruitment from elsewhere, so I'm glad it's sorted and hopefully everyone can put the play-off result behind us and look forward to the new season.

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22 minutes ago, Passionate said:

It does seem a strange one in saying that he has shown tremendous leadership skills last season and has the minerals to be a manager, whether or not this set up will work time will tell,    It does seem like the cheap option unless the savings  have been put back into the budget to increase wages etc...

The main positives are he is current and has plenty contacts in the game.

Is there any manager in senior football that doesn't have contacts in the game?

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That’s an extremely strange and bold appointment.

Personally I think you should’ve gone for someone with a proven track record of excellence.  Stevie Farrell, for instance.

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5 minutes ago, FifeSons said:

That’s an extremely strange and bold appointment.

Personally I think you should’ve gone for someone with a proven track record of excellence.  Stevie Farrell, for instance.

😂

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23 minutes ago, Cardle is Magic said:

Is there any manager in senior football that doesn't have contacts in the game?

Is there any manager in the game that's not a gamble? 

McCabe knows the style of football we played that worked well last season. He will also know what went wrong and tweak it a bit. Think the majority of fans are happy about it and time will tell. But I reckon he will bring in some decent players over the coming weeks and retain the best of what's still there. Can't ask for more than that. 

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