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21 minutes ago, Bring Back Paddy Flannery said:

So they will require repayment in the long term? That really doesn’t look all that great. I’ve nothing against Cove or how they want to go about their business but I wish Joe Bloggs could identify the difference between being ambitious and not being self sufficient. You see folk all over Twitter slating clubs who live within their means whilst praising the likes of Kelty, Darvel, Cove and East Kilbride for being ‘ambitious’. 

I'd imagine that's just legal speak for they'll be written off in the long term.

This is one of the criticisms I have of the pyramid. Cove is possibly an exception because of its proximity to Aberdeen. I've often heard "we have too many football clubs for our population compared to England." It's true there is a limit to how many clubs Scottish football can competitively sustain.

So if these clubs begin to dominate the pyramid and crowd out of the market the teams who are relatively sustainable, and then say another financial crisis blindsides everyone. We're going to see a few more Gretna's and noone to replace them meaning an overall weakening of the game in Scotland.

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1 minute ago, LeodhasXD said:

I'd imagine that's just legal speak for they'll be written off in the long term.

This is one of the criticisms I have of the pyramid. Cove is possibly an exception because of its proximity to Aberdeen. I've often heard "we have too many football clubs for our population compared to England." It's true there is a limit to how many clubs Scottish football can competitively sustain.

So if these clubs begin to dominate the pyramid and crowd out of the market the teams who are relatively sustainable, and then say another financial crisis blindsides everyone. We're going to see a few more Gretna's and noone to replace them meaning an overall weakening of the game in Scotland.

Yeah we're far better off giving 500k of government cash to part time clubs who have three figure average gates.

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13 hours ago, starryfish said:

 

I'd imagine those figures would be similar for some of the top spending teams in the Highland League, like Brora and now Rothes, soft loans that will never be repaid.

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Laughable if this means Gourlay starts again and Stuart McKenzie is frozen out even though he's BY FAR the better keeper.

Couldn't care less what Gourlay thinks. He should be benched.

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9 minutes ago, CoveRangers1922 said:

Broque on his way out on a season long loan. Can we ship Gourlay and Draper out too 🤔. Must be a HL/LL side willing to take a chance.

Think about how bad they'll be in another year. Draper at least. Gourlay's still young enough to come good somwhere.

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26 minutes ago, LeodhasXD said:

Think about how bad they'll be in another year. Draper at least. Gourlay's still young enough to come good somwhere.

You're right Draper now is awful, in a year will be completely immobile. We have him on a 3 year deal 😬. Saving grace is I don't think he'll get much game time with Fyvie, Vigurs and Scully in the middle.

Gourlay is only 22. He's got a lot of time to improve, might need it!

 

 

 

 

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Derek Soutar our new goalkeeping coach,who has a previous relationship with Gourlay it turns out, has been quoted in the local paper today saying Gourlay has been in good form. He and I must have different standards. Hate to think what his bad form is like.

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/sport/football/cove-rangers/3415999/derek-soutar-grasping-chance-to-be-part-of-cove-rangers-spfl-journey/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&amp&__twitter_impression=true

Darren Young at Balmoral was telling his strikers to target Gourlay. Sure other managers are doing the same. Clear for all to see he's a weakeness. Recent Cove poll put Ray Charles ahead of Gourlay.

 

I close my eyes in fear of what's going to happen next whenever the ball goes near him and I think he does the same to be honest!

 

Terrible management selecting Gourlay over McKenzie. Latter I don't see a way into the team.

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5 hours ago, CoveRangers1922 said:

Derek Soutar our new goalkeeping coach,who has a previous relationship with Gourlay it turns out, has been quoted in the local paper today saying Gourlay has been in good form. He and I must have different standards. Hate to think what his bad form is like.

 

Perhaps Soutar has been training Gourlay up by showing him videos of his own performance between the sticks for the Dons at Hampden in 2008...  

[Shudder]

 

 

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7 minutes ago, resk said:

Perhaps Soutar has been training Gourlay up by showing him videos of his own performance between the sticks for the Dons at Hampden in 2008...  

[Shudder]

 

 

Was that the day that the Dons conceded 4 to QoS in the semis? Had one foot in the final. Surely Soutar and Hartley know between themselves that Gourlay is a bombscare.

Any more young Dons get loaned out before Window closes you reckon? Saw Luke Turner is away for the season. Ruth perhaps now Samuel is in? Not sure if he'd be what we need alongside Mitch.

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1 hour ago, CoveRangers1922 said:

Was that the day that the Dons conceded 4 to QoS in the semis? Had one foot in the final. Surely Soutar and Hartley know between themselves that Gourlay is a bombscare.

Any more young Dons get loaned out before Window closes you reckon? Saw Luke Turner is away for the season. Ruth perhaps now Samuel is in? Not sure if he'd be what we need alongside Mitch.

It was.  Soutar was in nets for us after Tangoman in his infinite wisdom had benched Clangers.  Horrific day.  

I don't really have much of an angle on the young Dons I'm afraid.  Looking at Ruth's record on loan elsewhere, I agree it's difficult to see him bringing much to Cove up front.  

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2 bullet sized holes in our feet yet again. Vigurs needs told to not f*ck about outside his own box. Wants far too much time on the ball in dangerous areas.

Gourlay OUT NOW

 

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Piss poor performance today. Yes key players out and that meant our dross replacements started. 

Hartley brought in "experience" to toughen us up and stop conceding soft goals and actually we're FAR more prone to it than ever before. 2-0 down from nothing and it was an uphill battle we never looked likely to come back from. 

Severely lacking a creative number 10 and pace in the middle of park.

Mitch was getting dragged out wide and deep. He missed a golden chance in the last 5 minutes from no more than 6 yards with no pressure, could have got a perhaps deserving point but sadly not to be.  

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Hartley interview. Looks dejected after yet another horror show at the back. 

https://youtu.be/mBP5BFd8jv0

Our best XI are a match for any in this league but another season whereby our depth isn't nearly good enough and that comes down to his poor recruitment.

We have September to bring in some loans and that will make or break our season. If they are astute and targeted for what we need then we could push towards the top otherwise we'll be floating around the lower end of the playoff spots and probably cut adrift from the top 1 or 2

Leitch (Broque v2)

Jevan Anderson

Morgyn Neill

Ross Draper

Kyle Gourlay

Above 5 are all terrible signings made this summer who are relegation end of L1 players. I'm already completely disinterested in all of them.

Throw in Leighton who hasn't exactly set the heather alight makes 6 poor choices / subs and you can't have that baggage and expect to be a title threat.

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I've seen twice in the last week Aberdeen's Twitter calling the city a 'one team city'. Quite disrespectful IMO.

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10 hours ago, CoveRangers1922 said:

Hartley interview. Looks dejected after yet another horror show at the back. 

https://youtu.be/mBP5BFd8jv0

Our best XI are a match for any in this league but another season whereby our depth isn't nearly good enough and that comes down to his poor recruitment.

We have September to bring in some loans and that will make or break our season. If they are astute and targeted for what we need then we could push towards the top otherwise we'll be floating around the lower end of the playoff spots and probably cut adrift from the top 1 or 2

Leitch (Broque v2)

Jevan Anderson

Morgyn Neill

Ross Draper

Kyle Gourlay

Above 5 are all terrible signings made this summer who are relegation end of L1 players. I'm already completely disinterested in all of them.

Throw in Leighton who hasn't exactly set the heather alight makes 6 poor choices / subs and you can't have that baggage and expect to be a title threat.

The problem with a couple of those signings is they are on 3 year deals..Those players aint going anywhere. Was really impressed with Cove last season. But signings have been strange so far..all the best for this season.

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9 minutes ago, IR1970 said:

The problem with a couple of those signings is they are on 3 year deals..Those players aint going anywhere. Was really impressed with Cove last season. But signings have been strange so far..all the best for this season.

Exactly, Draper and Neill both 3 year deals and Gourlay and Leitch 2 year deals. Jevan is 1 year with option of a further 1 year.

We still have all our players from last year so our first and best XI is still strong but it's fielding them consistently that seems to be the problem (pandemic not helping but affecting all clubs).

Vigurs and Shay Logan should be decent signings / additions to what we have already.

Issue is poor recruitment and therefore poor depth again. Partick last season, particularly near the end had very good depth and it showed.

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3 hours ago, TheScarf said:

I've seen twice in the last week Aberdeen's Twitter calling the city a 'one team city'. Quite disrespectful IMO.

Yeah that's fairly disrespectful imo too. Perhaps if we ever got to the Championship they might change their tune.

Btw nice 4 wins on the bounce along with 4 clean sheets 👌

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Large tranches of the media still haven't worked out where Edinburgh City play yet.

That said, you would expect Aberdeen to know about Cove.

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