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Title: January Window...
Post by: shinglis on December 20, 2018, 08:17:25
As always, can't really focus on other teams but the January transfer window is going to be interesting to see how the teams add / amend the squads in attempts to improve. 

The biggest potential change will of course be will Dundee Utd under "new ownership: Dundee Utd - New Owner - Spending in Jan (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46613268)


As for Super Ayr. Time will tell if money talks and Shankland departs but to be honest, not sure where additional players required. Obviously if any players depart then replacements would be required, but given his current track record I actually have some faith in McCall to manage the squad during this up coming transfer window. 

The 2nd half of the season may be more challenging but I see no reason of not finishing in the top 4 and take our chances in the play offs. 



Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: Ian Boswell on December 20, 2018, 09:01:29
How about reckoning we'll hold on to our best players and aim to finish top? If we don't manage that it won't be a disaster but it surely should be our aim. Actually, it's every club's aim in a sense, in that you always want to win your next game. 
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: MonkeyHeid on December 20, 2018, 09:25:56
How about reckoning we'll hold on to our best players and aim to finish top? If we don't manage that it won't be a disaster but it surely should be our aim. Actually, it's every club's aim in a sense, in that you always want to win your next game.
Totally agree Ian.. no matter what happens teams will still take points of other teams and we can remain confident to continue our presence at the top of the table.  I guess given Ayr's history we are all waiting for the enviable collapse and dropping points. 
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: AYRSHIRE_ANGUS on December 20, 2018, 10:08:42
I'm not sure theres a conveyor belt of game changing players waiting to sign up for other clubs but we'll see soon enough.
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: Balloon Boy on December 20, 2018, 12:14:33
posted this elsewhere but its more relevant here:

I'd aslo expect Partick, Morton , Falkirk etc all to strengthen in the transfer window so it mayy be a whole lot tougher after Christmas........unless we strengthen ourseves, but i dont think we are weak in any positions really
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: TonyH on December 20, 2018, 12:58:34
In this week's AP McCall says Doherty and Ferguson's contracts are up in January but he wants to keep them both and keep the squad intact.
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: Balloon Boy on December 20, 2018, 14:59:42
oh thats good to hear, i heard feguson was outstanding for the reserves the other week, we've been lucky with injuries so far this season, long may it continue..
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: The real jolly on December 25, 2018, 09:52:40
Time some of the academy players came to the fore to help the cause.Players who have came through the system will surely go that extra bit for you whilst saving us money,surely that must be our short and long term plan
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: Troon on December 26, 2018, 11:52:11
Troll off jolly
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: The real jolly on December 26, 2018, 16:18:57
Yawn
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: ghostofjimmysmith on December 27, 2018, 20:46:43
In principle I agree with you Jolly but I think that circumstances, as they have done pretty much in all of Iain McCall's time at the club, preclude us using youngsters - this season we have potentially have our best shot at promotion to the top flight in 20 years - I would not want to risk that by giving the academy boys a game unless they are going to make a genuine difference. Who would you drop to give an academy player a game?

Last season we were in a promotion battle to the last day, season before relegation battle to the last day, before that promotion battle, before that relegation battle to avoid going down to League 2, season before that under Roberts we scraped into the play offs.

The one time we were never in the running for promotion/relegation in Roberts first season he gave lots of the youngsters a game - Crawford still playing for us and Forrest took his chance the following year.
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: The real jolly on December 27, 2018, 22:26:54
Not saying it's time to throw in youngsters but would it not be great if when we hit suspensions and injuries or players go off form if the fringe players who are there each day could step up to the plate instead of looking around for loans or rejects
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: MarkG2018 on December 28, 2018, 00:06:13
January signings tend to be about responding to opportunities rather than having specific strategies or named targets. Guys like Mark Kerr not getting a game at Falkirk or Stranraer struggling to pay Bell's wages. The other fertile area is bigger clubs looking to put youngsters out on loan....I'm sure McKenna and MacRorie both came in in January. The difference this season is where we are in the league. Premiership managers may want to give fringe players a taste of it. But our gaffer may be less keen to take a punt with so much at stake. I suppose the point I'm making is that it's about responding to opportunities that arise. Hopefully we'll get lucky.
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: ghostofjimmysmith on December 31, 2018, 11:06:32
Reading the match reports this weekend that is Falkirk, Partick, Dundee United, Dundee and St Mirren all going to have a clear out and bring players in - can't help thinking that they might find it easier to say than do as they will all probably be chasing the same players.

For us all about keeping what we have - I think the spark/composure that might have turned the last three draws into wins is in the squad just out injured (Adams, Geggan, Forrest, Kerr). We have the "experienced" cente half already sitting on the bench so I'm hoping for a non-eventful window.
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: TonyH on December 31, 2018, 19:27:28
I'll be happy if the squad stays exactly the same.
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: kb on January 01, 2019, 16:47:14
Spot on TonyH  we don't really need to go out in to the market
We have never been in this position that I can remember and says a lot about our squad
Mon Ayr !!!
All the best in 2019 to all our team, yes all you guys 😀😀 !!!!
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: weejoe on January 03, 2019, 10:07:45
Happy New Year guys. I donít see there being any changes in our squad in January. Maybe Ferguson going as he has not really featured this season. I believe Shankland will be here until the end of the season, but I hope McCall has a plan for a Shankland replacement for next season. Moff and Moore donít have the same understanding as Moff and Shankland.
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: shinglis on January 03, 2019, 13:29:17
Don't forget if not already you can buy the Seaside Sons Ayr United tune to help support the player budget.

Ayr united Song - Seaside Sons (https://seasidesons.bandcamp.com/)
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: titus on January 08, 2019, 01:48:40
Chris erskine,any truth in this rumour.
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: Balloon Boy on January 08, 2019, 07:54:44
who's this armstrong we're also supposed to be intersted in?
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: real deal on January 08, 2019, 10:48:20
who's this armstrong we're also supposed to be intersted in?
Daniel plays with Raith don't know much about him Pie and Bovril posts say he's from Ayr 
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: MonkeyHeid on January 08, 2019, 12:52:33
https://twitter.com/VoiceAyr/status/1082588497331003394

Not sure if this is promising news or not. What I do like, is the fact that McCall is considering adding to the squad for the final push. 
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: weejoe on January 08, 2019, 13:13:27
If we were to get him, it's another attacking midfielder who can get us goals.  However he was mince in the games against us at Partick.

But glad to hear that McCall is considering bringing in players as this have got a bit stale in recent weeks.
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: Doyle on January 08, 2019, 14:29:02
If we were to get him, it's another attacking midfielder who can get us goals.  However he was mince in the games against us at Partick.

But glad to hear that McCall is considering bringing in players as this have got a bit stale in recent weeks.
Erskine has become stale at Partick, needs a new challenge, and as Mcall originally signed him, he knows all about him, good at driving forward....
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: ghostofjimmysmith on January 08, 2019, 16:51:03
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Mcall originally signed him, he knows all about him, good at driving forward....


My only reservation is that we are back to McCall targeting guys who he has previously managed no matter how long ago.

However has proven experience of getting promoted at this level and also played at a higher level and different to what we have.

Broadening the debate if Shankland goes I would assume we would sign someone else rather than rely on just Moore/Moffat - does anyone know if the guy at Edinburgh City, Blair Henderson would be worth a punt or is he just starring at his level.

Based on my opening comments, if Shankland leaves surely even McCall wouldn't entertain former dumpling Kevin Nisbet, despite him suddenly looking prolific.
Title: Re: January Window...
Post by: shinglis on January 10, 2019, 14:30:44
and relax :D


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To all our supporters.
Having recently received yet another offer for one of our players, which at best can be described as derisory, I wish to let you all know the following facts.
There has been a number of bids for our players however NO player will be leaving Somerset Park during this window. The only type of deal acceptable to our club would involve an immediate loan back to Ayr United.
There may be a number of our players being offered pre-contracts by other clubs. I have absolutely no issue with this and I am 100% certain that any player who takes this option will continue to give everything to Ayr United. They will also be informed that pre contracts in Scotland are not recognised by the SFA and are therefore worthless.
Though I will never give up hope of keeping our squad together at the end of the season I recognise that there will be departures. Any player who leaves will go with the very best wishes of everyone connected to Ayr United.
Wherever we finish in the Championship our supporters deserve to watch this special group of boys till the end of the season. Hopefully this will put an end to any speculation through various media outlets and allow us to concentrate on football matches.
Ian McCall
Manager