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  1. 5 points
    I think Alex Ferguson was in his mid-30s at that time and was moving up one division to St Mirren. He had also been identified already as someone with exceptional talent and was being recommended by Jock Stein. On the other hand, Dyer is in his mid-50s and his experience as a manager of a football club before being given the job at Killie was 2 months (April - May 2017) at Welling and literally days at Whitehawk in October 2017. I think he was in charge for a mere handful of games in total. If he hadn’t been SC’s assistant and had applied for the job at Killie then his application would have been rejected out of hand. Comparing Dyer to the most successful manager in British football ever is totally ridiculous. Meanwhile, someone like Tommy Wright is available - he has about 7 years experience at St Johnstone usually finishing in the top six and also winning the Scottish Cup on a lower budget than us - and we don’t even speak to him about the job. Locke, McCulloch and now Dyer - when will we ever learn? We haven’t even asked for applications for the job. Why is the board taking the lazy and probably the cheap option? At the one time in our recent history when there is no urgency and we can take our time and make an appointment we don’t even undertake a proper recruitment and selection process. This is massive failing by the board and sadly I think it will come back to haunt them. I sincerely hope Dyer does well but I think this is a massive gamble appointing someone with so little experience to work with a Director of Football who is in the same position. Results since December and the January transfer window don’t do much to back up his claim. Don’t be surprised if Fowler is the manger within a few months of the season starting.
  2. 4 points
    Hopefully this will be the political end of him and that Starmer will continue to build a credible potential Government. Johnston is being pilloried from right, left and centre.
  3. 4 points
    There’s opportunity in this crisis for smart operators. If at all possible we should be doing a deal for the boy Nesbit at Dunfermline, they need money, and will probably be in no position to turn down a sensible amount, even doing something with staggered payments or performance related.
  4. 4 points
    Broadfoot was signed because he and Findlay were the defensive partnership that got us 3rd in the league. some fans would do well to remember that.
  5. 3 points
    For that reason, it would be better if Johnson tries to "face it out" and refuse to sack him. Public opinion against the government will mount whereas, if he leaves, he will just pull the strings from off-stage and the matter will be forgotten. Only Cummings' ego would stop him from seeing that this is the better option.
  6. 3 points
    Everyone does remember that and I’m sure everyone appreciates the effort from these players that season but the season just finished can’t be ignored, Broadfoot had no improvement on the team when he came back and also slaughtered our training when he left just to add insult. The way some of the senior players behaved in the first half of that season was shocking. They can all moan about the training methods but regardless of who was the manager at the time those players made a total mess of the CQN games. We could’ve had half the folk on here managing the team and we should’ve beat them comfortably. In no other job would you be allowed to just down tools because you weren’t a fan of the boss. This season should be about re-shaping the team in my opinion, Dicker and Broadfoot are free to go in my opinion, thanks very much for your efforts but it’s time to move on and see if we can create a team with some longevity and continuity in it. We’ve not even had a keeper signed permanently for 3 seasons now in Woodman, Bachmann and Branescu(although I’d take a Bachmann loan deal again in a heartbeat) all very good players of course but would be good to have some consistency rather than having to start from scratch near enough each year because of loans etc. Teams like Livingston, Motherwell etc seem to be able to get decent players signed on permanent deals and all at decent ages as well so why can’t we.
  7. 2 points
    Shocking decision. So much for being a community club. They could have retained all of these boys for a few months so they could have received some income at least in the interim period. It’s going to be hard enough for them to secure any employment either inside or outside football.
  8. 2 points
    It certainly wasn't Fowler.
  9. 2 points
    Dario Del Fabro 2019/20 – scout report Since Kilmarnock’s third-place finish last season, the club has lacked stability and has had a very up and down 2019/20 campaign. Killie brought in a new manager in Angelo Alessio as Steve Clarke was appointed as Scotland manager last summer. The Ayrshire club made a very good start under Alessio and after 10 games they were sitting in third. Results from that point on were disappointing, especially in the winter where Killie went on a winless run which resulted in Alessio being relieved of his duties in mid-December. Alex Dyer came in as interim manager, having mixed results and leaving them to finish the season in eighth. The SFA came to the decision to conclude the Scottish Premiership this week which caused more problems for Killie. With players departing the club as their contracts expire and loan periods end, this leaves the club with just 11 contracted players for next season. One influential player leaving is the 25-year-old Juventus loanee Dario Del Fabro. The defender started his career at Cagliari where he made six appearances in the Serie A. Del Fabro found it difficult to get into the team and was loaned out to three clubs over three seasons before Juventus signed the Italian in 2017. He has found it difficult in Turin where he has yet to make a first-team appearance and has continued to be loaned out. His destination this year was to Ayrshire, following his Italian counterpart Alessio out to Rugby Park. Del Fabro has been a mainstay at the heart of the Kilmarnock defence this season and even with the departure of Alessio who signed him, he has managed to keep his place in the starting team. In this scout report, we will examine how the Italian has adapted in Scotland and explore his impact and contributions to Kilmarnock’s defensive play this season through a tactical analysis. Playing style When evaluating Del Fabro’s performances we must first establish his favoured playing style to understand the type of defender he is and the relative fit with his teammates and overall tactics of the Kilmarnock team. The Italian has amassed 22 league appearances playing the majority of his minutes as a right-centre back (90% of his minutes), initially as part of 4-3-3 but of late that has changed to 4-4-2 under Dyer. When analysing Del Fabro’s performances what you notice is he likes to play a more back-foot role as a defender and picks up a slightly deeper position in relation to his centre-back partner, which is evident in the image below. In this instance, Stuart Findley, his partner, has pushed onto St. Mirren’s forward to challenge for the ball. The Italian moves into a deeper position behind him to cover the space and sweep up any loose balls behind that might be flicked on from the duel. The 25-year-old is slightly more passive than his partner at the back, which provides a good balance. He is less inclined to be aggressive and try to challenge forwards who look to drop deep to receive the ball so he doesn’t engage in many duels, as evident from his low 5.95 defensive duels p/90. His style is to defend his penalty area while also covering and sweeping the space behind so his partner can be aggressive and allows him to be more of a front-foot defender. What also stands out about the Juventus loanee is how comfortable and good he is in the air. He uses his 189cm frame very well competing in 8.92 aerial duels p/90 with a 62.6% success rate. The defender not only wins his aerial duels but he has the awareness to nod the ball to his teammates which is very good, as you can see below. A long ball is hit up in the air to the forward on Del Fabro’s side and he does well to win the header but also he directs the ball to his teammate which starts an attack for his team. The Killie defender is also very comfortable when defending opposition crosses and most of the time he thrives in this situation due to his ability to dominate aerially. Defensive intelligence Del Fabro defensive intelligence is good but he is not flawless in this regard; his decision making in defensive situations is pretty good as he does well to stay in position, he doesn’t overcommit and stays on his feet and looks to force the attacker away from goal. The Italian doesn’t engage in many defensive duels, aforementioned, but because of his discipline and good decision making, he has a high success rate winning an impressive 73.85% of his duels. When analysing the Italian’s performances, you notice that he is constantly scanning when the opposition are on the attack, sensing and anticipating where the danger is, and will act as the move advances. With the defender scanning so much he is able to position himself well to block or suppress a chance which he does so well, and is evident below. In this move, Hibernian are attacking down the right where the ball makes its way into the box. Del Fabro has positioned himself well to block the first shot which breaks to the edge of the box and he does well a second time to not come rushing out and overcommit but instead to position himself well in the line of the strike to block the shot. With the 25-year-old’s anticipation, awareness of the danger and slightly passive style where he does not overcommit, he is quite effective at suppressing chances as he blocks 0.78 shots p/90, the tenth best rate in the league this season. Although quite selective in his challenges, he will make a last ditched challenge if he needs to and has great awareness and anticipation to sniff out the danger and clear the ball away, like in the game against Rangers. Here, Rangers are on the attack and the ball is crossed in from the left. The ball breaks loose in the six-yard box and Joe Aribo looks like he will latch onto it. Del Fabro shows great awareness and anticipation to make a last ditched challenge to stop a point-blank goal scoring opportunity. In possession When Kilmarnock have possession of the ball, the Juventus loanee does not get involved and takes a back seat in this regard with 27.67 passes p/90, ranking him 36th amongst other defenders in the league this season. Kilmarnock tend not to hit short kick-outs and will go long to the forward players. Or the kick will sometimes be directed out to the wing for normally Stephen O’ Donnell to win in the air, thus bypassing Del Fabro. When the defender does get on the ball he is fairly conservative, passing the ball laterally to his centre-back partner or out to the right-back, which is not a bad thing, but overall he doesn’t actively look to get on the ball. Even with his conservative nature in this regard, he does show glimpses of his impressive ability to hit long-range passes in behind. Although he has a relative low volume of progressive passes, when he sees the opportunity to play a ball from deep he will do so and is incredibly accurate. His progressive passes that range between 30-40 metres and 40 plus metres have an accuracy rate of 89.5% and 94.1% respectively. He is able to create a chance from back to front very quickly as evident below. The ball makes its way across to Del Fabro whose short/medium passing options have slightly been shut off by Motherwell. The Italian is in enough space to pick his head up to survey his options further forward where he spots Chris Burke out on the wing on the shoulder of the opposition defensive line. The time and space that Del Fabro has is quickly being closed down and so he plays the long ball just in time. Burke makes a run into the half-space in behind and the long ball from the Italian is almost perfect as he goes in between the two opposition centre backs. However, Motherwell’s left-back follows the run from Burke and just nicks in and heads the ball away to stop the chance. For such a relatively small passing volume, the 25-year-old hits 4.04 passes to the final third p/90; he is quite selective though and will only hit these passes if he feels he needs to. In some instances they open up opportunities like in the move below against Ross County, which is almost an identical opportunity to the one at Motherwell. Only this time, Del Fabro has more time and space to get his head up and execute the long pass as there is less pressure being applied onto him. Burke makes the same run from out on the wing and in behind into the half-space, only this time the long pass from the Italian is in-between the left centre-back and left-back of Ross County and so the left-back can not follow the run. The left-back has been bypassed this time, leaving Burke free. This action causes the keeper to rush to claim the pass but the ball in behind is perfectly weighted into Burke who gets there ahead of the goalkeeper. As a result, he gets nowhere near the ball and takes out Burke in the area – Del Fabro’s magnificent long ball in behind has set up a penalty, which Eamon Brophy duly converted. Areas of concern Del Fabro is a decent defender but there are a couple of issues around his game that are concerning. The first issue surrounding the defender’s game is being exposed in transition and being left isolated in a 1v1 situation with no teammates to help him. The Italian can get exposed because he is not a very good athlete and doesn’t have the pace to recover if he is beaten in an isolated 1v1. The 25-year-old is good at defending from deep as part of a defensive unit but when the opposition expose him in transition, he either gets beaten for pace or he falls between dropping back and not engaging in a tackle at all. This is mostly for fear he will be beaten or he panics and makes a mistimed tackle. But this only really seems to happen when faced with this particular situation we’ll analyse shortly. Livingston exploited his inability to defend in a 1v1 while isolated in transition, as shown below. Livingston are on a counter-attack through Lyndon Dykes who plays the ball out to Steven Lawless, creating a 1v1 with Del Fabro. The Italian is afraid of beeing beaten by the winger’s pace and is extremely passive, backing off the player who is easily able to progress the ball inside the box. In this situation the 25-year-old panics and tries to make a tackle but it is mistimed, putting him off balance as Lawless dribbles inside him and scores. Another area of concern is his defensive positioning; although it is good, which was mentioned above, he still has to work on this area in certain situations. He will mostly be defending zonally but when a player drifts into his zone, sometimes his attention is caught by that player and man-marks them too vigorously, which can often pull him out of his position, leaving space in the box. In the move below against Hearts this issue is apparent -, as Hearts are on the attack Del Fabro is in a good position and there is good spacing between him and his centre-back partner. Naismith spins in behind the right Kilmarnock centre-back but it will need to be an inch-perfect ball to reach him in the box. Del Fabro was attracted by Naismith’s run and rushes out in that split second to man-mark him. This is enough to create a huge space in the box for a Hearts midfielder to attack as the Italian gets caught under the ball. The ball is delievered into the space for the opposition midfielder but his free header, thankfully for the Italian, goes over the bar. The last area of concern about the Italian’s game is short to medium progressive passes. He is extremely accurate when he plays a progressive pass long but he is very inaccurate when trying to progress the ball between 0-20 metres with a very poor pass accuracy rate of 17.5%. He is not very composed when pressure is applied around him and lacks in this area of his game. Conclusion Dario Del Fabro is a solid back-foot style defender who has relatively good defensive positioning, awareness and defensive decision making. But the 25-year-old comes with some concerning areas of his game which is probably the reason he has not settled in a team yet, as shown in this analysis. He needs to polish these areas of his game as he is still relatively young to work on these specifics of his game. Kilmarnock’s defensive tactics suit the Juventus loanee’s game as they have a pass per defensive action (PPDA) of 11.39 which is the most in the league . Kilmarnock’s low defensive block fits in with Del Fabro’s strengths in his ability to defend his own penalty area well. At the moment this seems to be the defender’s ceiling. Reports suggest he has expressed his desire to return to Kilmarnock which would be a good fit for him. If he cannot get that deal he should look to play for a team that play with a similar style that complements his game. Football analyst/writer. Overall sports enthusiast. Follow me on twitter @JM_95_ https://totalfootballanalysis.com/player-analysis/dario-del-fabro-2019-20-scout-report-tactical-analysis-tactics
  10. 2 points
    I would hope if you buy a season ticket you would get first chance of buying the Killie masks that a due out
  11. 2 points
    Can't honestly believe Angelo Alessio is still being discussed. He overseen our worst defeat in recent history, the football was chronic, his signings were below average at best (DDF aside), he managed to alienate an entire dressing room and tore up some of the backroom staff at the club. The guy was an absolute disaster, but there's a myth developing among some of our support that he was genius who wasn't afforded enough time. Baffles me really. All he had to do was play the same team, tactics and keep the same backroom team until he had sussed players out and he tried to put square pegs in round holes. This is a man who loaned out Kiltie and brought in Harvey St Clair mind...
  12. 2 points
    Yeah - the guys with the money think they know all about football.#
  13. 2 points
    Not strange - simply further proof that Dyer is unfit to be a a manger
  14. 2 points
  15. 2 points
    They are gash it’s still one of the worst if not the worst results in Kilmarnocks history
  16. 2 points
    Strolled most games he played in, was dropped for a 35 year old who was inexplicably signed in January, likely due to certain players having too much power
  17. 2 points
    He was top class for us. Always done his best for the badge and for the fans. Very interactive with all the fans. I'd hope to see him back him and big stu at the back any day of the week. It was some partnership.
  18. 1 point
    Nothing official yet from County but Scott Boyd's been made redundant from his job as sporting director, per his LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-6668562558661783552-gc_h
  19. 1 point
    Kuensberg pregnant with Johnson's love child?
  20. 1 point
    I watched 30 minutes last week. Gave up and had a nap instead. I don’t think even Killie games would interest me with this setup.
  21. 1 point
    I can Asshhhoooor yooo shirr am perfecktlllyyyy shober.
  22. 1 point
    Contrast the comments of the Tories in Scotland McLean, Sarah Smith, etc on Catherine Calderwood to their absolute silence on this matter. Also add in Sarah Smith's absolutely disgraceful report the other week regarding the FM, for which NS herself absolutely owned Smith for on Twitter. And you get the media behaviour on this Island in an absolute nutshell.
  23. 1 point
    She has been less than impartial in her reporting in the past but this takes the biscuit. Why not just get her to wear a Tory rosette every time she appears?
  24. 1 point
    With 10 weeks of no football I would hope that this is precisely what has been developed by our HoF and Manager. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's not happening. January window looked to have come too early in Fowler's regime along with the change of manager. He and Dyer have had 6mths now to discuss and develop a strategy for the forthcoming window albeit it may require to be adapted depending on hoe the budget is affected by Covid related events. it's going to be an interesting next few months for signings and as a fan I hope we see more positive activity than in the last two.
  25. 1 point
    What's the point in training without a start date and a plan on how we start the season (behind close doors/crowds etc). As soon as we start training the club has to recall all players from furlough and start paying them. Can Scottish clubs afford to start training without a plan on how clubs raise capital?
  26. 1 point
    Looking likely we will have - Keeper RB Findlay Broadfoot Waters Burke Dicker Power McKenzie Brophy Kabamba Im confident that it wouldn't take many signings to complete that team and finish above County, Accies and St Mirren. Wouldn't want to rely on Broadfoot for a season obviously. I can't see that team doing much more than that, but I think all of the teams will be in the same boat up to January at least in just getting enough players on the pitch and surviving. I think Goodwin said St Mirren only have twelve players as it stands. I think the teams who finished below us are going to get weaker than what we have left, Hladcky leaving St Mirren, Accies losing Smith and Gogic, County losing numbers etc. Maybe I'm wrong, but I can't get into the 'let's kick on up the league' as if it's a normal season at all. Everything is going to be different. Planning must be next to impossible. We are going to have months where entire divisions are going to suddenly make decisions which free up thousands of players. There is no road map to all this.
  27. 1 point
    ZOMG! ROFL! THE BANTZ ON THIS THREAD MAN!
  28. 1 point
    This is a f**king clanger of a comment
  29. 1 point
    McKenzie has only very recently been offered a deal by the club. Expects to sign
  30. 1 point
    Doesn't change what I said - the players got him sacked. Not results and not the fans. i think it's pefectly reasonable to compare the two situations and ask why you think Dyer should be given time but you were quite happy for that not to be the case with Alessio. I don't see what is unique about the Alessio situation. Players often don't like the manager but you would expect that he would be supported by the man who brought him to the club. I very much hope I'm wrong but I don't see Dyer lasting beyond a dozen games whenever the season starts.
  31. 1 point
    All of whom were out of contract at the end of the season. The chance to go in another direction (which the board wanted originally) was under way and if the players didn’t buy into it then tough there is the door. Instead we scrapped that plan and ditched our manager with no plan or idea of what we wanted. Backed the players by putting their buddy in the hotseat yet we’re still left a team who seemed to blow hot and cold yet had lost the tactical discipline which had been so apparent under Clarke and AA. Forgive me for not buying into the idea of AD is the saviour but I haven’t seen a shred of evidence that suggests that he is a better option than AA other than the players are happier.
  32. 1 point
    I don’t want to be too critical, but that’s a ridiculous idea. First of all, in all honesty, I don’t think we’d have a problem with social distancing at RP. Second, why would the club spend money on the initial outlay for “hampers”. Who wants a Hamper at the football? third, why would the government relax the alcohol ban? Finally, how many of our avid supporters can afford to spend £50 on a ticket for a home game? The club would be pricing people out of watching matches, which would have a negative long term impact.
  33. 1 point
    Phoenix club already on the cards which seems to have secured the ground. Nomads are a horrible bunch, a Welsh Gretna without the football. That result will haunt the club for decades as there will be very little chance of setting the record straight.
  34. 1 point
    Smart new Brondby strip from Hummel.
  35. 1 point
    Watch young Connell. Expect big things from him this year and hope he will be a "Naismith" like find for us.
  36. 1 point
    Overtime is an unemployed persons wage
  37. 1 point
    I'm not blaming him for the performance or the result, I'm giving an example of Wilson getting a chance to perform and badly underperforming. If he wanted to play here he had to take those chances to prove he could be as good as the other options and when he stepped in he looked completely out of his depth.
  38. 1 point
    It doesn't matter how versatile he is, he didn't want to be here if he's not playing. He won't get into the midfield, he won't get into the defence, even if we wanted to keep him around he doesn't want to be here if he's not playing. The same reason he left at Christmas to go on loan, he wants to play and there's no room for him to play here.
  39. 1 point
    Anyone else see this tonight on STV? Thought Maxwell spoke quite well. Got the impression he’s into the stadium hub idea. Not the best but Killie playing games at Hampden, Celtic Park or Ibrox could allow supporters access. Could we potentially see artificial pitches at RP, Accies and Livi being used as Hubs for lower leagues. Doncaster is murder. It’s back to his Armageddon stuff when Oldco went out the game. Yes we have to accept the harsh realities of what’s going on but we don’t need the guy who is supposed to be leading clubs through this hiding under his bed with a tin hat on screaming the end is nigh.
  40. 1 point
    Agree. Don't know the stats but I don't remember him being beat in the air.
  41. 1 point
    Del Fabro had one of the best stats for winning aerial battles in the league.
  42. 1 point
    So we've never won a game Broadfoot has started in since returning?
  43. 1 point
  44. 1 point
    I was impressed with Sam Stubbs when he was on loan at Hamilton from Middlesbrough and his contract is out next month, surely worth enquiring about. ?
  45. 1 point
    What about Steven Lawless been good for Livingston has experience perfect fit for a LW. Plus we can offer more dosh than Livingston. Plus id like to see Conor MacAleny return clearly not wanted at Fleetwood done well for us.
  46. 1 point
    Nice guy but where would his role be at RP.
  47. 1 point
    You’re 100% correct. We have no money for furlough payments and would have been thoroughly bankrupt with the collapse in oil revenue and the loss of the fiscal transfer. Also, we would still be following the Bank of England monetary policy if we had the pound or alternatively the bawbee would have been destroyed by the speculators.
  48. 1 point
    Would have him back in a heart beat, if the Findlay and Fabro partnership was not broken up we would have done much better than 8th.
  49. 1 point
    The stand out loan player by a mile this year. Proper Italian defender and wouldn't be surprised to see him kick on.
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