Well Gaffer, after five seasons of heartache which included three runners-up finishes The Gers have finally clinched their first Evolution League Championship. Many congratulations to you and the lads. Just how did you feel when the final whistle sounded on Saturday?
"Well, a bit stunned really. Relieved and amazed that it had finally happened. The penultimate week in the league season was traditionally the week when our hopes were dashed by some pretty bizarre events, so for things to actually go our way this time left me with a rather surreal feeling, but in a nice way."
Some of the lads said you couldn't believe it had actually happened. You seemed very agitated as the second half wore on. Was that just nerves?
"I'm embarrassed to admit that I made a rookie error with the team's orders which could have cost us dear. I was so relieved to hear that final whistle go!"
I didn't want to ask about that, Gaffer, but since you brought it up, was that anything to do with our possession advantage all but disappearing in the second half?
"You noticed? Aye, I'd set the team out after our quarter final win over INB as I was trying to juggle EL while at the same time minimising the playing time of our T11 players who were one booking away from missing the semi-final. However, my plans were thrown into disarray by Greigy's horrific injury and I had to rework everything before the Tayside match. I just forgot to change our tactic to 'Longball' after I took McTavish off, but fortunately I got away with it."
Of course, its semi-final night tomorrow! The punters appear to make us favourites but how do you see that going?
"Aye, I've read the comments. A bit of mind games from Roy, perhaps? Look, this will be no walk in the park. St. Pauli are a good side who can be difficult to break down. They have three excellent MA players who could hurt any team. Games between us have always been close and I don't expect this one to be any different. However, the lads are ready and raring to go and now that the preparations are out of the way I'm really looking forward to it."
Well Gaffer, the very best of luck to you and the lads tomorrow night. After Saturday's triumph there can be only one way to end tonight's show.
Till next time, take it away, Miss Tina Turner!.......♬I call you when I need you, my heart's on fire ♫.........
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Grit - for our players, and Scotch for the Gaffer - Single Malt please!
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Time, patience, structure, planning, luck, understanding, alcohol, inspiration, creativity, molasses, dedication, fresh fruit, loose women, religion, concentration, technique, warm underwear
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|Inbhir Narainn Need:|
To get to grips with the new game ASAP.
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|Future Special Abilitites|
|Adam Meney - July 14th 2017 8:53|
I am a little dissapointed with myself for not getting some new abilities in for you this preseason. I have not had to the time to test them properly and I am still working on them.
I am hoping to get some of these in for next season.
|Brian Beerman - February 23rd 2017 23:40|
I concur with Steve Allen in that I thought these abilities would be hidden, i.e. found randomly and you'd only know about it when you promoted an apprentice to your team. Not that I dislike the current format, and I'm not sure which approach is better, just agreeing that's what I .......................
|Steve Allan - February 23rd 2017 9:17|
Randomly aquired abilities - I got to admit when Adam 1st brought this up that is the way i thought we were heading and i think that would have been better. Not sure whether everyone should be able to see players with special abilities or whether you should only see ones from your own team...<.......................
|Bill Ramsay - February 22nd 2017 0:37|
|The Late Maestro! Like a Lubo Moravcik or OG Solskjaer. A player who has 2nd half abilities. Capped at SL18 but if used as sub after 45 mins, he plays at +50% SL.|
|Bill Ramsay - February 22nd 2017 0:27|
|I really like Rich's idea that these abilities (whatever they may be) can be randomly discovered in an apprentice. Maybe limit this to 0/6 and not multipos apprentices to make 0/6 more attractive to purchase!|
|Match 41 Comments|
|Inbhir Narainn v Guff Wanderers|
|Ritchie's Predictions Tips: Away win.|
|Oh my! Away win.|
|I would sell you a keeper but trading's closed.|
|ha how do you get both keepers suspended at same time, easiest pick of |
|Can GUF snatch defeat from the jaws of victory here?|
|i think having both keepers suspended at the same time sums up my luck |
|Ritchie, this doesn't look good.|
|im flattered that despite having no available keepers we are still being |
picked for the win.
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