Tuesday, 17 October 2017

2017-18 Diary Week 11

Ask and ye shall receive eh!

Target identified, pursued and persuaded to sign on the dotted line for Ayrshire’s finest.

Big Marvin is not the only bloke in Kilmarnock who was happy as Larry this weekend!

What a coup this is for Killie, Steve Clarke must surely be the most qualified manager we’ve ever appointed, certainly in my lifetime.

Kudos to Messrs Bowie and Kiltie for pulling this off, and still within our budget they said at the press conference on Monday.

The highlight for me though was the sea of smiling faces in the pub in Glasgow on Saturday, and that was before we gave Thistle a football lesson and eased off the bottom of the table.

There were no disappointments on the park but Jones and Frizzell were exceptional, what about that goal!

Clearly the wee man is revelling in being sponsored by Hippo and myself this year.

Yes, I am trying to be funny, but there is no emoji available.

See KFCSA Chairman David Sneddon's interview with Steve Clarke HERE

Monday, 9 October 2017

2017-18 Diary Week 10

It is crunch time at Rugby Park with more potential managers getting interviewed than turn up on a Saturday these days.

The board are quite right to be going through a formal vetting process because internal promotion only tends to work when the outgoing manager was successful and we've not had that for a wee while.

The usual suspects have all thrown their hats in the ring and credit to board for being proactive and approaching some top names who they thought might be a good fit.

The bookies are quoting all and sundry so we ran a poll on Killie Kickback and social media to see who the fans fancy among the front runners.

Nearly 900 fans voted and poor old Gus only got one vote so I don’t see him being a popular appointment he's still in a job anyway.

Next up was Jim McIntyre with 6.89% of the vote, Gary Holt on 8.36% and big Mixu trailed in second favourite with 13.67%.

Currits seems more popular as an assistant boss, but we don't pick them, the new manager will; I don't think fans want to see Holt get the job just now as we are in such a precarious position.

The most popular by a country mile was surprise contender Steve Clarke on 70.9%, I’m happy with the fact we’re even talking to someone of his calibre!

Of course by the time you read this we may know already. One thing is for sure, whoever gets the nod we will have to back them 100%.

Monday, 2 October 2017

2017-18 Diary Week 09

It has been an eventful week in Kilmarnock with sad events dominating the news.

The untimely passing of club photographer and all-round nice guy Sandy Ferguson was a huge blow to our community and my condolences go to his family and many friends, of whom I was honoured to be one; he will be a huge loss to everyone.

Saturday’s match compounded the misery with a pedestrian performance and a deserved loss which prompted the departure of Lee McCulloch and Peter Leven by “mutual consent”.

Both were decent blokes, but more amiable than effective, and their fate was ultimately decided by poor results.

There can be no doubt that the appointment of a new boss and putting some sort of management structure in place will be crucial to our club and its top-level survival…we need leadership, fast.

There have been a raft of applicants already but some of the names being mentioned are way off base, Billy Bowie has confirmed that we want someone with both experience and tactical knowledge and if we have to pay compensation then we will.

One glimmer of light came from FC Kilmarnock Ladies who won their league and promotion with four matches to go, well done to everyone involved!

2017-18 Diary Week 08

Killie Hippo Writes: This weekend saw another home game for Killie but sadly still no sign of our first league win.

We got away to the worst possible start against Dundee and although we salvaged a point, it failed to put a smile on the faces of our beleaguered fans.

The pressure is mounting on manager Lee McCulloch and if we fail to beat Ross County this week the board have a decision to make.

The fixture scheduling sees us with five away games in a row after County and it really is difficult to see where the points are going to come from.

It's never a healthy situation when a club has to continually change managers in a desperate attempt to find some long-term stability but that has been the "Killie way" in recent years.

I genuinely hope McCulloch turns things around but the clock is ticking.

2017-18 Diary Week 07

Irony is a cruel mistress as we win what can probably deemed our best point of the season and yet still slipped to the bottom of the league.

No one, including me at my most optimistic (doesn't happen often), honestly thought that we had any chance of taking points from the lamb lovers who are by far and away the second-best team in the league at the moment.

Fortunately, the team didn't get that memo and battled hard to bring a point back to Ayrshire.

This is the kind of grit and determination that we will have to show more often to keep up with the pick and get us back off the bottom of the table.

Kudos of course to each and every Killie fan who made the trip north out of hope and faith rather than anything else, dropping a place was a bitter pill to swallow but form is only temporary and our class will eventually shine through.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Sandy Ferguson RIP

Sandy Ferguson…son, husband, father, grandfather…policeman, photographer, golfer…we could go on but over and above everything else, to us at KillieFC.com and the fans organisations we represent, he was a great friend and supporter. There are no words to convey how sad we all feel at this time, and that is down to a sense of loss rather than a lack of eloquence, although Sandy in his inimitable style would not be long in telling us the latter.

Sandy had sarcasm down to a fine art but he was quick and funny with it and it would not have been the same not to hear “Whit dae you want noo?” any time he answered the phone. That said of course, he never once let us down and always went that wee bit extra to make sure he had something special for us to publish, and special it was, as was the man himself.

For years Sandy would literally get on his ‘bike’ and travel the length and breadth of the country in rain, hail or shine, to capture the exploits of his and our beloved Kilmarnock Football Club in times good and bad. He had an eye for the right shot that could convey a match in one image and his work for the Kilmarnock Standard and the official and unofficial websites won him the respect of not only the Killie fans but of his professional peers as well, such was his reputation.

It is difficult to sum up a man and his worth in a few short paragraphs, but we are sure that everyone who knew Sandy will appreciate how he loved, and was loved, by his family and his many friends. Our heartfelt condolences go to his nearest and dearest and we sincerely hope that it will be some consolation to appreciate what he meant to so many people and to know that he will never be forgotten in our hearts.