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"Ferguson confirmed as first Ross County academy chief"
#1
Happy that this part of our club is making great progress!
Well done Fergie, hope you are here for years to come.

http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/Sport...092017.htm

FORMER Ross County midfielder Steven Ferguson was confirmed as the Scottish Premiership club’s first academy director yesterday.

Three years ago, Ferguson made the move from first-team assistant manager under former boss Derek Adams to accept the role of head of youth and community.

In his time in that role, his team have transformed the youth pathway at the club right through from community grassroots to the SPFL Development League championship-winning squad.
The club say that, with a sustainable structure and procedures in place, Ferguson’s new role will see him take County’s youth development "to the next level".
Ferguson will still have overall responsibility for the management of youth and community development at County, but his focus will now be on creating an Elite Performance Academy in Dingwall for players aged from eight to 18-years-old, which is central to the club’s youth strategy and vision for the future.
Ferguson has been tasked with putting a specialist team in place that will deliver on all aspects of an Elite Performance Academy.
The process has already started, with Gordon Duff taking up his new role as community manager and Calum MacAskill leaving St Mirren to join as academy physiotherapist, with more appointments expected next week.
Ferguson said: "After a number of lengthy discussion with our chairman Roy MacGregor it became apparent that, three years on from setting out on the journey to revolutionise youth development at the club, that we still shared the same passion and vision to push on and achieve the next phase of creating an elite performance academy.
"It was an easy decision to accept the role of academy director.
"We have been able to achieve a lot over the last three years – which has taken a lot of hard work from a lot of people – but we have out-grown our current set-up and feel the time is right for change that will let us continue to grow moving forward."
Speaking about Ferguson’s appointment, MacGregor, said: "Steven is the perfect guy to deliver on our vision of having an elite performance academy at the club."

 
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#2
Great news to hear that the club is pushing forward with youth development. Based on the success of the first products of the youth set up I hope that this willnattract more youngsters to move north to develop their football skills and career. Congratulations to Steve Ferguson for his top class work (hope we can keep him) and many thanks to the chairman for his vision and investment.
 
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#3
My eyes glaze over when I start reading anything that mentions Project Brave, this was interesting though:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/footb...304165.amp

 
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(10-13-2017, 07:58 PM)StuartTaylor Wrote: My eyes glaze over when I start reading anything that mentions Project Brave, this was interesting though:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/footb...304165.amp

Not like the SFA (Stupid Fekin Ar$eholes) to get it wrong!

If it doesn't make them money they're not interested.

I'm a tartan army footsoldier and have been taken for granted by that lot for years! Angry
 
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#5
Thanks for this link Stuart,wow,fair play to Roy,did not pull any punches, think this was bubbling at the supporters meeting,as I can remember Fergie saying if we were excluded from project brave we would create our own structure.
Maybe they knew then that it looked like it was going to be an elitist club membership.
Hey ho we should not be surprised.
 
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#6
Very interesting link Stuart, surprised to see Roy come out all guns blazing, but perhaps that's what's needed to get others to stand up to the SFA. Surely it's not just the fans who can see what an incompetent shower they are? Might galvanise some more support and give others the courage to call them out more often?
 
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(09-24-2017, 03:36 PM)StuartTaylor Wrote: Happy that this part of our club is making great progress!
Well done Fergie, hope you are here for years to come.

http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/Sport...092017.htm

FORMER Ross County midfielder Steven Ferguson was confirmed as the Scottish Premiership club’s first academy director yesterday.

Three years ago, Ferguson made the move from first-team assistant manager under former boss Derek Adams to accept the role of head of youth and community.

In his time in that role, his team have transformed the youth pathway at the club right through from community grassroots to the SPFL Development League championship-winning squad.
The club say that, with a sustainable structure and procedures in place, Ferguson’s new role will see him take County’s youth development "to the next level".
Ferguson will still have overall responsibility for the management of youth and community development at County, but his focus will now be on creating an Elite Performance Academy in Dingwall for players aged from eight to 18-years-old, which is central to the club’s youth strategy and vision for the future.
Ferguson has been tasked with putting a specialist team in place that will deliver on all aspects of an Elite Performance Academy.
The process has already started, with Gordon Duff taking up his new role as community manager and Calum MacAskill leaving St Mirren to join as academy physiotherapist, with more appointments expected next week.
Ferguson said: "After a number of lengthy discussion with our chairman Roy MacGregor it became apparent that, three years on from setting out on the journey to revolutionise youth development at the club, that we still shared the same passion and vision to push on and achieve the next phase of creating an elite performance academy.
"It was an easy decision to accept the role of academy director.
"We have been able to achieve a lot over the last three years – which has taken a lot of hard work from a lot of people – but we have out-grown our current set-up and feel the time is right for change that will let us continue to grow moving forward."
Speaking about Ferguson’s appointment, MacGregor, said: "Steven is the perfect guy to deliver on our vision of having an elite performance academy at the club."

For past 3 years I’ve championed Steven Ferguson  and youth always will Owen Coyle is a massive plus  fir Ross County  and Feries vision ,Fergie was not happy with Diddery and diddery  facts
 
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#8
The whole of Scottish Football has been going this way for decades, there's an elitist mindset from both sides of the Old Firm where they want to dominate everything, and clubs like Aberdeen who foolishly think they can be dragged along with it. Elitism is ingrained in our football setup and it's rotten to the core. One of the best things that could happen to Scottish football would be Roy getting more involved at the top table.
.: Ours, is the Fury :.

 
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#9
Uncle Roy was basically one of the guys who proposed Project Brave. If he's jumping ship now, it's not a good sign. But then we've got the rotten, racist, homophobic Malky Mackay in charge of the ship, so no wonder.

Three things need to happen - regionalised youth development tied in with the college education, draft system for young players, and reducing the number of clubs. North American sports have to be the example. The link between education and redistribution of talent allows more teams to flourish.

It's quite plain that none of those three things will happen here, for the reason Spain says.

And then, to look inwards, Owen Coyle is arguably less likely to give the under 20s a game. McIntyre was the first manager County have had that really gave them a chance, and now the first team squad has seven players from that side in it.
 
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#10
On the youth development front, the Stirling Albion fans on P&B's comments on Mark Foden do not make for encouraging reading
"The heart of the club is the fan. The board and the chairman are custodians. The staff are transient. But the fan is there forever"

Roy Macgregor, April 2013
 
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(09-24-2017, 03:36 PM)StuartTaylor Wrote: Happy that this part of our club is making great progress!
Well done Fergie, hope you are here for years to come.

http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/Sport...092017.htm

FORMER Ross County midfielder Steven Ferguson was confirmed as the Scottish Premiership club’s first academy director yesterday.

Three years ago, Ferguson made the move from first-team assistant manager under former boss Derek Adams to accept the role of head of youth and community.

In his time in that role, his team have transformed the youth pathway at the club right through from community grassroots to the SPFL Development League championship-winning squad.
The club say that, with a sustainable structure and procedures in place, Ferguson’s new role will see him take County’s youth development "to the next level".
Ferguson will still have overall responsibility for the management of youth and community development at County, but his focus will now be on creating an Elite Performance Academy in Dingwall for players aged from eight to 18-years-old, which is central to the club’s youth strategy and vision for the future.
Ferguson has been tasked with putting a specialist team in place that will deliver on all aspects of an Elite Performance Academy.
The process has already started, with Gordon Duff taking up his new role as community manager and Calum MacAskill leaving St Mirren to join as academy physiotherapist, with more appointments expected next week.
Ferguson said: "After a number of lengthy discussion with our chairman Roy MacGregor it became apparent that, three years on from setting out on the journey to revolutionise youth development at the club, that we still shared the same passion and vision to push on and achieve the next phase of creating an elite performance academy.
"It was an easy decision to accept the role of academy director.
"We have been able to achieve a lot over the last three years – which has taken a lot of hard work from a lot of people – but we have out-grown our current set-up and feel the time is right for change that will let us continue to grow moving forward."
Speaking about Ferguson’s appointment, MacGregor, said: "Steven is the perfect guy to deliver on our vision of having an elite performance academy at the club."
We need the old reserve league  set up to come back plus more teams in top league  plus  restriction on foreign players , football is dying in my opinion,  I was shocked looking across at east stand  near empty  Jail end not much better yet announcer  said over four thousand in ground , I honestly did not like what  saw today  few players did not turn up Gardyne did not show any of his old enthuisim  and O’Brien  should have been hooked IMO then nearly fell Of seat  sponsors man of match !! Lindsay!! Aye ,
 There will be players shunted in January , to allow  Coyle to bring his own in the door  ach  maybe I’m getting too old to bother nieces
 
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(10-14-2017, 10:28 PM)Ross shire buff Wrote: We need the old reserve league  set up to come back plus more teams in top league  plus  restriction on foreign players , football is dying in my opinion,  I was shocked looking across at east stand  near empty  Jail end not much better yet announcer  said over four thousand in ground , I honestly did not like what  saw today  few players did not turn up Gardyne did not show any of his old enthuisim  and O’Brien  should have been hooked IMO then nearly fell Of seat  sponsors man of match !! Lindsay!! Aye ,
 There will be players shunted in January , to allow  Coyle to bring his own in the door  ach  maybe I’m getting too old to bother nieces

Buff, it's early days with new manager ,it's not his team,as you have said,let's see after January.
Why do people get upset about attendance, every season ticket is counted as attending because they have paid for seat.
Someone posted earlier about Hearts fans buying tickets so they can get a voucher for Hibs game,again they have to be counted as well.
And while I'm on it,why do people clap when the crowd is announced?
 
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(10-14-2017, 09:21 PM)VanderDalgarno Wrote: On the youth development front, the Stirling Albion fans on P&B's comments on Mark Foden do not make for encouraging reading

He looked absolutely terrible for the Development side as well.
 
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(10-15-2017, 01:35 AM)tattiedave Wrote: Buff, it's early days with new manager ,it's not his team,as you have said,let's see after January.
Why do people get upset about attendance, every season ticket is counted as attending because they have paid for seat.
Someone posted earlier about Hearts fans buying tickets so they can get a voucher for Hibs game,again they have to be counted as well.
And while I'm on it,why do people clap when the crowd is announced
 Hi Tattie what I meant was the whole structure of Scottish football , my mind wanders back to when we qualified  for world cups ,when the top teams in England were winning  European cups  ,all,those teams    Had Scottish players  and most Scottish captains 
We had the  old tanner ball players  on the street tennis ball stuff until darkness beat you , itvwas what the player brought to tge game  mischief tricks skills that have been lost,  individual skills  honed on the play parks on the street , now football ,academy’s  its the coaches thoughts  instruction  good old exciting football  gone fore ever  robots now ,
I’m with you Owen Coyle needs time ,there was to my mind players there yesterday on their way out ,
I’ll get lambasted but  we have the  keeper  we gave not got tge centre back ( Davies  yes he can rise up clear a ball but it’s the time he needs,the opposition hurry him slow for me )  opposite centre backs up down face the play  very fast alert ,  then  good striker  goalkeeper  cebtreback striker of good quality  
Is a start we do have tge keeper   Open to opinion
 
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#15
I am glad to see that Ferg has got the Under 12s 13s 14s 15s and 17s in for extra training sessions during the October Holidays great work by him and Davy Kirkwood
 
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#16
Will be interesting to hear what Roy thinks of this:

Eight Premiership clubs to spearhead Project Brave revealed in radical new blueprint for youth football

 
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#17
A complete carve up from our governing body to hoover up all of the youth monies and allocate them to their masters, the old firm scum. It shouldn't surprise anyone, as those who govern our national sport are lower than a snakes belly!

5 of these 8 clubs are within a 25 mile radius, just ridiculous!
 
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#18
Wow, I knew it would be heavily biased towards the Ugly Sisters and their underlings, but I thought they might try a bit harder to cover it up! I'd be interested in the criteria involved in the decision making process...
 
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(11-12-2017, 06:37 PM)frankthetank Wrote: A complete carve up from our governing body to hoover up all of the youth monies and allocate them to their masters, the old firm scum. It shouldn't surprise anyone, as those who govern our national sport are lower than a snakes belly!

5 of these 8 clubs are within a 25 mile radius, just ridiculous!

Shocking absolutely shocking.
Then again , why should we be surprised, just look at the SFA.
Lose than a snakes belly , very appropriate.
I fail to understand why the SFA appointed Malky Mackay.
Time for Regan and Mackay to resign, and all the other snakes .
 
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(11-12-2017, 11:42 PM)Rocco Wrote: Wow, I knew it would be heavily biased towards the Ugly Sisters and their underlings, but I thought they might try a bit harder to cover it up! I'd be interested in the criteria involved in the decision making process...

Obviously part of it was ..........You must not have a chairman who isn't afraid to challenge the establishment, even if they have been running our game into the ground for years!

Central belt reasoning and bias yet again. Malky Mackay probably couldn't be bothered coming up the A9 on a regular basis  Undecided
 
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