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Odds & Ends: David N’Gog And More Edition

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There are no pictures of David N’Gog in a County kit yet, so I’ll just leave this here…

  • As mentioned here a few days ago Ross County F.C. have indeed signed forward David N’Gog to a contract for the remainder of the season.  I’m perfectly fine with this signing but I also have to say that I don’t think there’s going to be a “middle ground” where it is concerned.  I think N’Gog is either a) going to be dominant- as a player with top flight experience in England and France should be in the Scottish Premiership, or b) he’s going to show why he never quiet got over in either of those leagues.  If it’s the latter my guess is that his problems as a footballer are between his ears rather than on the end of his legs.  My prediction is that he will score 3 or fewer goals or 10 or more.
  • Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has- wisely in my opinion- turned down an offer to become the next Scotland manager.  I would have been delighted had he accepted the job, but he’s shown himself a shrewd man by turning it down.  I’m sure his specific reasons for turning down the job will never truly be known, but there’s such a raft of potential ones that you can really take your pick:  lack of talent, lack of talent development, uncertainty over where the SNT will play its home matches, the fact that the SFA and SPFL are run by a as big a pair of numpties as the game has ever seen, that the SFA has no money to spend- shall I continue?
  • Lucky for us, the SFA had a “Plan B” in place in the event that O’Neill chose to remain the Northern Ireland manager.  Imaginary phone rings…  “What’s that?  You can’t be serious?  No plan at all?!”  Ahem, well then, um, let’s look at the other potential candidates!  Alex McLeish:  He’s been out of work for two years, but he did win 70% of his matches during his first run the as Scotland boss.  Malky Mackay:  Currently the SFA’s “Performance Director” (no snickering!), the SFA didn’t even want to hear his name while they were pursuing Michael O’Neill, and his judgment/character has sometimes been…lacking.  Derek McInnes:  Things are going so well form him that he’s been turning down better jobs than this, no chance.  Steve Clarke:  Having the same kind of success at Kilmarnock that McInnes is having at Aberdeen (albeit on a smaller scale), that said, except for a brief spell at Reading he was only an caretaker or assistant before he arrived at Rugby Park.
  • Rangers and Celtic will field “colt teams” in Scotland’s League Two next season because what better way to help the game in Scotland than to give the two biggest clubs a hand in developing their younger players?
  • In the 2018 MLS SuperDraft the New England Revolution selected Brandon Bye, Mark Segbers, and Nicolas Samayoa.  These are all young men who play soccer.  They may continue to play soccer for the Revolution.  Or they may not.
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