As Killie fans we know following the Club is a real rollercoaster ride and in the 55 years I’ve been a supporter I’ve experienced some real ups and downs. So I get the disappointment and frustration that we feel when matches don’t go well, and the exhilaration and excitement when they do.
It’s probably fair to acknowledge that there have been more than a few of those lows and highs this season and some real contrasts – away league form being poorer than we’d like yet still getting to a Hampden cup semi-final and showing that the team had the heart to compete at that level.
And like all football fans every one of us has dreams and ambitions and want to see success. In reality, we knew that getting up from the Championship at first time of asking was a big ask, but we did it. We know that the priority for this season is to stay up, and build for the future, while competing well in the Cups where we can.
Getting the recent league win against Dundee Utd was crucial, given how other teams are sitting at the bottom of the table, and last week’s cup win again kept us in the mix for the next round where we will make the trip to Inverness.
The supporters have been fantastic in backing the team throughout, and I know it is appreciated by the management team, players, and the Board.
A few questions and comments have been raised with me about the transfer window, and I have shared the points with other Directors. I appreciate that it’s frustrating for fans that we can’t do a running commentary on all stages of negotiations on players but from experience I also know that things can fall through at a late stage.
From a Board and management team perspective, the January window was not going to be the time for a complete rebuild of the squad, but rather to look to strengthen where needed, and to allow some of the squad to go to other teams, or on loan to give them first team football. Derek has expressed in interviews his disappointment, which is shared by the Board, that he was not able to get some deals over the line later in the window, after having secured Kyle Vassell early on. Plans and priorities also had to change with the injury to Ben Chrisene, and we were pleased to get Luke Chambers in on loan from Liverpool.
As Trust members will appreciate, I can’t go into detail due about the circumstances of Kyle Lafferty’s departure other than to say that it was not a decision taken lightly by the Board, particularly after we had backed him over the incident which led to his 10 match ban.
With respect to the Jordan Jones situation, a very last minute communication on transfer deadline day rom Wigan FC advised us that he was being recalled immediately. We there for had no option but to cancel his registration with us. Subsequently we were made aware that due to an error at their end, Wigan had not registered the necessary paperwork in time. Discussions therefore took place and permission was given by the football authorities for him to be reregistered with Killie, leading to his inclusion the squad for the Dundee Utd Cup tie.
Everyone at the Club was saddened to hear of the passing of former Goalkeeping Coach Billy Thomson, and the minute’s applause at Tannadice was a fitting tribute for the service he gave to both clubs.
Further Trust events are being planned for this anniversary year, so watch this space!
I hope you have found this update useful and please get in touch if you have any questions or feedback
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @cathyjamieson Instagram: cathyjamiesonkillie Facebook: cathy jamieson
While I am happy to engage via social media, I’m sure members will understand that I am not monitoring that round the clock and may not be able to instantly reply and its not always possible to do a running commentary when events may be unfolding! An email to me is often a better way of dealing with more complex issues!
Club SLO Allen Kyle can also be contacted by email [email protected]
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