Where to begin with this drivel. Let's try at the start:
Except the basis of that strong spine (Greacen, McGuffie, and in particular Jenkins and Wake) were all signed prior to Irons.
Irons‘ actual additions to the spine included the likes of Dominic Shimmin, Chris "Junior" Smith, Alan McManus, Erik Paartalu, Neil McFarlane, Steve Masterson, Jon Newby and James Grady. Of those only Shimmin (heavily qualified) and Paartalu strengthened the spine.
Except that I never claimed that Irons signed the spine of the squad. It was Irons however who made them the focal point of the team - rather than Jim McInally, who in January/February 2008 was still trying to shoehorn in his lovechild Scott McLaughlin.and other jobbers using his new formation tombola system every single week. Irons put these players in a functioning system and then made sure to sign up enough players to fill those roles after 0.45 seconds of Wake's glorious swording at Firhill and made them mainstays of his side until the snake duo knifed him in the back. Even McManus actually made a decent contribution on the pitch during the 2008-09 season.
You can compare and contrast that approach handily to the parade of utter fucking nonsense we've been dealing with in the centre back position this summer: including signing a player for real, actual money just to release him again 33 days later.
Rather than Sir David "pointing the way" with this method, here's what he actually said at the Fans' Q&A in March 2008 (https://greenockmort.../q-summary.html):
John Gisbey: I have concerns with our current tactics. I don't like to play with one up front at home and don't think 3 at the back suits us - particularly as it nullifies the threat of Jim McAlister - who I think is our most creative player - as he spends most of his time at left back.
Davie Irons (looking really interested in a tactical discussion): First I'd just like to say I agree about Jim [McAlister]. I think he is an absolute star in the making and will play at a very high level, although I can't take any credit for that. Quite simply I play 3 at the back because we have no natural full-backs (applause from the crowd).
I can only wonder why Sir David Irons might seem rather disinclined to enter into a tactical debate with some fan at a forum tbh. Least of all one who seriously thought that we regularly played 'one up front' when our actual system was a blatantly obvious 3-5-2.
And the bizarre, 'smoking gun' quote that you've trawled serves only to, err, confirm my point entirely. When faced with a lack of credible right-back options, Irons' correct approach was to:
i) not play a formation that requires a right back in the team and critically,
ii) also ensuring that a strong spine of the team is in place to deal with any weakness on the flanks and brutally overpower the opposition regardless
Once again, we can compare and contrast this approach to the parade of utter shite right backs and 'cover' right backs who have been brought into the club by many of his terrible successors. The peak of this utter nonsense being of course in January 2014, when we brought in two more jobbers (Jamie McCormack and Ben Sampayo) to fight it out for the most useless place in the team like the some shan final round of Gladiators.
Rather than sign a natural right-back, Irons again "paved the way" [sic] by continuing to give game time to Kevin Finlayson in the exact same manner as his useless predecessor in the managerial hotseat.
But unlike his useless predecessor, Irons made sure that the centre was stacked with six foot three hammer-throwers and so was impervious to whatever nonsense crosses would be swung in behind Finlayson by the other team. Again, a logical solution to a problem that McInally and his set of useless midget lovechildren could never deal with despite having four years in the job. And one that actually turned a weakness in the squad and the wider transfer market into a strength (opposition teams targeting wide players and crossing into a land of giants).
In fairness to Irons, he did eventually move Ryan McGuffie to right back. Thereby, removing a player from the spine of the team and playing with a traditional-style right back.
Erm no he didn't - McGuffie only replaced van Zanten at right-back in January 2010 as part of James Grady's Mike Bassett, England Manager devotion to '4-4-fucking two'. Which worked out well enough for McGuffie but so badly everywhere else that it almost got us relegated.
So given that your dissertation was wrong on literally every single point, I'd have to say it's probably the worst attempt at revisionism on this cesspool of a forum since AyshireTon blamed Irons for 'ruining Colin Stewart's confidence' and being responsible for him chucking goals on like a circus clown, fully two years and multiple POTY awards after the big, bad, evil manager left the club. That or the all-time classic 'he was deliberately injuring his own players in training' line.
Edited by vikingTON, 17 September 2019 - 02:33 PM.