After a long hiatus Mark is back with a new story. Where will it take him?
"I'm delighted with a home draw in the Scottish Cup, then again who wouldn't be?
However we have been paired with Falkirk, our divisional rivals. This is indeed a tough draw for us, probably the one we didn't want to have. It makes our task to make the Fourth Round which we set out to do, that bit harder. We certainly will have to battle for our place in the next round that's for sure.
Falkirk have been on a decent run of form since we defeated them in September. I'm not reading anything into previous encounters either as this is Cup football and the form book usually goes out of the proverbial window with this. Time to roll up the sleeves and fight for a round four spot. This is what separates men from boys."
I'm going to be away now for a few days so there will be very few updates, if any, during that period.
Keep reading and comments on the story are more than welcomed.
That aside, I have a bit of quandary: shall I keep the current result and story format for season 3 etc. or does it need a bit of a freshen up to attract some more views and comments?
Let me know...
“I don’t know where this has come from but I have no intention of taking the vacant role at Ross County.
The Club themselves have not approached me to discuss it, and even if they had done so then I would not be taking up the opportunity to move there. It’s just pure speculation to be honest.
I’m more than happy with what I am blessed to have here at (Edinburgh) City and it’s my objective at the moment to do the best I can for them. If that means turning down more lucrative positions at this current juncture then so be it.
City fans take note, I am not on the move.”
“I’m very happy to announce that I have signed a new deal here at Ainslie Park.
There had been some interest from elsewhere but the gaffer obviously sees me as an integral part of his jigsaw here and like me, is very ambitious in everything he does.
He’s certainly brought my game onto a whole new level, and I look forward to working with him for quite a while yet.”
“I’m pleased today to announce Steve McClaren as the new manager of Motherwell Football Club.
Steve brings a great deal of managerial experience to the table which includes a spell as the English national team boss. He knows how to win from his time working with Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and in the Netherlands with FC Twente Enschede where he won the Eredivisie ahead of Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord. We have been very lucky in our own respect to attract such a well known name here to Lanarkshire.
Motherwell interviewed many great candidates for this role including Edinburgh City’s highly rated manager Mark Duell who is doing great things with them in League One. I’m sure he will be landing a big role sooner rather than later.
However, we have landed Steve and look forward to working with him.”
“I’m very happy today to join Queen of the South.
As a footballer you are always looking to improve your game and make that career move that takes you up a level. This is what this move is about, it is certainly nothing about the money as some might think it is.
I am so grateful to Edinburgh City and their manager Mark Duell. They took a chance in bringing me in from Cove Rangers and have brought my game on massively. I was glad to sign off on a high note yesterday with them.
However, my focus is now with my new Club and I will be doing my best for them like I always have done so wherever I have plied my trade.”
Looking good for another promotion mate.
"I'm not really happy about this situation to be honest.
I loaned young Gregor to Mark (Duell) and Edinburgh City to gain the wee lad some experience and development. They said they would play him but at the moment, that has seen absolutely zero appearances attached to his name. It's nothing short of disgraceful actually.
I grant that they are challenging for a title and they have to keep a settled line up, but surely the lad can have a chance in a game that means nothing at all? Edinburgh and Mark should be hanging their heads in shame at this. One kid is suffering for someone's else favouritism, and in football these days you can't act like that."
"This is absolutely unbelievable, it really is.
When I first joined City in the summer of 2018, I thought I was joining a club that had a bit of potential about them. Now here I am, I'm going to be playing in the Championship next season. Life certainly doesn't get any better than this. We wouldn't have achieved this without Mark though. Ever since he arrived, he's been a breath of fresh air. Training is fun, he makes it so and you just have to buy in if you want to be successful.
I really do wonder what special things are around the corner next. It means the world to us and maybe we have proved that there is more to Edinburgh football than just Hearts and Hibs right now."
"I really sometimes believe in fairy stories, perhaps this is just one of them.
It's a great achievement in completing a second successive promotion and a second title too. it's not just me though, despite what you have probably been told. I couldn't have achieved this with the support of Chairman Jim, after all he took a risk in appointing me, and also my superb backroom team headed by Marc (Wilson) my assistant manager. The players have been awesome too, they have done everything we have asked of them and more.
It's more for these people, I just literally drive this bus."