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"Ladies and Gentlemen of the assembled media, thank you for attending first to this press conference.
Last season was a big disappointment for City as we failed to build on the first season and if it wasn't for Cowdenbeath struggling then we would have been in a scrap to save our Scottish Football League place which we worked so hard to obtain.
Unfortunately as this is a result business, we have taken a decision to dispense with the services of James (McDonaugh) as of today. As good as a good coach he is, we feel a change of leadership is required to take this club of ours forward. That's why we have appointed a manager whose ambitions match ours. Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Mark Duell as the new manager of Edinburgh City. Mark is an excellent young coach who we think has the potential to be the new Sir Alex Ferguson.
He's smart, intelligent and a football man. We believe we have found a man who has the winning formula and the football managerial X-Factor. The Club is safe in his hands."
"Thank you Mr Chairman for the warm welcome and the introduction.
A few days ago I was enjoying a small city break here in Edinburgh, and watching a bit of speedway here whilst visiting some long known friends. But life has a habit changing when you least expect it and here I am today. I didn't know James McDonaugh personally, and I'm sure he is a really nice guy, but there must be something that makes this club want me to lead them forward. The call to become manager here came right out of the blue to be honest, I don't know who referred me to the Chairman but I have been acquired to do a job.
I am really looking forward to this challenge that has been presented to me, I honestly would feel a bit of a fool if I had declined it. Not every day do you get the chance to become a football manager and in the professional game.
I have had some experience of managing before but that was pretty basic to be honest. I was joint-manager of a Sunday football team a few years ago and enjoyed that but this is a totally different kettle of proverbial fish. It's a real challenge and anyone who knows me well, knows I love to take on a challenge I can get my proverbial teeth into.
As for my ambitions, I am looking forward to take Edinburgh City as far as we can together. It will be certainly a team effort. I've met the squad briefly and they appear as keen as I am to give this a good go.
I am doing a full assessment of what I have at my disposal, so there might be additions but then again I might be happy with what I have at the moment. You'll just have to wait and see.
Let's make something amazing happen, after all I live by the mantra: "Teamwork makes the dream work." Thank you everyone."
"I'm very pleased to today announce the appointment of Marc Wilson as my Assistant Manager. Marc is well known to fans in Scotland from his playing career which saw him pick up three SPL titles at Celtic so his pedigree is immense. He is a likeable character on and off the pitch and I am sure I can bounce many ideas off him as we collectively strive to do the best for Edinburgh City.
He was the stand out candidate from a list of that had so many very good applications. I am sure he will prove to be a major asset for the Club and it's a great honour to bring him here."
"I'm very honoured today to be named as assistant manager here at Edinburgh City and work alongside Mark. You could say it's a double Mark. After leaving Airdrie in the summer of 2017, I have taken stock and turned down many opportunities from clubs both in England and Scotland as I wanted to make sure my next job was the right one for me and my family. However, once Mark got in touch and asked me to come down for a chat I couldn't say no.
He's an excellent guy to be working with and I am sure together we can look to bring success here."
"Well what more can I say about this? We have been given a tough task to make the net stage of this competition. In fact, I will akin this to climbing Everest, it's certainly feeling like Mission Impossible. After all, you just have to look who we have been drawn with at this opening stage. Four, not one, but three existing SPL sides in the shape of Hamilton Accies, Killie and our neighbours from dear old Gorgie: the Jambos plus Livi. If we get through this stage it'll be an absolutely amazing achievement for us.
Can the big teams play their kids in this tournament stage and at least give us some chance? Because if I was a betting man, I certainly wouldn't putting any money on Edinburgh City qualifying for the next round.
However, we have to give it the best we can against them. Every one of these games is like David and Goliath, and if we get beaten then we will have given it a good go."
"That's interesting isn't it? We face a team whom we ground share with. You certainly couldn't script this for sure.
One thing is for definite, they will know every inch and blade of grass when we play them. There's no advantage to anyone in this game. Granted we will probably start favourites because of the league standing but to me, that means absolutely nothing. We will have to be prepared for a battle and not shirk our collective responsibilities. It will be solely down to us to stop the giant killing and any embarrassment.
We won't be taking it lightly."
"I'm pleased to bring "Bolo" to the Club. It was not easy persuading a guy to drop back down a division particularly when you had to work hard so for promotion the season beforehand but we talked and he feels he can help us make an impact here. He's a strong defender and very experienced at this level so he knows what the game is about. Some might ask why we have brought him in at his age of 34, but you can't buy such experience like you do have in "Bolo". The main thing for us here is to get the club moving out of League Two and adding a player of Mike's stature can only enhance us with that objective.
He'll do us a job."
"I'm also pleased to welcome Michael Dunlop here to the Club. Whilst he is only 25, he's got quite a bit of experience behind him and again you can't buy that. He's an old fashioned no nonsense defender who came through the famous Aberdeen youth set up and can only add to what we have here. Whilst he hasn't played for a season and half, I'm sure he will be competing for a place in the starting eleven once he is up to speed with what the others."
"I'm happy to be here and it was a bit of no brainer when Mark asked me about the possibility of joining Edinburgh as one of his new signings. I could have stayed with Montrose but you know sometimes you have to think what else is out there. There seems to a bit of a buzz around this place and I can't wait to get started. I'll be doing whatever I can to get this team promoted up the league."
"It's a great feeling to back involved with a side that have certainly wanted me. Mark sold the Club to me and I could not say no when he told me I would have a role in his plans for the team. I might not have played since January 2017 but I'm keen as mustard so they say to get started and achieve the team in what way I can."
"I've not made any secret about the need for Edinburgh City to have an affiliate link with a big club, and the board backed me on this request. Today we announce a link with SPL giants Aberdeen and whilst I would have been over the moon if we had Celtic or Hibernian as a choice, Aberdeen isn't a bad choice at all.
The Dons have a fantastic youth team set up which has seen so many great players come off that conveyor belt, and for us to have the chance to sign some of those talents on loan is absolutely exciting. They have also agreed to play an annual pre-season game too which gives our club such a boost financially. It feels like we have won the lottery, it really does."
"I hadn't quite made my mind up when I first watched the team in action and train but more and more I got impressed with Conrad. He has a presence on and off the pitch and is well liked by everyone in the team. He leads by example and makes players accountable when they dip below what he deems high standards, he's everything that a captain should be. The team couldn't have anyone as good as him to lead them into the new season."
"I would be lying if I said I wasn't happy to be named Edinburgh City's new captain. It's a great honour for me and my family; and I'm proud that the boss sees me as his leader on the pitch. It can only enhance my play and who knows that the international call up from either Austria or Hungary might come knocking next. That would be the icing on the proverbial cake as would lifting a trophy this season and I will be doing whatever I can to realise the latter."
"After beating Spartans, I was hoping for a decent draw in the next stage and ideally a money spinning home tie as well. Whilst we didn't get the home tie I desired, we have been given a decent tie though so the football Gods were definitely listening to me on this one. It's about time they did haha!
We travel to Fife and to Dunfermline at their East End Park stadium. It's a real challenge for the team to try and create a bit of history for themselves as I am aware that we have not been this far in the competition in the time we have competed in it. It's a tough ask especially as Dunfermline were challenging for a place back in the Premiership via the play-offs last season but there's always a chance of a giant killing in any Cup game, so why not us to inflict one?
This game will hopefully give the Club itself a bit of a financial boost as we're hoping there will be a decent crowd there. Our fans will be there in numbers I hope and inspire us.
I really can't wait for it to come around."
"It's a good draw for us, in fact I am very pleased with it indeed.
We could have picked a team in either League One or from the Championship but we struck it lucky and got a very winnable game indeed. It really helps us to try and meet an objective that we set ourselves this season and that was to make the fourth round if possible. Now we have an excellent chance to make that objective a reality.
For sure, we will not take Inverurie lightly at all like we don't take anyone. They are capable of surprising us if we get complacent, we need to step away from that and prove that the bookies are right in having us as game favourites. I'm confident we can go there and get a result and a place in round four. It's ours for the taking."
"I'm absolutely delighted we have drawn a Premiership side in the Fourth Round; and at home too!
Of course I would be kidding nobody if I said I would have loved to have a tie against either Celtic or Rangers but we got St.Mirren who are a more than capable Premiership side in their own right. It's a tie that really gets the juices flowing, and to be drawn at home in the tie is equally fantastic. We could possibly break our attendance record, and what a boost that would be for the Club. The players are excited, the Chairman is and of course I definitely am.
Is it January yet?"