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100% Mckirdey fell out with Askey verbally in training, I’ve had that confirmed from multiple sources, but all that is in the past. A new manager has come in which gives him the opportunity to start again with a clean slate ready for next season. I don’t think Mckirdey needs praising for that, because he needed to grow up and come to the realisation that his fking about could completely scupper his career if he didn’t get on with it. 
 

Personally I think given the way that Clarke wants to play, that a winger who can create something is going to be very important to the formation and if he thinks he can handle this particular played attitude then good luck to him, I hope it works out. 

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1 hour ago, PV1973 said:

100% Mckirdey fell out with Askey verbally in training, I’ve had that confirmed from multiple sources, but all that is in the past. A new manager has come in which gives him the opportunity to start again with a clean slate ready for next season. I don’t think Mckirdey needs praising for that, because he needed to grow up and come to the realisation that his fking about could completely scupper his career if he didn’t get on with it. 
 

Personally I think given the way that Clarke wants to play, that a winger who can create something is going to be very important to the formation and if he thinks he can handle this particular played attitude then good luck to him, I hope it works out. 

Heard the same thing. It sounds like his attitude has improved, perhaps all this has shocked him in to change. 

If he plays well, and is not an issue in the dressing room then he could be useful if he finds his Carlisle form. What I would be concerned about, is that he plays well for a few weeks, gets a new contract and then reverts back to previous. Big question for Clarke, let's see what happens.

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DC has seen him at close quarters for a few weeks now, where in reality McKirdy had nothing to gain bar keeping fit.

Despite this he has clearly shown enough to be given the chance presented by Mills unfortunate injury.

If DC thinks he is worthy of the opportunity and that he can get the best out of Harry that’s good enough for me.

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Is it that much of an effort to register a player? I would say it is simply a case of maximising the squad we had and to motivate the guy, which is a good move. I agree Clarke will have a look, but I fear the window of opportunity is too small for him to make an impact on staying or not. 
I'm thinking the fact he was involved in the friendly against Hereford speaks volumes. If he was definitely being released Clarke wouldn't bother with him. Hopefully he's knuckled down and fighting for his career.
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9 hours ago, valeparklife said:

"But after independent medical advice confirmed defender Mills was out for the remaining eight games, Vale took their case to the EFL and have been allowed to include McKirdy in his place."

I always thought that once you submit your final squad in January, that was that, regardless of injuries.

Your quote answers your own question?

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10 hours ago, Doha said:

These were Clarke's comments on McKirdy about two weeks ago

Clarke is clearly a bit stronger/definitely a lot more belligerent than Askey so it'll be interesting to see if he can handle and channel Mckirdy's (unwarranted) enormous ego into tangible results. 

What Clarke says there is what folk were saying on here when he signed. Plenty of talent but can be a complete twonk. Let’s hope he appreciates the second chance, realises he’s not the Burslem Messi and knuckles down. 

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9 hours ago, MBE said:

Thankfully its probably the last we have seen of Mills. The worst RB I have ever witnessed see at Vale Park....and I remember watching Kevin Steggles!

 

We've had worse than Mills.  In recent times Lawrie Wilson springs to mind.

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Strikes me as exactly the kind of challenge that DC would welcome.

Probably likes a maverick character, and wants to pull out their talent.

I got the impression that JA preferred more mature characters, so Mc would have been a bit of a nuisance.

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Very interesting comments from Clarke today in the press conference RE McKirdy.

Appears to have put a lot of work in to get McKirdy registered, and has made it crystal clear what the expectations are.

Very clearly articulates where Harry needs to improve in terms of mentality but is complimentary of his abilities.

It, on the surface, sounds like top-drawer man-management (which Chris Lines attests is absolutely superb).

 

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23 minutes ago, Joe B said:

Very interesting comments from Clarke today in the press conference RE McKirdy.

Appears to have put a lot of work in to get McKirdy registered, and has made it crystal clear what the expectations are.

Very clearly articulates where Harry needs to improve in terms of mentality but is complimentary of his abilities.

It, on the surface, sounds like top-drawer man-management (which Chris Lines attests is absolutely superb).

 

Was a great interview all through from him I thought. Whilst it can be hard to articulate that is what a proper manager sounds like.

Great stuff on McKirdy and the gauntlet has now been laid down to him. Up to him now if he is going to succeed or not.

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A few sub appearances off the bench rather than having an injured player not able to provide anything, makes sense. Surely he’ll be highly motivated, DC playing with house money it looks like.

He’d have to be scoring a goal a game to get a look in for next season at this late stage surely, but it could be good for him and us.

on the subject of Mills, I’m sure some people on here would prefer players to be <ovf censored> every week and cost us points just so they can say I told you so. I know I’ve criticised him and others, but if he turned it all around I’d be the first to say I was wrong and thanks for the improved contribution.

since DC has come in he has been solid, and maybe that just shows how jarring the tactics were before he arrived. Players don’t get worse or better as soon as a manager turns up, they are just told to perform a different role.

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Spot on. What I like about the new manager is that he asks players to do jobs they are comfortable with. 

Crookes, Mills, Legge, Rodney, Robinson and Conlon have been major beneficiaries of this approach.

The results didn’t come straight away, but there were clear signs before we started winning.

If he thinks he can add McKirdy to this list, good luck to him. I hope he is right, cos the player’s stats at Carlisle suggest he isn’t a mug.

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