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FAN VIEWS: Supporters won’t renew Caley Thistle season tickets unless changes at top

By Will Clark

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle have been relegated to League One. Picture: Callum Mackay
Inverness Caledonian Thistle have been relegated to League One. Picture: Callum Mackay

This article is part of our fan review series: All thoughts and opinions are from Inverness Caledonian Thistle fans and not representative of the Inverness Courier.

SUPPORTERS have been venting their opinions on how Inverness Caledonian Thistle suffered relegation to League One after losing the Championship play-off final.

A 5-3 aggregate defeat to Hamilton Academical means Inverness will play in the third tier of Scottish football for the first time in 25 years.

Fans are now demanding answers from the club on where it goes from here into next season and what the club will look like for the 2024/25 campaign.

Supporters got in touch with the Inverness Courier with their views on what has happened to their club.

Sean Mckay (28)

Season ticket holder for majority of his life, has been attending games since early 2000’s, goes to away games too

“Whilst the club has been relegated because of performances on the park, for me for the majority of the blame goes to those behind the scenes from the management of Dodds contract in June last year.

“Dodds sacked 10 games into two years and Ferguson’s appointment with a three-year deal who now has to be sacked. Did they totally forget about what happened with Foran?

“The time and energy put into the battery farm, communication continues to be awful with poor fan engagement, letting Carson and Welsh go. I think the scenes at full time reflected this too. It's high time the board acknowledges this and without acknowledgement, apologies and big changes I will not be renewing my season ticket.

Kenny Cameron (22)

Season ticket holder since late 00’s/early 10’s, travels to many away games too.

“Very saddening, heart wrenching looking around on Saturday at full time and seeing so many people of all ages hurt and angry at what’s happened to this club.

“Consoling people that nine years ago at Hampden I was hugging with tears of joy, completely destroyed.

“I love this club, I love this city this club means everything to me I’ve been going for 16 years and was a ball boy for five years.

“I owe my life to the club and to see throughout the whole season, schoolboy error after schoolboy error everyone pointing fingers at each other rather than putting their hands up (Devine).

“Some incredible decision making from top to bottom at this club, to lose two key passionate midfielders in January and not replace them, to give a very unproven manager a three-year deal on big money just riddled with poor decisions.

“Change is needed, the club is paying for years of disengaging with this city, this community, the fans and importantly local businesses and it needs to end. We need new life upstairs and it starts with a new CEO.

“I certainly will not be renewing my season ticket if there is no restructure/Gardiner stays and I know many that are saying the same thing.”

Euan Bain (20)

Season ticket holder for over a decade, goes to most away games, on board of the ICT Supporters Trust.

“This relegation should come at no surprise to anyone, our board since Hughes final season has made consistent and constant bad decisions. Hiring three inexperienced managers on longer contracts sacking two and it remains to be seen what will come of Duncan Ferguson.

“The hiring of Scot Gardiner was also the worst decision in our history. I will not be renewing my season ticket until Gardiner is gone.

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