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  1. 93 likes
    I don't normally post after home games as most of you will have seen it, more so when Sky broadcast the game to the unfortunate viewing public, but if ever a season contrived to throw up a performance that deserved some comment, it was that. Simply sensational. Don't worry that the fourth goal wasn't a penalty or that Huddersfield were shaken by a horrific injury to one of their players, or indeed that the wind and rain swirled unpredictably around Ashton Gate in search of victims that might think they can play football. What mattered is that for the first time in nearly six months (and I have no idea where this performance came from other than backs to the wall grit and sheer bloody mindedness) we played ninety minutes where everyone knew their role with or without the ball, everyone BELIEVED in themselves, and everyone said - bar a 20 minute first half spell of glue-like one touch passing from Huddersfield - we are not going to break, we are going to present them with a solid wall of defenders and we are going to (faint now) break with pace. I won't dignify told-you-so type posts by Johnson supporters with a direct reply as frankly it is childish to suggest there is precedent or evidence that a performance like that was coming or that this was some kind of reward for patience. This was an end of days, all or nothing display of guts and self belief that owed a lot to long forgotten features of City's football - saying City's football in of itself a revelation as we took the game to Huddersfield rather than the usual respect of adapting around them. Features of City's football like: - Tomlin genuinely playing off Tammy Abraham in as close as we will get this season to a conventional 4-4-2. Not having to sit so deep and do so much to unlock the opposition, actually being on a defenders shoulder knowing the right pass or turn will present openings for Tammy. As per usual, he didn't always pick that pass, but given the ball right in front of the backline, he had space and time to cause panic and allow other City players to push up and create attacking options - uncharted territory for us this season - Not passing backwards. When we got the ball, it was like the team had been told to be brave and be bright. After months of midfielders getting the ball and the ground sighing as the player stopped, panicked, and passed backwards, it was like they were on instructions to only go forward. We had the remarkable sight of midfielders battling to make room to find a forward run or pass, actually becoming more of a catalyst for an attack rather than a piece of furniture good for only ushering the ball back or sideways - Full backs who got tight to their opposite numbers and didn't give them a second to pick crosses or bring others into play, full backs who made it their business to make the flanks their land and fought for and used the ball brightly (winning and then charging forward) in a manner that has been utterly non existent this season - Defenders buzzing around like hawks who knew when to go to the player and stop them - none of this standing off and off ball watching (okay, perhaps a little, particularly as Huddersfield's attacking passing was very good) but actually sending a player to the ball to intercept it when they got anywhere near the box and before they could shoot - Breaking with pace, trying to routinely get them on the back foot, get the ball threaded through to Tomlin or Tammy, who created the time and space for one another to cause problems and bought us not before seen time to sustain proper serious attacking football. Football is a beautiful game when City actually play THEIR football and take control of a game so convincingly. Win all the individual battles and impress OUR football on the game, not spend 90 minutes trying to contain and admire theirs. ****ing brilliant! If anything, what Huddersfield did to make that game, was play so open and attacking - routinely 3 forward players over the halfway line and another 4 pushing up in midfield. They moved quickly with the ball and tried to press us at times further up the pitch. The difference for once was we were solid at the back and first to every ball around the box before they could cross, particularly Korey - now embarrassing every other right back at the club - and Bryan - who pulled a 10 out of nowhere after months of below average. This was the first game where we looked like we had Championship full backs that hunted down opponents with support from the midfield, and then bombed forward with confidence, pace and power, backing themselves to retain the ball and shift the football upfield, rather than the traditional hoof upfield from Flint. Flint, by the way, was making busy leaping for and tackling anything that came near him. That was one thing that hasn't changed, but when the other players all work with him, he looks a class act. The first came from a fantastic bit of advantage from the referee but typical of the problems our two forwards were causing running off the defenders and making themselves available. Abraham was regularly bundled over, but on this occasion Tomlin didn't wait for the whistle and just scooped up the ball and (as so often before he tired) ran on goal, this time with the easy chance to score. If the first was a fortuitous break in the game - but in my opinion earned just by the manner in which our front two were drifting and working the defence as opposed to the recent best of knocking it up to Wilbraham while everyone else in red was static - then the second goal was pure class. We got the ball to Cotterill on the right who raced forward and played an early, fizzing low cross into the box (again, something we just haven't been doing). Begging our forwards to win it. Putting the Huddersfield defenders into problems. Tammy got his split second timing right to get goal side of his marker as it arrived and bury it first time in the bottom corner. Simply sensational, a Premiership finish for a goal of speed and strength that oozed class and was a testament to pace and movement we haven't seen from a City team since, well, September? And right on the stroke of a 59th minute half time, exactly what Lee Johnson needed to setup a rallying half time team talk. We've thrown away two goal leads several times, but not being this bright. And so it was, we came out after half time like a team possessed. A slick move saw O'Dowda denied a near certain goal with a header at close range. Huddersfield had been open from the start but more so in the second half and this played to City's forgotten strengths. Without two banks of four to break down, and with Korey and Joe Bryan getting tight to and closing down attacks and then powering forward with the ball, we got situations where we had options and could release Tammy, Tomlin or O'Dowda at will. Flint and Wright, beasts the pair of them, were first to everything that came near them, Pack and O'Neil were streetwise to everything in midfield, and we weathered Huddersfield attempts to get into the game. If anything it was like seeing the City team of the past six months - run out of ideas and reduced to pot shots from 25 yards. So the third wasn't a surprise. From a corner we had their defenders in full on panic mode, O'Neil knocked the second ball back into the box and Flint applied the backheel. Delerium. Limbs everywhere. Before the end we had a fourth, Joe Bryan, a player possessed by god knows what - a throwback performance to our promotion season - raced forward with a never say die attitude that was so typical of him last night and so atypical of him this season. Inside the box with a defender closing he rode the challenge and launched himself to the floor. By a stroke of luck, the referee, who had allowed the Huddersfield number 10 to dive all game, got into the party spirit and awarded the penalty. Cotterill nearly took the roof off the net off. Pandemonium! A well oiled Ashton Gate crowd, long since boisterous and noisy, had their Friday night made. If ever a group of fans deserved a night like this it was City. We've been well and truly through the mill home and away with awful football and ever worse results with no sight of the kind of football that dominates games and opposition. This wasn't just respite, this was a performance that was earned and hopefully season defining. We have 8 more games to play with the same guts, determination and self believe, and we'll be fine. Well done Lee Johnson - I didn't think you had it in you, I still don't, but I take my hat off to you for whatever you said to the players before that one. Keep it simple, play to your strengths, believe in yourselves, play you game, don't worry about what Huddersfield want to do. Whatever it was, it was unlike anything I've seen since Fulham away (better, arguably) and more than enough evidence that if you play a settled team with 2 up top, hard working full backs, and back yourself going forward... you're far too good to go down. Fielding 7 Wasn't overworked thanks to the stellar defending but had a few things to do including a save at his near post at 2-0 and did it well. Looks so much less fragile and prone to error that Giefer Korey Smith 10 CHAMPIONSHIP FULL BACK SIGHTING ... picked up where he left off at Wigan. Barring when he was rusty post injury, this has been going on for years, I love this guy, it's like he steps onto the pitch wanting to be one of the best players on the pitch and puts the work in required to do so. No one gets the better of him. Just a class act. Joe Bryan 10 CHAMPIONSHIP FULL BACK SIGHTING PART 2.... or even just a JOE BRYAN SIGHTING.... Wow, just wow, no idea where that came from, best performance of the season by a country mile, it was like he had woken up to all the criticism this season, OR had seen how Korey performed at Wigan and decided, I want a piece of this. Just brilliant. Flint 9 As per, an absolute warrior, wins everything, battles for everything, will be kicking anything that comes near him in his sleep this weekend. Wright 8 Really getting an understanding with Flint, they hold their shape and know who should go to the ball. Streetwise and solid. O'Neil 7 Sounds odd to say, but easily our poorest play on a night when no one really was. A couple of brilliant runs in midfield offset by some careless or even chaotic passing or lazy flicks at other times. Certainly the weakest link but a big part of the momentum when we built forward. Pack 8 Wasn't passing backwards today, backed himself and got his foot on the ball and looked to go forward. Vintage Pack. Also towards the end streetwise enough to take the foul and break the game up. Huddersfield's open play gave him the time and space, and he kindly obliged. Cotterill 8 As he has been since he returned, pace and determination, leads by example, and importantly gets his head up and sees what is happening and who to get the ball to, unlucky with two dangerous breaks in the second half that we didn't thread the ball to him as he was clear, but consistently a willing runner, and as emphatic a penalty as you will see! O'Dowda 9 Has been great for weeks now, am always surprised when he is dropped, shaping up to be a class act who starts with the most important attribute: work - knows where to get back and be when we haven't got the ball, and when we have got the ball is deceptively strong and confident on the ball getting forward, is going to be a real asset Tomlin 9 Absolutely knackered after an hour, but what an hour it was. Playing off Tammy up front he caused all sorts of problems, when you get him into space with just defenders to beat, as opposed to working deep out of midfield having to create miracles, he is a different player, full of smart touches and the self belief to take players on. Doesn't always get it right, but a dream for a poacher like Tammy to play around, creates the panic which others can then thrive on, gives defenders too much to think about. Abraham 9 Grew up a little today, class act who beats players for fun with his first touch, but today we saw a more streetwise performance too, buying fouls in the second half (to be fair he was getting kicked about something rotten) but just love his movement and hustle, always looking to spring the defence and his goal was pure instinct and pace. They had a torrid time marking him. All errors and omissions excepted, as I have been celebrating for most of the night
  2. 81 likes
    Never felt so disillusioned and disinterested in the club as i do now. as someone who during the Millen and Mcinnes reigns commuted to the Gate from central london on the megabus every weekend to see home and away games i would have classed myself as a massive city fan.....right now i feel like i couldnt give a shit. Even when times were hard i would go. The treatment of us fans by Lansdown and Johnson has been a disgrace,they have taken us for complete fools and treated us with zero respect. I will not be going to the gate again while this clueless waste of space of a manager is leading the club. If only we had lost to Fleetwood. I feel sorry for the players, they have been utterly let down by the mixed messages and ineptitude by a complete and utter fraud. No doubt posters will say bye bye better off without you attention seeker etc etc...doesnt bother me in the slightest very unhappy with this club tsking my money and ******* it down the drain on this clown. Take care all.
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    From these small seeds, big things are grown. I hope that is the sentiment tonight from everyone connected with City because really it wasn’t a very good performance and although we shaded the result, it was a terrible game between two teams who have rightly occupied close to the lowest positions in the table. We started brightly for about 5 minutes and we finished strongly for about 15 minutes, but other than that it was an awful match between two poor teams and we were indebted to Fielding for a couple of important saves. We on the other hand had about one shot on goal and but for some bright running outside the box, rarely went close. We started uncharacteristically boldly with two up top, Lee Tomlin floating about the place, and Korey at right back. Let me start right away by saying despite the confusing line up, Korey was our best player by a mile, not only did he win everything he was asked to, but he is so much more intelligent than the others with his decision making. For about five minutes we tried to get the ball up to Taylor or Tammy and pour forward. O’Neil looked like he really wanted it from the middle, and we pushed up. For a moment this was going to be Derby or Newcastle again. It wasn’t. Punting the ball to Taylor and Tammy (neither a target man) is not winning football. And it didn’t do much. Our best football at the start was when Tomlin ran at them out of the hole, but the more he tried, the worse he got, giving the ball away feebly or over complicating and missing the shooting opportunity altogether. By about ten minutes in Wigan had adjusted to our game plan and we really didn’t cause any serious problems for another hour. By a quarter of the way through the match it had descended to an awful game of football between two teams that could barely string passes together and made all the wrong decisions. Joe Bryan was casual and routinely giving the ball away. If he got forward, he crossed it straight to a defender. Tomlin was losing the ball every time he got it. Surprisingly, from an incredibly open start that looked like it was only a defensive mistake away from goals - and produced exciting back and forth attacking - we had landed on awful football between two teams that huffed and puffed to create anything of substance. Best example Omar Bogle who was a nuisance - but looked non league. By half time Wigan were opening us up far better than we were opening them up, and hit the cross bar and forced a couple of saves from Fielding. We didn’t force anything. Unsurprisingly knocking it long to Taylor and Tammy is not a great way to build possession and Taylor in particular was awful, and failed to get many balls under control. I honestly thought Wigan were the more likely to score, and they looked it until Wilbraham came on. He changed the game. He properly worked defenders, controlled forward balls, and brought others in. We were a different team when he came on. Tomlin also adjusted - won free kicks rather than over complicated, and Joe Bryan looked more awake. Gradually we grew into the game and for the last ten minutes we saw what I haven’t seen a City team produce for months and months - a barnstorming finish. We were the only team that was going to get the winner, Tomlin was drawing foul after foul and Joe Bryan three times got to the byline and floated a pinpoint cross in (contrasting to aimless lifts into the middle). His third cross in short succession would secure the goal, but before that, Brownhill (on with O’Dowda as rightful subs) had dragged a shot wide with the goal gaping. This was City’s game to win. In the end it was a Bryan cross which Tammy (who was largely poor but a constant nuisance) bundled into and Flint reacted quickest to knock it home. Delirium. It was like a weight was lifted. Bear in mind this was a game which for an hour we and Wigan had contrived to exchange mistakes and look something more akin to League Two than the Championship. But for once City improved from the half time re-group and the substitutions galvanised the team still further. Not often we’ve said that. In the end I’m left absolutely over the moon about an only barely deserved win that was a victory for pure guts and fight. But no getting carried away, both teams were awful and we had probably only one shot on goal. It was like Rotherham at home. Terrible teams battling over who is second worst or third worst. But I will take a win any which way we can get it. I also am left to ponder about team selection again. O’Dowda, so good in recent weeks, dropped. Wilbraham, who amazed everyone by getting 4 consecutive starts, disappears the one time we have no other options for a target man and play 60 minutes punting balls to two players who are not. Let’s be clear, this wasn’t redemption in any shape for LJ. The selection was bold and offered hope of a Derby-like first half with the same forward players. But big difference, O’Neil and Pack sat in, we didn’t have the short passing out of midfield that carved open lanes for Taylor and Tammy at Derby. Instead we tried to release our wingers (but didn’t) or knocked it up and hoped Taylor would control (he didn’t). But a great result and although it surprised me, Johnson had the balls to come and celebrate it with the away fans. He will need a LOT more than this to be taken seriously, but anyone who didn’t enjoy it, can hardly be supporting City. There was a muted attempt at Johnson Out during the second half, but it was shouted down. Not today. Fielding 8 Shout for man of the match, far better than Giefer and kept us in the game with two or three saves you would expect him to make but which quite honestly I would not be surprised to see Giefer concede from. Smith 9 Absolutely outstanding, odd position and it showed at times (thought he had more time than he did, played more centrally from set pieces than he should) but won everything, never stopped going, and quite frankly produced the best forward balls of anyone. A class act again. Bryan 7 Was terrible with the ball in the first half, but was solid against his opposite number and in the second half stepped it up a level and got to the byline and produced far better crosses than he managed in the first half. If he was talked to at half time in did the trick. Flint 8 Won pretty much everything (and there were far more balls flying in at Bogle than we were sending into their defence) and led by example. His goal was deserved. Sick of this guy being the scapegoat. He gives it everything and in poor games like this between awful teams, THAT is the difference. Wright 7 Solid as well, few mistakes although a few of his clearances were poorly placed O’Neil 7 Worked his proverbials off as well. Got a knock early on and that seemed to limit his forward play, but was always looking to cover and pushed up enough to help Tomlin and others play with freedom Pack 6 Some nice patient control and passing in midfield but he wasted several miscued passes and as with earlier in the season a little too ponderous, didn’t look able to build quickly or thread the needle forward Cotterill 6 He set high standards with his first few games and I actually think he is regressing. Struggled to get in the game and didn’t have a lot of space to work with. I don’t think he plays well when we have Tomlin in the team. Tomlin 6 Terrible in the first half, a couple of good runs but made an artform of making the wrong decision - fail to control, give the ball away, pass to an opponent, hold on too long and lose the ball. Second half wasn’t significantly better but kept it simple, won free kicks, and became a nuisance. Taylor 5 Really poor. Nothing like Derby. Didn’t have good service and was being asked to play a really difficult game (drifting off markers and bringing long forward balls under control before turning and going at them). Didn’t do much of that. Abraham 6 A couple of stunning touches early on as he’s liable to do (one by the touchline was amazing) but didn’t look sharp and had very little to work with. Was amazed he stayed on, but thank god he did as even without the service or control, was the nuisance which contrived our goal. Subs: Wilbraham 7 Changed the game. We played football that needed a target man so thank god we finally got one after an hour. We have serious problems if Duric is out for a while. O’Dowda 6 Didn’t have a lot to do when he came on, but did it well. Brownhill 6 Missed our best chance of the game but bags of energy and was the first central midfielder to really push forward which shifted us up the pitch and was important to us building the late momentum which won the game
  4. 68 likes
    I don't know about anyone else but this sorry episode is going to have lasting damage on my relationship with City and particularly my faith in Steve Lansdown. Steve is the custodian of the football club for a relatively short time span, he is lucky enough to be in a position where he can afford to have such control of the club. But his duty is to serve the tens of thousands of supporters of this club and do what's best for the club overall NOT to serve his own personal interests and relationships by giving 'jobs for the boys'. Deep down he must know that this is not working and will not work and surely must have people around him telling him this. Do what's best for the football club, not you or any of your friends Steve. But the real lasting damage will be that I won't forget in a hurry that I now feel it necessary to not attend Ashton Gate again until Lee Johnson is removed from post. That is not a decision I have taken lightly given it is pretty much my main outlet of socialising with mates on a regular basis. But I cannot stand by and watch one man blindly pursue with a faint hope that one day Lee Johnson might turn out to be a good manager. All and sundry can see the clear evidence in front of our eyes that Johnson cannot turn the club around from this position. The question is can Steve Lansdown? I am very pessimistic unfortunately and my hopes have not been raised by my visit to the barber's this morning. Not because the barber accidentally stuck a pair of scissors in my eye, but because a senior employee at AG who is a regular told my barber just a few weeks ago that Johnson is very much here to stay...it's becoming very apparent that that is the case and so it looks like I'm in for an extended stay away from supporting the club I love...
  5. 65 likes
    Felt gutted we didn't score again
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    Why don't we just chant 'Come on you Reds' and get behind the team. Keep the 'Johnson out' until the end of the game.
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    Just in case anyone hasn't seen this yet. Oskar walked the just over a mile journey to school today for the first time. Have just got off the phone from him, delighted to say he's joining us Atyeo movers/South Stand "hooligans" (as he put it) again next season.
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    I sit in the West Stand and have been a season ticket holder for a long time, previously sitting in the Dolman.... I also pay for the odd hospitality at the Gate for friends and family which is very good. Did it for some home games and it was good experience. Now, it has become a fcking nightmare watching that shite and there is simply no way I am going to pay those prices in League One. No fcking way. I have taken the decision that I will not renew whilst LJ is in charge. This does not mean I am a fickle fan but I am not going to show support for a club that continually lies to and misleads its fans. I am not going to put up with a club where the owner and his son run it like a game on Football Manager. I cannot stand LJ, his bull shit and his shit football. I cannot stand Ashton and his BS PR job.... With the fcking DNA we have installed we will soon be extinct! I can still follow the club and will select the games I attend home/away. I remember that night in Bradford under SC where I almost cried at watching us destroy a side to get promoted. I remember an old game at Bradford where they did us 5-1 or something. Thus, to play that way, against that team (I think that was the season they did Arsenal at home in the Cup) was a massive highlight. This followed a game on the Saturday at Preston where the team put in a fighting display to keep Preston at bay. Those nights are long gone.. the fight, spirit, passion, has gone. The pressing, high tempo football has gone... the style that we were trying to embed has gone. I cannot tell you how gutted it makes me feel.... Thanks to the board because only BCFC could fck up the momentum brought about by a double winning manager. Well done to all, you must be very proud SL....
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    In the farcical giggling post match interview by our complete embarrassment of a head coach When Hadwin pointed out that we'd dropped into the bottom three did I really hear Johnson say 'It might wake a few up' WTF was that all about - I assume he was referring to the players His man-management has to be the worst , the very worst I've ever seen at this Club He is literally CLUELESS #JOHNSONOUTNOW
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    Just got home and I'm off my tits! Had too much cider and probs pissed a of people about the supereds tonight. I'm in Devon and nobody gives a **** about us. They all support Man ****** U and Chelsea. I love where I was born and I love Bristol City. F**k everyone else. Blige i'm w*****ed. I love you all and LJ is still a c**t.
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    Take a bow lad. You were bloody magnificent tonight!!!
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    How many of you have actually met the man & actually talked to him about Bristol City Football Club? The reason I ask is because for those that have will instantly recognise the passion he has for the football club & how desperate he is for success both on & off the pitch & to make our club something to be available to follow for generations to come. For all those that question his passion & support, if it wasn't for SL, we could quite possibly not have a club to follow right now & the very fact that he has openly admitted that he questions himself with regards to continuing to do what he does for our club is very worrying, personally!! We could be left in the hands of someone with a lot less financial clout or in the hands of a foreign owner who doesn't know or care about what Bristol City Football Club means to so many people in the past & the future to come & that isn't something that I wish to look forward to!! Mr Lansdown has put an astronomical amount of money into Bristol City, far more than anyone else has shown a potential to do, there could be a huge lack of future transfers of players coming into the club, the club has been losing money hand over fist for many years now & it is down to SL that he has managed to take on those losses & to still fork out millions on trying to improve the playing squad let alone what he has done for the behind the scenes of the club. While we may all feel like we could do better, until you are prepared to put millions of your own money into a loss making venture, I'm afraid you just have to trust the person that is willing & able to do such a thing. And let's not forget, he doesn't have to do this, he undoubtedly has plenty of people & business that want his money. He has a family that he could just allow all his money to go to in the future, we aren't taking peanuts here, we are talking money that 99% of us could only dream about ever seeing & I've no doubt that all of our first priorities would be to make sure our family are taken care of for many years to come!! Some of the things aimed at SL over these last few weeks have been embarrassing & people need to get a grip on reality & put things into proper perspective. It wasn't so long ago that the club was in a real mess & ran a real risk of no longer being here for any of us to follow & without an SL at the helm, that possibility could become reality & then you'll really have a reason to worry because I don't know anyone with the disposable income available to carry on funding the club we love & without that, there is a real risk of there being no more Bristol City. Please, just remember that if we didn't have SL doing what he does for our football club, there is no knowing where we could be & personally it doesn't bare thinking about because life (in football perspective) could be a hell of a lot worse. Just be careful what you wish for because there are a lot worse places to be right now!!
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    I completely understand frustration for what's happened this season but I still like Lee and don't understand the need for personal abuse which is rife on here and social media. He's been unlucky at times but is, of course, deserving of criticism for where we currently find ourselves. I also understand frustrations at what happened with Pemberton and I particularly am annoyed with the statement the club put out that showed him no respect, but ultimately LJ should be able to decide his own coaching set-up. It's the board that wanted to part ways with Pemberton earlier than planned, it's the board that have stuck with Lee, it's the board that have made it difficult for numerous managers over the years. Yes, people can ask why are they showing so much loyalty to Lee, especially when compared to other managers like Cotts, but that's the board's fault not LJ. All my grievances over this season are with the board. I followed Lee as a manager at Oldham/Barnsley. I think at Oldham particularly he did a very good job with limited resources. I understand why we went for him with his links to the club, although I, like many, knew it'd be a gamble at the time. I understand why SL wants to stick with him and try and break the pattern of bringing in a new manager every year. Again, I'm frustrated he didn't do the same with Cotts who genuinely deserved backing but I do get what he's trying to do. Maybe it's romanticism due to his surname but on paper, he's a young highly-rated coach who knows and admires the club and buys into what SL and the board want (in sense, a yes man, I don't think it's amiss to state that). It's been a terrible 4 months but he came in and did a good job before that. He cares about the club and hasn't deliberately got us in this position, he's lost his best player at the end of August without a replacement, he/the team have genuinely been unlucky in numerous games with ref decisions and when it comes to LJ, players failing to take clear-cut chances or giving away unnecessary penalties. His inexperience over the course of recent months has definitely been evident and nobody could argue if he had been sacked but he's clearly the board's man and they have made a massive gamble in remaining loyal to him. If he's out of his depth, the board are to blame for not getting rid, Lee isn't not trying and has good intentions. I'd love nothing more than us to stay up after the next ten games and for him to lead us to a successful season next year.
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    Sorry Spud. Always try to find the common ground with you but literally no idea where you get this from - politely (excluding the inane nastiness of fly by night posters) this is probably the most ridiculous thing I've read from a reasoned contributor on here in my life. Did you see the pass and move that Burton managed pretty much every time they had the ball? Why have we not managed that for half a year? Why couldn't we pass or move the way we did? I agree that some people will use any reason to slaughter LJ, but if you can't see it getting any better than today's performance and use the penalty and the disallowed goal as a measure of our near success then your recent comments about detachment from City is probably warranted. We were a far poorer footballing side the Burton in every respect today and while Tomlin has had a horrific performance, to claim a pass for LJ today is beyond ridiculous. By the way, I heard nothing but positive support from the Dolman and Atyeo for the entire 90 minutes. I was amazed how much people anywhere I could hear heeded the request of the owner to keep the negativity under wraps. Sorry if people were horrible where you sit but changing the story to one of fans being a disgrace is really beyond the pale for me. I enjoy and learn from your point of view but I can't agree with a single thing you have written.
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    I know that SL either reads or is told about topics on this forum. so Steve (or Mrs L), could you spare a few moments to explain in a rational and logical manner why you have allowed this situation to develop at our club? I like to think I am Mr average City fan, you know, ST holder, go to a few away games, supported for many years, have never chanted for any manager to be sacked, I even buy a half time draw ticket. But having watched the club I support unravel in front of me I can't for the life of me understand why you have stood by and failed to act. This is not an attempt to ridicule your unbelievable generosity toward the club, or claim that you don't care, like me I'm sure you do. What is the explanation Steve?
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    I can only assume a contract extension is in the works...
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    Ironic coming from somebody like you.
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    I reckon I'll be gone by 5pm if I don't stop checking OTIB every five minutes and get some work done
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    I will say it again. The support at games has been exceptional bar a dire performance against Fulham. That is where it matters. Not on a forum.
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    A lot of this fits a lot of circumstantial evidence. I remember when LJ first joined as head coach GJ did an interview where he pointly said that LJ would "be more likely to ask his mother for help than me, he is his own man." Yet I remember a radio Bristol interview with LJ who said he and his dad watch all their games back together to talk them through. Not to mention how our U23's is a feeder club for Gj's. And I remember GJ being the commentator for a cup match on radio Bristol, maybe hull, when GJ slated Engvall throughout. In the post match interview LJ sang Engvall’s praises, yet Engvall wasn’t seen, except collecting splinters, for weeks, perhaps after LJ discussed what to do with his dad. If the letter above is wes’s dad then he is clearly being protective of his son, yet to me calling SC arrogant etc makes this all the more plausible. Pieces of the puzzle…..I remember people in the crowd and even the opposition manager tweeting about Tomlin’s disgusting language to LJ at Huddersfield?, back just before his first start for us on the bench. Then there is more, our massive drop in form, LJ himself talking about players “he can trust,” players disappearing for weeks at a time, Jens being the latest. I would not be surprised if someone who played, and scored, in the champions’ league was not amused by some of the antics of our napoleon. So much more, the fact LJ is still in his job after such a terrible sequence of results speaks volumes in itself. Not to mention in an interview yesterday he talked about how it was a joint decision to remove pembo, distancing himself, when mark ashton today said how LJ had planned to remove pembo by the end of the season. Even in interviews when on his best behaviour LJ’s spiteful comments come through, Tomlin driving back home effecting his fitness, adam matthews not being a professional, too much cola etc. Players being “naive” (ironic). And how often has he talked about not knowing whether to slap or cuddle the players? The reported incident that led to gary o’neil going to the board when LJ told staff and players not involved in a game to get out of the changing rooms before going mental at those that remained. Maybe all this is made up, but what about the patterns of players being dropped completely for games after these reported incidents, like o’neil and his “niggly” injuries (o’neils words in recent interview), exactly the same words Tomlin used in his “everything is fine” interview about his own non-selection due to “niggly injuries”. These interviews are always a little too convient. And they always talk about how great the team spirit is etc, the “family”. Take the recent pembo thing as well, perhaps the talk of him grabbing Tomlin’s throat is nonsense, but why would pembo, who don’t forget was Tomlin’s coach at Peterborough too so go way back, do this? If Tomlin does hate LJ, which is obvious, then perhaps he did miss that penalty on purpose? Pembo may have been in no doubt of this and as pembo loves/loved the club maybe he did act more aggressively than he should. A caller on RB after the game even said that Tomlin must hate LJ lots by the way he missed that penalty, not even taking a proper run up. I am a scientist and know that individually the above can be discounted, lack of evidence etc, but there is a hell of a picture there when it is all put together. And I am sure there are plenty of other similar ones I have missed. And the most obvious point of all is how terrible we are on the pitch. The players ain’t happy. The fans aren’t, but the club is always quick to put music on as soon as half time/full time happens to try and hide the boos, no doubt to be followed with another interview mentioning “unity.” And I must say, I am starting to think some of the posters here defend LJ so quickly that they may get paid by the message. And this is from someone who supported LJ for months and only started to turn after the second Cardiff game.
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    Surely any abuse should be left either side of the 90 minutes? The game should be 100% on wanting us to win. Us booing/voicing displeasure about the manager is simply going to be counterproductive and not help the players in the least. Boo if you want to, but not whilst the game is on hey?
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    So let's have a genuine debate then. We didn't start the season looking like promotion contenders. We turned around a game at home to Wigan, struggled through a game at Wycombe, and were second best to Burton before winning in the last minute. At Norwich we lost but actually played okay against an ex-Premiership team, but that was largely because Kodjia kept running at them and was an outlet for us, pace and ability we have badly missed. Villa were Villa of that time. The only period we looked convincing was one week against Fulham and a Leeds team that hadn't really got going yet. It's amazing people keep clinging to a defence of this team that there was promotion form that can be rediscovered. The only difference at the start of the season is that Tammy went on an incredible goalscoring streak and was an unknown quantity - those goals made us look a better team than we were (to my eyes Johnson was employing a new approach right from the start of the season and we were significantly worse and less clear on our roles than the football we finished last season playing). All that needed to happen is for teams to mark Tammy out of it. From then on we struggled. If we couldn't get the ball to Tammy in goalscoring positions, we really didn't have alternatives. Our new "style" was compact and building through the middle. Without being able to feed Tammy to great effect or get players up alongside him, we ran out of ideas. Goals came from long distance (Freeman, Tomlin) or when we got Wilbraham onto the pitch up with him. Whichever way you cut it, our two wins and the only times that we scored more than once in the first two months of our terrible run, were with Wilbraham on the pitch. Johnson's reaction to this was to ignore the evidence on the pitch of the failure of his tactics and start continually tinkering with the personnel, expecting different outcomes (I think last week was the first time we played the same 11 two games running since the week we beat Fulham and Leeds). This implicit insistence that his game-plan was right but players wrong, increasingly to my eyes challenged a succession of players to get drafted in and out of the team seemingly randomly, asked to make a silk purse out of sow's ear. Unsurprisingly none of them could. This routine of cycling through players like some sort of audition process (and sometimes and unprecedentedly publicly stating players as not up to it) in my opinion destroyed any remaining confidence and togetherness that had been built from the prior promotion squad. Our record signing first went walkabout, playing where he wanted on the pitch to over-compensate for limited attacking strategy. This expensive liability rightly saw him dropped, with predictable consequences first of dissent then fitness. I've no doubt he got in the ear of various other players on "time out" on the bench. Unsurprisingly self-belief drained from the team. The "style" of football didn't change much and if anything got progressively more laboured. Compact with no pace, pass around at the back, where's Tammy, punt upfield. If we got players forward (and it was rarely the full backs) we generally had no one to pass to, resulting in speculative 25 yard shots, which excited our shots-counter statisticians but rarely the opposition. Freeman was scapegoated for his lack of end product on the ball despite being the only player since Kodjia that could actually retain the ball in attacking positions. And when your football continually isn't working and there is nothing to do but punt the ball at the opposition or take low probability pot-shots, the ball will start coming back at you. A lot. And so opponents started smelling blood. Our full backs have been absolutely awful at standing off (Joe Bryan is still doing it now) but when you're drilled to slow it down so much in possession, it's not surprising the tempo is so poor and hesitant off the ball too. When given the chance, the opposition only needed to play with pace and purpose to open us up. Even Fleetwood did it at Ashton Gate. Preston at home was a microcosm of the way City were going - a number of people rightly said it was when the alarm went off. 15 minutes of endeavour to get the ball to Tammy and then carved to pieces by width and pace from the opposition. Three months on from clubs adjusting to Tammy and Johnson still had no answer. Perm any 2 or 3 central midfielders from 5 each week and assume failure any of them to create was one of personnel. Rinse and repeat. The only thing we knew for certain from fleeting cameos is that an unfit and scorned Tomlin was no longer the answer to anything. At our lowest ebb in January Johnson then started even toying with 3-5-2 / 3-5-1-1 and wing backs. By now, players to my eyes universally lost confidence in the game plan and as is well documented, did not believe in their own football enough to see out games. Johnson's reaction having now experimented with everything else, was to speak out about the players and sign new ones. This proved a fillip at Derby (and Cotterill solved our chronic lack of width and direct running since Kodjia/Freeman) but we've already since reverted to type of sign players, plays for a few games then disappear for weeks Don't know what the problem is? Really? Seven months and still doesn't know our best 11 Seven months and still doesn't know our best formation Seven months and not a single player has improved Seven months and only Cotterill can cross a ball Seven months and when presented the ball in midfield our players have zero idea what to do with it Seven months and doesn't know if Joe Bryan is a left back or a left winger Seven months and none of our players moving or knowing where to move Seven months and frankly schoolboy passing at times Seven months and still standing off opponents when they're on the ball Seven months and zero pace or idea how to break at speed besides punting downfield Seven months and no real plan B to Tammy Abraham (if Wilbraham is plan B, he's forgotten the question) I could go on. You're absolutely right there are psychological problems (good lord we probably all need an exorcist now) but first and foremost, whatever our coaches are doing on the training ground, it certainly isn't helping. I don't care that we had a goal disallowed yesterday, missed a penalty and had a 30 second scramble towards the end. On any measure of coaching, drilled passing, movement, interplay, we were totally outplayed by a Burton side that cost a fraction of ours. Going back to that complicated equation of yours, we have played with all the variables, and there is only one constant left in all of this.
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    Bizarre. I heard no abuse at all during the game and the only booing was understandably at the final whistle. A crowd of 17,000 is bound to contain its' fair share of pricks, but I doubt we are any different from other clubs in that respect. Bad luck tends to even itself out, but in our last 21 games we have picked up just 11 points. Utterly ******* pathetic by an inept "coach" who has spent far, far more than the majority of sides in The Championship.
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    Back in June 2016 my wife and some friends did a women only sponsored bike across 3 national parks in Tanzania in aid of Women versus Cancer. They had a collection night at the Gate and I posted a big thanks to the fans for their donations. Amy from Bristol City Community Trust organised a donation of BCFC kit for my wife to take. 9-10 months on, here's a picture of some of the kids from a local village they visited. The kids help out by digging for a clean water supply for the village.
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    I'm amazed that after a lucky win there seems to be a strong sentiment for Johnson in? Within the last few weeks, thousands joined in with a Johnson out chant and here we are with a tide that's seemingly changing? i have to be honest in that I feel the football this season is amongst the worst I have seen in my towards 30 years watching the City. Okay, there have been bad times before, but at the moment, I don't look forward to going to the Gate at all. I also hate being treated as though I am stupid by Ashton and LJ. For the avoidance of doubt, LJ is not our Manager, he's our Chief Coach and is therefore responsible for the dross we are watching week in, week out? Ask yourself, what are we actually good at after so much LJ coaching??? I'll not be there on Friday as rather than boo, I'll vote with my feet - some will say that isn't supporting OUR team but for me the club is currently a shambles from top to bottom and I feel totally disillusioned. Stay up,or not, under LJ, we'll not be coming back I am afraid, it's a sorry state of affairs...
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    Just need Lee Trundle back as fitness coach and we're golden.
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    You are as much to blame as Johnson for this absolute shambolic mess.Your the reason this has dragged on till March.You should have gotten rid of him 2 months ago.
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    Truth hurts eh? Feel the need to resort to childish insults at the OP because he has come out and said the reality that we all know but dont want to face? Look in the mirror pal. Lansdown pisses away millions year after year and the return from his investment is utter drivel. His blind faith in Johnson and reluctance to remove an absolute loser from the club is is akin to gross incompetence. The fact that we stand to meet our tramp neighbours in league action next season tells us everything we need to know about the absolute failure Lansdowns "project" is fast becoming,
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    so in the last 10 hours....according to this forum. LJ has been sacked. Holden and Pembo both gone. MA must be sacked too. LJ resigned Millen coming in. 5pm announcement of sacking. Bristol Sport crap. Redknapp wants job. Rowett here for Interview. All respect for SL gone. Players sent home from training. Stuart Pearce to be new manager. Holdens fault for bad run. SL was in UK when actually in Guernsey Letter to Mrs SL.... Maybe the problem with this Club is some of the fans....some of you are mental. Seems the Club should be employing some of you as well...you'll fit right in with the Club DNA
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    "Steve, hi my name is Alex and I run two businesses in related fields. I have an employee who we hired in good faith and claimed to have a vast experience and lots of innovative ideas for improving our company. He has since proved to not quite the bill of goods we were sold. Despite numerous chances he continues to display a lack of knowledge, leadership or accountability. His performance is actively costing the company money with several customers refusing to deal with us, due to a large amount of investment of late we can't afford for this to continue. In your professional opinion how should I handle the situation?"
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    A little less conversation, a little more action please Lee.
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    How refreshing it is to see an owner/chairman have the courage of his convictions. He had a plan, which I think 99% of us thought was a good plan. Most of us wanted our club to be different from the sacking culture that is modern day football as well. So when it would be easier to sack his man or to disappear for a while, he comes out and speaks. I admire both of these reactions, to what must be a very difficult situation for him. I believe that the club are putting the building blocks in place for a brighter future. I'm really pleased he has this belief in what he is trying to do, I agree with him for what it's worth! I know I'm currently in the minority ( possibly on my own!) , I said months ago that I'm fed up with sacking & rebuilding. So I hope that LJ and the squad start putting some results together & pull away from the relegation zone sooner rather than later! Always Believe. TIN HAT IS FIRMLY ON!!! COYR
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    You have to be joking???? The players actually train?
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    Some guy posted a 12 minute video of the penalty and then an individual started getting lairy about the length of it
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    You may find the breakfast somewhat bewildering. The toast will be on top of the beans instead of underneath, the eggs will be hopelessly out of position, the black pudding completely disinterested, the sausage will be selected despite being overstuffed, the fried bread is no better than the toast and everything seems to slide or bounce off it, while the bacon doesn't even get put on the plate. Ultimately, you may conclude the promising young chef isn't really up to the job. Perhaps save your £20 for something else?
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    Morning all. Woke up and read Twentyman's tweet about MA declining an interview so naturally came on here to see the meltdown, and I wasn't disappointed. I just do not get the constant scapegoating of Mark Ashton. If we look at his time at the club, he joined and instantly brought in Tomlin and a few other established players when we didn't even have a head coach, and ultimately the signing of Tomlin and the "new manager bounce" from last season probably kept us up. Onto this summer, and I think we did some outstanding business. It's clear what the plan of the club is, get young players in and develop them and sell them for more, we've been trying that model for years, and some of the signings like Moore, O'Dowda, Magnusson, Brownhill etc have all showed great promise. Those four combined cost us a total of £6m (roughly), if one of them goes onto be a top player at this level we'll have made our money back straight away. In a world where your Grant Hanley's are going for £6m and your Alex Pritchard's go for £8m, Ashton brings in Championship quality for a fraction of the price. Bailey Wright for £500k was an unbelievable bit of business, Paterson for £500k which on the face of it looked fantastic and I firmly believe we haven't seen the best of him yet; he was fantastic at Huddersfield last season. Added with that, he has also made some strong foreign recruits. Hegeler looked the real deal for the first few games and Djuric has made an immediate impact, as well as obviously Magnusson. Engvall hasn't quite worked out yet, but he's 20 years old, let's not write him off. I think he's done some very astute business and I also believe the blame lies solely with the head coach for not getting the best out of this squad. I think we can all agree that our position isn't a fair reflection of the squad we currently possess. This club has needed a proper "footballing" businessman for years, we now have one who seems to be well respected in the footballing world and is able to seek us a bargain. I know some get wound up by the "corporate talk" but I'm not sure what you really expect to be honest, I think it's more a reflection of the way the game has gone. It's an expensive game and is becoming more and more middle class. I don't blame him for not going on Geoff's show last night, what's there to say that hasn't already been said? Pemberton sacking was explained (whether it was true or not) and Johnson will be here next season, nothing we can do about it. I'm far from a "happy clapper", anything but in fact, but I firmly believe that all this club needs is an established head coach to move us forward. I would love it to be Lee Johnson and it would be brilliant if he achieved what his dad couldn't in getting us to the Premier League, but I just can't see it personally. He seems to be a good man, he's approachable from personal experience and he cares about this club. Let's see where he can take us. Up the City!
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    Admire your loyalty but just can't see how you can think he's a good fit to manage at this level.I don't hate him and always cheer the team on but I think he's been an absolute car crash of an appointment for us.I was always prepared to give him 100% support but the way the season has panned out that has now gone and I truly believe that it would be in the clubs and the fans best interest that he resigns his position and we find a man that can get the best out of a talented group of players.
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    It's Mr Burns alright. Personally I'm glad it's been leaked. **** 'em all. It's open season on the club now as far as I'm concerned. They can keep spewing bullshit and I'd urge anyone with good info to keep on spilling...
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    Please will all those Johnson haters out there give the guy a break. However untidily, we've just won a game, and we're out of the bottom three. I'm sure there is relief all round the City camp. I appreciate we've still got Huddersfield next, and that will be very tough, as will the final games. But let's just give the club all of our support for the remaining matches. We've got a good squad who can get us out of the mire of relegation. I have to own up to being one of the very few Johnson supporters left, at least on this forum. I am hoping and praying that we can rise up the table just enough to stay out of danger and that Lee and the lads can breathe a sigh of relief and regroup for next season in the Championship. I have been shocked by the hatred and vitriol voiced on here. Some of the personal insults have been appalling. LJ is damned if he does and equally damned if he doesn't. This has undoubtedly been a dark time, but maybe the light is glimmering just that little bit brighter. I. for one, (maybe the only one) would like to think so.
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    There are one of two ways at looking at this - 1. They have made the coaching changes LJ wanted for next season now, to give him the chance to get us out of this shite were are in now. They cannot make that change next year if LJ is not with us. 2. It represents full and total support for LJ whatever league we are in next season. Sadly, I think they back LJ and will now back him in League One should we get relegated, which is looking more and more likely. Really cannot understand what hold he has over them. Not as if he has won the league or achieved promotions. He has a mediocre record, which I think has not been scrutinised as it should have been. The facts of that record do not fill me with any optimism: 1. When at Oldham LJ's best finish was 15th with a win ratio of 35%. He had a decent squad of players and I would note that he had a large squad. Interesting, when he signed his new 3 year contract he said, "I have got greyer, grumpier and have put a bit of weight on, but I'm loving it, I love the club," he added. This bullshit that we get from SL that he did a good job keeping them up ... they have remained in League One since he left and are hovering around the positions he has left them in.... Well done LJ, great work.... 2. Less than a year of professing his love for Oldham he jumps ship to Barnsley because "he could not turn down the opportunity to progress". He has a shocker and survives by the skin of his teeth. Again, he did not pull up any trees. When he leaves to join BCFC there is no guarantee they will get promoted although he did secure a JPT final against Oxford. The point is that his record was again very similar to that at Oldham, except he had better players. Again, his win ratio is 35% give or take. He left Barnsley in 12th place. Thus, by no means in promotion territory. When he is appointed Mark Ashton said: " "He is one of the up and coming coaches in the country and having interviewed him, I had no hesitation in recommending to the board that Lee is the right fit for this football club." On what evidence can these comments be justified unless Ashton was just sweet talked by Johnson. His results and record do not support this. In fact, dare I say, the gentleman at the gas, you would say was more up and coming that Johnson and has won things, whatever weight you wish to give to them.Look at Uwe Rosler - a superb lower league record and again has won things. His Wigan record was a win rate of 40% - bet they would take that now! Our own Steve Cotterill has a CV full of lower league success and when he took us up he had a 55% win ratio with only 5 defeats. Johnson had lost nearly 16 games for Barnsley (give or take). The point I am really getting to is that Johnson is a mediocre manager and I am not sure why we have all had such high expectations. We are getting the football and tactics of a manager who made it to mid-table in League One. The fact is that he has bull shit his way to BCFC and thus one can not be too surprised that he will struggle in a better league against better managers. What did we really expect from someone who has actually not attained a league position higher than 15th from a completed season. When you look at it, our board are as much a fraud as Johnson. The only way this guy will be managing in Europe is if he is taking an 18-20's party to Ibiza.... It is laughable. Except as the Barnsley fans told us, he has now been well and truly found out. Most of us know he talks shit and we see through it....this is what is causing this hatred towards him... he is like that irritating kid in the playground who tells tales on the other children to make himself look good. The due diligence being done by BCFC is laughable and ultimately, the board and Ashton's credibility is on the line. I think this is why they will back him because they are too arrogant to accept that they got the appointment wrong. They have invested so much in LJ that they cannot back down unless it ends in abject failure in League One. Thus, unbelievably, I conclude that the board will not only back LJ for the rest of this season, but they are prepared to accept relegation in order to give LJ time to get it right. If we go down, which looks likely, they will gamble that he can get us back and prove his success. It defies all logic and I have to say that if this is their master plan they will eventually alienate the majority of the fan base.... we shall see how this pans out.....
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    Right I have reached the point where I just don't care anymore. Lee Johnson you are a fraud and a charlatan. You were a disliked player who owes your career to the fact you spent almost all of it with your father as your manager. Nobody else wanted you of any note, yet apparently you come on to your experienced players as if you are "the big I am" that you could have been a Premier league player. Dream on Lee! As for your coaching skills the less said the better. You will go down in the club's history as one of the worse if not the worst ever manager we have ever had. As for Steve Lansdown, my comment would be that a fool and his money are easily parted. Next time you come into £16 million pounds of transfer fee money I would suggest that you share it with each of the season ticket holders to spend on good causes. Because considering what has been done with it this season, you might as well have put a big pile of cash in the centre circle and set fire to it. It would have been no less effective than what has actually happened. You are rapidly turning us into a basket case club. A quick hint - the manager is the most important position in the club. Pay decent money, appoint someone successful and experienced and just leave them to get on with it, and when they want money for players back them. The lack of on field success achieved by a club with the massive potential of Bristol City, is testament to how badly mismanaged it has been. And if for nothing else we probably deserve to be in League 1. Making Bristol Proud? Strangely enough that hashtag had gone missing in the past couple of months. Might I suggest #Couldn'tRunAPissUpInABrewery is more apt right now?!
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    I was sat in the Dolman-South Stand corner today. For the majority of the game the fans in this area were fine. Got behind the team, a little quiet at times, but no overt protests towards LJ or SL.Then, there was an outbreak of "we want Johnson out". I'm not going to come on here and say that it's right or wrong. It was loud and it was sung with passion, that much is clear. What I will say is, that following this an altercation ensued. I don't know the individuals involved but, as a life-long red, I despair that we have gotten to a stage where our own fans are bickering, shouting and squaring up to each other. Clearly, there are fellow fans that feel strongly about the situation (as do I) and feel that voicing their opinions (or more) are the only way to send a message. I held back my view until after the match and then loudly booed - not at the players, but firmly at the manager and coaches. I have made my thoughts clear about the selection on the match day thread so won't waste time by repeating them now, other than to say why sign L1's top goal-scorer to sit him on the bench against a Burton back line that were cumbersome, clumsy and immobile? As an impassioned message to the board and SL, you have allowed this festering rut of meandering, apathetic football to continue for far too long and it has gotten to the point where the fans are not only staying away (look at the empty seats, just look at them) but the one's that are attending are now getting into altercations with each other. Our club is tearing itself apart. This has to stop. You have to act - I wanted LJ to succeed for us but he simply hasn't and is leading us straight towards League 1 and sub-10,000 attendances.
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    Reading the thread about LJ's interview being cut short last night, it's just occurred to me that if it was indeed Adam Baker cutting the interview short last night, it demonstrates perfectly how inappropriate it was of the club to make him the Supporters Liaison Officer. Here, on the one hand, you have a guy who is controlling the media output given from the club to supporters, and on the other hand whose job it is to supposedly represent the views of the supporters? Anyone see a conflict of interest at all? No? I should say that in his role in the media department, he is of course entitled to keep journalists in check etc. But that still illustrates aptly why he shouldn't be doing both jobs. The more I think about it, the more it feels like quite a deliberate, disturbing appointment... SL has always been 'dubious', shall we say, in terms of support involvement in the running of the football club and I guess this is just another strand to that. Strange times.
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    IMAGINE the meltdown if Pemberton is gone but Johnson & Holden stay. I almost want to see it happen just for the fury it'll create.
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    Good day everyone, short and sweet from me today as i am attending a trade fair in Jakarta. So, here we go again then. Wigan Athletic, the last club to be voted into the Football League in 1978 replacing Southport after a second round of voting. City today? Who knows? Frankly I am tired, i just feel very tired and unmotivated to write anything meaningful and for that I apologise. A big salute to the supporters to stick by our club through thick and thin; I wish I was more stoic about the whole affair. UTC, as always.
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    Dear Maggie It gives me no pleasure in having to write this, but for the sake of Bristol City Foitball Club, please could you have a quiet word with Steve at the rugby today, and explain to him that although supporting the manager is a very honourable approach, he has made a mistake and backed the wrong one. It was always a somewhat contentious choice as even he has admitted, but this current situation, with a manager more disliked than any anyone can remember previously, plus now the very high chance of relegation, is risking losing many long term supporters of the club. Also there is no guarantee that the club will bounce back as quickly as it did after the last relegation. The time before it took 8 seasons. Please also let Steve know that the supporters are more likely to forgive him if he does something now rather than waiting even longer. They have seen the effect a managerial change has had on Blackburn in the last few games, plus you could look at Leicester and Swansea in the Premier League for more evidence. He may even be let off the hook somewhat if we get relegated with a new manager in place, which is distinctly possible, but at least he will have been seen to act, rather than tolerating the worst run of results in the club's history, under a manager who is now not just disliked but even actively despised by sections of the crowd, and allowing us to meekly slide back into League 1, just 2 seasons after winning it at a canter. Listening to the "customers" should not be taken as an admission of failure or sign of weakness on his part. Often the fans can be kneejerk in their assessments, but in this case we have all had plenty of time to assess the situation. Sure there has been some bad luck, witness some of what happened yesterday, but on the other hand, we were very lucky that Burton missed an open goal. Bad luck alone doesn't get the team to 22nd in the table. I appreciate that relieving someone of their duties is never easy, especially one who may have some family ties but please remind Steve that friends should be honest with each other as well, and in this particular instance the kindest thing all ways round would be to let Lee go. I am sorry that it's come to this but something has to change if there is to be a reversal in fortune. In his previous role, it seems hard to believe that Steve would continue to back a company with a record like ours over the past 5 months, even one with significant potential, without asking himself whether or not major changes needed to be made in the management. As long-term supporters of Bristol City we need to remain hopeful, but the longer this situation has continued, the more the optimism has ebbed away. Please get Steve to see sense and act before it's too late, assuming it isn't already. All the best Auntie M's former son-in-law
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    Apparently there is an urgent board meeting taking place as we speak....
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    There were fans on here recently saying he should be sold. Best player on the park today and clearly some people have forgotten just how good he is. The only bright spark on a disappointing day.