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Tore us apart, and sticks out as a memory for me alongside Sno, Sheringham etc. Looked like a man playing against schoolboys that day. Thought Mick McCarthy looked the best player on the pitch in that Sheringham game though...... Was really surprised how 'all round' good Steve McManaman was when I saw him play. Not the one trick pony I thought he would be.
chalkeyred replied to CHSW's topic in Football ChatI think we are off at 10-20, so might see you before. I'll be the one who doesn't look like a golfer. I think the connection with Henbury is Steve Lansdown? I'm sure he was / is a member there? The last time I played at Henbury though, I had my car broken into.... We won our BDGL match, but it cost me about a grand!!
chalkeyred replied to CHSW's topic in Football ChatI'm in, Pooki. Apparently, we are playing with a very tall, tattooed defender and a bearded, midfield type chap who is still happy about scoring on Saturday! Sounds like fun, but hope they've been practicing....
Spot on Harry (IMO). Let us not forget that BCFC enticed JP to the club, who clearly had a very successful CV in managing the finances at other clubs. I would suggest that the previous season went according to plan, with the successful small team of SC/KB/SC taking the club forward in a controlled business manner without too much visible involvement from members of the board. The move to Championship football certainly seemed to open a few eyes regarding required finances and that must have placed different pressures on different people. JP's role was to manage the finances in accordance with SL's wishes and I would suggest that during the transfer season that business plan became clouded with input from the previously 'quiet' directors and SC/KB. I can see a scenario where JP's role became difficult, then untenable if he did not have the full backing of SL. It is also interesting that we have not heard of any move to employ a replacement for JP. Will the recently successful management structure change?
My humble opinion.... The perception of gulf between League 1 & Championship standing (ability) needs to be differentiated between squad, management and club (director) level. I believe & understand that our last 'successful' year was left to the control of a management team that were brought in to bring success. A small team, but an effective team (including Pelling, Cotterill & Burt). Whilst we can all look at the club in a 'Championship Manager' way, I would ask whether the current structure of the club is equipped to cope with Championship football again. Who is steering the ship? Are we in a changing environment where very 'quiet' directors from last year are looking to be much more involved in the Championship? Perhaps after our previous experience, they know best?