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  1. Yes another thread about Cotts (Merged)

    Words that are rarely said in any circumstances these days! (But I do agree with you)
  2. transfer clarification

    January is not a great time to sign domestic players. Very few are out of contract and therefore free agents. Players who are doing well are often more highly regarded by their existing clubs if promotion/relegation/cup runs are still a possibility. Maybe we'll follow last year's January pattern and bring in a couple of players from Europe or gamble on a few high-calibre loans.
  3. Bristol Rovers Dustbin Thread

    This is the particularly funny and ironic part of the interview. Credit to some of the Gas fans for flagging up his mistake on the gasheads.org forum. As PRESIDENT of Bristol Rovers, Wael Al-Qadi should know that that FFP does not apply to League 1 clubs. Instead, they (like other L1 clubs) adhere to the Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP). This is a Financial Fair Play framework but rather importantly, owners can invest as much money in their club as they choose. Such investment is not permitted by FFP in the Championship hence the reason Steve Lansdown is trying to build the turnover of BCFC with so much non-matchday activity. Basically, Al-Qadi is lying to the Rovers supporters when he says that FFP is at least part of the reason that the owners are not investing more in the playing squad. They could pour millions in if they wanted to. Played like a fiddle....
  4. Bristol Rovers Dustbin Thread

    If you've missed out on the latest Rovers' ground redevelopment "news", it's all succinctly side-stepped in this crushingly awkward interview. I've gone no real problem with Wael Al Qadi (he's taking Rovers where we want them - back down) but if there was a £10 charge for his use of the phrase "it take's time" then the blue few would have been in administration about 7 minutes into the interview. It's a painful watch. What you are seeing is a man with no plan, no access to family money and a fading interest in the football club that they were tricked into buying. The current stadium redevelopments amount to relocating the shop and repainting some toilets. The training ground plans have been scaled back to a pitch with a hut - and that won't even be ready for at least 18 months. I'm sorry Rovers but this family are not investors. The UWE cash cow didn't happen and they have no plan B.
  5. The club's main goal would be parachute payments so I would give this squad every chance to prove they can cut it with just a few quality additions.
  6. December 10th....

    I hadn't realised how terrible Eastville was for football. Squatting at Twerton and stealing the Memorial Ground must have felt like winning the lottery after that.
  7. How NOT to watch City beat Sheffield Utd

    Who goes on a stag do to Australia? I remember when Blackpool was considered fancy-pants.
  8. The Gifs that keep on...

    Absolute genius whoever came up with the original idea. Perfect for a season when we are scoring goals and winning games - I don't think it would have worked so well at times last year! But, the article did shed light on how much the players enjoy being part of the creative process. And the competition to score is something I hadn't considered before. Anything that brings a group of players together and engages positively with the fans is a good thing. I hope we get a season long compilation of all the goals and all the gifs in May - a great way to celebrate finishing above Wolves
  9. Tubby Tomlin

    I would never criticise a player's ability if I thought they were giving themselves every possibility to play at their (personal) maximum level. Unfortunately, there are a number of players out there who aren't able to put aside their 'unhealthy interests' for a very short career when they are being paid a pile of cash for running around and swinging their legs. I don't remember Tomlin ever looking fit and I can only remember a handful of games when he played for the full 90 minutes. Pretty shocking for someone on £15k to £28k per week.
  10. Tubby Tomlin

    I'm not one to believe anything from the Evening Post or Colin but suspending that disbelief for a few seconds.... Here's what I take from these soundbites: Warnock admits that Tomlin has struggled "...and I managed to move them on" - he knows he's been stitched up with this one "...Lee has come to us" is a dislocation from the reality that he was Warnock's main summer target and they were prepared to pay. Start spreading the blame in other directions "He's a bit of a maverick..." = he doesn't do anything he's asked to do "...we haven't got anyone else like him at the club" - because that would be another massive waste of money "...and I'm sure they haven't" - thank goodness, we're much better without him Tomlin is the gift that keeps on giving.
  11. Boro

    If he could stay injury free, I would have Assombalonga at Ashton Gate in a heartbeat. Not a good game yesterday but everything we need to compliment our existing strikers. £15M was a heck of a gamble for a player who has missed a lot of games over the years. Borohave spent a lot of money to be stuttering above mid-table. Their fans do not see future success with Monk in charge.
  12. Half a point per game............

    I had the conversation that another 9 points from three wins would see us safe for the season
  13. Flint (Merged)

    I really hope we push away any offers unless there's an overwhelming need to balance the books. My gut feeling is that Flint is playing as well as he is because he is so valued at Bristol City. This could be unfair but I don't think he would make the same impact at another club. He's an established pro for us and that's brought out three very good seasons from the big man. I can't remember well enough the circumstances that brought him to City but clearly Swindon didn't foresee the player that we now have in our team. It took him a while to settle. With the immense role he plays for the team, I'm sure that we are his club.
  14. Paterson

    The progress that O'Dowda, Paterson and Brownhill have made in 12 months is really significant. They were all talked about as players for the future. Some of us (myself included) thought this was cover for "we bought the wrong players". This season has proven three things for me. "Players for the future" was a fair description and they've actually justified their first team places quicker than I would have expected. Secondly, our coaching setup is making a significant difference compared to previous years. And finally, the attitude of these young players is absolutely spot on. I think Eliasson can be equally successful and we're also seeing old-timers like Bryan and Reid have their best seasons so far. Long may it continue.
  15. Flint (Merged)

    Football isn't all about ability, a lot of it is down to attitude. Flint is everything a club like us needs.