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  1. There has been unrealistic talk of Moyes on here previously. Not so unrealistic now, it must be possible he would come here if promised the funds to build a decent team capable of getting us into the Premiership. As @Alessandro says above, Moyes was on a hiding to nothing at Sunderland, and although I do think he made an uncharacteristic mistake in saying his side were not good enough, you'd have to be on cloud cuckoo land to believe that LJ would stand a better chance of getting us into the Premiership....... ........ not to at least sound him out would be tantamount to a dereliction of duty!
  2. Oh dear very sad news. My dad knew him from Bedminster pub life after he retired from football, and my dad-in-law from being an apprentice at Ashton Gate at the same time in the late 50's. Been told he was a quite a player. Had the White Horse in West Street and the Miners at Farrington Gurney before that. Gary ran the Pineapple for a while. Smashing bloke and a bit of a character he had been ill for a while I believe. RIP Alan.
  3. Thanks for keeping us up to speed with your diary, very interesting.
  4. There is a difference though. I expressed a view on what I think SL believed, with an emphasis on my view of Steve's lack of understanding as opposed to any malice, as in: "I think at the time he genuinely thought they were the same." Quite different from: "your long held distrust of SL. Admit it, he can never do any right in your eyes " I take exception to that because it is stated as fact but is in fact untrue. As for the flaws in the Barcelona model, of course there are. But still far better than any club in England, IMO.
  5. Cease telling me what I think and what my view is and we will get on fine. I have never said I distrust SL - not in the way you mean - in fact on many occasion have explicitly said he is probably well intentioned. No not in terms of success, of course not, you are 100% not 99.9% right there. I am talking of the model not the outcome or the achievements. In the early days of Bristol Sport Steve definitely compared the Bristol Sport model with Barcelona with an implication that Bristol Sport was the same. Granted, not so much recently, I think at the time he genuinely thought they were the same. Barcelona and Bristol Sport both have involvements in many sports and that is where the similarity ends. I believe fans should have more say in the running of their clubs, and so back to your original question, a genuine Barcelona model would tick the boxes for me.
  6. @Alessandro Steve frequently but incorrectly compares Bristol Sport to the Barcelona model. If Steve made the actual Barcelona model a reality, that would be fine by me.
  7. The self congratulatory attitude from both is quite astonishing considering how close we were to going down, but the sentence from that interview which IMO is most revealing, SL explaining why he thinks (wrongly) that some fans want him to fail: Lansdown replies: “Maybe because we’ve broken some of their traditions, or they haven’t got the bar they used to drink in". So dismissive, and just so out of touch with fans of 30/40/50 years supporting City, people without whom he wouldn't have a club to pump his money into.
  8. All since the beginning of this year, and the vast majority of which make personal attacks against individual posters or make critical comments against City supporters in general, particularly when there has been criticism of the club or LJ...........
  9. I don't understand why anybody would want to manipulate stats. The fact is that we finished 3 points away from relegation. It is also a fact that we spent more than all bar 6 or 7 teams, considerably more than the majority of the teams around us. Nobody needs to manipulate stats to justifiably conclude that it was a very poor return.
  10. Ha, again some fair points. But the bottom line is the supposedly "highly regarded" Lee Johnson bought 19 players for a lot of money and went into the penultimate game not being sure of staying up. Indeed, had Brighton needed the win, it is not difficult to have seen another 5-0 and all of a sudden we would have been staring at League One. Aside from what I see as the injustice to SC, I literally laughed in disbelief at LJ's appointment and 18 months on don't see it getting any less amusing. Fair enough.
  11. Once again you choose to interpret my comments as being that he was deliberately shafted. I am not saying that. I am saying that person or persons ****** up after SC had put in place, very early on, what would have been very significant, season changing, player purchases. It may have been a mistake by those person(s), albeit a very amateur one, I accept that may have been the case. But SC deserved better than the sacking. If not, I am yet to hear what makes LJ's record breaking losing run not worthy of similar, given that LJ does not even have the impressive prior 2 seasons to his name. The feeling grows that LJ was always destined to become Bristol City manager, no matter what. Indeed, @spudski, who appears to be "in the know", predicted exactly that on here, at the precise moment SC was securing us the League One title. It all seems a little odd. To say the least.
  12. To be fair, you have made some reasonable points there. But the feeling that persists is what might of been, had the summer of 2015 gone the way it should have. Whoever fault that was, and we can all debate that with varying degrees of knowledge, SC deserved another chance, another window, to put it right. Not even the three windows which appears to be part of LJ's contract. The sense of fair play in me says that, however you look at it, SC was shafted. I do not believe I am alone in that.
  13. Precisely. Before Steve Lansdown, Bristol City bumbled along and we were all quite happy/angry/frustrated/indifferent (delete as applicable, as now). Steve chose to literally change the rules. Steve chose to take control of the club. Steve chose to abandon the plan put in place by previous directors to redevelop Ashton Gate, financed to a large extent by Football Trust grants. Steve chose to make Bristol Rugby an equal tenant of Ashton Gate with Bristol City. Steve chose to create the Bristol Sport corporate of which there are many differing opinions. Steve has chosen to be completely in charge and make every significant decision his and his alone to make. Steve chose to take our club from a positive balance sheet to technically insolvent were it not for his agreement to continue to financially support the debt which he has created. All done no doubt with the best of intentions, although it is a moot point, particularly given the recent Radio Bristol outburst, whether there is a degree of egotistical element involved - fair enough, a big ego can be a positive thing. But, IMO Steve cannot expect to fundamentally change the structure and nature of Bristol City, and escape without criticism if the league position has not improved, which broadly speaking, it has not. I have said it before, that if Steve establishes us as a successful Premiership club, he will be deserving of praise, or to a lesser extent as a successful Championship club, but after almost 15 years it has not happened, and IMO is unlikely to, with the present manager.
  14. I find it amusing that my views offend you so much that you have taken to name calling and childish digs rather than debating the points. You should gang up with @Tireeand @Hampshire Red, they also like to pick off posters who are critical of "three windows"and critical of the man who appointed him.