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  1. I am dealing in facts not conjecture and the fact is Heckingbottom had a far superior win record in League One than Johnson.
  2. Sorry RR but you are wrong. My post above (clearly you have not read all of this! Was captain at most of the clubs he played for including Sheffield Wednesday. Leadership credentials. Youth coach and assistant manager at Orient. Head of youth, then caretaker, then permanent manager at Walsall. Left for Brentford with Walsall fourth in the league. Johnson inferior credentials, he cannot claim any of these things.
  3. No but their credentials, as I have already explained and demonstrated, were superior to those of Johnson and his mates. None of them. I haven't suggested any of the names on this thread should or would come here, and if you think that is what I am saying, there is a failure to understand issue. Not saying you are deliberately doing this, but certainly some are, as agreed by:
  4. If that is what you think you either have not read or do not understand the point I have made and explained. Seriously try reading them. Your example Benitez like all the others quoted, and I have illustrated, may not have been a top player but earned his stripes with success managerially at lower clubs before progressing. Johnson and his mates have done neither of these things.
  5. You're not getting it. Johnson: “The contract remains there for him to sign but he hasn’t yet. In a derby I just felt that I couldn’t risk having anyone out there who may not have been committed. So Freeman has been left out for several games, during which he therefore quite naturally pursues the QPR option. Two weeks down the line, he is probably is close to agreeing terms. At which point Johnson changes his stance and invites a player who, in his words, he could not risk playing, to travel to Burnley. How is Freeman likely to have become more committed in the 3 weeks that Johnson did not play him because allegedly according to Johnson that he may not be committed? I think that is appalling management and an appalling waste of a player who, when Johnson first dropped him, had not in any way indicated he would not play for us or was not committed while he remained a Bristol City player.
  6. Was captain at most of the clubs he played for including Sheffield Wednesday. Leadership credentials. Youth coach and assistant manager at Orient. Head of youth, then caretaker, then permanent manager at Walsall. Left for Brentford with Walsall fourth in the league.
  7. Not so. All the posters who have said that it was Johnson who left Freeman out for several games, then just before deadline day asked him to play, are bang on. Freeman was in his rights not to sign a contract, Johnson chose not to play him. When that didn't work, Johnson tried to spin it to look like Freeman was the bad guy. Johnson: "I just felt that I couldn’t risk having anyone out there who may not have been committed." Johnson admits he needs quick contract decision from Freeman Posted: Sat 14 Jan 2017 Author: Adam Baker image: http://www.bcfc.co.uk/cms_images/player/20170114-lfreeman43213-3519010_613x460.jpg Luke Freeman Image by: jmpuk.com Head coach on winger's absence from the matchday squad. Londoner has been offered "very good contract" Deal remains unsigned at present Freeman was left out of the matchday squad against Cardiff Lee Johnson admits he needs Luke Freeman to make up his mind quickly about his future. The winger is out of contract in the summer and has been the subject of interest from another club. City have offered Freeman a “very good contract” according to the head coach, but still he hasn’t put pen to paper. Johnson told Bristol City Player HD that Freeman’s absence from the squad for the 3-2 home defeat to Cardiff City “had everything to do with the contract situation”. He added: “The objective remains that we want Luke to stay and sign the contract, but there always comes a tipping point. “Luke has two good clubs interested in him. One is closer to home; the other is one where he has made his name, improving year on year and where he is loved by the staff, players and fans. “The contract remains there for him to sign but he hasn’t yet. In a derby I just felt that I couldn’t risk having anyone out there who may not have been committed. “I’m not for one minute saying that Luke is not committed, but there’s clearly a lot going through his mind at the moment. “We still live in hope that he’ll sign the contract but we can’t leave that on the table forever. We have to do what’s right for Bristol City first and foremost. ”He has to make a decision and do that reasonably quickly.”
  8. 63% win rate as caretaker manager in League One, for a start. Compare with 36% Johnson.
  9. Does my post above help? Exactly. And I would add. Our one and only decent managerial appointment since Johnson Senior was Cotterill. Selected apparently by Keith Dawe. And Keith Dawe's business is? (a) financial services or (b) RECRUITMENT
  10. The point I am making, @Robbored and others, is that successful managers have either been previously successful managers at a lower level, OR have been top players at the level they are managing at. Dalglish has been mentioned, he went straight into top level management, but he had previously been a top player. I am NOT saying that bad players cannot be good managers. What I am saying is that an average player is unlikely to become a good manager at a higher level, unless they have proved themselves as a decent manager at a lower level first. @Big C has mentioned Nigel Adkins, Sean Dyche and Eddie Howe as examples of players from lower levels who have taken teams to the Premiership. Adkins started with promotions at Bangor and then Scunthorpe before taking Southampton to the Premiership. Dyche was captain for many of the teams he played for, started out coaching youth teams, was assistant at Watford in the Championship, and was involved in England under 21's, and thus had demonstrated leadership credentials. Howe as a player was selected for England Under 21's and was transferred to Portsmouth who were then in the Premiership; after injury finished his career he started at Bournemouth as youth coach and reserve coach; also notable is that he was so popular at Bournemouth that the fans raised the transfer fee to buy him back from Portsmouth after his knee injury. @1953 this is a forum where people express opinions. My post is not moaning or deja vu, as I am trying to explain why I feel that our managerial set up is doomed to under achievement relative to the resource provided by Mr Lansdown AND the supporters. Look at the other 23 Championship teams and I do not think there is a single one whose management team has a less impressive pedigree.
  11. See my response to chinapig. Wenger won the league as manager at Monaco and in Japan before Arsenal. He had a long road to becoming a manager. Mourinho similarly proved himself as a successful coach at lower levels, working his way up. Our team do not have these credentials. @Leveller has mentioned Allardyce but in fact he played in the old first division for Bolton for many years and proved himself as a manager at a lower level before joining Bolton as a manager. Our team have not been successful as managers and achieved relatively little as players. I am failing to see what SL is hanging his hat on, other than LJ is young and asks lots of questions, and the three of them are good mates.
  12. I knew this point would be made. We all know that being a great player does not equate to a good manager. But it is the case that in general, decent managers at any club have previously had a good track record, usually at a level above that at which they currently manage, as a player or manager or both. Look at the current Championship mangers. Most if not all have a better playing or managerial pedigree.
  13. What other Championship club with Premiership ambition would have a management team with the playing and managerial experience of: Johnson - played for whatever team his dad happened to be manager of and Kilmarnock; 36% managerial win rate in 3rd division McAllister - I like "Macca", a lot, but us, Yeovil and Exeter; only recently got his coaching badges I believe, but he is mates with Johnson Holden - played for most of the northern 3rd and 4th division teams; 20% managerial win rate at Oldham, but he is mates with Johnson In all seriousness, just what other club would entertain this farce?
  14. Yes I have had this email and here is my reply to the online "customer feedback" questionnaire which can be completed, which includes the question "Reason you have not renewed": Yes. Performances and entertainment this season have been awful, not just the league position. I think it is an insult to supporters who have had season tickets for many seasons, to not allow them to make their minds up at the end of the season, other wise they lose their seats. Existing season ticket holders could have been given the opportunity to move to currently vacant seats, but to offer seats of those who have not renewed, before the current season has even ended, is extremely poor form. You did the same last season, and most people put up with it. There is a mood now that the fans do not have to be treated with such contempt. I will not renew if at all, until I know who the manager is next season. It is interesting that under your headings of reason for non renewal, you have not included "Manager", when you will have seen all over social media that is the reason why many will not renew. I would suggest that if you wanted a true reflection of the reasons why thousands have chosen not to renew, this factor should have been included. Maybe you do not want this strength of feeling to be measured. Many others will not renew until it is not known what division we will be in. Many will not be renewing no matter what. This is not unreasonable.
  15. You are right I am obsessive. At the moment, a decent manager. The wasted opportunity which presented itself at the end of 2014/15, and the non backing of a very successful manager to be replaced with a statistically inferior one is grating on my obsessive tendencies (see above). I have seen this point made many times, and it is disingenuous in the extreme. Incoming funds from sale of players has been through the efforts of previous managers who had identified and signed those players in the first place. The fact is, LJ has spunked £15m on 19 players most of whom he does not "trust" to start games.