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  1. Gustav interview...

    We should've played the return leg in the middle of our season. But not the middle of last season.....
  2. Struggle

    Pessimists live longer than optimists, Dan. The older, long-in-the-tooth optimistic City fans are dropping faster than the woe-is-us ones. That is probably why there is "so much pessimism." A German study published by the American Psychological Association in 2013 revealed - turning received wisdom on its head - that "older people who have low expectations for a satisfying future may be likely to live longer, healthier lives than those who see brighter days ahead..." Pessimistic City fans are simply attempting to maximise their living says, months and years in the (forlorn*) desperate hope of having any chance of seeing City do something meaningful, wonderful and exciting that doesn't involve being in L1 or playing in that stupid bloody lower league cup competition for losers and tinpots. That is all. Long live the pessimists. *my own pessimism revealed there
  3. No more strikers incoming?

    You rate Đurić highly, but he didn't spring to mind when drawing up a list of our forwards. Oh dear.
  4. No, you're right. It was only Yeovil.
  5. LJ - A modern coach for a modern age?

    Players very quickly cottoned on to the fact that Wegner and Mourinho's ideas and methods worked. Their teams won things. Thus far, LJ's teams have, mostly, loitered around the lower half of the division they are in. Comparisons to greats of the game are irrelevant in LJ's case. If you do not think some footballers - chaps like Tomlin - will question or doubt real or perceived deficiencies or lack of credentials in those telling them what to do, I have to question whether you live in a cave? In any work place you will find this sort of thing. It's human nature.
  6. Tinnion's Tweet

    It doesn't prove anything, no. But way back when this video was released, long long before we started losing games and long before there were any murmurs or rumours of a rift or fallings out or players going to SL or the losing of the dressing room, when all was rosy in the bcfc garden and hope and optimism abounded, DaveFevs said there was something about Tomlin and in this video that made him uneasy. That his attitude towards his team-mates was not altogether healthy (perhaps this video plus some other info and personal observations, as well as Tomlin's reputation, all came together to inform Dave's view, or suspicion). And now we have it pretty clear and plain, from Stockhausen, and Tinnion, and Jon Lansdown, and the absence of good luck tweets from the team, and the fact that we are moving on after one year our previous record signing to our nearest rival in this division, that Tomlin was a self-serving ****. And very unpopular amongst the squad. As DaveFevs suspected, almost a year ago. That's all.
  7. Worried?

    You que? You que? You que you que.....
  8. Worried?

  9. Tinnion's Tweet

    Tomlin was effing and jeffing at anyone and everyone from the word go last season, team mates and referees (before he later started on LJ), and picked up 4 yellows in the first 8 games. He didn't look a happy bunny back then. Hats off to our very own @Davefevs (I think it was) who spotted way back, before Christmas, some hints of Tomlin's true character and his likely undermining of team spirit and unity, in a club behind-the-scenes vid (pre-season, or from an away trip, I cannot remember), in which "Tommo" is giving some "bants" to the lads. Our Dave had his doubts about this "banter," and questioned whether this was a good thing or not. He speculated indications of contempt on Tomlin's part and possible damage to team harmony. Dave showing the sort of "emotional intelligence" LJ likes to think he has (maybe Johnson saw this too, tbf, but by then it was too late). The late, lamented @spudski of this parish - bless him - also noted Tomlin's frequent lambasting of team-mates during games, and thought he was a wrong 'un.
  10. Tomlin to Cardiff - CONFIRMED

    To me, it's an example of his soaring, sky-high self-confidence and belief. Like his "I can handle Tomlin" signing. That comment will mean different things to different people though, certainly.
  11. Tomlin to Cardiff - CONFIRMED

    But we are "uninformed," we make "uninformed decisions" about the club, and so all of football, as SL took the trouble to point out to us last March. Johnson thought he had the "emotional intelligence" to handle a difficult player like Tomlin; he found out he was wrong, at least in this case.
  12. Tomlin to Cardiff - CONFIRMED

    They did spot, it RE. Tomlin's difficult reputation was hinted at, alluded to, in media interviews given at the time he signed last summer. LJ was quoted saying he would need keeping an eye on, words to that affect. They were well aware what they were taking on. A quick google search will reveal enough to know that Tomlin is no "model pro." Last summer, there was a lot of confidence about LJ, see an interview he gave to the guardian in which he pinpoints "emotional intelligence" as separating the "men from the boys" amongst football coaches (cringingly laughable now, this) and of course his Europa League prediction. He seemed to get rather carried away with the run of form at the end of that season. He couldn't have believed it was all down to him, could he?
  13. Tomlin to Cardiff - CONFIRMED

    The Brum performance is interesting. Clearly, the players were miles off it, a classic example of "on the beach," and assuming Johnson did not tell them to take it easy and play half-heartedly, the opposite in fact, we can deduce that his words and preparation in the build up that week had little if no impact on the players. None at all. Equally, the piss-poor performances of Wolves and QPR (Wolves missing their best player Costa through injury, and QPR so unmotivated, one player apart, it drove Holloway to distraction) after our capitulation at Preston, and their general sense of "meh" as both were safe, all this had as much to do with our "top six" run of form til the end of the season. Yes, Taylor's performance helped considerably, as did Frank's save at 0:0 v Wolves, but it was timing as much as anything. Wolves and QPR couldn't be bothered. They were "on the beach." If anyone doubts this, think how we struggled against a motivated Barnsley, until they lost a central defender at half-time. We were shite again, and a goal down at half-time, back in the mire. We looked no better than when we were losing 8 in a row. I think my point is, Johnson's "spiel" and constant gibber-gabber, his ability to motivate, is nothing like what he imagines in his own mind it is; it works on SL (to my surprise; I would imagine him to be wary of a bull-shitter) and Mark Ashton, no surprise there. Media outlets also take to it. Players though, they play when they want to, when they have to, and when the conditions are right. Getting Tomlin out of the team and creating unity, that and the poorly motivated performances of Wolves and QPR in successive home games saved our necks last season. Johnson's most important time is now, in recruitment. As well as he did with Tammy, he f***** up with Tomlin and had a very humbling lesson in how effective his "emotional intelligence" is in motivating different players. Get good enough players and characters in and they will sort the season out. Johnson needs to use his cheeky-chappy Cockernee bullshit spiel to persuade some good players to sign on the dotted line.
  14. Lee Tomlin

    but still not stable. Whereas we will continue to be stable but......
  15. Tomlin to Cardiff - CONFIRMED

    Tomlin is/was a **** (as a team player; as an individual, he's pretty cute, raking it in for minimum effort and return). That much seems clear. But Lee Johnson was a fool for bringing him in, believing his own delusion that he had the "emotional intelligence" to handle him. Yes, I am employing hindsight here. Johnson is employed and paid handsomely to use foresight. This - in part - nearly wrecked our season, and Johnson's immediate future. But we got away with it, we survived. I bet Johnson - and Ashton - are breathing a big sigh of relief. Phew! Thank god he's gone, etc. We are better off with eleven "good eggs" pulling together (certainly, with this coach), that is the lesson from last season.