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  1. I am currently a cautiously "half pint full" type, Hoxton (positively overflowing), but lose tomorrow and, it's back to "half pint empty" for me, I'm afraid (unless Blackburn lose, in which case I'll be just "half pint," neither "full" or "empty.")
  2. Hey you in the falres! You worked out what you got wrong there yet?
  3. We must never again speak of playing in Europe, nor trust anyone who dares to. It's a curse.
  4. So, Harry Redknapp's view on Lee Johnson is: "he doesn't know what he's doing."
  5. Finishing 13th - 13th! - in English football, in 1979. 13/92. Beat that, Steve Lansdown! 13th in the Championship (33/92) will do next year, though.
  6. SL took the trouble to remind us, recently, that we can not make an "informed decision" about Bristol City because we do not know what happens "inside" the club. Fair enough. We do not have access to people "inside" the game who might advise us as to the advisability of signing Lee Tomlin permanently, so we can only judge things with the benefit of hindsight. On results, and outcomes. SL pays people - two people, specifically - a lot of money to make these very difficult judgments. That is what they are paid to do, and paid to get right. No good 'moaning' about Lee Tomlin being this, or that. Not when you are "inside" the game and in a position to make an "informed decision" about Lee Tomlin, and after you have told everyone about the 'DNA' checks you make to ensure you don't sign any wrong 'uns. If you are going to say: "We are always prepared for anything. If you are not, then you are not doing your job properly" as Lee Johnson did last August, then you cannot be looking to place responsibility for the team anywhere but yourself. Can you?
  7. You can blame the players, up to a point. You can blame referees, and injuries, and lady luck, if you so wish, but only up to a point. At some point, the success and direction of a football club, over a longer period of time than 90 minutes, or even 46 games, comes down to the people with the greatest influence over that direction. And Lee Tomlin was not here in 2013, and Neil Kilkenny is not here now. I've said before though, and say it again, we have to give SL a reasonable amount of time to make good use of a fully functioning, modernised stadium with the crowds and revenue to compete at this level and put out a competitive team. This is only the first year that we have been 'up to speed' off the pitch.
  8. So it was the players last time, Kilkenny et al. And it's the players this time, Tomlin and whoever. No doubt, the next time we struggle in this league, it will be - don't tell me - the players! These bloody players that sign themselves for this club and pick themselves in the team. There's nothing we can do about all this, it's all out of our hands! Help! We are helpless!
  9. If we somehow knew, for sure, 100%, that this - your highlighted bit above - was the case, the number one route cause of the problem this season, that some players had deliberately conspired against the head coach, and in so doing, plunged the club into a relegation struggle, putting themselves before every one and every thing, then I reckon many, if not most, of the 'moaners' would take a different view of things, and get behind SL at least, if not the head coach as well. They would be behind the club, not a few mercenary players. If this was true, plain to see, and obviously so. But we don't know the truth, we know so little, we can only guess. In fact, one of the rumoured conspirators, Lee Tomlin, during a club press conference, was at pains to say that he and LJ had not fallen out, and had both had a good old chuckle at the very thought. This, at a time when, more than once, the head coach states that he will pick a team he can "trust." Confused? Me too. If it was true though, it would beg the question: why would those players do this? Why? 'Because Lee Tomlin is well known to be.......' might be one answer to this, which then begs another question: why did we sign him then? What happened to the 'DNA' checks, to make sure we sign the right characters? Last time we were relegated, the players were largely blamed - for not giving a toss; for being over the hill - and here we are again, saying it is the players. How unlucky are we to always end up with such useless, disinterested players?! How the hell do other clubs avoid this situation?........
  10. Funny what people "see" isn't it. I counted 3 predicting a draw before his post. I'll go one better and predict a Barnsley win, with two goals catching us on the break, 1:2. Not that @redsfan will notice....
  11. It was "allowed to happen" v QPR just four days ago, on Friday. At Ashton Gate. Ended with Pack to Taylor, to Paterson, goal.
  12. We took years to get where we are now, too. Which is, pretty much, where we were years ago.
  13. Keep going with the was/wasn't with spoons. It's your turn.
  14. He was, he was not; will we ever get to the bottom of this one? We might. We might not......
  15. We do not have enough information - as SL says, we do not know what goes on inside the club - or experience of running clubs and so are not in a position to put forward very much in the way of constructive ideas with any certainty. Or authority. But we know enough from things like the games we see, the results, the league table, the record over a longer period of time, what we know loosely about our budget relative to our competitors, what other clubs achieve or otherwise, to get an inkling that things are not quite right, and that we could be doing better. And then we all speculate wildly about why things are not as they could be - as we see it - and never know for sure if we are hot or cold with this. We also have the things SL/ his head coach/his Chief Exec/other luminaries periodically say and measure results and league position/direction of first team against that. That's ok, isn't it? All part of the fun and pretty harmless because "no-one at the club gives two-hoots what people on here say/think" and "only a miniscule proportion of City fans are on Otib, so opinion on here is not representative of wider opinion" right?