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The Dolman Pragmatist

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  1. Thanks Thatch. I've been having a really rotten day, but you've cheered me up no end. Just out of curiosity, what are your views on Donald Trump?
  2. Really? Not in a million years? a player who is skillful and has shown he can score goals? Not even on the bench? Ho hum.
  3. Britt Assombalonga

    A good striker, albeit with some injury problems, but £14 million? Has the world gone mad?
  4. Arnold \Garita - did I miss something, has he left us?

    He's injured, isn't he?
  5. Tomlin to Cardiff - CONFIRMED

    Oh come on, we all know the reason why. He didn't fit in, he rocked the boat, and he was a disruptive influence. He had to go. Cardiff were prepared to take the risk when other clubs weren't, so he went to Cardiff. THE END?
  6. LJ - A modern coach for a modern age?

    Not sure that I agree with your definition of process management - to be a good process manager you have to understand people. There are a lot of decent man managers who don't understand the need for good process management though. The key, as you say, is to be effective at both.
  7. What do we really need before match day one

    Some optimism?
  8. LJ speaks..

    Some times it's the only way, when all else has failed. You don't honestly think the club have been simply tolerating it all along do you?
  9. No more strikers incoming?

    Seems you can dish it out but you can't take it...
  10. No more strikers incoming?

    I'm trying to be restrained with all the LJ bashers coming out of the woodwork again for no apparent reason, but for KITR to accuse LJ of being full of shit is a bit rich. if I was LJ, i don't think I'd ever make a public statement, given the way his words are pulled to pieces. Ah, the modern world, what a pile of poo it is sometimes.
  11. LJ speaks..

    It has been: he's been sold.
  12. Brett Pitman

    Intelligent, but one of the least athletic players I've ever seen. Still, it doesn't seem to have stopped him scoring goals wherever he's been.
  13. Lee Tomlin

    Sorry to go back on this again, but I don't buy this 'couldn't get the best out of' and 'couldn't cope with' notion. The person who can't cope with Tomlin is Tomlin, not the manager. That was certainly true of Jacki as well. You can argue (and I wouldn't) that these players shouldn't have been bought in the first place, but once they are wearing the Bristol City shirt it is up to them to fit in with the plans and deliver the goods. Both Tomlin and Jacki seem to have felt that they were bigger than the club, and they weren't. I don't actually think that was true of Sno and Trundle. I may be on my own here, but I could never see what all the fuss was with Sno. I don't recall him ever being outstanding, and I don't think that was the manager's fault. Trundle was given every chance to shine at the start of the season but simply failed to deliver and, rather like Tomlin, found himself omitted in favour of a (more mundane) formula that worked. In the end he knuckled down and Johnson found a role for him, but I'm afraid I think he just found the Championship to be a level too high. Interesting that most of his tricks were against pretty poor opponents...
  14. Lee Tomlin

    While I liked Chipdawg's post, you've also made a decent point. You know what you're going to get with players like Tomlin, and presumably City had done their due diligence. Too many years of recruiting staff, sometimes to quite senior positions, has taught me that you can improve someone's skills (up to a point), but it is very hard to turn around a bad attitude. These days I go for team fit above everything else.
  15. Lee Tomlin

    Completly disagree about O'Dowda. It was only in the last third of the season that I began to see anything in the guy, and in the last few games he did enough to convince me that he is a prospect. Smith was certainly better under Cotterill, but that was because he was fully fit under Cotterill while he has been struggling with injury over the past two seasons. This is his first decent pre-season since League One (and I hope the knock he got at Bath isn't anything serious).