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  1. Advertising Boards

    Agree. You lose the definition of the players and it's a real distraction. Surely the club can fix this and turn the brightness down?
  2. Matty Taylor's Having a Party

    Just had enough of highly paid, supposed athletes stealing a living. Either commit to be the best you can be for yourself, your family and the fans or jog on. We wonder why England are so shite when this is how players from Taylor right up to the likes of Rooney still behave?
  3. Matty Taylor's Having a Party

    Ha ha. You're right, let's keep supporting the consummate professional who has come back from pre-season so out of shape the club have had to pretend he's injured. The same professional whose reaction has then been to get off his box in public and tell all this to any stranger who'll listen. You're right, let's keep that to ourselves and let him take the piss out of all who pay his wages in the meantime.
  4. Matty Taylor's Having a Party

    Not particularly bothered if you'd class this as shit stirring. Like most of us, my family have supported this club for over 40 years and paid good money that contributes to this clown's wages. I don't have any time for a second rate player to be taking the p**s in public like that. He needs sorting out and was lucky he didnt bump into some less forgiving city fans.
  5. Matty Taylor's Having a Party

    Matty Taylor returns from pre-season and gets told by management he's not fit enough to play. No mystery injury. Does he; a) Knuckle down in an effort to get back to the required level of fitness? or b) Allegedly spend the Bank Holiday weekend off his trolley (on God knows what) at an all-day party at Motion, telling everyone he doesn't give a **** about his current predicament. Wos reckon?
  6. Are city getting prem next 5 years??

    "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth" Mike Tyson It's how you react to adversity that differentiates true winners and all the PowerPoints, GT interviews and cosy away day promises to fans aren't a substitute for investment in experience and talent. Actions also speak louder than words and anyone who thinks we are set for the PL and Europe with Lansdown and Johnson in charge is sadly deluded. SL has never invested in the necessary skill-set or experienced back room staff to make that step up. Until the day his ego finally allows him to admit he needs external help, we will always struggle.
  7. SOS - Save Our Shires Petition Thread

  8. Tim Shires sacked?

    Give us a clue?
  9. Mark ashton

    A = All of the above
  10. What has happened to our passionate core support? Where have the Williams demo's of yesteryear gone, and why are we putting up with this without a fight? Fully understand why the crowd don't want to get overly negative when the match starts, but surely our best chance of remaining in this division lies without LJ in charge and we needed to have made this known weeks ago. The disregard that SL is showing the fans and the gutless, classless way in which the club handled the Pembo situation is surely not right? As someone else quite righty said on another thread, we've been confident in our assertions in the past that we would have never tolerated the way in which Tan acted, or for they matter the Gas board, but that assertion now seems ill founded now. The sheer apathy that we are all showing right now is shocking. Aside from a few murmurs there was nothing of note again tonight. The Norwich fans were more vocal than us in calling for their managers head. Genuinely amazed that we are tolerating this shit and it feels as if we are sat back watching the soul being drained from this club without so much as a whisper. Even if we are resigned to the fact we will be relegated, why are we letting ourselves be treated Ike this and why are we standing for it? We've never been an overly successful club, but we've always been a proud support who have earned respect up and down the country. It felt like we finally lost that pride tonight and we are letting apathy win. Interested in whether others feel the same and what can be done to reverse it?
  11. Match Day thread v Norwich

    If ever an announcement reflected the mentality of the ***** we have in charge
  12. He Knows He's Staying

    Noticed this also, said to my old man at the time that the clap was pathetic and clearly demonstrates he was keen to be seen motivating, but simply had nothing to offer. It really was incredible and a very telling snapshot of his complete ineptitude. I hadn't considered the lack of urgency and any action being indicative of how confident he is in staying, but how depressing if you're right.

    Innovation is the key to competitive development for any business, economy or sporting team. Quite simply, if you stand still, you die. However, as you mention Ole, innovation is experimentation, it's working with the unknown and it carries an inherent risk. The biggest risk though, and this is proven is to stand still and do nothing whilst your competitors innovate, evolve and leave you behind. Think Betamax, Kodak, BHS, or in a sporting environment the positive impact of innovation with the "Fosbury Flop", "Moneyball" or Cruyff taking the Total Football philosophy to Barca. So, how do the best businesses innovate and get ahead of their competitors, whilst not risking the entire business, or in our case risk relegation? They incubate a project whilst protecting their existing main revenue streams. They appreciate that in time the existing way of doing things will, and probably should be surpassed. However, to come up with a genuinely innovative and more effective philosophy, they need to ring-fence this new approach from the rest of the business, invest in it and back it to succeed initially, whilst leaving the rest of the business to continue to bring in the revenue and continue as normal. There is an argument that this innovation should be spearheaded by the main visionary of the business Jobs, Gates etc.., or the owner because there will undoubtedly be dissenting voices and these distractions can kill good ideas. However, the best leaders also then leave the day to day running of the main businesses to those reliable and highly experienced people that have delivered consistently in the past. Finally, far more innovation projects get dumped than succeed and as Ole quite rightly says, you cannot force this through brute force and the best leaders know when to hit the kill switch and move on. How might this approach have worked for City? I'm not the biggest fan of LJ, or for that matter the board and I'm aware that there is a lot of business speak in the above that some might shake their heads at. However, in principle SL is right to try and define a philosophy or a "BCFC way" that will enable this club to succeed and benefit from sustained success. The problem in my mind is his failure to incubate, his choice of manger and his failure to hit the kill switch early enough. If he see's something in LJ that we don't and genuinely wants him to define a new way for the club, then put him in a role like the U23's where he has a free reign to experiment, to learn and to gain experience that may allow him to them advance to first team manager/coach, whilst crucially protecting the first team from relegation by allowing the likes of MA or a "football man" to work with an experienced manager with a proven track record to keep us moving forward in this division whilst we wait for our longer term plan to kick in. Unfortunately, SL has risked his "project" and our club's future though poor decision making and I fear his stubbornness will put us back years, again...
  14. LJ took training

    Pardew? If he has been approached via Millen and they've agreed, then he might feel he would be on a hiding to nothing in front of his ex club. Better to wait until Villa instead? Of course, hugely speculative with the unverifiable info to date, but might explain the proposed, unusual scenario etc..?