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  1. 80 points
    Imagine you're sat there, enjoying a tasty pasty purchased at half time, when all of a sudden Woodrow equalises. Cue manic celebrations. In the midst of which someone takes a bite out of your pasty from over your shoulder. SCENES.
  2. 71 points
    Last season it became a bit of a cliché how my reports foretold the quality of the team even if the initial results were misleading. To be honest I found it all a bit embarrassing, in the words of Roy Walker it's not hard to say what you see and I didn't think I had any particular insight, it shouldn't be a surprise that the way the team play is most indicative of standards and progress. This season we have already been (Brentford aside) significantly better than I can remember at this level and Lee Johnson has gone a long way to redeeming himself. But you always need a selection of winnable/losable games to form clearer judgement and today delivered another lesson in how far we have progressed. Today after a first half Norwich shaded we had a) a perfect half time adjustment from our manager and b) an absolutely dominant second half display to run the game and offer only one winner. In our recent run we've had some impressive performances but I actually take even more faith from seeing the team look so comfortable in taking control of a knife edge match and winning everything in defence and in midfield. People usually do that to us. The first half was very even, if anything we got away with poor finishing from Norwich who got wide and broke quickly, setting up several clear chances in front of goal that Norwich wasted. In fact you could say they did a number on us as they stopped us pressing by committing players wide and looking to break quickly, so limiting us getting any sustained pressure at the other end, where Diedhiou and Reid looked more isolated than they have been. The prime culprit in this was Leko who has looked sensational the past two games but was completely taken out of today's match. They made sure their full back was pushed up on him and their winger was further forward and Leko did not know where to play - there was no hole and they closed him down quickly if the ball got near him. He suddenly looked just the 18 year old he is and wasn't able to get on the ball or stop them playing through him. While largely an even half, Norwich created all the clear chances on the break while we played short passing through the middle as per usual but were limited only to a Brownhill shot from distance, not getting behind them and only having square balls outside the box to shoot from. Norwich skewed two clear chances wide but the other feature of their forward play was their young number 11 tumbling theatrically a couple of times. The ref didn't book him but then he didn't book anyone until the 90th minute in an excellent free flowing officiating performance. The feature of the game for me was the comprehensive number Lee Johnson did to take control of the game at half time. It's no secret that I didn't believe in much of what he did last season but I've given him praise for a very different style of football and energy this season (Brentford aside) and today he has further cemented for me that he now knows how the team should play and what to do to adjust. Taking Leko off was obvious but he got O'Dowda on hugging the wing and giving us the outlets to push them back and then press. Later he'd also rightly identify that Diedhiou, despite winning a lot of headers, was not getting behind the defence nor contributing to the slick forward interplay we so exploit these days, and introduced Taylor, which increased our ability to run in behind them and spread the defence. There was only one team controlling the game second half, Smith and Brownhill in particular absolutely ran midfield, our centre backs cleared up anything fired forward, the home team looked exactly like those familiar City sides at home that totally run out of ideas. Brownhill and O'Dowda both had chances from outside the box as we continued to pick out shooting opportunities around the box, before our first really quick passing move saw O'Dowda thread Paterson in and he lifted a dipping shot - out best of the game - that the keeper had to tip over in mid air. Any response from Norwich was eaten up quickly by Smith and Brownhill in midfield who by now looked to be in full control. Reid had a shot cut out, Bryan was put clear on the left and fired way over, before yet another attempt to play in the late running man outside the box saw the ball squared to Korey on the edge of the box with the goal fairly open, but his first time shot was loose and high when a more accomplished finisher would have drilled home. In all this time Norwich had threatened very little such was our complete control of the midfield and our back line. The last five minutes was uncharacteristically scrappy. Keith Stroud was the best referee I've seen in a while with the amount of common sense he used to just let the players play, but he started to call out shoulder barges and other physicality and in the end Norwich got a couple of set pieces to boot the ball into the box from which they had a couple of good chances, one that we desperately cut out, another that they hammered over. It would have been a travesty as Johnson had absolutely run the second half with his changes, and in the end this was a goalless draw that like many of the away games last season had a performance that said more about the team and the manager than the result would. We rode our luck and looked second best in the first half but we adjusted perfectly at half time and it's a long long time since I've seen City look so comfortable for an entire half of football away at a decent team. Ladies and gentlemen this City squad is the real deal and it's manager is making me a believer. The football is a country mile better than last season, we are not scared to pass the football forward where last season we would panic and pass backwards and unlike Tammy we have willing runners across the front to build and press with. But the real difference for me is we finally do not look like conceding and have a set of central defenders who will kick, head or harass anything that comes near them. We haven't looked this solid at Championship level for years. Finally Brownhill, I watched him for some of the second half as I was trying to understand how we were winning midfield so easily. If you drew the pitch as three thirds, he covered every blade of the middle one back and forth, he was pushed up behind the strikers as we broke and an absolute terrier when we were without the ball. Norwich were thoroughly harassed by him. He's still young and he is going to be quite a player. Fielding 7 Flint 7 Baker 8 Wright 8 Bryan 7 Leko 4 (O'Dowda 7) Smith 6 Brownhill 9 Paterson 7 (Pack 6) Reid 7 Diedhiou 6 (Taylor 7)
  3. 65 points
    For those who remember Keith Welch (Elvis), you're probably aware he's been quite ill with lung cancer. The good news is that he had (hopefully) his third and final op on Tuesday to remove the cancer. I believe he's now home and I'm sure many of us would want to take the opportunity to wish him all the best!
  4. 64 points
    When I went on tho Tom it was incredibly slow- with their users moaning about it Another big thanks to you and your work - we all fall into the trap for taking the smooth running of this forum for granted We almost never have an issue , despite how busy this forum is So a good opportunity to say a big thanks to you , and all those involved in running the site
  5. 60 points
    Odd game. Reading passing was far more fluid and with Aluko bags of pace but they missed three or four sitters in the box and Fielding made a cracking save to tip a long range shot wide, before their ponderous patient football eventually ran out of steam and finally surrendered midfield. On the other hand we were largely disjointed first half with very little cutting edge but undoubtedly adjusted better at half time, got closer to one another in the midfield and played short passing with more pace through them in the second half along with a brilliant press if we lost the ball, didn't get our reward and looked like the game was heading for a 0-0, but our youthful energy and the addition of Leko gave us some new life, producing pressure culminating in Flint's drilled winner - which for our energy alone was deserved. A feature of the game was the diversity of performances in our team. Bobby Reid was once again out of this world - he leads the team in everything, the press without the ball, the forward passing, the movement - but alongside him Diedhiou was a virtual non-entity and awful: slow, tired, static and apparently unable to win or to control the ball despite his size and strength. Similarly Joe Bryan and Paterson on the left were solid, Bryan in particular largely getting his positioning spot on and Pato drifting into great positions - setup for our best chance of the game during our dominant spell at the start of the second half - but on the right Vyner really struggled against very good opponents and got caught out repeatedly (I wish someone had put an arm round him at times) while O'Dowda on the wing was hugely frustrating and should have gone off sooner - I'm more and more convinced he is a physical asset (bright and pacy) rather than a smart footballer, his positioning with and without the ball was repeatedly poor, drifting all over the place, and he got into trouble too often, where the likes of Reid and Paterson and Brownhill were much more intuitive with their one touch passing. Our best in the first half were a couple of attempts to play Reid in behind their back line, a Joe Bryan shot having cut inside and an O'Dowda header at the far post (one of the few times we caused problems with crosses - today our better football was through the middle) but overall Reading looked a far more accomplished side in the first 45 and we depended on Flint and Baker more than anyone, Baker somewhat lucky not to get a red card for a desperate tackle, to my eyes the referee was going to his back pocket as he ran towards the incident but then stopped and assessed rightly that we had Flint dropping back. Second half we got our press going and we played close fast passing between the lines, led by an absolutely irrepressible Reid, who now has more energy than any City player I can remember in my lifetime. I thought Brownhill got into the game more when we played closer passing, and Korey Smith was solid passing from in front of our back four. Several times we sliced through their back line, always orchestrated by intelligent touches, back heels and movement by Reid. On one such occasion Paterson was teed up behind their defence with only the keeper to beat, but his shot on the turn was across the face of goal - the type of miss Reading had been specialising in when in our box. Removing the anonymous Diedhiou should have pushed us over the line but in truth it took about ten minutes for Leko to settle having initially drifted about too much in his anxiety to get in the game, and for that period Reading flashed several shots across our goal and brought one brilliant diving save from Fielding. But it was all they had and they had no joy in the air where Flint and Baker were dominant. When Leko got going, it was all too much for a Reading defence and keeper who by then looked utterly harassed by our high press whenever we lost the ball in the second half. Into that pressure Leko's slick ball control and touches only added to the problems Reid and Paterson were causing their back line, and creating gaps for teammates. But if our weakness using that space to that point had been outside the box (shots - non existent, crosses - routinely poor culminating in Bryan getting put clear on the left and lifting a nothing ball into the stand) then it inevitably needed something to change - and with 6 minutes to go it did. The ball broke to Flint outside the box with space to shoot, and in front of 3500 fans he did what no one on either side had managed and just drilled the ball low at goal. The keeper got down to it but in a carbon copy of Fielding's best save, this time not with enough strength in his touch, and the ball skidded off his gloves into the bottom corner. In front of a typically silent Reading crowd delirium. Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of the final ten minutes (five minutes of injury time included) was how fit our team look compared to Reading and how confident they were with the ball. Of all the forward players only O'Dowda was second best of his opposite number but Brownhill, Reid, Paterson, Leko all got the game by the throat with the sort of assuredness and 'streetwise' game management so rarely associated with our side, aided by Flint and Baker by now comfortably mopping up everything played forward to them. Overall it was hardly a vintage performance and on another day if Reading could finish we could have been several behind, but in spite of a mixed bag of performances (and you could make a strong case that without the 2017 model Reid we would be a very average team) the energy and effort in the second half earned the result and while there are still plenty of causes for concern (Fielding kicking, Diedhiou everything) I owe it to Lee Johnson (as one of his critics) to commend his small adjustments and instructions at half time. Fielding 7 Vyner 5 Bryan 7 Baker 8 Flint 8 Smith 8 Brownhill 7 Paterson 7 O'Dowda 5 (Pack) Reid 9 Diedhiou 4 (Leko 7)
  6. 60 points
    Taken from a Villa website "First off, what a great set up - why the hell don't the Villa do it on the car parks. Beer kiosks / food outlets , tents, even a stage where a woman was singing Don't Look Back in Anger - the crowd was friendly, the stewards were friendly, the police were friendly, even the Villa fans were friendly !!! - all in all, a bloody great night". The club are rightly criticised when things go wrong but now and again they seem to get things right
  7. 59 points
    Ladies and gents... our post of the day goes to the highly talented @Olé albeit on Twitter... note the reply also... Just beautiful... take a bow...
  8. 56 points
    Nothing to say but congratulations. Only listened to it on the radio - proper oldschool I am, but it's obvious the best team won. Best wishes for the rest of the tournament. Hope the draw is kind to you. Gutted!
  9. 56 points
    This is going to be a long post and I'll try and cover everything I remember and try and keep it in order but so much information was shared it was impossible to take it all in so I will try my best whilst also remaining sensitive for the club's wish for keeping certain things in the room. If I make any mistakes I apologise. I think what came out very clear tonight was the club's vision. Tonight was mainly about player recruitment and great detail was gone into about it. It was said that we are operating a budget 30-60 % less than the teams around us. We cannot compete compete financially in this league was the theme so we have to be creative and find other ways to get the edge on other teams. We have to excel at player recruitment, we have to find the next Kodjia etc whilst they are an unknown and we must do our due diligence to make sure the players we are signing are the right players that can improve us, take us to the next level and potentially make us money. Responsibility was taken that mistakes were made in the last 18 months and because of that the process has been tightened up. However it's impossible to know how a player will settle into this country until they are here. They still remain hopeful that Gus for example will come good. He came to us injured and due to that was around 6 weeks behind the other players fitness wise and then struggled to adapt to the English game in training plus adjust to life in England. His fellow players also then lost confidence in his ability and then MT and MD came in so he was informed he couldn't be trusted to play at that vital time so was sent on loan. When he joined us he was the 24th best striker in Sweden based on the statistical data we use and returned as the top striker in Sweden. Nothing was said about his current loan move but the hope is he is still young and may come good. We were shown some interesting slides about how we scout for players. Others have already gone into it so I won't really repeat. If anyone has ever played any football games we pretty much use a simular system to the compare players features you find on these games. When we inputted Knockaerts stats loads of top players came up and among all these top players was Eliasson who fitted the profile of what we were looking for. The whole stat system we use is fed directly by prozone and Opta stats. Interestingly our very own Paterson was on that list and the club are using the system to also show our own players how they compare to other top players and what they need to improve to get to that level. Paterson for example likes to cut in and curl it into the top corner. Scoring wonder goals basically. However they are trying to get him to shoot more often from the optimized scoring zones or something. players have brought right into this, Matty Taylor was given a special mention. The whole transfer process was explained. I'll try to simplify it. LJ finds a player, he will then view some videos and if he likes what he sees he asks the nerds behind the scenes to watch 15 games and to give feedback. They will also clip those 15 games into one video that shows every touch that player has had in those games. The clipped video will then be sent to the whole management team for them to take notes. If they like what they see Mervyn Day will go and watch the player plus other members of the management team as the process moves forward. Tinnion particularly enjoys his trips to Sweden. We will also do a full background check on every single player. Do they have kids. Did they have a mum and dad in their lives etc etc. 95% of the players we put through this whole process we decide to not follow up. Only the best get onto our shortlist. Contact will then be made with the club and player. The Tammy deal for example LJ spent all day at Chelsea selling our club, half way back to Bristol Chelsea gave permission for us to talk to Tammy and he immediately did a u turn and was speaking to Tammy and his parents until the early hours. Swansea copied this exact approach with Tammy. I guess that's how they managed to sign Sanches haha. We were kindly showed a video that is sent to potential signings all around the world. In the past we were seen as a footballing back water, we are trying hard to change that impression. Following our success with Tammy every single prem club offered us a player. However we didn't want to block the path for our own youngsters so only took up the option of Leko who is the cream of the crop. The idea is to have as many Bristol boys in the squad as possible. Something was said about we are in the process of planning to improve the training facilities which will be made public in the near future. It was only a short comment and not in reply to a question so I have no more details sorry. Mark Ashton has recently sold up and moved to the area as he wants to get a feel of the City and what the people of Bristol wants. This was the first time I've seen Mark in person and I was mightily impressed. OK he uses a lot of buzz words but this guy Imo will stop at nothing to get us to where we want to get to and he knows exactly how to do that. Imo if we do reach the prem a lot of the credit must be given to him. The players diets were mentioned, Apprently what they eat on a Thursday is massively important as that is what will be fueling their body on a matchday. If we are away like this weekend it will be arranged with Reading that they cook our players a certain meal for them to eat on the coach on the way back. We are doing so many things that other clubs are not doing and now the football world are really starting to look at Bristol City and paying close attention to us. Mark Ashton described it as we are a rocket ship ready to take off with everyone watching. We are a hot topic in the football world right now. Everyone in football are talking about the young team we are assembling. Brian Tinnion was given special praise for the job he is doing with the youth players and scouting duties. There has been a bit of a clear out recently within the club so we only have the right people here all working hard and pulling in the same direction. There appears to be a great support network of staff behind the scenes and I think it's worth giving them some praise for the positive things they are doing behind the scenes that we all don't really see. I think I've covered as much as I can remember for now. Sorry if it's all written a bit messy my brain is frazzled. If anyone ever gets the chance to get along to any of these events or to talk to any of our management team I'd highly recommend it and you will be extremely proud that finally we have a club that has a clear vision that everyone is working towards.
  10. 53 points
    Watching back Sky's coverage last night , personally I thought LJs post match interview was possibly the best I've heard from him Nothing mind blowing , was just very calm , spoke very sensibly , thought his view / assessment was very sensible / fair and came across so, didn't make a big issue of the pen shouts when given the opportunity and when suggested we were very unlucky with the deflecte goal half agreed but pointed out that the midfield could have done better (to close down earlier / closer) better which is right , but said so with a smile - As someone who has / is , been a real doubter of LJ and with his media stuff , especially post match interviews I thought he came across really well - was good to see Very Good interview Lee Onto Keith Andrews ,who with Lee Hendrix was doing punditry. I find a lot of what Andrews normally says is waffle and bland but I thought he got us nailed on Overall was very fair and praised us generally - Suggested we'd be tough to beat at the Gate and praised the way we try and play etc but he said words to effect / close to 'When they're at it and energetic and busy they are a handful , but/and they need to keep that intensity' and mentioned a couple of times incl when asked if we could threaten top six said (nicely) that although decent , maybe we lack that little extra bit of quality that the spending power of the big Clubs in this league have., particularly in the final third I thought his assessment was very fair and hit the nail on the head, coming away last night , it was exactly my thoughts One other comment of his (Think it was him not Hendrix) also takes me on nicely He (Maybe Hendrie) post match , comparing the two sides pointed out that Villa have quality throughout their squad but looked disjointed as Bruce rebuilds whilst we look clearly coached and far more cohesive When I read last nights match thread and some other posts and thread this morning , have to say I was shocked , maybe it's me that's having a funny turn...... First and foremost Villa have , on paper a quality Squad for this level with proven quality and options in most positions and let's be honest most neutral Championship Fans if offered the contents of the two line ups last night to form a side would pick virtually all Villa players. so , even though they are very much in a rebuild and disjointed phase, last night was always going to be a tough fixture with the danger of sides like Villa that they have enough quality about, that even when playing poorly can undo you So personally , offered a point with a decent performance I would have taken that pre match and definitely when they equalised , so personally I came away thinking , reasonable / decent point , albeit during our first half domination and after scoring firstbInthought we might well nick all three. I though we played decent / well , we were busy , kept our workrate for 90mins , competed right around the pitch and played some neat and tidy stuff at times - As a LJ sceptic I have to say we looked coached / drilled last night and much more cohesive than Villa - We at least looked as if we had a style and noticeable method of play where Villa didn't Whether you have faith in LJs philosophy of playing you could definitely see some fruition of work on the training ground and 1-11 looked as if they knew their role which didn't look the case many times last season Well done LJ / Dh / JMc I thought there were lots of good signs and individual bits and pieces to be positive about and and was particularly shocked by the match day thread , which reads as if we were dire in large parts - As a often sceptic / blunt assessor I thought the thread , and some of the posts were ridiculously negative and blind and in the vast majority of cases - very unfair I still have some concerns about a lack of Plan B when things aren't rolling well and our potential consistently issues , and our ability to keep up the intensity we need to play this way / at our best over 90mins week in week out but they can be for another thread or day My over riding feeling was we looked a mostly solid and cohesive unit with evidence of training ground definitely showing Back to Keith Andrews comments , ..... We look solid / busy / dec not and most of us would agree (?) that we do lack that bit of special quality at times , in the final third , to cash in on periods of domination / possession which probably does reflect or status and spending power at this level so I can't get too miffed by this Last night we got 'between' their lines and in / running at their back three on a regular basis , especially in the first half and missed opportunities to capitalise . That extra bit of quality costs big bucks besides being able to attract such players to your club and I think most of us accept that to be so Came away last night really please with the performance personally and thinking we could be on the right lines - if we can add some real quality in a couple of areas we will be looking a decent Championship side if we perform like that on a consistent basis Consistency over a period / seriesof games is what I'd love to see now (Performance more so than results) and proof we are progressing - I still fear we will have a Brentford in the next 2 or 3 games ! Well done LJ & Players COYR Maybe (For once !) I'm the one being over optimistic ?
  11. 52 points
    When Derby appointed Gary Rowett I was furious as it meant he wasn't coming to us whilst we were in free fall with Lee Johnson. May I be the first one to hold my hands up and say thank **** this was the case. That was probably the most complete Bristol City performance I've seen since the Palace away Play off leg in 2008. Man to man we were absolutely superb and looked incredibly organised too. If a ball went in the air, Flint or Baker won it. If they played it down the line, our wingers/full backs were quicker and stronger than them. Reid was again superb. Leko was absolutely different class. I genuinely could've sat there and watched us play all night. This is against a Derby side with arguably the best squad in the league along with Middlesbrough, who's average wage per player is probably the same (or higher) than our highest. Not to get carried away too soon, but if the last week or two is anything to go by, we could really surprise some people this season. Never been so pleased to be so wrong in my life.
  12. 49 points
    Just a helpful pointer for those who haven't had to study legal Latin: Actues Reus is the criminal deed (punching, glassing, stabbing etc.) Mens Rea is the criminal thought (wanting to cause bodily injury). Chris Rea is driving home for Christmas (unlike Rooney, possibly).
  13. 49 points
    My sincere apologies to Lee Johnson. I've never felt so happy to have egg on my face, and to be proven wrong!!! JOHNSON IN
  14. 46 points
    It's no secret that I've been sceptical of Lee Johnson. I could see what he was trying to do but it didn't seem to me like he was going to be able to make it happen. Last season was painful for large parts and we had an indifferent start to this one, playing well against some weak sides and poorly against others. I lost a lot of confidence in him after the Millwall Debacle so it's only fair to balance that by pointing out how much better we've been since then. Today LJ got it absolutely spot on, and though of course I accept it won't always be like that if we can keep some consistency in how we approach the game I think this squad and the manager will do very well. Today's performance was spectacularly good. High pressing, quick passing, movement, good decisions, forcing errors and snapping onto them quickly - it was the exact opposite of Millwall. Leko's pace and trickery stood out - he looks a great find - but actually I thought only Flint and Fielding had average games, the rest all up there as very good or better. I haven't seen better since perhaps smashing Walsall at home when we got promoted. I felt Derby didn't really have an off day either, they played a bit but they were made to look average because we were exceptional. Resting Diedhiou was an excellent decision, Woodrow looked bright and capable and the glancing header for his goal was excellent but also when Fam came on he was a cut above what we've seen so far and his goal was very well taken. Patterson was a pain in the arse for Derby all day, and to be fair with him, Leko and Reid running at them I expect they had a very tough time at it, I don't think many teams would enjoy that. Bailey Wright is worth a mention, he's not ultra comfortable at right back but he defended solidly and perhaps as importantly didn't get too ambitious in going forward which gave Leko and Patterson a bit more license. Bryan, Baker, Pack and Smith all had solid games and Reid was everywhere and is really shining, credit to the manager for finding a way to get the talent that we've all thought was there being displayed consistently. The subs were made at the right time, we had a few minutes of pressure and they gave us a bit more solidity and allowed us to play more on the break. The moment when four or five defenders all threw themselves in the way of a shot showed the level of commitment in the team, and it was refreshing to see so many players comfortable on the ball and taking time to make good choices with it. If I were a perfectionist I'd like to see Fielding kick less often and I'd like to see our corners be more consistently dangerous but that's nit-picking. I also thought the ref was very good - he let the game run, he got most decisions right including both pens and not booking Fielding, and he made the goal line technology pay off too. Easy to moan when they're bad so well done to him. I said in another thread from these five hard games I'd want 5-7 points - we now have that after three of them. That's a fantastic return and the only problem with it is now you have to try and keep it up. Well done City and LJ especially, today was the best day at Ashton Gate for a long time.
  15. 45 points
    Even as a fan of Johnson's; I feel these type of threads that have been springing up are a bit hasty. Yes - there's a clear improvement in our recent form. The squad looks great, we're playing well and everything seems to be ticking along quite nicely. It is only September though - plenty of time for things to go horribly wrong. I would suggest we enjoy the moment and hope it continues. I'm enjoying this season so far.
  16. 44 points
    If we`d given him away it still would have been good business IMO. I suspect our Neil is discovering what most of us knew all along and realises we`ve pulled his pants down. He`s just trying to say now that it was only to his knees and not right down to his ankles.
  17. 41 points
    You should really enjoy watching Leko, exciting, fast and can go past players without even trying, I watched his debut against Cresswell of West Ham and Cresswell did not know how to stop him and git really mugged off by Leko. He needs to learn what to do when he hasn't got the ball but on the ball he is something else. i hope it works out for him and yourselves, will be keeping a close eye on his progress, he will get targeted by defenders when they realise what he can do to them.
  18. 41 points
  19. 41 points
    SC saved the club from a second relegation in his first few months and then took the club onto our only league win in 60 years, with a record 99 points , won the Football league trophy and the LMA manager of the season. The rather hilarious assertion he spent crazy money in some way to deflect any credit seems to forget he had to sell his main striker Baldock for £2M with the season underway . I have seen a number great City sides but I have never seen one with the collective will and belief of that group players, they just pushed past teams, even if they were under pressure, they pulled together in a way I have never seen. The football was wonderful, fast paced and exciting. It went wrong, and it went wrong for reasons often discussed on here, with some behind the scenes issues and a lack of clarity about who said what and where. However, it was quite clear that SC felt that with a few high quality additions, that squad was capable of a springboard of a double promotion. Others had done it. But it needed quality. Grey or Gayle, McGuire and an un named central midfield player. It did not happen, the club did not sign the targets identified ( you cannot discount the quality) and the battle plan fell apart amid off the field recriminations, blame and loss of faith between SC and club and vice versa. SC was very impressive. This from someone who finds him impossibly arrogant, was surprised at his appointment, and felt he had lost the plot when he was fired. But I cannot rewrite a selective history, what he did in such a short space of time with relative means will remain forever. It is what I am sure Huddersfield fans think of Wagner and Brighton fans of Houghton. There are occasions when the right manager, right experience, right support can achieve notable success . Did SC reach his level, no, probably not, but the club collectively totally wasted all the momentum , good feeling and impetus of an exceptional performance. That was the time SL really did miss a chance to invest in a few good players of the right type, and as the named three have shown, they all did their job, and increased their value. Why is SC not working? he maybe does not need to right now, maybe waiting for the right project again I cannot think for one moment he would be looking at Northampton town .
  20. 39 points
    It's only for 4 months. Don't knock where they are going to. I think it will suit all parties, more so us tbh. It will be easier to keep an eye on their progression, not just through match's, but in training as well. Plus the relationship with manager will be more trustworthy, I should imagine. For what it's worth, I was really impressed with Plavotic last night....his development has come on leaps and bounds since joining Cheltenham. They'll get plenty of game time and better development at Cheltenham, than some random club we've got no 'affiliation' with imo.
  21. 38 points
    good pro, was good for England and always played with a smile on his face and fairly (for the most part) worthy of a clap imo
  22. 38 points
    The crowd last night of 13,826 was very good. There was 6,600 at Palace v Huddersfield, an all-Premier League tie. 11,000 at Villa v Boro 11,800 at Burnley v Leeds 8,700 at Reading v Swansea etc etc
  23. 38 points
    Probably didn't understand the question.
  24. 37 points
    You spelt Cheltenham wrong
  25. 37 points
    Oh ffs, Hinds and Moore could've got much better loans than that. I'm fed up of this.
  26. 36 points
    Just think how far we have come, we are playing one of the least attractive teams in the division, a team we have played regularly in the last few seasons, it is midweek, Champions league on the box, only 300 away fans and yet we should have 18,000 plus. Just a few years ago that would have been about our biggest crowd of the season. I think the growth in support has been excellent when you consider we have waited 37 years for top flight football.
  27. 36 points
    I went to that one. Stole a car. Got back in record time.
  28. 34 points
    Remember the film 'Never Let Me Go' ? I always wanted to see it simply because it had a scene on Clevedon beach and the Pier. The rest of it, while well acted and starring Keira Knightly and Charlotte Rampling, I found dark and disturbing. Norwich has long been a creative centre where such productions began their life. What makes a city a literary giant? According to Unesco, it takes a rare and rarified combination of editorial initiatives and educational programmes, lashings of libraries, bookstores and cultural centres, plus a vibrant literary event scene. In short, it’s the extent to which literature plays an integral role in the urban environment and the only two cities in England to have earned the status so far are Norwich in 2012 and Nottingham in 2015. There are 20 currently around the world. Why is it that we seem to have a plethora of 'best city for this', 'world cultural capital for that', 'city with the best theatres' etc? The more 'lists' there are the more diluted the reading experience. I find it all rather tedious and a sort of 'dumming down' of things to read about. Is it partly because lists are easier to digest when there is an inxorable move toward on line reading over print? I think so. I am completely and utterly bored and I am sure, also, are most of you. Real authors like Malcolm Bradbury do interest me though and he started a degree course at the University of East Anglia at Norwich called an MA in Creative Writing. From that course some of the best modern day writings have emerged in print and on our screens. Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro took that course and became superb writers and novelists in their own right. Among many well known novels Ishiguro wrote such as 'The Remains of the Day' , in 1989, which went on to become award winning films with an all star cast including Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson with screenplay by Harold Pinter. Ishiguro, born in Japan but raised in the UK also wrote that disturbing novel 'Never Let Me Go' . It was positively received and a master of writing. McEwan is well known for writing 'Atonement', also adapted for the big screen and again starring Kinghtly, as well as Enduring Love with Daniel Craig and Bill Nighy. Both authors have been highly decorated in their careers to date. Malcolm Bradbury, who passed away in Norwich in 2000 at the tender age of 68 was not a prolific novelist but he left an indelible mark on the literary world not least because of his course at the UEA in Norwich. He published Possibilities: Essays on the State of the Novel in 1973, The History Man in 1975, Who Do You Think You Are? in 1976, Rates of Exchange in 1983 and Cuts: A Very Short Novel in 1987. Some of his works made it to the big screen as well as adaptations for TV the most famous of which was The History Man which was broadcast by the BBC as a four-part serial in 1981. It starred Antony Sher as Howard Kirk and Geraldine James as his wife Barbara; Isla Blair played Flora Beniform. Exteriors for the series were shot at the University of Lancaster and in Bristol. This was the cover for his book 'The History Man'. It shows a dog buried up to its neck in an unidentifiable mass. It was painted by Francisco Goya between 1820 and 1823 directly on to the wall of his house. The dog is gazing upward perhaps in awe, waiting for the right moment, or wishing he could scale the height but can't. Sometimes City fans must feel that way; usually being thwarted, time and again, in our desire to reach greater success. The painting, part of Goya's 'dark period' after suffering two life threatening illnesses, was never meant for public display but today sits in The Prado Museum in Madrid as one of 14 he originally painted on the walls of Quinta del Sordo, his last home. Manuel Mena, Curator at the Prado, claimed: "There is not a single contemporary painter in the world that does not pray in front of The Dog" so named was the painting by the museum. It was revered by the likes of Picasso and Miró and Rafael Canogar referred to it as a "visual poem" and cited it as the first Symbolist painting of the Western world. Spanish painter Antonio Saura thought The Dog "the world's most beautiful picture". Nobody appreciates something that comes easy as much as something achieved through toil and sweat. I too appreciate that 'image' of this dog, of 'the dog'. It seems to encapsulate life in general. At times the 'unidentifiable mass' that the dog is engulfed in might seem like quick sand where one feels the sensation of drowning and helplessness and, at others, perhaps water that one can wade through with relative ease. Either way one should never expect life to be impossible or easy. But the dog seems transfixed and determined. I think that is what is so compelling with this painting and I like to think this is how City are this season. Nothing is going to stop them looking forward, working hard, taking the plaudits, enjoying it and just repeating it week in and week out. Have a closer look. Bit like Noble after he scored that goal against Palace in the semi final of the play offs; I remember an image of him looking up. Whoever goes to Norwich today deserves a medal. 480 miles round trip. That is some commitment and some cost. Well done all of you and have a great day. Bring back the 3 points.
  29. 34 points
    20 years young today the first incarnation of the forum was dropped onto the information superhighway. Any thoughts and memories would be welcomed. We've got a classic forum that really should have more posts/threads in it. Perhaps some suggestions..
  30. 33 points
  31. 32 points
    That SL had the balls to let LJ see his plan through, rather than bailing out, like so many others.
  32. 31 points
    It all started back in 2000. I'd finally managed to find enough time and money to be able to get my first Season Ticket. The 99-2000 season was not a great time to start though. It was the season after our relegation in embarrassing fashion after the John Ward / Benny fiasco. Halfway through the season the most unpopular City manager of all time, Clueless Pulis had walked out on us to join Pompy prompting a One Team cover that thanked all of the directors, players and supporters of Portsmouth Football club for taking him off our hands. For some reason our board decided to replace him with a scout (Tony Fawthrop) and the acadamy director (Dave Burnside) whose collective managerial experience at any level was zero. Scott Davidson our young chairman was running out of ideas and clearly starting to realise that he didn't have enough money to get City to where he wanted us to be and the whole mood around the club was as flat as pancake. Attendances had barely climbed above 10000 all season and to cap it all, we spent most of the season behind the sags in the table. There was however, a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to a 5-1 drubbing of Exeter in the Southern Area final first leg and the intervention of Peter Beadle's backside salvaging a 1-1 draw on a cold wet Tuesday night in Exeter, City were on their way to Wembley for what would be their first appearance there in over a decade and the last chance to see the old twin towers before their demolition at the end of that year. The Northern Area winners were Stoke City. A big club with a big following which would set up a great day out in London. There were signs however, that it was just not going to be our day. In February 2000 Stoke legend Sir Stanley Matthews had passed away and it was announced that this game would be dedicated to Sir Stanley and that the FA Cup hymn 'Abide with me' would be sung before kick off. City announced that we had lost the draw to wear our home shirts and therefore as the nominal 'away team' we would celebrate our trip to Wembley with a special shirt to mark the occasion. Bad omen number 2. I can almost hear the telephone call to our kit supplier. The one where the guy on the other end of the phone has to cover the mouth piece and tell his mate that he's finally managed to find somewhere to offload that kit that no one wants. So, for our big day out at Wembley, the mighty Reds would be wearing an horrendous gold shirt with a BLUE and WHITE stripe down the front. BLUE and WHITE? Seriously? I know, I know, City had a blue and white kit for the 1909 FA Cup Final but that was in pre gaseous days when the Eastville Squaters FC were still playing in a park somewhere with jumpers for goal posts. By the year 2000, the last thing any self respecting City fan wanted to see on a kit at Wembley was blue and white. With ticket sales totalling over 75000 the atmosphere on the day was set to be a cracker. As most people know, Stoke sing a song about some Welsh bloke who murders his wife with a knife for laughing at him. No, I don't get it either. So to ensure that every City fan would do his duty, the last issue of One Team had the words to Drink up thee Cider printed on it in the hope that we could all get beyond the bit where we are 'going down the rovers' and actually give the Stoke fans a run for their money in the song stakes. So come the big day and the stadium announcer says here's a song for the Stoke fans and 37000 voices sing Delilah in unison it was rather impressive. The stadium announcer then says 'here's a song for the City fans', I turn to my mate and say this is going to be good as I expect 37000 City fans to launch into the Cider song. Suddenly, from the Wembley PA System comes 'you're everywhere and nowhere baby.....' as Hi Ho Silver Lining plays. Cue 37000 City fans all looking at each other in confusion. The song falls flat with a half assed 'Hi Ho Bristol City' for the chorus. This day was not going well. And on to the match. In two previous attempts that season, City had not managed to beat Stoke. We'd drawn both games, 1-1 away thanks to a late goal from Brian Tinnion and 2-2 at home just a few weeks before the final thanks to a brace from Tony Thorpe. Stoke started the better of the two sides and went a goal up while City really struggled to find their feet. Moving into the second half, slowly City started to come back into the game and then, in the 74th minute the ball was hit across the Stoke goal and Paul Holland sprang like an arthritic salmon all of about 4 feet into the air and headed the ball home. 1-1 and at last things were going our way. But it wasn't to be. in the 82nd minute, Louis Carey gave away a free kick on the edge of our box. To this day I have no idea what his conversation with the referee was about. Maybe Lewis was trying to find out which idiot thought Hi Ho Silver lining was the appropriate song or maybe he just felt like having a nice chat with the ref but either way the Stoke player politely enquired of the ref that while he was having a chat to Louis would he mind very much if he got on with the free kick. The ref told him to carry on and a few seconds later the ball was in the back of the net. 2-1 Stoke and that's how it ended. To make matters worse, as the coaches left the stadium at the end of the game we found ourselves stuck in the inevitable traffic jam. Just then, passing us slowly in the outside lane a coach load of Stoke fans drew level with the windows of our coach. Insults were exchanged like two passing ships at the battle of Trafalgar. A broadside of middle fingers, bare arses and general abuse all directed from the Stoke coach as we were sat in our gloom after the days events. It was a long, long journey home. City ended the season in 9th place in the table, 2 places and 16 points behind the sags. Scott Davidson resigned as chairman the following year. Tony Fawthrop almost had the City managers job full time but it fell through and City would have to wait another 15 years to taste further success at Wembley. And to this day, I still don't like Stoke. Let's hope we can knock them out of the cup tonight. COYR.
  33. 31 points
    FF has been outstanding this season - as good as Bobby Reid His shirt unless he loses form
  34. 31 points
  35. 31 points
    Nice observations in the OP. When it comes to 'being coached'...I think we are finally seeing how LJ wants to play. Fast, decisive, give and go, high pressing, good movement, expansive...using the whole pitch and willing to switch play. For me...the biggest influence in this high tempo way of playing, has been the influence of Bobby Reid. He doesn't stop running, or moving, both offensively and defensively. If you do that from the front line, it has an effect on the rest of the team. Consider how different it is, to the lumbering movement of Tomlin last season. It's been a breath of fresh air, to see these lads play. Yesterday was a cracking Championship game. It had everything you could hope for.
  36. 30 points
    Hi lads. Wolves fan here (sorry another one). I thought it was an excellent game last night, full of ability and endeavour - a great advertisement for the Championship by both sides. I did think we deserved to win but only just, you looked extremely capable on attack, passing the ball around as nicely as we did. And you have backbone too. A few tasty challenges early on admittedly, but I didnt think it was a particularly dirty game. Jota seemed to be targetted early on though, a bit. Regards the penalty, I thought the player passing was so close to the defender that in real time it seemed harsh, but upon seeing it again (I was in the South Bank so only got that far end, blind side view) I can see that if you put your hands out even to balance yourself (Not above his head or anything please note) then some refs will give a penalty. So feel a bit hard done too but also can't really complain. I thought Danny Batth was pole-axed by a leading elbow, but not convinced it was a penalty, though of course we shout for it. Wouldnt you do the same? Its just passion, you want your team to win, it is at times one-eyed unbalanced support undoubtedly, you may hate it, i love that about the South bank. Maybe partly because we know we have to deliver in 1-3 seasons or yes the Chinese will just sell up. Regards the two drop balls, I don't like unsporting behaviour, so if we were wrong I apologise to BCFC. Seems to be mixed views, because there were two incidents. I think we were definitely wrong regards one of them, but not the other. If you can be bothered to read Wolves fans views, you will see that after the event, just like you lot, we have some very fair and balanced posters, and some who are so blinkered they will never change their views. Just like any fanbase. https://www.molineuxmix.co.uk/index.php?threads/not-giving-the-ball-back.198560/#post-5121337 https://www.molineuxmix.co.uk/index.php?threads/point-gained-in-the-end-stay-positive.198555/page-2#post-5121448 https://www.molineuxmix.co.uk/index.php?threads/vs-brizzle-h-verdict.198563/page-3#post-5121442
  37. 30 points
    I thought this thread was about your years of posting.
  38. 30 points
    Maybe that's just her personally?
  39. 29 points
    Didn't realise Poundland was an actual country.
  40. 29 points
    So 'ones for the future' translates to 'help for our Dad'!!! Taylor Moore in particular must be regretting joining us. From U-20 England skipper to league 2 loanee in little over a year.
  41. 28 points
    What an outstanding, remarkable turnaround we have shown, from a point where many/most people could see little/no light at the end of the tunnel. To only lose 3 games (in all competitions) in our last 23 matches is testiment to just how much hard work must have been going on behind the scenes during those tough times last season. It wont last forever. We know that! We've all seen false dawns. Too many. However, I'd go so far as to say that this is possibly the best squad & best set up, we have ever had here. Certainly in my 30 years of watching City. Long may the positives outweigh the negatives! P.S. Fix the bloody PA system!
  42. 28 points
  43. 28 points
    NO THANKS AT 1000 Decibels. If foreign investors become owners at Ashton Gate then I will seriously have to consider my position. I'm committed to a 180 mile round trip for home matches for a club I've supported for 60 years. Bristol City is a proper Bristol club. A magnificent stadium that brings tears to my eyes as I walk down from The Robins. And currently a great squad of players. The thought of it being owned by people who are just business focussed saddens me greatly. Mr Lansdown has some serious wealth. Perhaps he could consider a trust fund arrangement that would ensure that Bristol City remains in UK ownership. What a legacy that would be.
  44. 27 points
    Interesting. I walked past the boat belonging to the gas's squillionaire owner this morning....
  45. 27 points
    They might be young Blokey blokes on the piss but I'm sorry but from a woman's point of view a group of blokes like this when you are by yourself is pretty frightening. Bad enough if she chose to walk into their path just outside a football ground you might expect to find them and sadly also expect the odd comment, but she was on a public train and shouldn't be subject to intimidation and abuse when innocently going about her business on an early evening train. If they want to make comments and rip the piss out if each other then I've no problem with that. I'm tolerant of swearing on the whole but to pick on someone clearly not part of their mindset isn't on. Im sad that she is probably forever think of Bristol City fans as drunken foul mouthed intimidating yobs. For all the good we do as a club some of 'us' have a long way to go when mixing with the public, I don't know how these people live on a daily basis I really don't. Rant over. No doubt some of you will tell me to tuck my blouse into my kickers. But as been said before how would you like it if your wife, daughter, sister, mother, partner got this treatment?
  46. 27 points
    I think constantly falling back onto the failed signings, or value for money on signings argument, that some people are doing is getting pretty repetitive and boring now. As already said above, football has changed - i'm honestly scratching my head every time I see someone write about us "wasting over a million on...(ADD NAME)...." constantly, like it's a large sum of money to 'waste'. I often wonder if those people are the same kind of people who I see on OTIB and twitter on transfer deadline day like spoilt children at Christmas writing stuff like "Come of City, just sign someone FFS" . Spending in the championship is going mad : Villa have spent £72m in two transfer windows (not even taking into account wages, John Terry anyone?!). Boro spent THE 10th MOST OF ANY CLUB IN ENGLAND this summer, £47m. Almost as much as Arsenal and more than WBA, West Ham and Burnley. Wolves spent £15.8m on Neves. Leeds totalled £16m and so on. 8 teams in our division have parachute payments, worth almost an extra £20m of revenue a year, which is more than we earn in gate receipts in a season. So my point is teams are increasingly having to spend just to survive. Yes, there will always be the odd club to buck that trend, but generally, as early season results show, the current bottom three spent around £5m in total this summer. The top three spent a total of around £40m. We are going to be spending these multimillion pound fees to compete and some will work and some one not. That's football, nothing new there. It's just new to BCFC. But that is the world we are in now. Anyway back to topic and Famara. Just think about this for a second. The guy has only been in Bristol for 2 months. Yes he's played a few games now, but, not only is this a move to a new, much tougher division, but it's a move to a new country. His life will have changed hugely, not just on the football side. And we all know that off pitch effects on the pitch. Give him chance to settle for goodness sake.
  47. 27 points
  48. 26 points
    And the family runaround in Jordan
  49. 26 points
    Apologies for the delay but aim going to try and provide a thorough and accurate account of the Q & A session from last night (Without comment) for those that couldn't be there but are interested The Club were keen that it was an openly answered session (And was a great thing to do IMHO) and didn't involve streaming etc, so as hope I've got the balance between spreading the word for those that couldn't go and respecting MA / LJ / JM / DH and their wishes around anything that could be sensitive - don't want to spoil,what was ,a very interesting and good thing I am going to,leave the odd minor thing out where an obvious concern about social media was expressed and although these bits were interesting don't think you've missed out on any juicy bits ! If anyone who went last night thinks I've included anything that shouldn't be shared please let me know and it will edit if necessary (Apologies for the type size - typed it on notepad and can't seem to change it after pasting) ---------- Part One Lisa Knights opened by explaining that the Q&A was not being streamed or put on Social Media as they wanted to be able to answer questions as openly as possible (Where they indicated concerns about discussion on Social Media I will try and respect this and leave some odd bit / detail out - but please don't think there are any 'bombshells' that were spoken about but to be kept secret) Lisa Knights highlighted that the next FANS meeting is on Sept 18th when MA and John Lansdown will be in attendance and s another good opportunity for fans to engage The first question was from a supporter who wanted to know how the data is gathered about no of passes , distance run etc etc JM explained the use GPR vests in training and the use of pro zone on match days etc and explained that there were 8 or 9 camera installed at AG to 'track' the players and produce numerous stats , distance run, how many high intensity runs , acceleration, deceleration , touches , successful passes , unsuccessful passes etc LJ then spoke and confirmed that there was a wealth of data available He explained how it could effect the mindset and explained that when he played , his role was to link play and that in a successful side he , as a central midfielder , 'linking' would expect to make 70-80 passes a game with % 25 (IIRC) being forward passes He said stats could provide a false picture using an example of someone who's run 11k in a game but because he / we were constantly chasing the ball and inferred that data needs to be understood deeper than actual numbers He said that they use the data in recruitment to try and recruit players who fit into the way we play (Didn't go into examples but clearly , and common sense suggests we don't want a player who may be a trickster but ,who doesn't track , close down or be busy as he wouldn't fit how we want to play) (that's my example not LJs) LJ said it was how you interpret the data / stats that was the most important thing and gave the example,of a player who might only have 8 touches in a game , and score 3 goals LJ said there were all sorts of tools on offer (Thought he might be referring to LT ! For a moment) and that we'd be mad not to utilise them and try and 'get ahead of the game' particularly with a young coaching staff and the analysts we have available in the recruiting and analytical departments, (analysing our performance and opponents) LJ explained that he gets a report / analysis after each game an inch or so thick which takes 45-60 mins to read through and said the perception of a performance doesn't match the actual performance and said he this was the bit he had to 'remain calm on' LJ explained that even players make use of the data available and gave the example of a Michael Owen whose agency produced a large presentation pack on him full of data , minutes played , minutes trained etc etc LJ explained that a manager or player may use the data to prove a point and he would use the data to make a case for a particular signing to SL/MA and sometimes to justify releasing a player LJ reiterated you have to be cautious with stats alone and how important it was for a player to go out with confidence and knowing / understanding his role LJ talked about noticing and realising players were fatiguing and the dilemma whether to keep player on who may/ can keep going or whether they are literally out on their feet and to make a substitution LJ used FD as an example and explained it was a big adjustment to go from French football to Championship football and the role he was being asked to perform here compared to what was expected of him in France Said that they'd noticed he was excellent for an hour or so but tailed off and said initially they didn't have the players to change it , (and were overloading fatigue with fatigue and were getting less minutes out of him each game) but now have players to change it with Woodrow brought in , Matty Taylor coming back and now Leko giving another option with great pace. LJ said it was a shame MD was still out because he was a great plan B LJ said that sometimes you don't go off any of it and go off instinct as the data and stats can bamboozle There was a further discussion about Michael Owen and that sort of deal with a player who had suffered injuries and Alan admitted they took such a 'gamble' on Joel Ekstrand who had been a top player in Championship and was the best available quality in our wage bracket at the time and were hoping to get and keep him fit , but admitted that on this occasion it had not worked LJ said they had learned not to sign injured players LJ explained that Gustav had been injured and out for 6/7 weeks when he arrived and never really got ahead of the game compared to teammates and then maybe lost a bit of confidence and the other players probably didn't believe in him as much as they could of done or should have done as they would have done if he was like he is now There was a question about diet which DH addressed and explained about players taking in carbs and protein at the right times , how much attention was paid to it these days and even how they would be asking Reading if they could supply a high quality meal for post match on Saturday on the journey back to Bristol, and if not would cater this themselves A supporter then pointed out that due diligence in recruiting was often mentioned and asked whether they'd accept due diligence was not done in respect of Gus Engvall, that we had seen little of him and what their views were on a return on the £ investment and why due diligence wasn't done LJ explained that we need to remember how we are trying to improve and it's all about a sustainable future and said it was the reason he came in and probably the reason he was still here , as it's very important to SL that the club has a chance of sustained success moving forward LJ pointed out that %90 of our signings are under 24/25 and we are not the biggest payers in this division and %30-60 under 16 or 17 clubs but hey had the power to invest transfer fees in up and coming younger talent and was one of four or five on their list to go and sign LJ said Gus was a good example , signed at 20'yrs old and having sold JK LJ pointed out that the recruitment had changed since then and we don't really know yet whether Gus is a success or a failure because he hasn't had the opportunity to show what he can do in Championship but explained that he has to earn that opportunity and the City shirt should be a heavy one that should be earn The by performing well in training initially and then in the side when the opportunity came LJ explained the difficulties in so much that , as he explained in a presentation to the players pre season , he has 27 players that could be viewed as genuine first team players and he can only pick 11 and that this is a particularly difficult dynamic , particularly with young players as they are all desperate to play, whereas some older players are happy to,pick up their wages and said that's exactly what we don't want.at the Club , instead we want young hungry players pushing each other and developing LJ said that Gus had asked last season about the likelihood of game time and that he had an open / conversation with Gus and told him he didn't think he was quite ready to 'dig us out of a hole' and had then acquired MD and MT and it was better for Gus to go and get game time and that one of Gus's goals was to go to the Euro u21s and he wasn't going to,do,that sat on our bench and a group,decision across the footballing staff was made to loan Gus out (LJ explained the days of a manager making every decision was gone and they operated as a collective on such decisions) LJ pointed out that statistically he was the 24 th best striker in Sweden when he arrived but had gone back and was now , statistically the no 1 striker in Sweden and this showed he'd developed whilst he'd been here but said that didn't guarantee him a first team place alone , as there was competition for the places LJ said it was a bit like a house purchase in that you don't know whether it's been a success until you get to the point where you sell, release or offer a new contract said that if he comes back and rips up,the Championship and gets sold for £5m or goes for £3mto Dutch League having excelled in the Swedish League he can be regarded as a success but If ends up,being sold for £500k not so, but that it was swings and roundabouts and moving Joe Bryan from left wing to left back had now resulted in him being probably worth £5-10m and regarded as one of the best three left backs in Championship, also pointed out the profit made on JK and explained we will win some and lose some LJ explained if you sign someone he like Dwight Gayle you know he's going to,produce as he's already done so but explained 'We can't afford those type of players' so we have to , in some way , 'take an educated gamble' the original questioner again asked whether we had done due diligence on Gus and MA answered 'Yes .....yes , yes, yes' explaining we were in what he regarded as the fifth most competitive league on the planet and probably the first or second most 'difficult' with eight clubs in receipt of parachute payments and a number of clubs with overseas investors who are putting a lot of money into clubs Ma highlighted Wolves / Villa and Birmingham just in the Midlands alone , and all under foreign ownership / investment , almost competing to see who can put the most money in MA he has spent the majority of his career in this league and said this division is brutal and every club he's been at I've got out of this division, and there's a reason for that , there's a method in our approach' MA said they don't get every decision right but come in each day with a good work ethic , a plan and methodology on how their going to do things MA said that recruitment and recruitment of players is singularly the most important part of their plan because if they get that wrong consistently , no matter how good the coaching staff are 'We will fail' MA reminded us that GE was purchased from the foreign market and the reason that we are recruiting in the foreign market is because the UK market is 'Ridiculously inflated and I mean ridiculously inflated' and some odpf the numbers spent by Clubs in this division that are supposed competitors of ours in this window have been absurd , crazy in his opinion and that we can't fish in that pond and from their list of targets at the start of the summer gradually we were being outgunned and some of the money is just silly and he would not recommend to SL and the board that 'we spend that type of money on those type of players' and we have to recruit our players from other ponds , rivers and lakes and abroad is one of those ponds and they do due diligence but can never be sure how those players from abroad will react physically and mentally to the Championship said they were learning and evolving and putting their own weighting system in to gauge whether a foreign recruit may cope with Championship Said that Pisano had come in , loves a challenge, and adapted but they've learnt that some , especially the younger ones find it harder to adapt to the demanding Championship MA said that no stone was left unturned in respect of Gus but repeated that they can never be sure how they will adapt physically and mentally to the Championship MA said he's not involved in talent ID / recruitment , that there was a team of people involved , with the final decision Lees , and the finances sat with him (MA) through to the board and SL and that contract negotiations were also his (MAs) responsibility and that ultimately they work as a team --------- Will,post the next part when I've typed it up
  50. 26 points
    Firstly thank you to those on here who reccomended taxis for us. We managed to get back to Temple Meads in plenty of time for the last train. Arrived in Bristol around midday, had a walk around the place, which was really nice from what we seen. Couldn't believe the house prices in the estate agents though. Crikey. Headed to the first pub around 1pm - The V-Shed wetherspoons on the harbour which made for a nice view sitting outside. As time went on it started getting busier so we headed into town and went in the Walkabout and Cosy Club although these weren't really our scene. Ended up in a small pub called The Shakespeare which was more home fans but very welcoming. As for the game itself - I liked the stadium and how spacious the away end was. Thought we had a decent following and would like to think we sounded good. A draw was a fair result in my opinion. It seems that's what Bruce set up for. I'm not a fan of his but he needs more time. Baker looked very good for you, leaving us all again questioning why we let him go. We had luck with our goal and I've not seen any highlights so can't say if Terrys was a handball, or if your goal was offside. You'll be a toughnut to crack at home this season for a lot of teams so overall I'm satisfied with the draw. Hope you enjoy the return match at VP.
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