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  1. Interested to learn that it wasn't just the men's team that Ashton neglected during his tenure at the club, but that it also extended to Bristol City WFC. Apparently he paid little or no interest in the WFC, which contributed significantly to their decline and ultimately relegation at the end of last season. I was told by someone that would certainly know that, and I paraphrase, "the WFC is in need of a complete rebuild outside of the Super League and it is likely to take 2-3 years to get back into the top flight and sort the entire structure of the club out". Now, where have I heard similar to that before? He wrecked the women's team as he wrecked the men's team. Now some people may have cynically seen those pictures of Pearson at the WFC game a few weeks back and thought he'd attended the game either for a photo op and good bit of PR, or because he was bored. Not so, he has in fact been quite instrumental in helping out and providing advice to the WFC. So much so in fact that he recommended the new Head of Operations Grace Williams to the WFC, with whom he had worked with at Watford. He considers the WFC to be part of the Bristol City FC team and project, just like he considers everyone that works at the football club to be part of the project, from the ticketing team, to the media team, to the changing room cleaners to the bus driver. How encouraging and refreshing to have somebody in charge that takes such a keen interest in all aspects of the club. A far-cry from the previous regime.
    120 points
  2. Pearson just isn't the man for this. It's easy to blame Ashton etc but this team, the way we play and the mentality is ******* dire and doesn't seem to be improving. I wouldn't be too upset to see him gone anytime soon
    75 points
  3. Anyone else notice something different about the signing of the Carlisle lad yesterday? The conspicuous absence of our new CEO, who clearly doesn’t see the need to be the centre of attention & hog the limelight. No speech from Richard about “how grateful we should be to the Lansdown family”, just a comment from the manager about the signing & that’s it. Of course the proof is in the pudding but on first impressions I like our new structure (manager in control, CEO getting on with his job without any fuss) so much more. Ipswich made their 18th signing of the window this morning, even in a division with Burton, Cheltenham & Morecambe (who they should hammer) it isn’t going great, is it?
    53 points
  4. Thought he changed the game for us in the second half and a big improvement on Bakinson. Enjoyed the fact that he always seemed to look forward for a pass and was getting around the pitch well too for someone who has returned from such a lengthy injury. Hopefully he will be a settled starter for us in the near future next to James.
    49 points
  5. A few more of these and we might make the play offs...
    48 points
  6. I guess it's inevitable when there are no other competitive teams in this city.
    47 points
  7. We know all about City's terrible current home run but it's nothing new really, the results have been pretty awful at AG now for at least 3 seasons, and now continuing in to a 4th. Over those 3 seasons, plus the first 3 home games this season, City have played 72 home league games. 18/19 Played 23 W8, D8, L7 Goals scored 28 Goals against 26 19/20 Played 23 W8, D7, L8 Goals scored 29 Goals against 32 20/21 Played 23 W7, D3, L13 Goals scored 18 Goals against 30 21/22 Played 3 W0, D2 L1 Goals scored 1 Goals against 2 Overall record Played 72 W23 D20 L29 Goals scored 76 Goals against 90 We've failed to win almost 50 home games in those 3 years (so in most of those cases will have left the ground frustrated and/or disappointed.) We've been outscored on our own pitch each season but 1 - and that was close - and have only scored just over an average of 1 goal per game, and overall the away teams have scored 14 more goals than City. Just 19 City goals to celebrate in our last 26 home games. The entertainment for 3+ years has on the whole been poor, the exciting games, imo, few and far between. Even some of the 23 we've won have been largely completely forgettable when it comes to excitement. Yet people question a lack of atmosphere and decreasing crowds? It's meant to be entertainment, and if that's not to be, it's a huge consolation is at least to go home with a hard fought scrappy win to celebrate more often than not. There's been a paucity (poor City?) of either wins or excitement at AG for far, far too long. In the same period, our away record is: Played 72, W30 D13 L29 Goals scored 96 Goals against 103. So we've won 7 more games on the road than at AG, lost the same number home and away, and scored 20 more goals on our travels. Not too bad an away record at all, and just as well - but it's the performances and results at Ashton Gate that set the mood of most City fans and in those respects there's been a long term depression lasting several years.
    45 points
  8. People probably don't say this very often after their side get a draw at home but today I was well chuffed walking away from the ground. Yes we hung on a bit but dear god didn't those lads battle hard for it Tremendous support from the stands, just how it used to be and good substitutions from big Nige, especially William's. Things are happening, it will take a while but we are finally going in the right direction. Well done everyone today, see you all in South East London.
    44 points
  9. There is only ever one right answer to this. Doobie-Doobie-Doo Ba-Doobie-Doobie-Doo Ba- Doobie-Doobie-Dum-Dum Doobie-Doobie-Dum-Dum Doobie-Doobie-Dum-Dum-Dum
    44 points
  10. Just watched the highlights and his vitriolic verbal volley at his own keeper, as Weimann skinned him for the opening goal had me grinning. I think we had Aden at his best, and he seems to have become a worse footballer but largely more self-aware and unlikeable in turn. I will always remember the Aden Flint that was a colossus in Cotts masterpiece side. That’ll do me.
    44 points
  11. In the context of Hughton vs Holden in August 2020 then it’s Hughton every time. We should never have appointed Holden. In the context of Hughton vs Pearson in September 2021 then it’s Pearson. It’s also not a case of people being ‘wrong’ about Hughton for wanting him over Holden last year. Forest are a different club with a different set of circumstances. At the time he was clearly a far better option than Holden.
    41 points
  12. Yes, against Swansea, 2 games ago. The lack of perspective on here after a bloody draw is incredible. edit- how much do you think Lansdown spends on rugby compared to football ffs?!
    40 points
  13. I’ve made the trip from Norwich for 2/3 home games this season (Swansea & Preston). That’s a total of 0 goals scored and 1pt gained but….for the first time in a long time I have made the journey home having enjoyed watching us, a feeling that’s been missing for too long. Good times ahead COYR
    40 points
  14. It’s not about crowing. The fact is our Sugar Daddy plays by the rules hence the position Nige finds himself in……..he is trying to build a team with limited funds, Reading, Derby and others have Sugar Daddies who said **** the rules and are now paying the price.
    39 points
  15. Spare a thought for the poster who started this thread. It`s a crying shame @havanatopiadidn`t live long enough to see justice served.
    39 points
  16. Faithful and true. What a club they are
    37 points
  17. To me, rugby is a game for public school boys and Welsh people. It simply doesn't matter. Therefore I couldn't care less what happens to the Bristol Bears. Only BCFC count. Simple.
    37 points
  18. 36 points
  19. What happened to all the conversations on these boards in pre-season about the fact the best we could realistically hope for this season was painfully slow progress? Why does everyone tip us to struggle and then shit the bed when we draw at home to a resilient side?
    35 points
  20. Nige made a real difference in the match with his substitutions and tactics. OK, there are some fantastic new players but two of a number of those were brought here by Nige, eg Tanner, Atkinson, James, and King; and old hands have been revitalised under NP. Don’t believe either of our last two managers/ head coaches would have achieved what NP has achieved so quickly It all goes to prove what everyone knows that the key appointment in a football club is that of manager. At long last we now have such an appointment. .
    34 points
  21. I've had a family connection to the Ipswich area on my mums side and my Great Uncle was a season ticket holder at Portman Road for over 50 years until ill heath prevented him from going anymore. He saw them through the 50's all the way to the turn of the millenium so had seen the good and the bad. It's dissapointing to read their forum and see some of the responses. Things like calling us knuckle draggers and the constant accusations that this whole thing is born out of spite or the fact we are jelous of them. Nothing could be further from the truth. We need to remind ourselves, we are talking about a CEO here. Football staff always move on and around the industry and there's abolutely nothing strange about that. If this had been about anyone else other than Ashton then it would hardly raise more than a few pages on the forum, mostly posts wishing the new person good luck and thanking the old one. The fact that we are still having conversations about Mark Ashton shows what a negative effect he had on our club. SL rarely talks about the internal running of the club and frequently defended Ashton while he was here in interviews but it was very evident through some of comments he made about the positive impact of Gould's arrival and the improvements he'd seen compared to what had gone before that even our owner may have finally lifted the wool from his eyes and seen the situation for himself. When people change in high profile roles they occasionally take a member of staff with them. Look at Brian Clough and Peter Taylor for example. If this has been a successful partnership then it makes sense. When Ashton moves however, he seems to take the same people with him. This isn't about keeping a winning team together but more about one man shielding himself from any external factors. The same with sacking many of the current staff at his clubs. A new person in role isn't going to challenge the effectivness of his decisions as easily as one who has been in post for a while. Ipswich's new owners have created a similar situation to that which Ashton had at City. He's in sole charge with what appears to be very little oversight. We've all seen what can happen with that. Ipswich may well see short term improvements but they won't last. Much like when Pulis walked out on us for Portsmouth, Ashton walking out for Ipswich was one of the best things that could have happened to us as a club in the last few decades. Like Pulis, if he had stayed, by the time Ashton had been found out by the board it would have been far too late. As a result of all of this, our club has been set back at least 5 years in it's progress. It feels like we are back at the start of the 16/17 season but this time without the bulk of a promotion winning team within our squad. Time will tell how we progress and how quickly but Ipswich need to realise that they have a rotten apple at the heart of their fruit basket They may not see it at first because of all the ripe, good looking stuff at the top but eventually, all of that will have been eaten or sold and all you're left with then is a pile of stinking mush at the bottom and no way of getting rid of it.
    34 points
  22. City goal (Martin): https://streamable.com/zjtoij
    33 points
  23. We have a mismatch of players that don't fit a single system. Hes working with what he's got. This isn't his squad by an stretch. He signed two players that started in the squad today. Luton have a settled squad and on that display could easily be top half this season if they're more composed. They are not a bottom half team. Can we not have this every time we drop points against a team people perceive as weaker than us?
    33 points
  24. Bristol City's third straight away win was incredible theatre for a side that can't buy a win at home and was taken to pieces by far more incisive QPR hosts - only to steal an improbable win via none other than ex Loftus Road hero Nahki Wells, who came off the bench as sharp and tidy as he has ever been at City, racing clear deep into injury time to secure a ridiculous win. Chaotic limbs in the compact away end were an unlikely culmination for a fixture that City were easily second best in - and owed much to Tomas Kalas heading away an endless supply of left wing crosses as QPR targeted debutant George Tanner on our right, while Daniel Bentley performed heroics throughout a one sided second half repelling wave upon wave of chances. The old cliche is that City will play better and lose but in truth City will lose 99 out of 100 games they turn up to as ineffective and lacking cutting edge as they did today - QPR played through our middle with an embarrassing ease throughout the game and yet Han-Noah Massengo's first half run and Wells' last minute poise claimed easily Nigel Pearson's least likely victory. Amazingly for what followed, City opened the better side, Massengo a terrier on the left, the visitors winning a couple of early corners. On 15 Kalas steered a header onto the roof of the net. But that was it for the away side and on 20 QPR's double up on new boy Tanner on our right saw them reach Dykes to loop a header over Bentley onto the bar - Pring clearing desperately. Tanner actually got away from his marker at the other end from a throw in on 27 and was clear to drill a low cross and win the corner which Kalas headed straight at the keeper before a QPR player fell to ground feigning a head injury, City's momentum curtailed. On the half hour yet another left wing overload let the Rs cross, Odubajo's diving header flashing right across goal. On 37 City's otherwise best outfield player Massengo slipped in midfield to let Andre Gray in from the same left hand weakness - cutting inside and drawing a save from Bentley at close range and then almost converting a follow up when suspiciously offside. Minutes later a well worked City move saw Pring overlap into space for a cross, QPR countering down our right. By now the London side were piling on the pressure and a sloppy Pring clearance let Willock smash a 25 yard shot that stung Bentley's hands. Then De Wijs headed wide at close range after City were again targeted on their right. So it is remarkable they could go in ahead before the break - perhaps a brief microcosm of their smash and grab success in the game as a whole. It took a smart forward ball by Bakinson in his first game of the season - Massengo in the clear down the left, running at the QPR defender, teasing a quick shift inside only to square to Weimann who shielded well, held off the home keeper and slid back to Chris Martin to slam home. An improbable opener and owed much to Massengo who gave City their only purpose in open play. Jay DaSilva replaced injured makeshift left back Baker at half time - Pring dropping to the fullback role - but any idea to distract QPRs overload on Tanner's opposite flank was quickly forgotten as they took City to pieces, McCallum equalising from Pring's wayward headed clearance, the full back sweeping home, then Johansen drawing a distance save and Barbet fizzing wide. On the hour Massengo and James tidied up to allow Chris Martin to break, playing Bakinson into acres of space on the left, his interplay with Weimann eventually an opening for Tanner on the other side but a soon to be familiar hesitancy wasted the chance to cross. Willock went close again at the other end but Wells entering for Martin was eventually the difference. For the final half hour City were absolutely getting picked apart across the pitch by a QPR side that seemed destined to claim a comfortable home win. On 64 Kalas gave it away in midfield and the hosts skipped past desperate challenges Chair drawing a save, then one touch passing carved us open and sub Austin got clear in behind and forced Bentley to tip wide down low. Replacing Pring for Semenyo on 70 was a signal Pearson expected more but other than the irrepressible Massengo winning a free kick there was little on show up front. That was until Semenyo was sprung clear wide left and despite Massengo miscuing the cross, sub Wells did brilliantly to hold the next forward ball up in the box, before DaSilva far post couldn't release his shot. Inside 80 Semenyo was hacked down on the break and DaSilva curled a free kick over the keeper and just over the angle of post and bar. At the other end familiar sub Albert Adomah headed straight at Bentley as City allowed the 2,341st easy left wing cross of the day following a throw in. Now Kalas had neckache from throwing himself at early balls swept over debutant Tanner. Bakinson, like DaSilva before him, twice hesitated with chances to get shots away around the box after good work by each of Semenyo and Wells, and heading into five minutes of injury time there was only one winner as QPR picked apart their visitors, Bentley making multiple desperate saves in time added on as the hosts left players ball watching as they slipped in on goal. So the rousing finale was as ridiculous as it was hilarious. Ineffective for so long, an unlikely last minute City ball forward let Weimann - miscuing all day - get the run on his man down the left, and when a lob into the middle was misjudged by Rangers' centre back, livewire Wells was on hand to execute a perfect forward touch out of his feet, race on and slam past the keeper. Denied supporters during Covid, Pearson doesn't have many big away celebrations other than the recent win at Cardiff, but a smash and grab in West London built on Bentley's successive heroics, Massengo being irrepressible in midfield and Wells as sharp as he has ever looked, was unlikely as it was chaotic - delerium right in front of the away end masking a below par day. Bentley 9 After Wednesday's mixup more than integral to the win - more key saves in one game than he should be making in a month playing for us, could do with some help. Tanner 5 Showed occasionay that he will be a solid player but deliberately overloaded and on first view easily beaten at both ends Baker 6 Did nothing wrong seemed to pick up a knock but forward balls all poor Kalas 7 Threw himself at everything and cleared cross after cross - inevitable that he would have moments out of position but we'd be a mess without him Atkinson 6 As always got stuck in but they got behind him and Kalas too often Pring 6 Errors of judgment with several clearances out of keeping with recent form James 6 Tidied up well but drifted out of the game and easily bypassed when they moved the ball quickly Massengo 7 Our best outfield player and never stopped running Bakinson 6 Typically languid style a few great setups but ponderous, wasted clear chances and too easily played through Weimann 5 Poor game for him nothing went right touches all wrong and even worse out left when we changed shape Martin 5 Took goal well but too slow and too far off teammates to be effective DaSilva 6 Linked up better but wasted a good chance & had a battle with Adomah Wells 8 Looked good from the moment he came on - didn't waste a single pass and looked a class above others Semenyo 6 caught offside a bit, Pearson didn't seem happy, didn't add much when defending but one bright run and something different to think about
    32 points
  25. First game of season for Blackpool so number always going to be higher for them. I think 750 is pretty decent TBF.
    32 points
  26. 31 points
  27. Having set a very unwanted club record -12 games at Ashton Gate without a win - with our last home game, we all hope that today we can celebrate a home win for the first time since January. Our opponents today were a founder member of the Football League in 1888. At first consideration playing PNE (one of our bogey teams), after an International break (when we often look rusty) does not bode well. However, I am reminded of the small print in investments that says ‘past performance is no guarantee of future results.’ Not just because I always believe but because there are definitely green shoots. Last season City's football was very often dire with few chances created or shots on target. This season we are watching football that sees the creation of efforts on goal, just not always the ability to take them (which fans have been concerned about since the start of the season.) Of course the performance at Cardiff demonstrated what we are capable of. Based on everyone’s performance last time out NP may we’ll stick with the same line up, (although Kalas may be rested given his International schedule), even though sniffer Williams (who played 60 minutes for the under 23s on 1st September), COD and George Tanner are available they are most likely to be on the bench. Kasey Palmer and Nahki Wells (scoring four) here they are: https://streamja.com/1OKev https://streamja.com/05eBW https://streamja.com/V36Aa https://streamja.com/JL6gl both performed well for the under 23s recently, against Hull, to remind everyone that they are knocking on the door. So far PNE have accumulated six points (beating Posh and Swansea) and losing three. On the opening day when we drew with newly promoted Blackpool (who are PNE’s local rivals) they lost 1-4 at home to newly promoted Hull City which would have caused a major meltdown on here if it had happened to us! With the joint second-best defence in the league, Preston North End have conceded 12 shots on goal but nevertheless have conceded eight goals (four on the opening day), the second-highest in the league. The positive for Frankie McAvoy’s men will be that they have conceded seven of those in the first three defeats, since then they have won two consecutive games and conceded only one goal. We are IMO fitter and playing with much more energy and commitment under NP, I don’t think he will allow any post-International sluggishness and will see the Cardiff performance as the benchmark to match or better. As he said after that game: ‘we looked more like a team than we have all season so far.’ On-line programme https://robinstv.bcfc.co.uk/digital-matchday-programme/ 57th minute I noticed this on Facebook: First home match since my Dad passed away. City mad my dad. So I wanna make this home match one to remember. We’ve got a half time match message about him. But would really really appreciate if you could clap with us all on the 57th minute for my Dad Mark Blackwell. The clap will start from the Dolman. Recent history Having mentioned they are a bogey team here’s the evidence! The last 16 league games have seen the Lilywhites winning nine, with six draws and just one City win (2-0 at home last season.) The the 2-1 home defeat by Preston in 2016 proved to be Steve Cotterill’s last match in charge and the 5-0 thrashing at Deepdale in 2017 was one of LJs worst defeats. Alex Neil was replaced as manager in May this year by Frankie McAvoy, who has been dubbed the ‘accidental manager,’ he’d worked for the Royal Mail for 19 years prior to a change of career. They have Connor Wickham training with them (a decision on his future is awaited and he played for their reserves on Tuesday) and on the last day of the window they signed Ali McCann from St Johnstone on a four-year deal and Cardiff City forward Josh Murphy joined on loan until the end of the season. While Barkhuizen and Olosunde are both out of todays match day squad. Preston trivia The name Preston means Priest Town. Why is Preston called North End? Preston North End was founded in 1863, originally as a cricket club, and played their first matches at the Marsh near the River Ribble in the Preston suburb of Ashton. Later that year, they switched to Moor in the north of the town, calling themselves "North End" in recognition of the new location. The Preston North End stadium in Deepdale is the oldest continuously running football club in the world. Preston is where the word "teetotal" was born. Joseph Livesey started the Temperance Movement in Preston in 1832. The followers of the movement were required to sign a pledge of total abstinence. The term "teetotal" is derived from a speech made in Preston by Richard Turner, who was a follower of Livesey. It is said Richard Turner had a speech impediment and during his speech urging total abstinence from all alcohol, rather than just the abstinence of spirits, he remarked "they must insist upon tee-tee-tee total abstinence". Home to Britain's first motorway. The Preston By-pass was Britain's first motorway. It was conceived, promoted, built, and initially operated by its engineer James Drake. The by-pass was opened on 5 December 1958 by the Prime Minister Harold MacMillan. It later became part of the M6 motorway. The first Kentucky Fried Chicken In 1965 Ray Allen opened the UK's first Kentucky Fried Chicken store on Fishergate High Street Preston. Ray met Colonel Harland Sanders in 1963, securing the famous American's fast food rights for his secret fried chicken recipe for the UK. The arrival of KFC in the UK came almost a decade before McDonald's, Burger King, and Pizza Hut. The row of red public telephone boxes along Preston's Market Street is the longest continuous row of the old style kiosks anywhere in the country. Alan Schofield broke the world record for the longest putt ever at 166ft 8in. This record-breaking putt occurred on 5 August 2000 at Fishwick Hall Golf Club, Preston. It was recognised as an official world record by the Guinness Book of Records. This putt has since been beaten, however, a plaque remains at the spot where the shot was taken. Quiz question Finally, PNE are one of nine football clubs in the Scottish and English senior divisions who have names which include North, South, East or West in their title, who are the other eight?
    31 points
  28. I hope Gregor is an outstanding guest. The best one you have ever had. If he is, I'll score him 6 out of 10. #JusticeForHan
    31 points
  29. Must say I’m a little disappointed more of it hasn’t been made on here. I, like I imagine many others on here, had absolutely no idea he had slotted it away. Such a difficult skill from that angle. He is much slated on these pages, but he was brought on to do a job yesterday and he did it perfectly.
    30 points
  30. I find it wryly amusing that the people who seem to take offence to homophobia are primarily the straight ‘woke’ right on brigade, who get mortally offended when a gay person gets referred to in a way that they don’t feel is suitable. it’s a shame they weren’t around in the 70s and 80s, when although legal, I couldn’t really express that I was gay in public for fear of a beating, the only gay role models were over exaggerated stereotypes of a sexuality that I shared and didn’t identify with. They didn’t stop the mortgage companies being able to refuse a mortgage if you were gay, or having to answer questions on ‘whether you slept with men’‘ on life insurance policies. Own up and premium rocketed or you are refused. They were silent during the section 28 years, when Thatcher banned ‘promoting’ homosexuality (meaning talking about homosexuality in a positive way, or celebrating authors, musicians historical figures who were gay, in school lessons) They were absent when Alan Turing of Enigma fame, was forcibly chemically castrated or be prosecuted for being gay, despite his work saving thousands of lives and shortening the war by years. But now, here they are fighting my corner, even though I don’t want them to, due to a 14 year old writing shite on Twitter that if I knew what it was would probably make me laugh. The war against true homophobia ended years ago, and I, for one can live with and ignore children who really only make themselves look stupid on social media sorry for all this, rant over, it just really boils my blood, all this over the top PC
    30 points
  31. There are obvious reasons why we have no sympathy for Rovers stadium issues but they probably run deeper than you think. Rovers tried (and failed) to hammer the final nail in our coffin in 1982 by acquiring our stadium. Also, objecting to the potential financial help offered from the Local Authorities was a nice touch. Ask Bristol Rugby fans if they have sympathy for Rovers stadium problems after the way they lost their spiritual home to the Gas. Rovers refused to support a bid for Bristol to become a World Cup venue if England had won the right to host the tournament in 2018? A bid that would’ve greatly helped our own new stadium plans at Ashton Vale. Their fans were already busy trying to sabotage these plans by setting up petitions against the new stadium for various bullshit reasons. This is all just for balance, not that I would expect you to have an opinion on any of it. Personally I think they’ve now got the ground and manager their club and fans deserve.
    29 points
  32. Wasn't expecting a post like this even with the win. Brilliant anyway!
    29 points
  33. Sorry - just trying to recreate the histrionics of the other night…
    29 points
  34. The table is starting to take shape we're in 12th at the moment which is better than where I thought we would finish so I'm not going to get too upset. I think the issue is exacerbated by the fact that our problem is playing at home, if we had beaten Cardiff and Reading at home and drawn away to Preston and Luton I don't think there would be anything like the concern that's currently being shown.
    29 points
  35. Rubbish. He’s doing better than we did last season and has taken the massive step of getting rid of a lot of the dead wood. He’s also blooded some of our younger lads and made some astute signings without big fees. I for one am happy with the direction we are going in although it is slow progress
    29 points
  36. Red card: https://streamja.com/59J3g Penalty: https://streamja.com/OB506 City 1st (Wells): https://streamja.com/1OKev City 2nd (Wells): https://streamja.com/05eBW City 3rd (Janneh): https://streamja.com/nXe9e
    29 points
  37. I always think of his goal line clearance against Man City, incredible
    29 points
  38. Fulham are the best that I’ve seen at AG so far - they were better than us in every area and I’m delighted with a point. They hit bar three times Mitrovic missed two sitters and the one in injury time was particularly bad - what a relief to see it sail past the post! Fulham are at the level Nige will want City reach over the next two and 2/3 season and based on today’s performance he’s on the right road. On wards and upwards!
    28 points
  39. The highlight for me was (paraphrased) - i had to call all my contacts to do these deals. Basically I read that to mean that they’ve recruited based on player agents rather than player fit to the plan.. Smells of brown envelope recruitment to me. Must stop getting so angry because he’s no longer here….but he’s left us in a shit position, and I can’t forgive that from a bloke who took £540k salary (wages and pension) from us in 19/20, and undoubtedly a similar amount last year whilst metaphorically ******* us over.
    28 points
  40. Nigel Pearson joined because Mark Ashton had switched off/was asleep at the wheel and allowed the process to happen knowing he was on his toes to Ipswich, and did not care on what terms the new manager joined. Prior to this, when Holden was appointed, Ashton desperately needed to buy some time and it was important his position was not diluted in order to exact his exit strategy. Hence, any experienced manager that was interviewed could see the problems in our club and surely sought to amend/rectify as part of their vision moving forward which was not acceptable. Hence we ended up with Dean Holden. The cards fell perfectly for Mark Ashton, during possibly the most conceited and self-serving 12 months any individual has had at our club. Injury crisis’ not being dealt with, transfer insanity, contracts being allowed to run down and literally millions of pounds walking out of our door unchecked. Ultimately it set us back 3 years, but we can thank our lucky stars it did not cost us our Championship status as that could have led to 82 repeating itself, and that we ended up with Nigel Pearson at the end of it. If you think this is over-dramatic it is not. We have been very fortunate.
    27 points
  41. I can only guess @Mr Popodopolousis either shithousing on the Derby forum or having the biggest w*** ever.
    26 points
  42. Hopefully having had it before as well as the jabs his symptoms will be low level and manageable. Get well soon Gaffer.
    25 points
  43. Very cynical CA! Bearing in mind Tim Ream had done an interview with him earlier in the week, and they’d added him to their squad….I think this shows the human side of football….and I’m all for it.
    25 points
  44. Fulham spent more money on players this summer than the other 23 Championship teams combined. We did incredibly well to match them today but using them as a benchmark is simply ludicrous.
    25 points
  45. Played 6, won 2, lost 2, drawn 2, GD 0, tells you exactly where we are at the moment. Pearson has steadied a sinking ship. Lots to work on, but nothing to be fearful of.
    25 points
  46. What the **** has anything to do with us got to do with him? They could literally get someone out of the pub in BS3 who knows more. I find this constant attempt by the local media to try & tie both clubs into the same article really truly ******* tedious. There are far more differences than similarities but still they persist. No one (bar the odd window licker) is seriously suggesting that we do anything but give Pearson our full backing. As for the other lot, I genuinely don’t care but seeing as they are bottom 4 of the bottom division I do understand why their few fans might at least ask the question. Coming soon in the Post- Rob Newman writes about why both Bristol teams need a striker, or not, seeing as he isn’t Gas..
    25 points
  47. Not seen this mentioned anywhere but I think it’s significant, our Euros quarter finalist is staying at City after people thought he may be heading off. We have three really strong looking centre backs now (four if you count Vyner) so I’m very happy with that.
    25 points
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