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  1. 56 points
    No it's not. The club have every right to control any messages the fans wish to put out. If a big chunk of the support base wants to go down that route than that's their prerogative and if enough agree, their message will get heard. But right now it's just plain stupid. I certainly don't agree with everything Johnson's doing at the moment but the calls for him to be sacked right now are crazy.
  2. 40 points
    Sadder than when we were nearly bottom of League 1 under O’Driscoll? Sadder than when we were last relegated from the Championship? Sadder than the season under Pulis? We’re having a bad time at the moment, but let’s not forget that less than a month ago, after the Fulham victory, we were close to third place. Even now we’re only two points off the play-offs. Clearly all is not right, but let’s not pretend that we’re at rock-bottom. Things could be a lot worse.
  3. 36 points
    "for whom you can flip a coin as to whether his next 10 league games yield two points or 28." The best description of LJ I have ever read.
  4. 32 points
    Hi Folks, I just wanted to introduce myself on the forum. I'm Jerry your new SLO I've been a city fan since the mid seventies and share your passion for our club. If any of you want to contact me with questions , feedback and anything City related I will always try and answer your questions etc ASAP. email - slo@bcfc.co.uk Twitter - @BristolCitySLO and of course on here. If you'd prefer to chat in person get in touch and i'll happily arrange to meet you Matchdays or Non Matchdays whichever suits you. Cheers Jerry
  5. 30 points
    ..Losing 0-4 at half time home to Manchester City. Cements them in the bottom three. Hope we see them next year and hopefully they get a nice welcome from the EFL re their dubious FFP activities.
  6. 28 points
    Wouldn't it be awful if we just kept winning. Then he'd have to stay Imagine if we won every game for the rest of the season. That would be terrible.
  7. 27 points
    For those who weren't there......ripped them to shreds time and time again.... not one block from his 7 or 8 crosses. Goal assist.....outstanding again.....I'm sure he will leave and not sign a new deal as why would he.... He has been awfully managed....deserves a RUN OF GAMES.
  8. 24 points
    You about 4 years of age
  9. 23 points
    Quite simple....a decline in league position, at some point between 16:50 on Saturday and end of May along with other unknown factors that make SL think LJ isn’t the man. Unfortunately we don’t know what those factors are! We could be back in the top 6 on Saturday evening. Ask yourself whether you’d think sacking LJ would look sensible then? To quote the Monty Python “he’s not the messiah”, and to unquote them “he’s not a very naughty boy” either. He does things that massively frustrate me, as do the players. But we are in the mix, and as long as we stay in the mix, he’ll have my support, and I suspect SL’s too. Will I post “I could’ve done better” stuff on OTIB? You bet I will....but take it with a pinch of salt (as I’m not a pro), and use it as a debating point, not FACT.
  10. 23 points
    Whatever the man says it feels like this forum will look to pick it apart and use it against him. It does feel like a continuation of the abuse he got as a player and the stick he gets is much more intense and comes for lesser reasons than any manager I can remember in the 25 years I've followed City. We are on a bad run, it happens, if we sack a manager everytime it happens we will go through managers like nobodies business. I don't think his position is or should be under threat at present, the earliest we should be having any discussions of this nature is the end of this season.
  11. 22 points
    I already know what they look like thank you very much, I have seen umpteen artists impressions on the front page of the Evening Post of what they look like. It's actually sitting in one watching my team that I'm interested in!
  12. 21 points
    i am enjoying every second of aston villa's decline
  13. 20 points
    I'm exactly the same, I stop short of those five pithy LJ OUT letters because it's not typically my reaction and it's such an easy and cheap response to a problem for which the solutions are complex and varied. But I'm glad you picked up on the same tone I got leaving the game - I figured titling this thread as potentially fatal for Johnson would be construed as extreme (hence adding the disclaimer) but I really felt, as it sounds Iike you did, that the mood at the end was now turning sharply. Not the permanent sniping of those who have always disliked the guy, but the resigned, frustrated "here we go again" of the right-minded patient majority who schlep all over the country and I sense no longer have the stomach for another optimism-filled City squad to capitulate and be written off as requiring replacements. Because make no mistake that's exactly where we are today, a month or two after many of us - and LJ himself - said it was the strongest group he'd yet assembled. Personally that's why I used the word 'fatal' and called this out as pivotal for Johnson. It feels to me like he is running out of road precisely because we have been down all these roads before and we're heading down them again. Johnson needs to sign players in January is as cheap an answer to the manager not knowing his best side and cycling through players producing confused and identity-less football, as LJ OUT is a cheap answer for a fan. I don't buy either of them, but here we are. I believe I try to talk up the team in my reports when we play well, I get far more criticism for overrating players. I also have found opportunities like at Derby, Preston and Fulham to write reports that salute Johnson's methods and his team's displays. So I'm far from knee jerk. It is "just" 4 defeats, but the difference this season is the football has often been very poor, if anything results are simply catching up with performances, and I don't think LJ has any answers that we haven't all heard before.
  14. 18 points
    Bang average player who relied on his daddy and a bang average manager who relies on his sugar daddy. Dire, mind numbing football for far too long.
  15. 18 points
    Rubbish comment. He is one of the reasons we are progressing.
  16. 17 points
    Couldn’t care less and the very last thing we need
  17. 17 points
    Again that’s just hyperbole. No one that I’ve seen is ‘demanding promotion’ whatsoever so why say it? From what I’ve seen people just want for us to start playing some decent football which has this fabled ‘identity’ that we are continually told about, with a better use of the resources available, for him to stop with the gobbledegook analysis and also stop chucking players under the bus as opposed to taking personal responsibility sometimes.
  18. 17 points
    Really at a loss now to what he brings. Starting to remind me of Martyn Woolford to be honest. Poor football intelligence, doesn’t link up well with the others and no end product. Let’s hope that Eliasson doesn’t end up like Bolasie; leaving for first team football and then becoming a Premier League player... He was signed under the pretense that he was a raw player and one for the future. Yet, he seems to just get into the team despite doing very little of note. Run up the wing a bit, turn around, make a short pass which sometimes doesn’t even go right. Is certainly not a natural finisher but even his crossing leaves a lot to be desired most of the time. As to why Johnson keeps trying getting to shoehorn him at left wing back to play this turgid 3-5-2, God knows. Actually I think even she would struggle to comprehend why. Please please please please someone enlighten me as the fact that he got a new contract is beyond me. Ask yourself; when he gets the ball, do you get up off your seat in anticipation or do you resign yourself to what is inevitably going to happen next?
  19. 16 points
    I’m gonna be really harsh here, and say he was bricking making a sub. We never had control of the game at any point and he must’ve looked around at the subs bench (he selected) and thought if I make a sub now and we lose I’m stuffed....so he just dithered and dithered, eventually bringing on O’Dowda with 5 minutes to go when he thought it couldn’t impact one way or the other. I know he says he always goes out to win (on BBCRB he said the same), but I think it was placebo of a sub.
  20. 16 points
    LJ moans we don’t have a centre half to bring the ball out but doesn’t play Moore who’s decent on the ball and would personally have him ahead of Williams in recent form
  21. 15 points
    Belters, grow up. LJ annoys me a hell of a lot but get behind the team, AG atmosphere is woeful and it’s mainly down to non existent supporters who only ever shout to counterproductively have a go at our players and coaches.
  22. 14 points
    Shame he wasn't given Johnsons purse.
  23. 14 points
    Do you realise just how childish you sound when you say things like that?
  24. 14 points
    At full time in a bitterly cold Hillsborough a man dressed in a cheap and poorly fitting Santa outfit strode onto the pitch, milled around in the centre circle for a bit before following the match officials off the pitch and down the tunnel. Perhaps he was looking for tips on delivering gifts as referee Tony Harrington delivered his own for the hosts. In an evenly matched game destined for a goalless draw for City with the form team in the Championship, both teams seemed to cancel each other out and 0-0 looked the likeliest outcome before ref Harrington decided late on that after a succession of optimistic dives from Wednesday's attack, a penalty was due from perhaps the most feeble of the lot . Home target man Nuhiu had been tumbling theatrically throughout a second half that saw forwards determined to win cheap free kicks to break down the City back three's stubborn resistance, the man in black had waved several claims away but felt mounting pressure from home fans to award what was the worst dive of the lot. Wednesday claimed the late lifeline to win 1-0 and consign City to their third straight defeat - a horror pre-xmas run since winning at Fulham to go joint third, losing more in the recent run than they had all season - but while the endIng was unfair, it is yet another game that Lee Johnson's men lacked invention and made mistakes in. City went into the game with four changes as they reverted to five at the back using both Hunt and Moore, Smith and O'Dowda marshalling a new look midfield - and the away side almost stole into the lead in the opening seconds as from kick off Diedhiou laid it off for Hunt, Brownhill breaking the lines and squaring for O'Dowda to steer wide. After six minutes City broke down the left via the impressive Moore, spreading play through Brownhill to the right where Hunt found space but unleashed an early rising shot over. Wednesday responded, Smith upending Luongo on halfway, and Nuhiu meeting a right wing cross at the far post, the ref ignoring him dragging down Hunt. The match officials one sided view of any contact was a decisive factor in the game but City's recent propensity for mistakes was also significant and after the quarter hour Moore went roaming again, Diedhiou held it up and fed Brownhill who stood up the fullback only to overhit a pass to the overlapping Hunt - typical of City's recent carelessness. Wednesday were trying hard to drag the City back three out of their positions and midway through the half a Bannon corner from the right saw forwards drag markers short, leaving Palmer wide open at the far post to side foot a volley home, Smith on the line to clear. Before half hour Bannan lifted a ball over the top, Reach bringing it down with Bentley to beat but hooking wide. City keeper Bentley was then twice forced into low saves down to his right off incisive runs from the left wing, first Harris whose fierce shot luckily spun clear of a parry as Wednesday strikers closed to pounce, and then Palmer stung the keeper's hands in the next passage of play as the in form home side rallied strongly for an opener. With just over 5 left City broke on the left for Diedhiou to first win a thrown in before winning a corner from a long range shot having combined with O'Dowda. But City were getting careless as Hunt would twice give the ball away, and twice pass it out of play, as he finished the half poorly having been combative in stalling Kadeem Harris. Indeed in first half injury time Hunt even got into a mix up with Bentley to allow the home side to steal onto an aimless long ball, yet another cheap mistake. But with Taylor Moore City at least had one class act and he sealed an impressive first half with yet another marauding run down the left, almost putting Brownhill clear on goal. A well contested first half deteriorated into a scrappy second period as the hosts took to tumbling deliberately around the box to sucker the referee into cheap free kicks. A first set piece slammed into the wall and from the rebound tested Bentley. The City keeper was well worked and smothered a dangerous cross that fell to Harris in the box. At the other end City relied on hold up by Diedhiou, but it was O'Dowda who got the ball twice in dangerous spaces, giving it away cheaply twice by indecision. Yet the visitors best chance followed, a fast break via Fam to Rowe out left, his cross blocked but recycled to cross for Hunt unmarked far post, whose header was cleared off the line. The game changed on an injury break at the hour mark which saw Johnson opt to reorganise his side, withdrawing Hunt and Weimann for Eliasson and Palmer, a move to four at the back (MOTM Moore to right back) which finally opened up the game and turned it into an end to end contest that favoured the direct Yorkshire hosts. On 65 a sustained spell of pressure from the home side attacking on the right saw a half clearance to Bannon on the edge of the box, whose first time volley through a crowded box was headed over by Kalas. At the other end Palmer was flying in with little success, albeit he did produce a slide rule pass that lacked an Afobe/Weimann run. City's summer signing from Chelsea was a revelation in places earlier in the season but relegated to the bench he has lost his way, and in an open, end to end finish he was more liability than leader, often diving in impetuously and with ten remaining he conceded a dangerous free kick, Bannon finding the top corner but Bentley his equal. As open as the second half had become, both central defences had impressed and clear chances were at a premium, though both Rhodes and Nuhiu had repeatedly gone to ground easily in and around City's box in hope the ref would intervene. While inconsistent, the official waved off most theatrics which made his late call all the more remarkable. On 82 Nuhiu chased half heartedly onto a long ball going wide right, he was almost outside the box when Rowe approached to shield him out. There was no sense of danger from either player but again Nuhiu went down cheaply - the least convincing of the days belly flops - stumbling slowly and unconvincingly to the Hillsborough turf. The famous cliché is a referee having no hesitation - but match official Harrington did not immediately react, yet perhaps in sensing the weight of the third desperate appeal of the half from home fans, made the extraordinary decision to point to the spot, somehow rewarding accumulation of half arsed appeals with a non-existent penalty. Wednesday star Bannon rolled the penalty stylishly bottom left, sending Bentley the wrong way. In response City threw on sub Semenyo, who had one barnstorming run at backtracking hosts, but the closest for the visitors was Eliasson, deep in injury time, in behind the defence and standing up a trademark cross which the keeper claimed. Time ran out and Wednesday claimed the fortuitous 1-0 victory and the half-hearted man in a Santa outfit duly trotted on to get lessons from referee Harrington on gifting. The hosts are a quality side but the fixture seemed rightly destined for the 0-0 of two years ago and City, though poor in places, were robbed of what should have been a gritty defensive point. Bentley 7 Some suspect kicking but again some desperate last ditch claims, as the rest of the players deteriorate he makes his POTY claims more and more obvious Kalas 6 Several important interventions but doesn't feel like he is back to his best yet, distribution is poor and clearances can go anywhere Williams 7 Still outplaying Kalas, tidies up much more effectively than his peers Moore 8 Our best player by some distance - we have missed his tidying up at the back and his Webster-like runs Hunt 5 Got forward well and got stuck into Harris with gusto for half an hour - but his confidence evaporated as he became a liability with a succession of mistakes and rightly withdrawn Rowe 6 A few desperate tackles but often overrun and needing the help of our centre backs to not be more exposed. Created our best chance of the game. Smith 7 Really not saying much on a day short on midfield invention but Korey was pick of bunch, sat in and stopped what has been the form attacking side creating it's trademark long range potshots. Brownhill 5 Since our results have slumped so has Brownhill, bags of energy but the main culprit when it comes to making mistakes in recent games, speculative touches and considered passes both to no one in particular. O'Dowda 4 May become the most frustrating City player of a generation. Can look neat and occupy opponents on the ball but the lack of conviction let alone end product is shocking. Routinely turns inside and then back, rarely beats a man, and at 1-0 down well placed and with four teammates ahead of him chose once again to pass inside and to the opposition - the third time he squandered possession. Weimann 5 Virtually anonymous. Zero supply but nonetheless rarely involved. Diedhiou 7 Our best player after Moore - hard to argue with his contribution, won ball often and brought others into play, despite often being manhandled in a way that massively exceded the shielding that prompted Wednesday's penalty Palmer 4 Massively overcompensated for lack of game time by flying into opposition players and getting exposed. Could be a threat if we can get him on ball in space but was overrun chasing and often losing Wednesday players. Eliassson 6 Shape to accomodate him did us no favours but hard to fault him, main source of our threat for an equaliser. Semenyo 6 Limited action but one mazy run was reminiscent of his only good game at Preston and showed promise.
  25. 13 points
    Good point. It does sometimes seem that our squad is more of an investment portfolio than a team.
  26. 13 points
    Didn’t Bournemouth massive overspend Russian oligarch money, breaching historic FFP rules, to get promotion? It’d be a much different challenge for Howe with us and new FFP restrictions.
  27. 13 points
    Feel sorry for LJ, the club selling the best players every year and expecting him to rebuild over and over again. Plus all the injuries he’s had, I think he’s working miracles.
  28. 13 points
    And here lies the issue, people think we got a god given right to beat these teams?! Millwall are just below us!! wake up and realise we are not a big team in this league and Top 6 would be a huge achievement not a certainty.
  29. 13 points
    Some good news. . . . Hull City defender Angus MacDonald has been given the all-clear after being treated for the early stages of bowel cancer. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with the condition in August and has now completed successful treatment. "It's been a long couple of months but it's a great time for me now," MacDonald said. "There were some dark stages but my friends, family, partner and everyone at the club helped me through it." He added: "I'm going to enjoy Christmas and then hopefully get back to working with the physios in the New Year. "It'll be nice to get back to doing what I love, you miss being around your team-mates." The club said in a statement that "Angus has shown tremendous courage and strength of character during the most challenging of periods". The Tigers added they were "looking forward to seeing Angus back in and around the club". MacDonald missed almost all of last season after being diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in November 2018. The centre-half, who started his career with Reading and joined Hull from Barnsley in January 2018, previously suffered from a blood clot on the lung at the age of 15, but made a full recovery. Taken from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50856955
  30. 12 points
    I know I've said it before but I think people underestimate how ruthless and unsentimental Steve Lansdown is. I suspect Lee Johnson is still the manager for one reason and one reason only - which is that Steve Lansdown believes he can succeed as a manager at the club in the long-term. I suspect that's why he stuck with him during the losing streak and why he has not acted so far. But facts are only true until they change. If you go back just over a month to the 7 December, we had won 4 of our last 5, produced hugely impressive performances at home to Huddersfield and away to Fulham and, if Lansdown had sacked Lee Johnson after the Fulham game, everyone would have been livid with Lansdown for getting rid of the manager when we were fourth in the table and looked as well equipped for promotion as we had for over a decade. Just over a month later, the picture looks very very different. But it is still explainable as a blip if things improve. The reality is that, whatever you think about Lansdown's time at Bristol City, nobody can doubt his success in finance. And ultimately you succeed in finance by holding your nerve during temporary blips and riding out the difficult periods on the basis of trusting your instinct that things will improve. But then also taking action if that instinct proves wrong. People talk about Lee Johnson as though he gets special treatment but Steve Lansdown has a track record of backing managers longer than other Chairmen would. The signs were there that all was not right with Cotterill from late August onwards. No change was made until January. SOD started the 2012/2013 season terribly but held his post until December People were clamouring for McInnes to go for at least two months before he did.Tinnion was allowed to start a second season after a disappointing first one. The reality is, throughout his time here, Steve Lansdown as never rushed to sack a manager and - Steve Coppell aside - no manager has left until even people who were sympathetic him have accepted things are not going to change. The fact Lansdown has stuck by Lee Johnson now isn't because Lansdown has a blind spot for Lee Johnson but because he does not rush to sack managers and never has. If things do not improve, Lee Johnson will be out. Simple as. It's up to LJ to prove over the next few weeks that this blip is temporary. Personally I don't think he will but I accept I have been wrong before...
  31. 12 points
    Can LJ really be arrested for those performances?
  32. 12 points
    Got a bad feeling we just wont turn up today.....
  33. 11 points
    To be fair we had a side that won league one at a canter, quite often momentum is enough to see teams get back to back promotions. He was also able to sign Kodjia, Callum Robinson and Ryan Fredricks. Also in that squad was Fielding, Flint, Pack, Smith, Freeman, Ayling and Bryan. We should have been better than 22nd LJ’s purse has effectively been earnt by selling a lot of talent. Eg Kodjia, Reid, Flint, Bryan, Kelly and Webster.
  34. 11 points
    Niki gets all cup competitions in my opinion, I actually think he's slightly more competent in goal anyway.
  35. 11 points
    Famara offside goal: https://streamvi.com/watch.php?video=1578756784
  36. 11 points
    Is this fair comment from LJ: For me personally, it doesn’t affect me now. It may have done when I started playing. I’m very philosophical about “noise” because I know how it works. I know how media have to earn money for their kids, I know how social media works. We’re talking about a wider society issue - I fear for the children of today because I feel a bullying-type mentality can be constant. You’ve got to try and help the players be as consistent as possible because I can’t be with every minute of the day. I know how it affected me as a player and now it’s constant. But it works both ways: if you’re Player A and you score the winner against Liverpool, you’re the best player for Bristol City - you’re a legend, a hero, we want your babies etc And six weeks later, you score an own goal or you make a mistake and it’s, “get out of my club”. We’ve had situations this year where parents of players have been vilified for loving their kids. Everybody demands instant information, success, knowledge. Everybody wants to get one up on everybody else. Some people, dare I say it, take pleasure from other people’s failure.
  37. 11 points
    Don’t buy the whole “deserves” argument. He is paid handsomely to do a job. That’s his reward. We literally owe him nothing. I can fully appreciate that Johnson has established us as a top-half side. But I no longer believe he is the man to take us further. Our performances are simply too inconsistent. Rather than allow Johnson to spend the club’s money because of some overly personal notion that he somehow “deserves” that privilege, I would suggest now is the time to make a change - preferably Chris Hughton. The new man would not be expected to achieve promotion this season but neither would he have the pressure of a relegation fight. We’ve become stale. Now is a good time to freshen things up.
  38. 11 points
    I'm not fully in the LJ out camp, but to answer your question - Chris Hughton Lets not forget Luton were terrible
  39. 10 points
    And winner of the most ridiculous thread of 2020 goes to...... Ha ha. What a shout this is mind. I’m sure Bielsa was sat there, having recently managed Argentina, Marseille & Lazio, thinking “why hasn’t that Lansdown chap from Bristol City asked me if I want to take Bristol City to glory”. Until Bielsa arrived at Leeds, he probably had very little knowledge of the English 2nd division, let alone a club that hasn’t seen top flight football since he was a 25 year old youth coach in a northwest province of Argentina. “Hi Marcelo. It’s Steve. I’ve got a lot of money and want to make Bristol City the best club in the world. How do fancy having a crack at getting us out of the bottom half of the championship”. “The what? What is this championship of which you speak?, Bristol who? Steve? Have we met before?”
  40. 10 points
    No. I may be in the Johnson out camp, but if we do replace him it has to be with a considered appointment to play the style of football that Johnson wants to play but can't for some strange reason. The club and Johnson have done so much work in building the culture of the club, the whole point of the way the club is set up starting with the work that SO'D did, is that we have a philosophy in the way we play that transcends individual managers and provides continuity when you do have to change manager. Bringing in Warnock throws that all out the window for me, the way we are playing now is like a Warnock side, so if we did bring him in, our season may pan out not differently than it will with LJ in charge, and if we make the top 6 (which we could anyway) realistically you have to offer him a longer contract for a year or two and then you have to sign his players and you throw away everything that many people have worked in thankless tasks to achieve over the last 5+ years. For the same reason I'm not certain I'd want Houghton. Look at Swansea, they for the longest time had a philosophy as a club in the way they played, they threw this in the bin at the altar of Premier league survival and its taken them until now to recover, by going back to what they do and playing football their way.
  41. 10 points
    No I think Uncle Steve is happy to invest and in any case how could he resist those pleading eyes of his young protégé ? Please Uncle Steve , just another twenty million.
  42. 10 points
    I hear this phrase everytime we hit a bad run or the managers tenure is, or as some would like, coming to an end. Now this isn't about Lee Johnson or any other manager in particular. If the squad are unhappy with their coach/manager that's fair enough. It becomes wrong when the let it affect their work. In the real world there are plenty of poor manager regardless of the industry we all have to put up with. Imagine you disliked your manager in work and the quality of your work went into free fall. Who would be getting the disciplinary? These players are Bristol City employees not Lee Johnsons, not Steve Lansdowns they are, for the want of a better word, the property of the club. If there is a growing discord between the manager and his squad then those with a grievance should go to either the chairman or the owner and tell them what the problem is. You can question the managements ability to motivate but surely running out to the cheers and applause of 17 or 18,000 home fans should be motivation enough. These guys are living the dream of millions of 18 to 30 year old men, doing something they love and getting far more money than they would in almost any other walk of life. When I thought about starting this topic I tried to see it from many angles and came to a worrying conclusion. The squad may have lost respect for the manager but by putting in substandard performances they are showing disrespect to the club who pay their wages but more importantly they're showing no respect to the likes of you and I, the fans who give up time and money to watch them not just at BS3 but all over the country. So my message to the squad would be, if your unhappy take the problem up with the manager. If you get no joy take it to Steve Lansdown. Finally if there's no improvement hand in a transfer request en mass and do it very publically I'm sure your agents to arrange the publicity. Don't make the fans suffer.
  43. 10 points
    Nobody is saying he does, but neither does Smith, neither does Brownhill, neither does Kalas, cod shouldn't have been in the squad for a year he's been that crap, why is Palmer the one who had to be publicly called out? Why does Moore have to be publicly hauled over the coals? Yet Brownhill can be garbage and no words are said? Kalas can defend like a pub team defender and nothing is said? It's the singling out of certain players that is the problem an KP seems to be the latest one.
  44. 10 points
    This ‘box entries’ shit does my ******* head in. LJ is an absolute blagger, so caught up in analysis and jargon he’s lost touch with common sense and authenticity. Edit - this is coming from someone who does use and appreciate technical language and coaching speak etc but you have to balance the abstraction and analysis with humanity and instinct otherwise you just get blinded by it.
  45. 10 points
    For 65 signings or more, an 8 figure accumulated turnover, massive losses, so many useless 'ones for the future' and 'ones from my past' that even the accountants have lost count; for drab, unattractive and downright clueless football; for lame excuse after lame excuse, he deserves nothing more than a long overdue delivery of his P45.
  46. 10 points
    Name a manager who’s been allowed to spend as much on transfers and sign as many players in the last 30 years?
  47. 10 points
    "Johnson in "..??
  48. 10 points
    Worst team I've seen down the gate in ages. No shape, no attacking threat, no defensive structure. Awful.
  49. 10 points
    I think that we could have the Liverpool squad and LJ ruin them. In recent times are style is typified by a) Lack of passion b) Lack of movement when we have possession c) Lack of organisation where LJ makes changes every week not only to personnel but also to the system d) Lack of any creation with constant slow sideways passing e) No plan B f) No excitement g) inability to compete physically because our midfield are all midgets and we get out muscled. (We are really missing the strength and heading ability Pack) All of these points are directly attributable to LJ and the board. They put this squad together. The squad is imbalanced, it is clear that they are not playing for LJ. Our position in the table is false because we have won whilst not playing well or developing any sort of way to breakdown good defences. In recent times we see very few clubs (even the conservative ones) keep a manager for longer than 4 years unless the results and progress are great. Things get stale, players lose belief and motivation and fans get tired of the same old story. I think that LJ has done a good job under difficult circumstances but has run out of ideas and inspiration. Too many very good players are performing well below par. This can only be because they are not motivated, don't understand the tactics and or have lost confidence because we survive by not doing anything wrong. I think it is wrong of the club to say that promotion is our goal because our actions simply don't back this up. I think many fans will buy season tickets no matter what whether we are winning or losing BUT I think the current totally boring passionless home displays we have seen this season will drive fans away. It is just too boring
  50. 9 points
    I don't know if this corresponds to the original post which strikes me as more of an argument for what LJ has "achieved", but on the more general subject of 'respect' I do find the spite and venom of some LJ Out comments quite sad. I'm not far off that view myself but it doesn't give me any pleasure and I can't understand where the enthusiasm and the snide comments come from. LJ may well be out of his depth but why would anyone think he wants anything but the best for the club, even when we are in one of these calamitous periods of form. In the context of his career, this is his dream job, he's not going to lose matches deliberately. Why the need to stick the knife in with such gusto, to someone on our side? Unless perhaps you disliked the bloke since day one. I really wanted LJ out towards the end of the 2016/17 season, and I do think although our position is far better, and the period of losing much shorter, the stakes are much higher now because the club have targeted this season, so I would not be surprised if his job is under pressure. But if he goes it will be sad for him and should be sad for us, why would it be happy, he isn't Pulis FFS.
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