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  1. Am I alone in being the only one who liked and appreciated it? He may have a shoddy record in appointing head coaches, but he comes across as well meaning and that interview has given me some confidence he might just get it right this time. I wasn’t expecting the interview, but I feel better now than I did before it.
    106 points
  2. I have rarely ever in the last few years experienced such an outpouring of negativity and posters seemingly desperate for us to fail. We didn't. We won. Get over it you muppets. Still in the chase , still in the pack - winning very ugly yet up the league and still in the FA Cup.
    96 points
  3. Can't believe how excitable some of you lot are. Just chill and have a relaxing evening away from all the nonsense like what I'm doing.
    90 points
  4. Dean needs to go and I wish him every best wishes for his future. But please please can we at least appreciate that whilst he was not the right - can posters on OTIB at least let him go with a bit of dignity and not the personal attacks that seem fair game for so many. He is not personally responsible for all the faults at BCFC, or the injuries, or the strategy which comes from the top. Top bloke- wish him well but time for SL to rethink exactly what he wants from this Club because, Lord knows, he's testing our loyalty.
    90 points
  5. This is a piece by Gregor Mc I thought it was a good , well written view / piece , by somebody who is pretty close eyes to what goes on , but without the anger that many of us fans feel Thought I’d post it for those that otherwise may miss it ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bristol City verdict: The football club excelling at everything except football Bristol City's ambition burns bright. But that red glow you see is not the sun on the horizon but the reverse light
    83 points
  6. Really gutted to have heard lifelong friend and fellow City fan Lester Solway has lost his battle with cancer. He passed away listening to The Wurzels earlier today. I first met Lester watching Weston-super-Mare FC and other time got more involved in the club there, he even roped me into repainting their old Woodspring Park ground one summer !! When we realised we had a mutual liking of all things Bristol City we started following City more and more, home and away Those that know about the "Yellow Submarine" he was a regular on the early coach trips that were organised incl
    82 points
  7. I try to reset and be positive, but that was frankly abysmal. We are only going one way. 1 deflected free kick from 35 yards was our only shot on target in 102mins of derby football. That line up is so much better than what we dished up despite deciding we can play without a left-back. The substitutions? Our best midfielder for two games running hooked, and our best midfielder across the course of this season dropped. A centre-forward who refuses to commit himself to this club has somehow become a man that has to play every minute of every game. McCarthy and TC are pro
    77 points
  8. Potentially, or potentially not. Strange how SL’s cheque book was found after he sacked SC wasn’t it. SC gave us fans the best season in decades, he deserved some loyalty from the owner imo.
    76 points
  9. Gutted at the result but my wife has just had a successful operation today to treat bone cancer on her hip joint so even city cant get me down today.
    72 points
  10. Does anyone else feel like this? I thought I would be annoyed but I actually don't care that we lost 6-0 which is pretty bad... Completely disconnected from the club at the moment!
    72 points
  11. It's been confirmed today that SL approached Pearson, and SL made the call to give him the job. Thank You SL for giving us belief in Bristol City again. An inspired appointment (overwhelmingly popular with the fans), combined with last night's result has completely changed the mood, from grim despair to genuine hope for the future. Instead of thinking of the next game with dread, now looking forward to it in anticipation. If NP can lead us to comfortable safety with good performances thrown in, please make sure we retain him even if he steps on Ashton's toes!
    70 points
  12. Can't win can he! Honest interview i thought. Confirms he is still the final decision maker.
    70 points
  13. Hello all, my presence on this forum is somewhat limited these days, due to this 13 week old monkey, however I can’t help but feel guilty that I haven’t coordinated a card for Steve Cotterill in the same way I’ve done for others connected with our club who have been ill or suffered tragic events in their lives. Therefore I’m happy to put one together and get it to him, it just might take me a bit longer than usual. If people think this is a good idea, leave your messages below and I’ll put them all together in a card as I have done before. Hope everyone’s ok in these strang
    69 points
  14. Mate, people aren’t desperate for us to fail. I was sat there kicking every ball and desperate for us to hold on. People are negative because the football is negative. People are negative because Holden plays negative. People are negative because if your tactic is to hang in a game, pretty soon your goalie won’t be in the form of his life and the woodwork won’t save you. People aren’t desperate for us to fail. They’re bloody worried as to how we’re set up and can see it’s not sustainable.
    67 points
  15. "In addition to the school measures announced by Mr Johnson, the Prime Minister has confirmed that the restrictions that stopped Bristol City players leaving their own half will be relaxed. From this week, the PM continued, City's midfield and defence will no longer have to maintain a 15 yard social distance from its attack; City defenders will be allowed to tackle opponents who are likely to score; and City attackers will be allowed to visit opponents goal mouth and may bring a ball with them."
    66 points
  16. Really impressed with him tonight. Showed great maturity against a very tricky and strong opponent. Also to comeback with a performance like that after the Watford game shows the character of the lad . Well done
    65 points
  17. I’m seeing a lot of comments that we may struggle to attract a decent candidate for the next head coach. I get it, but am completely in the opposite camp for the following reasons: The Job In English football terms, for most coaches the top 10 jobs are unattainable and the next five barely attainable. If you look at the initial list, even Howe would only have Newcastle, WBA, Fulham, Palace and Burnley (if not for prior) looking at him. From a championship level, we are one of the top ten jobs when you look at potential, financial position, stadium infrastructure and owner. There aren
    60 points
  18. Right, for all of you expecting a reactionary and emotional post, congratulations - here it is: That was a disgrace. But do not kid yourselves it was a freak result or one off. Anyone with half a footballing brain can see that has been coming for months. We are appalling and the club has become rotten, today crystallised it and that is a culmination of poor recruitment, a poor choice of manager, and a group of players without a clue/motivation/direction - some of them almost unbelievably going through the motions, pretending, and even worse being allowed to do so. Look at the body la
    60 points
  19. He was unlucky on The Chase tonight
    59 points
  20. As good a Championship midfield performance as you could wish to see. So much energy, fantastic closing down, tracking back, blocking and generally harassing the opposition. Won a couple of headers too! Going forward some intelligent running and movement, crisp passing and a fantastic cross for the first goal. Atoning for his error in the lead up to the second even better in my view. Tonight he showed how good he is and showed the importance of having a fit and firing Bakinson with him. Having a combination of Paterson, Vyner and Adelukan/Palmer with him as has happene
    57 points
  21. They were brought into help out Dean and lead traning sessions as a daily basis with the players. They were also there to assist Dean and support him in his first managerial role. This is comfortably the worst coached set of players I have ever seen at Ashton Gate. For the quality of players at their disposal, even taking account of injuries, individual as well as team performances have been pathetic. That's why I call them clowns. They carry the can along with Dean and need to be removed from the club ASAP.
    57 points
  22. This is an Ashton out thread... ....why? 1) Overseen the most injuries in one season in living memory 2) The players purchased are getting worse season after season the quality of the squad, is trousers. 3) The league position is getting worse season after season 4) The football is so awful I refuse to watch it 5) The coaches appointed are not good enough 6) We're overweight in midfield, with absolutely not good enough players 7) We buy players with no thought of a system or way of playing Where is our next 8million plus player sale coming from
    55 points
  23. Stop City playing football. Protect the NHS. Save lives.
    54 points
  24. Have you actually read some of the posts?
    54 points
  25. What I'm making of it is he forgot his face covering.
    53 points
  26. I used to work with Jon at HL when we were both in our early 20s and, for what it's worth, the caricature of him on here is completely unfair. He was a humble and shy bloke who was smart and capable. As a City fan, he had all the same memories as me - someone who started watching the club in the early 90s - and he went home and away, often preferring to sit in the away end than the directors' box. I think the club got it very wrong with Holden, and Jon clearly shares responsibility for that, but the personal stuff and the complete guesswork about who he is and what he's like should b
    50 points
  27. Sunderland fans have worked out that David Brent talks bollocks after 12 games. It took Lansdown almost 5 years. It should be laughable but actually angers me to think we replaced a top bloke and great man manager and motivator with that cretin.
    49 points
  28. The fact that after 4 days the shortlist was still being drawn up is in itself a total farce. As others have said, we sure give out the impression that we don’t know who we want or why. Football is a small world. Managers perform very much in the public eye. Everyone knows how each team is managed and how each team is run (ie who has a tight budget, who has backing of board, who works within certain systems etc), everyone knows the style of play each manager favours. It’s not a normal interview process where you are trying to find out if someone has the correct skills to join your organi
    48 points
  29. I wish Lansdown backed him right off the back of our promotion season
    47 points
  30. Ashton and Holden, along with both Lansdowns have taken some stick on here over our current plight. Why do the players get a free ride on collective responsibility, they look absolutely pathetic, lacking enthusiasm, pace, desire and on that basis they are stealing a living. We aren’t talking about kids, there are some experienced players out on that pitch who should be showing some pride and self respect, along with setting a good example to the younger players. They should be more than capable of organising themselves on the pitch, they know the game, they know what it takes to wi
    46 points
  31. Steve - you said on radio Bristol on Monday that Mark Ashton “get’s a lot of stick from the fans…but it’s unjustified…..it’s easy to do that, everybody’s looking for a scapegoat…..he deserves a lot of praise for what he’s done”. Well - this is what he’s done and this is why many people are focussing in on him and his performance… In 5 seasons - fees for players he has signed and sold (i.e not academy or already at club): 68 players signed for the approx cost of £60m Player sales in that time £37m Balance = £-23m. This doesn’t even include signing on o
    46 points
  32. Oh go on then, I'll have a go too. And in the words of the great man himself, let me be really clear (Geoff). It comes down to something very simple - Return on Investment (RoI) - language SL should understand. He's sold 7 players for £75m and everyone applauds and thinks what a great businessman. But at most he recruited 2 of them (Webster, Brownhill) although JB was well known to LJ. Most pre-dated him, as @Davefevs puts it: he has simply been "selling the family silver". Now here's the big problem for me. He has spent a majority of that money. And for what?
    46 points
  33. I’m glad he’s gone for his own sake as much as anything. But is it just me who feels sad that a decent bloke who should never have been put in this position has ended up in this situation? Ashton, SL and our sorry group of players have a lot to answer for tonight.
    45 points
  34. So far Mark Ashton has - for all his talk of '20 years in this industry' and his contacts in football and 'planning ahead' and 'consulting throughout the football Industry' has .... after twice undergoing 6 week periods of extensive interviews.... appointed:. Steve Lansdown's mate, and Steve Lansdown's mate's mate. He's a fraud .
    45 points
  35. Don't shoot the messenger. But, allegedly... Rumours that a US based consortium are interested in buying Ipswich from Marcus Evans. In June 2019 City had a pre-season tour of Florida. Part of the reason for this tour was to court investment in the football club from a US based consortium, with Mark Ashton playing a key role in trying to broker some kind of deal between the consortium and the Lansdowns. Discussions were rumoured to have continued right into the beginning of last year, but then covid struck. Fast forward to now and the rumour from the Ipswich end is that this US
    44 points
  36. Keeping Holden in the job is another sign of the ridiculous timing of the Lansdown regime. The ludicrous delay in appointing him was bad enough. A decent manager could've been brought in during matches that really were dead rubbers and we'd have gone into the brief summer break with a genuine fresh perspective of what the problems at the club were and where we needed to strengthen. Instead we got "I'll keep doing what Lee did, only worse"... Now, I suspect the club's decision-makers know Holden isn't the right man for the job, but they again are delaying taking the decision and - in
    44 points
  37. I was as big a critic as anyone of some of the kit missteps (cartoonish font, or quality of the rendering of the new crest in its first year via our own supply chain) which both betrayed an amateur, lack of quality control of someone learning on the job, albeit perhaps saving the club a bit of money by being hands on. I've also never fully warmed to the new crest. But it doesn't mean I look at this thread and feel anything other than incredibly uncomfortable at the one-sided hatchet job on this lad. In a parallel universe I think we'd all be creaming ourselves to have an actual fan runnin
    43 points
  38. Someone who would know told me DH had no ideas of his own. I think some were impressed when in his first press conference he identified the issues we had during the end of the LJ era, however it is one thing to be able to identify a problem, and quite another to solve it. He's had over 30 games now to show us what his problem-solving skills look like, and frankly, and unsurprisingly given his level of ability and experience, they have been found wanting. We are still turgid to watch. We don't create anywhere near enough chances, our midfield is non-existent, it doesn't create and it
    43 points
  39. If the club took advice from otib, we'd change our manager 12 times a season, let people into matches for free and give them an 80% discount on the club shirt, once the design was eventually agreed upon being acceptable. We'd have a wage bill the size of Real Madrid's and the stadium would be a mix of 1970's terracing, terracing but with some executive boxes because it would be crazy of us not to keep with the times. We'd give everyone free travel to away games (covid permitting) and demand unlimited ticket allocations, whilst severely limiting away fans at AG for fear that they'd
    42 points
  40. There seems to be a consensus on here that Simpson and Downing are equally to blame for the downturn as Holden, but I am not so sure. The Dumb and Dumber tag is hugely unfair, they were brought in with the remit to develop our youngsters to the next level on the back of excellent records with English youth teams and initially that was looking a good move. There were comments on the threads from the Failand training, remarking on the refreshing "heads up, looking to play the ball forward as a first option" instructions from Simpson in particular, and a general positive air. The
    41 points
  41. I’ve never watched a more pathetic weak gutless bottleless shower of shit in red shirts in all my life , god help them when fans return
    40 points
  42. 1. What control will I have over transfers? None, Mark has developed a proven world class analytics and scouting database, he has 30 years experience in the football industry , he will provide you with a non stop conveyor belt of talent. All you have to do is coach and mould them into a successful team . Easy. 2. Who will I report to? Jon , if you can find him - he's going to spend his winters in Bermuda and will back in the summer for the cricket so if you see him, grab him. you may ask Mark for advice, he has all the power but no responsibility. Shit happens it's down to you
    40 points
  43. Looking at this team now and the management team above the Head coach did LJ actually achieve a hell of a lot more than what a lot give him credit for. Looking at it now, I'm definitely in that camp in the circumstances LJ did and absolute the job he could do with the resources and the team above him.
    40 points
  44. Leave house in car 2 hours before kick off, park a mile away park up on pavement trudge back to house through wind and rain. Take seat on sofa in front room , get another occupant to read out the team sheet from a bedroom with the door closed. Once match started get various people to walk past you and the TV. Say continually certain phrases 2 of which must be ,like watching paint dry , £20k a week and he can't trap a ball, also referencing cows arse and banjos. Half time shuffle on stairs for 10 minutes outside toilet do what nature dictates wash hands with cold tap , bl
    40 points
  45. Stable owner who loves the club, supports managers, has re-built the stadium, and developed top notch training facilities. That’s a problem most clubs would love to have
    39 points
  46. I was critical of him earlier in the season but I thought he looked back to his best for a spell tonight. Unlucky to be subbed. Definitely stronger. Hope to see more of that as the season goes on.
    39 points
  47. Well someone has been at the air-fix glue this morning.
    39 points
  48. We've got a worse manager than we sacked ... the football is absolutely shite. Big step backwards.
    36 points
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