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  1. 31 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 17 points
    You are spot on with this post, I mentioned on another thread earlier that I think LJ is a great manager when we are going well (which we often do with him), and am quick to doubt his ability to bring us success when he goes on one of his trademark losing streaks. But the FA Cup has come and gone, Shrewsbury probably wanted it more last night and they deserve their glamour tie (probably against a team containing only 2 or 3 players that anyone has ever heard of), they are not looking anything like play-off contenders and are unlikely to end up in a relegation battle. With all due respect to the Shrews, we have bigger fish to fry, and we have won 2 of our last 3 league games. I view Barnsley as a really big game (but NOT at this stage of the season a must-win!). 3 points could propel us back into the top 6 and showing a return of 9 points from 12. But if we lose things could get toxic. I am still desperate for him to do well, but he does my head in on a regular basis!
  4. 14 points
    Interestingly, the general consensus is that he is doing a reasonable job and our expectations are too high. That’s probably how the football world sees it overall. Just what we think of other teams’ over critical fans, in fact.
  5. 14 points
  6. 12 points
    Yes , that’s right And that’s because we’ve signed 50 plus players , many on good wages , we have a large wage bill and running costs, and thus need to sell, not because we pay top wages, which we don’t , but predominantly because Johnson has managed after 4 years and about 7 windows to assemble an unbalanced bloated squad, which currently appears a shambles , and in which he hasn’t got a clue of his best team or formation or way of playing We have million pound + players and multi million pound players who can’t even make match day squads Not a problem when you’re spending others money I guess But is a major flaw holding us back ** Sorry I forgot , recruitment is nothing to do with Lee , it’s all that Mark Ashton’s fault - he just keeps turning up handing Lee more and more players without Lees say so I guess you do realise that to date , he’s sold ONE player that he’s signed , at a profit
  7. 11 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...
  8. 11 points
    Thanks for the question. I asked Mark Kelly and he advises 'There has been incredible growth in retail both online and in store across all clubs over the last 4 years and it is very clear that demand has outgrown the scale of the current shop. The next phase of development at Ashton Gate has identified a prime location for a much larger retail unit which will house the Bristol Sport store. Further details to follow over the coming weeks.'
  9. 10 points
    But it did affect us. Derby got in the play offs last season ahead of us. We complied with FFP, they didnt. They basically cheated their way into them.
  10. 9 points
    For our not-inconsiderable outlay, we expect to watch entertaining football played by players who can do the basics right and look like they give a toss. I don't think that's too much to ask
  11. 9 points
    I dont think people who want him gone care about the table. The issue is that if you took a nuetral to most games, especially the ones at home, and asked them who played better - in very few of them would the nuetral point to us.
  12. 9 points
    We have also won 2 of our last 9 GAMES and they were against the bottom 2 teams. Lucky Lee has somehow managed to keep us "in the hunt" and has the 3rd from bottom team next to face. A far from easy game however as Barnsley are on a bit of a decent run and will be a tough nut to crack. Seemed to be not so cocky in the interview after Shrews more like someone backed into a corner and saying anything to escape. While on paper we are 1pt from a play off place, reality to me says we are no-where near and just a couple of failures away from the bottom half. We do have some good players (need some more) but not a good team or spirit and thats LEEs fault.
  13. 8 points
    Yup. I just wish we did what Leeds are. Spending it on concentrated quality over quantity. Imagine if we lumped Watkins/O'Dowda/Smith's wages into one star player
  14. 8 points
    8:30am. Must be waiting for the school bus.
  15. 8 points
    I personally have not defended LJ in this thread. The question though was “are the players to blame” and in my opinion last night they were. In answer to your other erratic points : Kalas - isn’t shit, but hasn’t been fit all season. Baker - isn’t shit, is our best CB, but is regularly a let-down with his fitness. Weimann - Isn’t shit, but isn’t of Prem quality as you mention. He’s a runner, a heads down player with little true quality, but isn’t shit as you say. But he was last night. Eliasson - isn’t shit, but he was last night. JD - isn’t shit, but hasn’t been fit all season. Williams - is shit, and was last night. Massengo - isn’t shit, but isn’t experienced either. And didn’t play last night. Nagy - isn’t shit, but isn’t yet up to the speed of English football, isn’t fit, and was shit last night. Smith - isn’t shit, but hasn’t been fit for a year. LJ - isn’t shit, has plenty to do to put things right, but wasn’t as shit last night as the players. I’m neither pro LJ not anti LJ at the moment Dave. I’m not passing the buck for him. He’s got plenty to prove to turn this form around. But performances by many of the players recently have been poor. Last night in particular. Baker going off injured forces one sub. Thereby leaving a restriction to change the game too early. Use 2 more subs early and potentially have extra time? Or have confidence that players who should do better might actually do better? Last night was not Lj’s fault. But I’m also not going to defend him to the hilt - he’s making mistakes, but he’s not fully at fault. Do you really think those are the tactics LJ set his team out to do. Pass it sideways, sideways and then lose it? Perhaps there were too many players off their game and there were no passing options, or if there were, they were poorly executed. What I saw was a lack of movement, a lack of mental awareness and a lack of quality. We know our players DO have these things in their lockers, but they didn’t bring them last night. Yes, LJ absolutely carries the can in the end. No one is Teflon coating him. There is fair criticism from many quarters, but there’s also somewhat extreme views to get him out when he isn’t at that point for many yet. Plenty to prove, certainly not beyond criticism, but the criticism ought to be fair, and certainly, in view of the thread title, the players should bear the main bulk of the responsibility last night. You mention that he persists with Fam despite him missing lots of chances. Who should he play up top then? He doesn’t have too many options up there to be fair. He tried Weimann up there at West Brom away and we looked as poor as I’ve seen. No other options really is there. You ask why the guy had so much room for that strike. Josh Brownhill. When the ball goes back to Pierre, Josh is in a decent position, able to screen the CB’s, closing off any penetration through the middle. But he decides to go on a wander and chase another bloke out wide to the right. He leaves behind a huge hole, easily exploited by a centre back, playing a 1-2 and then a wonder strike. Whilst this 1-2 is occurring, Josh watches it unfold and bounces up and down a couple of times. No nous or desire whatsoever to close down the massive gap infront of our CB’s that he himself was responsible for. This wasn’t a managerial tactic. Brownhill had himself in a good position and vacated it to chase what he thought was his man rather than be aware of the game situation and what was around and behind him. I’m sure LJ didn’t tell him to do that. It was a player switching off, simple as that. You are correct - our midfield is very, very, very weak. I can’t see what hugely confusing tactics LJ was asking of his players last night. Their inability to move and pass was at fault, I don’t think LJ’s tactics were “don’t move about and be shit in everything you do”. Basics. He’s been our most outstanding performer this season and has literally kept us in most games. Whether he should’ve got across a bit quicker is fair. And you go on to state that Moore & Williams would’ve expected him to save it, well Bentley wouldn’t have been expecting a centre back to shoot from 30 yards with no one attempting to block it. I’m sure he wasn’t correctly set for it as he was not anticipating a shot. However, at the moment Bentley escapes all criticism for me as he’s been our player of the season by a country mile. He’s the only one who has earned any slack.
  16. 7 points
    The cynic in me says I'd expect the EFL to deliberate for a while on this, say until Derby are just about mathematically safe in April, then they'll give them a points deduction to leave them 20th in the division.
  17. 7 points
    We are arguably "bigger" than 2 or 3 clubs currently in the Premiership and "as big as" another 3 or 4. All clubs at some point punch above and below their weight - except for the past 40 years Bristol City, always below. During that time we've seen the clubs referred to above in the Premiership plus the likes of Wigan, Fulham, Swindon, Reading, Swansea, Millwall, Hull, Cardiff, Blackburn, Charlton, Huddersfield, Barnsley, Blackpool, Wimbledon, Bradford, surge past us into the top flight. Are other teams such as Bolton, Portsmouth, Ipswich, Coventry, QPR, Middlesborough, Derby, Birmingham, Stoke, really any "bigger" than us? Every other team comparable to us plus some much smaller have had their day in the sun, the fact is its under achievement, particularly over the past 4 seasons since serious money started getting splashed out on players.
  18. 7 points
    Personally think the injuries argument is an easy excuse. If you actually look back at LJs time with us our results and performances have been alot better when his hands are tied. Give him a full squad and he hasn't a clue how to utilise it. Tinker man comes out to play. I remember Barnsley fans saying the exact same thing.
  19. 7 points
    Lansdown has a history of not firing the gun until things go badly. I fear we will be stuck with LJ until our playoff chances have diminished. Lansdown is too loyal, I feel that I should be quoting Einstein here. Whilst LJ has delivered year on year improvement, let's not forget we have bottled it time and time again in those years and we should have finished higher. The reality is when there is a big must win game, under LJ, more often than not we bottle it. Again I feel I should quote Einstein here. The Shrewsbury game was a watershed moment for me. Once again we lost a big game.
  20. 6 points
    Sorry, I've not been on here since Tuesday evening but no space in the starting XI for Nketiah?
  21. 6 points
    Gutted he's not found a club, unless of course he's deliberately enjoying his retirement but hasn't publicly announced it. Think we were probably right to let him go, but I really liked the fella and he always gave absolutely everything. Wish him all the best.
  22. 6 points
    any fan base who's spent upward to 25 million in the transfer window has a right to expect a high position in the league
  23. 6 points
    Assume you have witnessed the constantly turgid dross we have suffered for numerous weeks now? Game after game witnessing at best 1 or 2 shots on target in a game Our only victories recently came against the bottom two teams in the league To think people make comments like we don't want Warnock as the football would be boring, but at least we may finally see some bite back in the side
  24. 6 points
    @Badger08 I've defended LJ for almost 4 years. I believed in what he was trying to do. I'm not going to sit here and try to convince you, that's a road you have to walk down by yourself. I have no agenda against LJ so I have no interest in trying to convince you to come round to my way of thinking. I've slowly gone over to the LJ out camp over the Xmas period. We have lost our way, our players whilst they are not showing a lack of effort, something just doesn't feel right. I didnt like LJs comments that the players needed a rest and then gave them time off. In my mind they didnt deserve the time off. What sealed the nail in the coffin for me was last night, I've said this a million times but if our players could not get fired up for that game then how can we be confident they would perform in the play offs or the final? We have a soft under belly. They tried last night but once again something just didnt feel right. Like they were trying but not trying hard enough. And to then top it all off, LJs interviews after the game really bothered me, no heartfelt apology to the fans who were rightfully hurting, for the 1st time I saw a demeanor from him that suggests he knows the end is nigh.
  25. 5 points
    Dave DaveFevs has a far better full understanding of the financial picture and flow And I’m not going to keep getting involved in some of the debates on here - pointless But , In my simplistic terms , with the money that we’ve done well to / been fortunate to / worked to , accumulate to gain thro some notable player sales , as we gather that in with one hand , Lee’s doing his very best to spend it on a bloated squad ,with his ponchance for clubs in the bag of every type and shape, many of which he never or rarely uses or ‘trusts’ , and one from which he, currently and for some period, can’t form a cohesive side. For all his whining Lee has had plenty of funds to replace players that have moved on Id also pose the question for all his complaining about having to sell his best players , how many was he desperate to keep He certainly wasn’t a Flint fan , happy to offload Pack, Ayling , Freeman Lloyd for all his promise wasn’t a automatic pick / starter, Kodja at the time , Webster,, Reid I’d hope and possibly Bryan Virtually every side in this division lose their better players In the time LJ has been her , Look how many Brentford for example have lost in recent seasons, they’ve also changed their manager several times , not always at their wish , yet their plan is , and always has been clear and they are thriving and playing very attractive football
  26. 5 points
    Only do them when we are on a bad run and that doesn't reflect too well on the boss IMO.
  27. 5 points
    To be fair, he's on a hiding to nothing when we are on a run like this. There are some people waiting for a chance to pounce upon anything that may be construed as negative and others who have no concept of comprehension and take whatever is said totally literally and others who say its full of cliches and not worth watching/listening (but they do anyway). At a time when we are in a rut, I would think the management and players are putting up a wall and creating a seige mentality. Sorry if that sounds a bit dramatic but its exactly what I would expect. Big game saturday, players and club need a positive performance and result and hopefully we'll get one - and, this will upset a few, I fully expect the supporters to get behind them.
  28. 5 points
    The way I feel I'm not sure it's going to make any difference But I live in hope we discover some form and kick on
  29. 5 points
    Look at Nett spend. That’s the only true picture
  30. 5 points
    Well at one stage we were threatening the top two , then We where in fourth , then sixth and now what is it 9th ? The expectation is just a bit of consistency. No City fan ever ‘ expects ‘ us to be in the Prem but we do hope and we are largely disappointed to be dropping off the pace when every thing should be in place for a proper go at the play offs.
  31. 5 points
    We did not replace Webster with Kalas. We're yet to replace Webster. Taylor Moore has stepped up, but he's not the player Webster was. Webster was the catalyst for almost all of our attacks last season and it'll be impossible to replace that, but Kalas certainly did not replace Webster
  32. 5 points
    Some very sensible comments there particularly ‘they’re 1 point off the play offs, what do they expect?’
  33. 5 points
    And there it is the methane snorters ultimate retort you lady garden
  34. 5 points
    Fishing on a forum at 46 years old? I feel for you in all honesty
  35. 5 points
    I think that ‘one point off the play-offs’ bit is upsetting a few who want the man to lose his job.
  36. 5 points
    Lee Lee are falling apart again?
  37. 4 points
    Just ordered you one of these @Mr Popodopolous https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51129422
  38. 4 points
    In fairness Bob, Webster went from being a £3.5m (?) purchase 2 summers ago to being a £20m premier league player 12 months later. LJ understandably gets a lot of stick for aspects of his his coaching, but Webster's improvement occurred under his direction. Similarly, while Kelly came through the club's academy, his senior development again happened under LJ's direction. In view of this, it's not unfair to credit LJ with contributing in no small way to the profit generated on these players' sales - that and Ashton's "have your pants down" negotiating ability! Or is it the case that player's improvement and development only happens despite the coaching they receive while at the club, not because of it, as it seems that at the moment any negative aspects of the club are down to LJ while any positives are always due to someone else? As I've said in other posts, I'm certainly not an out and out LJ apologist, and feel that he is now at a critical watershed point in his time here, but in many fans' eyes he cannot now do any right for doing wrong. I'm surprised that fans haven't blamed him for Harry & Megan's problems, the return of majority Conservative Government and Brexit!
  39. 4 points
    I rate Pisano higher than Jack Hunt. Hunt confuses me, going forward he is very good and his crossing is superb but I don’t think his positioning as a defender is anywhere near good enough. Periera, to me is a much better player.
  40. 4 points
    Don't be so sensible, if you sold your whole squad and signed one player for £25m, you have a right to expect a high position in the league!
  41. 4 points
    There will often be sackings in football where fans of other clubs will wonder what the hell the club is doing. Whether you think Lee should go or not, if we did sack him the media and fans of other clubs will be amazed!
  42. 4 points
    @alandicks What a moronic post! If there’s a horrible atmosphere doen the Gate on Saturday, I imagine you’ll be one of ‘em fuelling it COYR.
  43. 4 points
    Different opinion = agenda. Really desperate.
  44. 4 points
  45. 4 points
    Me too. The football hasn't been very enjoyable to watch, then suddenly we put in a fantastic pulsating performance against Fulham away and we all think here we go, then as baffling as that game was, we then go back to being crap again. Obviously we've had one of the worst seasons I can remember for Injuries in a long time, including Afobe, which in turn as made the Palmer transfer a bit awkward as I believe he was only really signed due to their link up play. Then the Shrewsbury game IMO the Championship this season has been pretty poor apart from Brom and Leeds and I think we're going to look back on this season as a massive opportunity (unless we fluke it) messed up. But at least we're not looking over our shoulders anymore at the Trap Door to League 1 which is a plus point I suppose.
  46. 4 points
    I very much buy into the long term project and accept there will be bumps in the road I also believe that we are in the toughest league in the World with no divine right to beat anyone, sign anyone or play attractive football, you earn that right. I don’t know what people expect, some of the things I read blow my mind! We are Bristol City after all. There are 15 clubs with higher wage bills then ours, 16 have had a higher net spend over 5 years and 11 have higher attendances! We are doing brilliantly considering our stature, I think many forget that. Yes the football has been poor at times, but it is for everyone else, How many clubs do you actually watch and are genuinely impressed by and would want your team to play that way? Every other team outside the top 6 in every league probably feels the same way, that we can all do better! Realistically only 2 teams (in auto spots) can ever be truly content, whilst that lasts. It hasn’t been great but some clubs would love to win ugly and pick up 3 points at Wigan like we did. When you are at your absolute worst, but still winning games doesn’t that tell you something about the management and players. I understand frustrations but things can change. The championship has always been about which teams can get on the best run of results at the right time, there are 10-12 teams all capable of reaching the playoffs, maybe this year LJ will time our charge just right.
  47. 4 points
    I reckon LJ will be here next season. The injuries - to Afobe, Kalas, Nagy, JD - have been significant enough to warrant some leniency from SL. Add to this not getting Eddie (assuming that was not LJ's fault/responsibility). It might be one last chance/season, though: play-offs, or piss off. Five seasons without once making the top six, even SL will clock that it's just not happening. Thing is, if Lee sneaks us into sixth next season, we lose at the semi stage, and Steve thinks: we're getting there. It's on. And so we go again. With Lee. Until 2023.....
  48. 4 points
    Probably couldn’t stand the fact there is a section of this site without a post of complete bullshit in it.
  49. 4 points
    This. We're all frustrated right now and I think if this bad run carries on much longer LJ will be gone pretty soon but right now it's still silly to call for his head the way some people are. As you say we could be in the top 6 on Saturday after winning 3 of our last 4 league games. It's funny how the same people that are absolutely convinced that LJ can't take us any further were also convinced we were getting relegated 3 years ago.
  50. 4 points
    We have a recruitment team headed by a bloke called Sean. We have an individual directly responsible for transfers named Mark. A player called Eddie has been told by HIS OWN club that they need him to stay. But of course, it’s all Lee’s fault. Ok.
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