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  1. Not that long ago, we had a forward thinking young first team coach being rightly given plaudits far and wide for the pressing, neat passing interchange, football we were playing. Who can forget that memorable win over Man.Utd. Then it came to the pivotal league match at home to Wolves, we got a deserved 1-0 lead against 10 men and LJ gambled in leaving Aden Flint up front as he went for the 2nd killer goal. It was a gamble that back fired badly as Wolves came back to win, exposing the defensive space where Flint should have been. So the seeds of doubt were sown, and despite some swansong
    45 points
  2. You’re one of the more ‘patient’ posters on here, and seem to cut LJ more slack than most, but something really worries me about where we’re currently heading. We should be building our style for the future, but what happens if we play it safe and somehow by some miracle and a massive amount of luck, sneak over the line and end up in the Prem next year? I was worried how we’d fare under GJ if we’d won the Playoff Final, as there were massive doubts about his ability to work at a higher level. At least that team had fight, spirit and a never say die attitude though and he managed to
    15 points
  3. Nail on fricking head. The coaching and head shed set up is full of self congratulatory, back slapping, management speaking, living in a bubble tools. They are masters at talking the talk and great self promoters. But very low on substance. LJ has been a manager for seven years now. He’s not achieved a play off place at any of his clubs. Not a promotion to his name. Yet he’s out there as some kind of Footballing guru.
    12 points
  4. Honestly, I'm so beyond caring about the play-offs! I just want to see my team go out there with a bit of attacking intent, play with a bit of freedom rather than looking completely shackled and like every pass/run (ha ha I know) is completely scripted. It's so predictable, it's so boring, it's completely soul destroying to watch. Even if we did somehow fluke our way into the Play-Offs, I'd be terrified that someone like Brentford would beat us by 6 or 7 over the two legs anyway. The players have no confidence, because the manager doesn't instill it. My heart sank the second I saw the st
    10 points
  5. I think we can all see that this 'conservative' approach isn't going to get us anywhere. I really hope I am proved wrong but just cannot see it.
    9 points
  6. I believe in consistency and giving a manager time to stamp his identity on his side. ..............but my pateince, along with many others is wearing thin. LJ spent the period in training prior to the opening game supposedly building partnerships and cohesion? He has had numerous transfer windows, and despite admittedly losing some important players, he has been given an adequate budget and ample time to mould a successful squad. Also to produce a consistent pattern of play and tactical formations to achieve his aims, he has failed. Our team is less than the sum of its parts, and no amoun
    9 points
  7. I don't get why he just doesn't go for it in these final games? Treat them as must win games. At least he could say we gave it a go. He has had three months to think about a strategy and this is what we get?! Bonkers. It is very frustrating to watch whilst remembering the brilliant pressing style we once had. Why not try it for these last games? It is not as if they will have to do it over 49 odd games. C'mon Lee show us an 'identity,' a style of play.
    9 points
  8. 9 points
  9. With the 3 month break I t’s easy to forget just how terrible we’ve been to watch for a large part of this season once again. LJ has forgotten that football is as much about entertainment as results and it feels like he is too worried about his own survival. The way the club judge success, by a minuscule out performance year on year is a big part of the problem. People will settle for boring football short term if it gets promotion or staves of relegation but not long term. Look at warnock teams, as soon as promotion/safety looks unlikely fans and chairman’s want rid. We have had
    8 points
  10. Niki for the rest of the season for me
    8 points
  11. Hey fans. We know you’ve paid for a full season of games, so we’ll give you the opportunity to watch all the remaining games on Robins TV. Sign up now. 1 Week Later.... We’re gonna change 20% of the remaining games to a stupid kick off time where many of you won’t be able to tune in because you’re working / commuting, and we’re gonna give you absolutely no justification as to why we’re doing it. But thanks for not taking a refund. We love you all, we honestly do. You’re so special to us. BCFC - Thinking Like A Fan
    7 points
  12. After the Blackburn game on Saturday, while feeling quite pessimistic about City's hopes for the rest of the season, I thought back over the games so far and struggled to think of any in which City really dominated a game i.e. won the game, had more possession and more shots on target. I figured this may have been heavily influenced by the performance I'd just watched - so I thought I'd go through the stats and see how often City actually do 'dominate' a game (based on BBC Sport stats). Over 38 games this season, City have: Won the match, had more possession and more shots on targ
    7 points
  13. This is very true. Pack was under rated by many, well City fans really , certainly not opposition coaches and scouts.
    7 points
  14. I agree with the first point, and have made it on a lot of occasions. I also agree with parts of the rest. There is, however, a thematic here. And reading the points, the word “safe” jumps out of the page. In addition to the Wolves game mentioned, remember Wigan - Tammys debut - where we threw everything at it and LJ described it as “gung ho”. We’ve not been “gung ho” for a while now. There is an interesting parallel which has come to mind for me, and that’s Danny Wilson. Similarly to LJ, he had us playing some really good football - attacking - and then we missed out in the
    7 points
  15. Bristol City championship comparison Shots - 22nd Shots on target - 20th Corners - 19th Form (last 8 matches) - 23rd 2nd half table- 21st LJ been here how long? How much has he spent? GET RID.
    6 points
  16. Sooner the 3 go the better, said from day one you cant have 3 hugely inexperienced coaches at this level.
    6 points
  17. This is not a knee jerk reaction. It is something that has been building up over the last 2 years. I was firmly in the 'back Lee J' camp but there is only so much dire football you can watch.
    6 points
  18. In all types of employment there is often a problem of recruiting people who are very similar resulting in a comfortable, but not necessarily successful, organisation. Good teams need a mix of skills, personalities and behaviour. Much as I like SL, I think he is part of the problem, as I can’t imagine him working with and argumentative manager who would challenge his opinions. The current set up seems to be a bit too comfortable.
    6 points
  19. I think that's right, cliche I know but it's the short man syndrome coupled with the old footballers retort to anyone with a lesser playing career "put your medals on the table". He's always trying to big himself up " Pep was asking me about tactics" "when Iwas at Arsenal" etc. It was telling for me that when there was that club footage on the OS showing some pre season on tour stuff where the players did a comedy night Szmodics was parodying LJ as someone continually bigging up his playing career "I played 500 games" I played in the SPL and mickey taked him continually flashing his expensiv
    6 points
  20. They had a camera in his face whilst he was concentrating trying to put a plaster on what looked like a blister. I'd have told them to piss off as well. Nah I'm not having Djuric and Pisano on a list with those other 3. Milan and Eros were at the club a short time but acquitted themselves well.
    6 points
  21. We lack leadership, inspiration, creativity and mental toughness. Few of our players demonstrate any of those qualities, most looking brittle, weak and often completely clueless. The point is that a number of our players who have gone out on loan have done exceptionally well (Walsh, Szomdics, Morrell) which heavily suggests the problem isn’t spotting talent and recruitment but rather the coaching and tactics. Which brings us back to LJ yet again as the problem. I have to say if his performances in interviews is anything to go by, I can understand why we see so many limp performances from the p
    6 points
  22. Why has Massengo suddenly become the object of derision on OTIB, with many (who were no doubt lauding him as a major talent bought under the nose of the PL and singing about his hair) now claiming him to be vastly overrated. He's an18 Yr old FFS who has played many more games than expected in his first year. He may not be in form at present but as a midfielder he's miles in front of COD and he always gives everything on the pitch, which is more than can be said about KP45. Let's get off the kids back and give him support.
    5 points
  23. Personally I think, having tracked similar stats through the season, the stats you show vindicate the suspicion that we have essentially been quite lucky. Saturday's game was actually a rare example of us getting a bit of bad luck. Blackburn had about as many shots as us, albeit they got 4 on target to our 2. Looking at xG their shots were even of a similar quality to ours. We had just over 50% possession. Compared to our "average" match this season we actually matched the opposition. The difference was in individual errors. One thing I suggest you look at is long shots. We basically don'
    5 points
  24. Understand the point you are making but Lee will see those players day in day out. We are all aware that the keeper has a mistake in him and I have a mate who is a Brentford fan and those mistakes would be well documented before we signed him. Maybe Lee thought him and his staff could coach these errors out of him. It is no coincidence that he had been dropped before lockdown. As for opponents playing well he has the luxury at the moment of five subs which he then can go to plan B and change it if he has one. I don't think any of us are experts but we can see what is happening
    5 points
  25. This is great - uploaded & did it last night so that @SuperDziek's & my Dad, who passed away in 1999, can see City's last games of the campaign. @oldstandrobin doing one for his Dad too (our Dad's brother) so they can watch together. Bet they're up there cursing us for stitching them up! COYR
    5 points
  26. I rate him. again typical city, when we lose let’s start slagging off the players. Bentley, Massengo, O’Dowda and when someone comes back with an opinion you have a go at them. O’Dowda is a international player and if he wasn’t that good he would not get in the squad. He offers us energy and he’s not afraid to run at players and draw players in to create space for others in behind and his running off ball and engine is first class. I would have him in a midfield three and let him run at players and attack the box.
    5 points
  27. "Hard" can be misinterpreted - don't we simply need leaders? LJ has mentioned it before but of course always reverts to type with his signings by the time the next transfer window comes round. As others have said, he is so obviously insecure about the threat of someone with a voice, experience and determination who might undermine him. Watching on TV with the camera following the action is a different experience that doesn't afford the opportunity to cast your eye around the pitch and see the body language and frustration of other players. That's normally telling of leadership - who is ca
    5 points
  28. It proves how good he is when nobody came in for him when he wanted to leave.
    5 points
  29. Yes it is concerning to hear that "players I can trust" line yet again. For me what makes it worse is that not for the first time he is using it to refer to a team that he has selected after a prolonged period on the training ground preparing. It was the same after pre-season versus Leeds and after the first international break when we got smashed at Luton. What is it about the opportunity to prepare rigorously and dare I say over-think a fixture, that results in LJ selecting players that he ends up realsing he can't trust? It's either poor evaluation of talent, unrealistic training, or s
    5 points
  30. A couple of cul-de-sacs in Warmley last I heard.
    4 points
  31. You ask how can the manager be responsible when his team don't deliver? Its called motivation. Some managers gain respect by their past playing career, others by their managerial record and others by shear example and personality like Sean Dyche. To see LJ come back from lock down even porkier than usual, what sort of example does that set. When you are so close on age to your players and dont have a stellar playing career behind you it is essential to lead by example. I dont think our team has been particularly up for it for some time and after this game they hear their manager saying th
    4 points
  32. As usual after a defeat, every footballing expert is coming out of the woodwork to teach the manager how to do his job. It’s easy, isn’t it? But how does a manger make sure that his keeper doesn’t drop the ball? How does he legislate fir the opposition playing well? I find it extraordinary that you find every single decision taken on the pitch by the players, every single move they make, every single the mistake, to be the responsibility of the manager. I understand what Johnson is trying to do. I can even understand his team selection on Saturday, which seemed designed to keep it ti
    4 points
  33. Surely you aren’t judging a right back by how many goals he scores?!
    4 points
  34. I definitely think Norman Hunter would be successful today because he was a very skilful player. His skill is often overlooked because of the bite yer legs part of his game. Being a skilful player he would have easily adapted to the modern style of play.
    4 points
  35. 4 points
  36. Senior players under him do not seem to last long or have a great time of it... Already mentioned on here, Wilbraham did not especially rate him. O'Neil- Promotions. Hegeler, was he late 20's, early 30's, played for a big team in Germany. I personally have a theory and have had one in the back of my mind for a while, that he has a problem with managing successfully players from a higher level than him as a player. I can't quite place it, or why- but it seems a recurring theme, to me. Not even just senior players but certainly seems more pronounced there- perhaps even both!
    4 points
  37. In a nutshell Lee Johnson!
    4 points
  38. We desperately need some strong characters in the dressing room, but my impression is that LJ wouldn’t want that. Maybe it’s an insecurity/inferiority thing but any sign of having an opinion of your own and you seem likely to be shown the door. LJ would seem to prefer doormats!
    4 points
  39. Great motivational skills , ‘ I can’t trust you ‘ Where do these players go from here ? The gaffer doesn’t have confidence in me . Would you give everything to a bloke who doesn’t trust you ?
    4 points
  40. Pisano did well, fans loved him and he wanted to stay. Thought he deserved another year tbh.
    4 points
  41. Yes because given the way we were playing pre lockdown and then based on Saturday’s performance there is no way we will get anywhere near the playoffs and it’s terrible to watch at the same time. We are 20th in the form table over the last 10 games
    3 points
  42. absolutely agree 100%. 8 games, GUNG HO! Play Palmer, Wells, Afobe- go for it
    3 points
  43. Mentioned it on another thread - it would be welcome if he came out and said we’ve got eight games we’re just going to go for it (shit or bust) , I back my players to beat anyone in this league. A great message to the players. I think he would get buy in from the players and fans - he won’t do it. Who knows how we’ll line up on Sunday and there is the problem - neither do the players
    3 points
  44. We have a number of international players in our squad but you would never know it from the way that they are playing at the moment. Which again suggests it’s not that our players aren’t good enough, but that the problem is with who is leading them. The number of players who have lost form as soon as they arrive at Ashton Gate but magically seem to find it as soon as they go elsewhere is staggering!
    3 points
  45. So in the time that LJ has “stabilised“ us in the Championship, likely missing out on the Playoffs for the 3rd season in a row, good managers like Nuno Espirito Santo and Chris Wilder have come in and not just taken 4 years to remain in the same league, but actually achieved something tangible. How else do you explain that Wolves are currently 6th in the Premier League and still in the Europa League, with Sheffield United are 7th in the Premier League, while we are 9th in the Championship and going backwards at increasing speed? Hint to Steve Lansdown - If you want things to change, don’t
    3 points
  46. Bring Albie into the coaching set up?
    3 points
  47. As a "manager" I would argue he's been the best manager we've had, had nothing to work with and still managed to succeed, I would rather watch Terry's teams than what we have now tbh
    3 points
  48. I think this f@ckwit actually believes this rubbish!
    3 points
  49. Seriously when is somebody in our club going to ask serious questions about this. He needs players he can trust - Lee these are YOUR players with the exception of Vyner (didn’t start) @ Smith you’ve signed every one of these players. Why have you got players you don’t trust , you & Ashton spout bollocks about DNA all the time. Its time you took responsibility
    3 points
  50. He wanted to go? You don't keep players who want to leave. Got good money and he got premier League football.
    3 points
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