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  1. Am I missing the point? Hughton took over Forest with 0 points and in the relegation zone. Since then they've collected, I believe, exactly the same points as us (24) and are currently in better form than us in the last 6 games. If both teams carry on with current form, we'll end up with 56, they 50. Not bad for Hughton given the head start. Considering we were top of the table when he took over there and they in the relegation zone....not sure what else Forest fans would/could expect from him. I'm sure most are happy he's taking them the right way up the table.
    30 points
  2. Considering our injury crisis, we still had our record signing , a centre back (as well!) out there, a £20m centre back on loan , a £2.5 M goalkeeper, a 3.5 m and 2.5 M centre midfield and our second highest signing up front. Not forgetting a 5.5 M forward (or is he now a winger) on the bench. Yes we are missing DaSilva , Weimann too for his running around, and the hot and cold Jamie P for some cameo appearances. . We don't know if Williams is a loss as he has never played, a bit similar to Walsh at this level. The team is unbalanced, Vyner and Adelakun hardly your first choice in midfield. B
    27 points
  3. Take your point and, unlike many, I can't get too downbeat about last night in isolation. However it would be nice to see football like we played in that first twenty minutes against Preston on a semi-regular basis otherwise league position means very little to me. If that's all it's about I'll look on the internet and support the team from home instead when this Covid ends. We could be 6th, 9th, 16th or 23rd, if the football is crap then it's crap and that isn't what I want to see, personally, when I lay out my season ticket dosh.
    25 points
  4. The people “running” this club have finally shown themselves to be a busted flush. The owner has failed to see the warning signs. I think Holden is fighting for his job / head-coach career...and although he’s made mistakes of late, he’s been let down by those above him. The financial signs have been there for 2 seasons. They were hamstringing the club, now that hamstring is torn...the irony! I see very similar signs to 8 or so years ago. I don’t think Holden is to blame, that’s not to say he doesn’t have faults, but there’s a bigger picture here.
    22 points
  5. Look, you can either sit at your keyboard and complain or, using your expert common sense business acumen that you lay out above, starting in your bedroom, build up your own multi-billion pound company in Bristol (where spreadsheets will be banned), sell part of it and with the proceeds buy Bristol City from Steve and then run the club using said business/football acumen that Lansdown is obviously missing. There is literally nothing stopping you. If silly, naiive, spreadsheet-obsessed, Steve Lansdown managed it, its fair to say any one of us can. And the bonus for you as a common sense b
    21 points
  6. Poor set of accounts. Poor recruitment. Poor results. The only one’s who aren’t are the inept ******* who created this woeful scenario. I’ve not got the time, patience or inclination to wade through page after page of PKF carefully constructed accounts. Spent far too many years doing that professionally in the past to know they’ll hide a multitude of sins. Costs are and have been too high for ages. Money wasted on recruitment and staff who are out of their depth. Anyone wonder why the Lansdown silver has been sold now? Forget the FFP argument, forget “the model”
    16 points
  7. The argument about "well we're better off than others" - I just don't get it. That's not the point: The argument is are we our best selves? Are we maximising our potential? Are we making the most of our opportunities? Yes, other teams accounts will look worse, especially this year, and yes, a loss on a football clubs accounts is nothing new. But it's the bigger picture specific to our club...FFP, future transfer kittys. Player contracts. Implementation of the strategy. We're already seeing it trickle onto the pitch and the signs are not good. That directly effects our ability
    16 points
  8. There are a long list of examples, but to understand why I completely disagree with the club policy , and mismanagement you just have to look at the signing of Wells. On the surface, a goal scorer and pretty able at Championship level. But putting 5.5 M into a near 30 year old who has no chance of ever being a Prem player or of having a strong upsell or residual transfer fee is exactly the sort of nonsense we used to do. We claim we no longer do it , but we did and we do. The impact of that signing on wage bill and bottom line accounts is devastating. It is a big financial hole. If that was th
    15 points
  9. A shot on target would be nice
    13 points
  10. What a bunch of self serving, over opiniated, undeserving ***** some of our "fans" are.
    12 points
  11. It's pretty obvious to me that our gradual decline is down to our recruitment. Let's look at our squad pre-Ashton and now under Ashton. When we came up, we had a young and inexperienced squad. They took a little while to 'bed-in' to Championship level, but pretty much all of them have now more than established themselves at this level (and some above). After Ashton arrived, the following players remained for the start of the 16/17 season (and thus were signed by previous managers or were academy) League appearances that season in brackets : Fielding (27), Little (28), Bryan (
    10 points
  12. Do you actually read any of the , often longer intelligent and informative posts on here on a variety of aspects (I’ll give @Davefevs, @Mr Popodopolous and a couple of others posts regarding finances as an example - I’ve been around football for 50 years at various levels , and ok with figures - but their understanding which they then take time to post about to the education of me and many others, is at another level for me and most helpful , educational and informative) There are others on here , for example , who have been involved , or have knowledge of recruitment at City or oth
    10 points
  13. When Brentford, just as a for instance, sold Watkins they bought a replacement who slotted straight into their way of playing and the Brentford machine rolled on as if nothing had happened. When we've sold players similarly integral to our way of playing, we've replaced them with ones who can't play the same way, meaning we've got to develop a completely new way of playing to accommodate them. So each season we start from scratch with a new team, new style, and little continuity from year to year. When Reid left, his replacement needed to be a mobile forward who would complement Die
    9 points
  14. If we can beat PNE in a one-off game, we can win enough other one-off games not to worry....imho.
    9 points
  15. No shots on goal, again. It’s pathetic. Sack him. Tonight.
    8 points
  16. To a degree yes. There are however some big positives: The redevelopment of Ashton Gate The training ground The lack of external debt You only have to look at Derby to see that we could be in a much worse position if we didn't have genuinely wealthy owners with the best interests of the club at heart. That doesn't invalidate your points but there are big upsides to set against them.
    8 points
  17. For me we need an experienced manager to reset the groundwork and shake up the heirarchy whose been there and done it. For me there's only one man who fits that bill and gets the most of his players.
    7 points
  18. I'm not sure I agree with your other point re Holden (even as a firewall for Mark Ashton it would be too obvious and too late to repeat that stunt) however I agree with you on unsustainable - specifically because we are not acquiring or producing sufficient talent to sustain the economics the club currently operates too. As you've illustrated more than anyone on here and your "family silver" jibe above absolutely nails, is where we have balanced the books, it was through sales of assets that pre-existed the people with the responsibility to sustain this strategy - and there is diminishing
    7 points
  19. What’s now worrying is that DH has “options”. They’re limited in part, sure, but he’s starting from having a very good GK and a good CH pairing. Outside of that, it’s how he sets up. Today, we used 15 players with a reasonable level of experience, and had a 16th (Taylor Moore) on the bench. Not going to push it and say Max was an option. Totally acknowledge the injuries, without starting the reasons why up again. So, if you say his “definites” are Kalas, Bents, Mawson, he could perm 8 from the remaining 13 in any kind of formation. And again, acknowledge it worked well Sat but N
    7 points
  20. Agree, but only one person can meaningfully decide about this, and that's Steve Lansdown and he doesn't give much away - to the extent that he seems patient, perhaps forgiving of whatever story Mark Ashton tells him. We fans tend to throw round buckets of blame in all direction (SL/MA/DH/players) but for me it comes down to one thing - whether SL and SL alone believes he is getting value from the people and strategy he employs. If the answer is yes, then MA has done a good job of selling his progress against the strategic imperatives If the answer is no, how does SL get us b
    6 points
  21. This 100%. It's been the question to ask for the past 40 years. The answer has rarely been 'yes'.
    6 points
  22. Exactly. People are shouting off like we are the only club that is going to make a loss this season.
    6 points
  23. I can see what you’re saying Marco but the few months around the cup run came together largely out of necessity because we had injuries (Famara Incl). In fairness although we were forced into ‘playing’ with Reid and Pato up top , and a consistent 11, there was also some good work done at that time - The problem is that as soon as Johnson had options it all unravelled Did we build on that approach , pressing with good retention of the ball , and movement ourselves - No Did we take that into the following season where you reasonably say we wernt bad with a Webster etc - no Goi
    6 points
  24. This has however been the case since ?1996 when in common with most professional clubs we split the club and ground into separate companies so that club insolvency did not necessarily mean the loss of the ground. The difference now is that the holding companies above those two companies also own other sports clubs. The football club is receiving far more money from the Lansdown family in the form of equity investment than it would receive if it had full receipt of the income from Ashton Gate so I don't see a cause for complaint there. The question of how wisely that money
    6 points
  25. Yes, safe imo. But worry about the next season
    6 points
  26. Just seen these pictures on the dressers Facebook page You know who you are .... top weekend out there but the locals were not so welcoming
    5 points
  27. Considering she's known you all her life, that's some statement!
    5 points
  28. Wishing the big fella a full and speedy recovery - his heart and kindness are bigger than his stature. We go back a long way and to anybody still thinking about not wearing a mask, isolating or getting the jab - if the virus takes Jasper down you sure as hell better watch out as no other ****** ever did.
    5 points
  29. And I’d be willing to bet that they make it there again before we do...
    5 points
  30. Well we had one for 4 + years who didn’t
    5 points
  31. That’s only part of it The complete opposite answers from Ashton and Holden are what alarms me Either one is a liar or left hand hasnt a clue what right hand is up to Thats more the point for me
    5 points
  32. I never get why people constantly go on about the rugby club being his priority, that’s simply not true, The rugby costs a fraction of the football club and the rugby club is a very attractive proposition for players, they also have a sensible salary cap in place where as football doesn’t
    5 points
  33. Yeh, good point. I cannot believe how we keep appointing people who just **** things up. Cotts’ handover was amazing. Now look at the state we’re in. I wonder if SL accepts his continual errors?
    5 points
  34. Not a fair comparison imo. He walked into a totally new club & probably didn’t know any of the players. Dean already knew the players, the club, had 8 or so games last season in charge, a preseason, brought in his new staff, was able to get rid of players, bring in new players & in doing that seemed to drift away from young potential talent that was the way before to buying experienced players on potentially decent money. I would say that if they are both in charge next season, then you can make some sort of comparison. COYR
    5 points
  35. Twenty five years ago or so a young kid who had his train ticket at Pompey station and was worried he could not get back to Bristol. In stepped Jasper and a ticket was bought. for somebody he did not know. Thats Jasper then and now he is dedicated to helping Bristol homeless. Get well soon Jasper.
    5 points
  36. As a Club, we couldn't ask for a better owner. How he's developed the Club to what it is now is fantastic...as fans we are very lucky. He's proven that you can get to be a relatively settled Championship Club, whilst fighting against other Clubs with far more revenue to spend on players, especially now in the climate of FFP. However...to take it to the next level...let's be honest, we are never going to be promoted via the top 2. We are literally miles off if that. That leaves the complete lottery of top 6 and fluking it that way. The problem for me... isn't the players...b
    5 points
  37. We have just played a good not great championship team. So if they are the bar what have we (Deano and the army of coaches) learnt. The harsh reality is we are not good enough for top 6. When your goalkeeper is player of the season you know where you are. 1. Goal keeper and 2 centre half’s are top 6 players. 2. Full backs not good enough needs a major rethink. Not athletic enough for the game today. No pace. No point playing 352 with wingbacks if they can’t get forward. Hunt to be fair is much better than Rowe but for me not good enough for top 6. 3. Stop playing players
    5 points
  38. The redevelopment of Ashton Gate has come with a price to pay its made us part of something else. Please tell me however how much Ashton Gate Stadium has actually made for us and how much control we have over its money making potential. Its not actually ours is it? we just play there.
    5 points
  39. Really shit , the enjoyment factor of watching city has gone for the last 3 years
    5 points
  40. McInnes managed to avoid relegation to League 1 in season 2011/12, but had his playing budget slashed by 50% for the following campaign, lost Cisse pre-season, failed to recruit a capable centre back and was promptly fired the following January. Enter Sean O'Driscoll, five sustainable pillars, three missed pens and some total bores and the slide backwards from the euphoria of May 2008 was complete. A warning from history.
    5 points
  41. How melodramatic is that ffs? Its just an internet forum. There are many people who post bipolar comments - demanding sackings when we lose, and claiming Liam Walsh is Lionel Messi but the majority are fairly pragmatic - but they are not the loudest. Just avoid the forum for 24 hrs after we lose is my advice
    4 points
  42. Finally got around to having a look at these! Going to disregard FFP for a minute, one or two interesting snippets I noticed. 20 year repayment period? £3.5m per year or thereabouts? Though unsure if I've factored in 2% interest and as we've seen there, refinancing can mean further refinancing and the like. Interest payments seem to have ticked up a little- maybe linked to the first snippet? This puts a bit more flesh on the bones of point one. Shouldn't have any issues on the solvency/going concern front! I wonder if that equity injection offsets £8,650,000 of the
    4 points
  43. 12 points from 22 games. Clearly we are good enough to achieve that. I swear people want to worry themselves into an early grave sometimes!
    4 points
  44. Unless rectified, yes, a distinct possibility. I dislike Ashton, but I do feel that that this is a combined SL/JL/MA/LJ legacy. We don’t have a bad squad, but the wastage I’ve been warning about for two years. Covid finances have helped surface that the family silver has been sold off against a horrendous increase in costs. Unsustainable....The exact opposite of the strategy.
    4 points
  45. Steve Phillips ......... Wow Not in the same universe
    4 points
  46. 'Rowe is a hard working and adaptable pro' .... there you go
    4 points
  47. Best keeper in my five decades
    4 points
  48. No lets sack you.
    4 points
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