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  1. 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.
    56 points
  2. 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
    41 points
  3. I get the impression some people are a bit miffed that LJ had the balls to take the Sunderland job. People who dislike him were fond of the idea that he benefitted from his relationship with the Lansdown family (true) and wouldn’t get another ‘big job’ from his own merit. I find it a bit odd how there are some who’d love him to fail at Sunderland. I appreciate his personality is a bit grating, but he gave his all for us and ultimately left the club in a stronger position than he found it. In my opinion we should be happy for him to do well - same way we should be for Cotterill
    26 points
  4. So what you’re saying is that we had a stop gap but the stop gap failed to stop the gap and now we need a stop gap for the stop gap? Is that what you’re saying?
    26 points
  5. Because he’s married to Mark Ashton’s sister! ok, I made that up.
    20 points
  6. Regardless of whether you think Appleton would be any good, given the level of animosity currently directed at Ashton, if Lansdown sanctions this it will be the most ****ing stupid thing of all the ****ing stupid things he's ever done.
    17 points
  7. 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
    17 points
  8. if his name was John Leeson, people would be talking about him as one of the better city managers, alot lot of hate lee gets is purely due to him being lee johnson from people who never liked him as a player
    15 points
  9. Clue... both of them are busy taking training.
    11 points
  10. Here's is a good piece on his time at Oxford. The Appleton Era – Oxblogger In short; he is regarded as Oxford's best manager of recent years. If there’s one thing that characterised Michael Appleton’s time at Oxford United, it was that it was never, in any way, normal. His arrival in the summer of 2014 felt like he was the henchman in a hostile takeover. Talk of new owners had dominated that summer in the same way that it has this, and there was little surprise when it was announced that the club was in new hands. What was a surprise was the aggressive change that Darry Eales, Mark A
    11 points
  11. Warnock or McCarthy would have fitted this bill perfectly - fed up of being shot down on here about those two ... especially when the detractors know full well they would deliver what we want - survival, then promotion ... no mucking about, proper gaffers ...
    9 points
  12. A pretty uninspiring list of managers right there..don’t think I’d want any of them.
    9 points
  13. ‘ Let me assure you ‘we conducted a worldwide search , a thoroughly rigorous process , I can assure you. One of the applications that landed on my desk was Michael Appleton , When I interviewed him he was highly impressive , I can assure you , and It was then realised that I’d known him for the best part of 20 years at West Brom , when I got them promoted , and at Oxford , when I also delivered promotion ......anyway back to Michael , we (Me and Luke , my brother in law) , realised this was an opportunity , as I did when appointing Aidy Boothroyd , before we fell out , and Brendan
    9 points
  14. P*lis. Have a word with yourself.
    9 points
  15. Brought in with bold claims of promotions and England even though they were peripheral to promotions and hardly any coaching takes place with international groups compared to clubs. What happened over the summer was nothing less than a complete shambles and MA JL and SL need to acknowledge that now.
    9 points
  16. Not voted. Simple reason here - this is one persons view of who are the realistic options. Therefore, it’s as likely to be as realistic as if you plucked 10 random managers names. Bielsa wasn’t realistic for Leeds Henry wasn’t realistic for Bournemouth Farke wasn’t realistic for Norwich Sven wasn’t realistic for Notts County. I could go on here, but making a poll of who you think are the “realistic” options and ruling others out when you have no idea who’s in the frame strikes me as a touch needy...
    8 points
  17. What a truly horrendous list of options
    8 points
  18. Oh for the love of God! Stop looking downwards and appointing people you know MA....get out of your comfort zone and appoint a Head Coach that will challenge you and the whole club! That is the secret to Lam at the Bears, he has had an effect on the entire organisation with his approach and attitude. Thats what we need, a big personality that is going to leave a real mark.
    8 points
  19. I think there’s a lot of bitterness about how LJ was backed and SC wasn’t to the same extent - especially when you factor in the rumours of Cotterill’s negotiated deals being scuppered in 2015. I have sympathy with that point of view, but do not understand how it extends to a bizarre personal dislike of LJ. He couldn’t help that situation and had no involvement in it. Was he backed inordinately? Probably. Should he have been sacked earlier? Yes. Did he give his all and ultimately leave us stronger? Yes. Unless the manager has an impact like Pulis, I don’t see why you
    8 points
  20. Some will hate him even more if he’s successful up there.
    8 points
  21. Is it my job? The point you are pressing is irrelevant. We are shopping in LIDL when the adverts are saying we should be in Waitrose
    7 points
  22. What a lot of guff Ethically at odds, so has he done anything wrong, how long has he been in Bermuda, did he break lock down rules? you have no more idea than I do but quite happy to presume much, just to slag him off. Full time paid role, so you know he is full time?, If SL want's JL within the club to oversee then do not see a problem as SL under-rights the losses and therefore any payment to JL. With the wonders of modern technology it does not mean he is not in touch or a party to what is going on as does not need to be physically sat at AG. As for tax exile, wow there is a leap
    7 points
  23. It's an interesting read. In his favour, he's done his apprenticeship in the lower leagues, made mistakes and looks like he's learned lessons. Lincoln are doing very well, playing good football apparently. He's intelligent, a well regarded ex pro and appears to have good contacts and can pick a cheap player (Kemar Roofe for one). The stumbling block for a lot of the more narrow minded on here is his association with Ashton but at least he knows and understands the way he works and probably trusts him too. Could he make the step up successfully and keep us up? Probably.
    7 points
  24. And, let's be honest, is largely born out of jealousy. My experience of Jon is the same as yours, Harry, in that he's a good guy and a genuine Bristol City fan. He may well be out of his depth doing a job he's fortunate to have inherited - and should absolutely be criticised and held accountable for poor decisions made - but that doesn't make him a bad person or any less a supporter of the club. Mark Ashton, on the hand... Not for me, Clive.
    7 points
  25. I have spoken with Jon a number of times over the years, both informally and formally in my role as Chair of the Supporters Club & Trust. I have always found him to be a genuinely nice guy who looks out for people and has a big heart for charitable initiatives. He clearly has interests in sports other than football, however, Bristol City runs through his veins. He is not one to jump to a quick decision by the way. I do, however, think it would be hugely beneficial to clarify his role. Whether that is full-time or part-time, operational or non-operational, and how this impacts the big
    7 points
  26. I for one would be totally underwhelmed if Appleton was appointed.
    6 points
  27. Yep - I'll hold my hands up and say that having Pulis anywhere near this list was a mistake. Apologies all - am going to crawl into a corner and have a word with myself.
    6 points
  28. An incredibly simplistic take on the three scenarios. There’s far more nuance involved than the black and white of results and form.
    6 points
  29. Christ almighty Ashton chats so much shit.
    6 points
  30. Why are we always linked to this ******* Appleton bloke? You’d have to genuinely question Steve Lansdowns motivations if we do go for him.
    6 points
  31. It was quite easy to convince them, they were the ones looking for new jobs and may have even applied for the top role. I'm surprised how few people knew they were being laid off from their England roles when they arrived. https://www.skysports.com/football/news/12016/12033288/england-coaches-in-danger-amid-fa-job-cuts
    6 points
  32. None of them thanks anyway
    5 points
  33. It’s not my job to find a manager. However if we are finding that we are shopping in League one then something is totally ******.
    5 points
  34. Hi mate. Since I produced the Paul Cook history last year that's been raised a few times here, I've looked into Appleton from a similar standpoint, i.e. recruitment history/philosophy, achievements etc. So, lets start with his first managerial role, at Portsmouth. He was there for 30 games. Won 8, Drawn 7, Lost 15. 31 points in 30 games (1.03 ppg) For context, the same season, Cotterill had 16 games. Won 5, Drawn 4, Lost 7. 19 points in 16 games (1.2 ppg). So overall, his record that season was worse than Cotts. Players he brought in during his time there were : G
    5 points
  35. The Henriksen episode is the one that bugs me. A guy who had not played competitively for months (in other words not match fit) but with quite the pedigree and what does LJ do? Flog him in midfield for about 4 games in a row, his performance worsening as he became more knackered and immediately he’s written off as being no good. Some of our man management has been really poor in the past couple of years, the latest being playing Taylor Moore on the left of a back 3, a position he clearly doesn’t like and struggles with, when we have Kalas who can naturally play in that position and f
    5 points
  36. I like that you highlight that one of Lee Johnson’s strengths was bouncing back after his two record sets of defeats, something that Holden wasn’t able to do. That’s because Johnson was allowed to remain in control. Holden wasn’t. You can turn a bad run around if you’re sacked. Don’t get me wrong, Holden had to go, but you can’t compare his record to Johnson, because Lansdown allowed Johnson go get away with it, a luxury Holden wasn’t afforded. It now seems pretty certain that no one had a level playing field to Johnson. Not Cotterill and now not Holden.
    5 points
  37. It would be a ******* disgrace that’s what it would be!!
    5 points
  38. I’d say given our current state in the league and fan base feelings, + the fact he’s Ashton’s pal, appointing someone who hasn’t managed at this level for 7 years and last job at this level left Blackburn on the edge of relegation would be quite the risk
    5 points
  39. Effin’ ‘ell, I’ve never seen that article before, that is one of the most desperate things I’ve read....talk about pandering to your boss, whilst making it look like you’re a good judge via an interview. You can see this play out in recruitment too with him being desperate to enhance his reputation by signing players from Chelsea for example. This bloke is a danger to our football club. Wow. Thanks for other article @Kid in the Riot. I will remain open minded about Appleton as a manager, he hasn’t worked for MA for 5+ years.
    5 points
  40. I’m not. Two reasons. - It’s a bit shit - His names Keith Stuart Downing plays for Blackburn
    5 points
  41. Like it or not he’s done well in last two jobs, 45% win rate, currently top of League 1. Not my choice as I want something with experience of getting to Prem, but I don’t think he is as bad as some are making out, certainly has more credentials than LJ had and definitely more than DH
    5 points
  42. Ever heard of Charles Hughes?
    5 points
  43. I have some ‘sympathy’ for MA as I still think he is, to a large extent, SL’s puppet and he isn’t solely responsible for the issues we currently have. But: He is head of day to day football activities at the club. He’s said himself before “the head coach answers to me” Although he may not himself be picking all our players, as per that article from Gregor, he is sat head of the table with a team HE selected to identify talent. For that reason - the buck stops with him. I’ll say what I’ve said before - Brentford (one of, if not the best clubs in Europe for developing an
    5 points
  44. Honestly? It'll be a load of weasel words to avoid any responsibility, or any acceptance a mistake was made is my guess. "Dean was, and still is an excellent coach but situations none of us could have forseen at the time conspired against us to..." "I still believe the process was right, but unfortunately and through nobodies fault the end result wasn't what we hoped, however I have full confidence in myself and the board to..." "We'll take what we learnt, and we're always leaning as a club, we'll take that and make sure the next appointment we make is the right one for this foo
    4 points
  45. There is no doubt historically we are far bigger. Most of their life they have bumbled about twixt fourth and third divs,under the name Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, lucky if they got 4k crowds. They did have a period of fame under John Bond in the early 70's (Macdougal and Boyer, Gabriel) but flattered to deceive, never went up. Got lucky after nearly folding to have some dubious Russkie poor his dubious wealth into a washing machine called Dean Court, got lucky flouted FFP and went up... If they had a sustained period in the Champ, their crowds (when they come back) would dwindl
    4 points
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