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  1. Hi all, I was blown away by this - I knew that Lou Macari had gone through so much horrible stuff in his private life but to then realise how much he is doing for homeless people in Stoke on Trent was amazing - what a brilliant gesture - giving high-class, covid-safe shelter (including beds and television) to people in need from a town that loved him football-wise is a real feel good story at the moment - well done Lou ...
    21 points
  2. I'm not sure someone playing at the second highest level in their country can be called mediocre. Could argue he wasn't good enough for Championship but he could never be accused of not trying. He gave me some of the best performances I've ever seen from this club. We still talk about Liverpool away, and we'll still talk about United at home for years to come. We didn't just scrape a result, we went toe to toe with a team littered with proper talent and ability. Likewise, we went to the Etihad and delivered the best away day of my life. Just a shame Aguero had to ruin the result but that half time being 1-0 up against arguably the best club in the world at the time will live long in the memory. So for many of us, it's fair to say there is an emotional attachment, if not to him specifically to the team and performances he delivered on occasion. It obviously wasn't all sunshine and rainbows, but he worked his bollocks off for this club. No reason not to want him to do well
    10 points
  3. I know this will be annoy or bemused most of OTIB, but I really want to see LJ succeed. He was a good honest pro for City as a player and a manager and his dad got us to a play off final, so I've got to wish him well. Hope he gets his hands on his first trophy.
    9 points
  4. ...especially if he’s given the same financial backing that LJ was given - I must say, it is so refreshing to hear our manager give media interviews where I can understand every word - LJ just gave out messaging full of utter tripe that he’d probably read in a text book or learned on a course - at this level Nigel Pearson is an experienced, successful, proven manager who seems to talk in clear language, from the heart and to the fans - at last! No more measuring the grass length at away games and discussing box penetrations ... - and is it me or is Kasey Palmer now like “I told you so, just let me play and I will hurt the opposition” - when our front three was Afobe, Weimann and Palmer we terrorised defences - but LJ soon decided Palmer wasn’t good enough - in the same way he discarded Luke Ayling (currently captain of a premier league club) and Korey Smith (on his way to the premier league next season?) - thank God we got Palmer back to realise his potential ...
    8 points
  5. Well, I don’t know about that. Under LJ, Sunderland’s 18 league games would have them on course for a 92 point season. He took them from 9th place and 8 points off a promotion spot, to 4th place and games in hand that could see them go top. They’ve won 14 of 23 games, won a trophy, and look pretty good for a promotion. Could all go wrong for him yet, but LJ has done a bloody good job there so far.
    8 points
  6. Hi all, congratulations on the good result yesterday! As you can tell by my username, I'm a big supporter of Pearson and thought I'd drop in to give you an idea behind his style. He's often viewed as defensive (Maybe because he's English and has that reputation from that) but he's anything but. In our 2013-14 was played a good 442, pressing high and pinning teams back against their own defense, and dominated the league really well that season. Part of the ability to do that, and even what we went onto do after was because of Pearson's big belief in sports science. I will say that he is good at seeing games out and will make the changes needed to shore up the defence to hold on to the lead. He likes flair players in his teams but will not accept passengers, so if you have any 'big time Charlies' who don't put a shift in, they'll likely be off. The downside with Pearson is that sometimes he can go too far in the other direction and be too loyal to a player who you'll be looking at and wondering why the hell he's still in the team. That said, he will be loyal to the less talented if they work hard, but if they do neither then like I said they'll be gone. He will occasionally go on runs where it looks like he has no idea what's going on, but once he cracks it he gets the team playing for him. Honestly, if your board give him the chance and time to build a project (Which he really hasn't had since us, due to taking the wrong jobs unfortunately) he will leave your club in a much better place than he found it. His scouting team developments are still paying massive dividends for us today, and he builds a team with a real togetherness and strong mentality.
    8 points
  7. But you're a rational poster Dave and I can't imagine it ever being personal for you. I can understand people having a preference (Cotterill or Johnson) but I can't understand why you'd want either to fail. Maybe it's just me - but I like to show a passing interest in how former managers (and to an extent players) get on. Only ones that are here for a significant time or make an impact though. I've followed GJ's career since leaving us, not that closely but kept an eye on how he's getting on. Same for Cotterill and Johnson. I think almost everyone felt like his time was up - but there's a clear personal undercurrent in some of the stick he (still) gets on here.
    7 points
  8. The level of dislike towards LJ in some quarters is weird. You'd think he'd got us relegated. He spent a fair bit of money, but also brought a lot into the club. He didn't get us to the top six, but he did have most of his best players picked off, and deserves credit for getting them to a point where bigger clubs than ours wanted them. He does talk like David Brent, but that and the hangover from his playing days are the only things I can think of to have a serious gripe towards him. The football went stale towards the end but that happens to most managers who end up getting sacked, including when GJ was here? LJ was never the most inspiring appointment and did come up with some strange team selections and shapes, but equally as others have said he built us into a top-half Championship club and financially, we at worst were punching at our own weight if not above.
    7 points
  9. Whilst a drama, though based on real events, you should watch Marvelous, starring Toby Jones if you can find it. Lou Macari comes across as a great bloke in that too (and appears himself briefly). It is also a wonderful piece of television that should be watched for that fact alone.
    7 points
  10. Nearly 200 appearances as a player, promotion from league 1 and a playoff final. Over 200 games as a head coach, 38% win rate, loads of notable games. He masterminded a win over Man Utd to reach a cup semi final, one of my top 3 favourite games ever, not to mention running Man City close over 2 legs. We saw players such as Ibrahimovic, Pogba, Aguero and DeBruyne down Ashton Gate, not to mention Pep and Jose. Did he had to win the Champions League to earn our respect and well wishes?!!
    7 points
  11. Good. All the gambling ads on TV are a real plague at the moment.
    7 points
  12. Some snippets from: https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/sport/football/bristol-city-nigel-pearson-blackburn-5176502
    6 points
  13. Pleased for LJ, but the Sky commentator yesterday said several times "they're a club that has suffered more than most" which is an extremely odd thing to say about a team that spent about 15 of the past 20 years in the Premier League. I know it makes a good storyline, but feeling sorry for clubs that enjoy years in the spotlight and showered in money, only to then manage to screw up their gold-plated parachute payments so badly, is not really high on my sympathy list. Bury, perhaps even Wigan, yes - but struggle to see how Sunderland having 5 years outside the Prem is such an ordeal.
    6 points
  14. That's always been my view too. The dislike comes off as personal, so far beyond what's reasonable for a football fan towards a manager. He never tried to sabotage the club, just did his best. I've never known anything like it in all my time supporting us.
    6 points
  15. It confirms that what all of us should know - that is that any managerial appointments are a risky business, a gamble. Some pay off and others don’t. That said a club reduces the likelihood of failing by appointing a manager with a proven CV and even then that doesn’t always pay off. If there was a proven method of appointing the right guy every club would do it.
    6 points
  16. Of all the clubs having fans that "think they are big" Birmingham is the strangest case. I can understand why Leeds and Villa when they were down here, Sheffield Wednesday and even Forest fans have a bit of an attitude that way....................but Birmingham City a MASSIVE club? Do me a favour!! It wouldn't hurt their fans to have to spend a few seasons going to places like The Mem and the Wham Stadium..............might drop them a peg or two in time. In fact if they do drop I can see them struggling next season too.
    5 points
  17. Where’s the option for Europe in five years?!
    5 points
  18. I thought the objective of these things were to show City just squeezing into the play-offs. You’ve made a mistake.
    4 points
  19. Sess is back in the England U21 squad. Congrats to him... #Dontgetinjured...
    4 points
  20. It’s very obvious now that Pearson was SL’s number one man in the summer, but due to NP’s illness he had to wait it out. He therefore appointed Holden knowing that it was the cheap option he could justify sacking after 6 months, knowing that will be around the time that NP had recovered from Covid-19. Also, knowing all the time that NP was the experienced head we needed in the summer, he would have known the level of anger at appointing a rookie manager like Holden which will have made the appointment of the experienced NP all the more sweeter when he executed his master plan. What SL didn’t foresee was Holden doing exceptionally well at the start of the season after four league wins. He therefore asked Andy Rolls to step in and aggravate a few injuries to some key first team players, to time our dip in form for a period in which NP had finally recovered and could make a difference before the end of the season (with key players returning from injury). Then, in an act of slight of hand, he posted an interview three days after the sacking of Holden talking about a lengthy process to find a new manager, knowing full well that he would appoint NP two days later, to throw people off the scent. Bravo SL, you have played a blinder and got your man, hopefully setting us up in the long term and finally uniting the fan base. You also knew that we didn’t really want to get promoted during Covid without fans, and you therefore deliberately deferred our inevitable success until it could be enjoyed in front of a sold out Ashton Gate. Your methods were unconventional, but the outcome was just as you’d hoped whilst you were plotting your scheme during those fateful six weeks last summer. (by the way I’m joking)
    4 points
  21. I'm Deffinitly going to shout "sort it out Lloydy.." next time I see him outside Bakers in Nailsea...
    4 points
  22. Good to see Lloyd Kelly also selected
    4 points
  23. I wonder how long Lee Johnson will continue to be blamed for things here?
    4 points
  24. Isn’t the owner a Saudi Prince? I’m not sure he and Tindall would have been childhood best friends on that basis
    4 points
  25. Really pleased for him and really wish him all the best. He did a good job for us, he’s stabilised us and achieved steady progression which has allowed us to become an established championship club. He managed this whilst selling our best players, it’s a great achievement which he probably doesn’t get enough credit for. In the end, he took us as far as he could. I’ll always remember him as a manager that did a decent job and gave us that unforgettable cup run. He ultimately left us in a much stronger position than when he joined.
    4 points
  26. Isn’t it great that just about all of us fans are 100% behind Nigel Pearson. OTIB has been so toxic for so long and now it seems like there is nothing to moan about. Weird!!!
    4 points
  27. Also banning fatty foods advertisements as well,that’s good for me because I am often driving along and see betting ads and then a McDonald’s ad,I am broke and 85 stone at the moment
    4 points
  28. Strangely I think the most likely to stay is Mariappa. Rumoured to be on very low wages, known to Pearson from his time at Watford, great availability record & clearly seen as a good in the dressing room, reliable squad type who could also fill in at RB for a few games. Walsh presumably is another but I’d like to see a bit more evidence before he is proclaimed the next big thing. Beyond that I’m not sure, Baker, Hunt, Paterson, Watkins, Rowe, Adelakun, Famara, Gilmartin, Wollacott, Lansbury & the 2 Fullham loans, that is a hell of a lot of wages (wouldn’t be shocked if we looked at borrowing Sessegnon for another year though). Can see Weimann being his sort & the additional year in his deal activated. Martin would be tough to shift & I guess we might just keep him as back up. We are in a good place, the season is effectively over, we think Pearson wants to stick around & we have loads of room for manoeuvre in the squad, I do appreciate no one gets every transfer right but surely conversations about specific players in specific positions need to start?
    3 points
  29. Sure is. Which is why it beggars belief that, if your stated aim is to get promoted from the most competitive division in the world, you go and appoint a complete novice. Hopefully we've seen the end of that deluded nonsense.
    3 points
  30. By my calcs elsewhere, the following have missed at least 50% of the Season- talking League only: Baker, Mawson, DaSilva, Williams, Walsh and Weimann. Sessegnon missed just under half (22 League games). Bit of an indictment tbh- needs to improve drastically next season. Law of averages suggests we're due a lot- ie some bad decisions falling our way but also a fairly clean bill of health injury wise. Let's not rush Vyner and Nagy- better to get it right than to recur. I'd say a better target is Saturday rather than Wednesday.
    3 points
  31. Sort me out some nice fillet steak and I'll be happy
    3 points
  32. They’ll never have a better chance of staying in this league tbh. Three points adrift of a Brum team who are face down on the floor and playing top 6 sides in their next four matches I think it is and four games in hand. What they have to do to maximise points is target certain games and rotate the squad they have accordingly to avoid burn out. If they pick up four points from those games in hand which is still relegation form they then have to match Brum in the other ten games to stay up. Easier said I know but I’m sure they would have taken this position a couple of weeks back.
    3 points
  33. If Massengo was a 6 then most Brum players were a 1.
    3 points
  34. Not to get too carried away, they did hit the woodwork twice, however it is so nice to see a coach that a) issues instructions during the game b) Has a clear relationship with the players seen especially as they leave the field when substituted c) does not accept laziness (hooking Bakinson who was not in the mood) d) Gets the best out of flair players like KP (who is suddenly our new AW) e) Gives the players clear instructions and expects them to be followed. I just hope he can work some magic on Wells. His confidence seems to be lower than a snakes belly at the moment.
    3 points
  35. I’d hung fire on making that observation again, but by God it’s impressive. It’s as if he holidays in the actual sun.
    3 points
  36. Didn't he want Bryan and Flint and offered something like £5 million for the pair (it could have been less) and seemed genuinely surprised that we said no? Bless him.
    3 points
  37. If there are positive comments about both the performance and result on Saturday that you are sure have been missed by everyone why don't you fill in the gaps for us yourself instead of moaning about it? I'm guessing you are anticipating negative comments about Nigel Pearson at some point soon? I'll help you out...........there WILL be negative comments on here when we lose a game or two or when Pearson makes a poor decision in terms of a substitution, team selection, formation etc. because that's pretty much the nature of a football discussion board rather than being a Pyongyang style manufactured propaganda "love-in" for the "regime" that you would seem to prefer. However, in comparison to the last two Managers at least, it is clear to all but the most negative of negative supporters (and so obviously shown in the almost unanimous posting viewpoint at present) that fans are sure we at last have a Manager who has a bit of standing in the game AND knows how to manage..........but that won't make him exempt from criticism when he gets the odd thing wrong unfortunately. It's also interesting that you are so willing to attack other posters when you are one of two posters, in my view, that write the most incoherent musings seen on this forum. The other person actually posts some decent stuff a lot of the time and only seems to lose it after 15+ shots of vodka have been downed.........................not sure what your excuse is!!
    3 points
  38. Our Board and Owner were a total combined basket case over a six week period last Summer - that's fact in my view, not even up for discussion. Many people "suspected" that Dean Holden would be operating a number of rungs above his pay grade when appointed. Ashton and the Lansdown's should have bloody well KNOWN this would be the case. I will never blame Dean Holden for applying and subsequently being appointed - of course he would have thought he could make the step up...................there are only three people who acted the basket case last Summer. It may well work out superbly in the end if Pearson stays and can implement things his way but even the most dyed in the wool supporter of the Owner has to admit that we are VERY FORTUNATE to have been able to get hold of NP as we have. Just think about the fact that had Holden obtained one or two more results or avoided one or two of the totally embarrassing performances like Watford and Barnsley he would still be doing this job and we as fans would have had a minimum of another season of absolute dirge on that pitch to look forward to................and Pearson would have been Nigel Who? Season ticket sales would have been significantly down (by thousands in my view), no doubt about that, and club/supporter relations would have been at an all time low. I still think Covid will have an effect on sales but not as much as it might have done pre-Pearson. I would go as far to say that removing Holden, as likeable a chap as he is and as hard as he worked for the club, is the single best footballing decision that Steve Lansdown has ever made whilst owning this football club. His next best decision after that, potentially, will be the one that precedes the Presser where NP is announced as permanent Manager.
    3 points
  39. My god you don’t half talk some shite
    3 points
  40. Another one is that the EFL clubs who went for internal appointments in the summer have since sacked them - City, Bournemouth, Burton, Colchester, Tranmere
    3 points
  41. don't forget Duran the famous four
    3 points
  42. I see Salford City were holders of the Football League Trophy for one day. Thats still one whole day more than the Slags who have tried to win the thing about 35 more times than Salford
    3 points
  43. The 70’s called. They’ve just asked for their joke back.
    3 points
  44. I've moved all of the posts that aren't related to Cotts over to the Coronavirus thread. You can continue your 'discussions' over there. Please leave this thread to sending our best wishes to Cotts
    3 points
  45. would have gone with papa johns son myself.
    2 points
  46. When one team is so much better than the other, gotta expect results like this. The game is still evolving. Enjoy it for what is. Stop comparing it to the men’s game.
    2 points
  47. Marvin Hagler, the man who inspired me to start boxing as a feisty young boy, the man I wanted to beat to be World Champion, the man who was denied a proper ring celebration when he beat Minter to a pulp to win the Championship by the idiotic London crowd, the man who served up the most brutal fight with Tommy Hearns in Middleweight history. Rest in Peace Sir, my hero, my inspiration, the best, thankyou for everything x
    2 points
  48. We need to get him to sign a longer term deal ASAP. End of the season is only 8 weeks away and there are a hell of a lot of decisions to be made in terms of incomings and outgoings. Him committing long term will be a major factor in whether players want to stay, and he will be a big selling point for attracting new players to the club. Get it done, SL.
    2 points
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