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  1. He’s not had a transfer window, he’s had a lot of injuries and he inherited a team bereft of ideas and confidence. Mediocre results are a massive improvement on what we had at the end of Holden’s reign. He has impressed me with interviews and with moments where our football has clearly worked under him. But Gary Johnson lost several in a row when he first took over and Cotts had up and down results in his first half season. For me, this season was always about him assessing the squad and working out what is needed rather than expecting a spectacular upturn in form. My perception is he is providing leadership and starting to unpick the problems and weaknesses. If he stays - and I very much hope he does - next season is when I will be judging on results.
    22 points
  2. I think we're all happy BN, a well-respected, experienced manager, is finally here but that does not excuse last summer's shambles. Holden should never have got the job.
    20 points
  3. Not a tin hat, more like a brain scan if you can’t see the shambles he has inherited? Give him the summer to clear the players that are just not good enough. Bring in a few new ones and then judge him. But no way am I judging him with the current squad. Infact the guy speaks sense to me and what I do like, is the fact he hasn’t thrown anyone under the bus yet, unlike the jokers we had before.
    19 points
  4. Don’t know about others, but he seemed to be thinking about next season in a positive way. He clearly was frustrated with players today but not his style to say so Good to hear he sees his role as problem solving because on the pitch, and maybe off it with the coaches, there are a number of problems to solve I am sure he will succeed. From what he said he clearly wants to be the man to take City up
    17 points
  5. ....who would actually like Rovers to get promoted? I miss proper meaningful Bristol derbies. I expect the usual gas bashing in the comments but genuinely interested in peoples thoughts on this one
    14 points
  6. Yes thankyou, pretty much all of them from 1974 onwards. What about you? Can't stand the gas and would be quite happy to never be in the same division again.
    11 points
  7. Djuric was by far the better player, in terms of physical presence, touch, ability, mobility, control, awareness, passing etc etc - but it is entertaining when posters like @And Its Smithweigh in to basically trash Djuric with pretty much zero stuff to back up it - especially when he or she can’t even include an apostrophe in the correct place in their username - “it’s Smith” - it was so easy to get it right! Djuric given the right backing and motivation would have been an awesome Bristol City centre forward - it’s a pity he was hounded out ...
    11 points
  8. Think its pretty disrespectful to Famara to even have the thread let alone say Djuric was better. Whatever happens these last 9 games or so, the guy goes down as a success for Bristol City imo. He has been fighting the “record signing” label his entire stint here. Truth is 5m for what he has given in 4 years is a steal. As for Djuric, I liked him. That said he didn’t score near as much as Famara. Not sure he linked up play as well as FD can. He wasn’t available nearly as much and certainly looked like he’d struggle with 90 minutes of championship football. Fam gets into a very talented Senegal side from time to time while Djuric can’t make the Bosnian side. It isn’t up for debate who is better
    11 points
  9. Keep playing like we are and it wont be long until we are rubbing shoulders in the same division. You will then get your wish. Me personally , I hope that they drop like a stone through he leagues never to be seen again.
    10 points
  10. This isn’t his team - it’s the one he’s inherited and stuck with. He’ll no doubt have seen some players he wants to be part of his brave new world and others he’ll want to move on. I’m more confident that NP, rather than any other manager, will build us a squad which can challenge at the top end of the table; one with more of a winning mentality.
    10 points
  11. I pray to god that offer is no longer on the table
    10 points
  12. A pretty ropey performance in reality, appreciate that he is not match fit, but certainly no where near the hype. 4 years older that HNM and two older than Bakinson, will need to pull his finger out pdq.
    9 points
  13. 9 points
  14. I'd rather they went out of business.
    8 points
  15. He must like a challenge! Let him have a say over transfers, see who he attracts and what he gets out of them. Maybe some of the players now realise they might not be part of his plans. He inherited a right mixture of unbalanced and injured players and hasn’t been able to put ‘his’ team out yet.
    8 points
  16. Thought Massengo was class first half today. And when more advanced his work rate was unreal.
    8 points
  17. HNM leaves 2 Rotherham players on the deck!
    8 points
  18. Simple queston for a bit of debate. Personally, I'd support Djuric for his all round better control.
    7 points
  19. It’s not his balls we got to worry about,it’s our owners balls we need to worry about when Pearson says I need this that and tother
    7 points
  20. No, no problem at all AND you very much have a valid opinion which I think is partly based upon the fact that we have not had a manager of his ilk for a very very long time and that the current squad is not to his standard (my opinion) Let us all hope that NP is with us for the medium to long term and given the opportunity to show his worth (like he has done elsewhere in the past)
    7 points
  21. I am the only one still to be convinced by him? Majority of posters seem to think he can do no wrong despite some mediocre results thus far. Tin hat on.
    7 points
  22. It’s all to do with the ability of the players. When we first came into this division, we had players like Pack, Reid, Ayling, Smith, Freeman. Players who were happy to receive passes under pressure and have the ability to retain it. Then to have the awareness and technique to be able to pass it to other team mates. As we’ve gone along since, we’ve brought in players who are what I call, at best, runners. They can do the grafting, but they don’t have the technique or composure to play possession football. They are not ‘poor’ players, just have different qualities. I’m talking about the likes of Weimann, O’Dowda, Wells, Diedhiou, Nagy to name a few. Add Hunt to that as well. As said, they are not ‘bad’ players per se, but don’t have the qualities to retain possession very well. They’ll do the odd decent thing and they’ll (mostly) put in a decent shift, but they are not of the required ability to play possession football. Losing the players I mentioned at the beginning, who were all technically good and tactically aware, severely hindered our chances of keeping the ball in the oppositions half. LJ suffered with the recruitment of poor quality players, but (and whatever people say) he was a decent enough coach to get at least something out of them. Holden was a total failure and couldn’t get anything out of them. Pearson is a good coach and will get something out of them. But none of them will be able to get a possession-based team out of them. Too many players who have little composure on the ball and lack awareness. Good runners, occasional decent performance, but not good enough to keep the ball for long periods. Today was a prime example of someone like Walsh coming in, who wanted to keep the ball, wanted to get it back, wanted to play it round and through midfield, but his supporting cast were incapable.
    7 points
  23. Well, this mob have now not performed for LJ, Holden and Pearson. All totally different managers. At some point you have to say the players are just not good enough and the clown(s) who have brought them to the Club need to go. Rip it up and start again, minus Ashton. A truly frightening waste of a solid platform left by Cotts on which we could have built an adventurous, attacking and successful team.
    7 points
  24. Makes me laugh when people criticise other teams football We have been absolutely dreadful for 3 years or so. Absolutely woeful to watch .....and today just about sums the overall performance of this club up 2-0 at home to Rotherham :laugh:
    7 points
  25. All players make mistakes, it's often just more obvious when it's a goalkeeper. He's still an excellent keeper and well in credit this season for me.
    7 points
  26. Last summer I'd have said Hughton, purely because I would have thought that Pearson was out of reach. Pearson would always be the preferred option of the two though for me.
    7 points
  27. By every metric GJ was our most successful manager since Alan Dicks. By this time he had run his course but he transformed us from a bit of a mess post the short Tinnion era to a side that finished 4th, 10th & 10th in his three full Championship seasons. I believe we have only bettered his WORST finish once, (in 18/19) since then & prior to that you have to go all the way back to 1990/91.. Also worth pointing out we were still operating in the old Ashton Gate, which for all the nostalgia was looking years past it’s best & didn’t raise anything like the revenue that the pre Covid era rebuild did. By a mile SL’s best managerial appointment, though obviously optimism is high with NP..
    7 points
  28. He comes across as a serious man with serious ambitions. I like the cut of his jib.
    6 points
  29. We have a group of players that are mentally weak. I think that’s becoming more clearer. Debate fans, tactics etc but it’s still down to the players on the pitch
    6 points
  30. When Ashton Gate got redeveloped and the rugby came in, the pitch got considerably narrower. Also, Lee Johnson narrowed it further because he thought it would benefit our high press. The result is that we the attacking home team have less width, less space, and it plays into the hands of teams who want to frustrate us by initially not conceding. It also looks poor aesthetically to have 4 yards of pitch on the linesman's side of the line. Such a shame when Ashton Gate was traditionally a huge pitch with space for wingers and wide men like Alan Walsh, Dave Smith, Mark Gavin, Junior Bent, Darren Barnard, Jim Brennan, Mickey Bell, Greg Goodridge, Brian Tinnion. It was entertaining with those players out wide. Now we have less space it is not just poor results, it is very poor football to watch as well.
    6 points
  31. We are paying the price of a substantially substandard recruitment process over the last 3/4 seasons. So there can be no surprise with these results. We have injuries, players out of contract, players that are not good enough and never were or will be. Brining in NP on his own stopped the slide to relegation, but he on his own will not turn this squad into a genuine top 6 side if substantial change is not made. Recruitment is the key , and we have a lot of that to do over the next 4 months. I am quite sure NP has a clear idea of what is working and what requires change. But I am also thinking he probably only has 2 or 3 first team players at the club that can form part of a top 6 side. Maybe a few others as back up and the bench, but first team, we are miles off.
    6 points
  32. If we get any more beatings at home I'm going to call social services
    6 points
  33. My best thought is that we’re naturally not a possession based or front foot team with the players we have. Some extremes under Holden, but even pre/post him I don’t think we had over 50% possession in most games. How that relates to home is interesting. You’d think with empty stands and no crowds, the inherent onus to attack would be gone. But it isn’t - home games are still seen as more winnable than away, and as such the home team both expects itself and is expected to force the issue. So, we play better out of possession and not on the front foot (or like to play out of possession), but when at home we are expected to do both of those things. And that in turn means we don’t play to how we like to play, and play worse. I don’t like playing without the ball but it’s a style that was developing under LJ, and got worse under DH. We have players who have been drilled to play that way, so asking them not to will require heavy training or turnover.
    6 points
  34. This. Positivity doesn't win points. We are garbage at most things much of the time. Our home performance and stats tell you everything you need to know about the club, and that has been the case for 3 years. Our players are generally of poor quality and collectively the club like to flag unexpectedly good performances or results as "our level". It isn't our level. We get lucky sometimes, as does everyone else. It isn't the norm. Our level is less than average in this division and we have players very few teams would want to buy.
    6 points
  35. We’re awful at actually playing football and creating chances. That’s the reasons
    6 points
  36. I think we've been worse this season, especially first half. The injury to Kalas was a massive blow. But we never dictate games, and we're playing with a (expensive) pair of strikers who both look like they'd rather be playing anywhere other than Bristol City. I think that's our biggest problem.
    6 points
  37. LJ shouldn't of got the job 5 years ago and neither should DH. We should of gone for Warnock and replaced when we got promoted. Another 5 years of wasted time. Atleast we've got a manager who now feels me with confidence that maybe some day take us to the promised land.
    6 points
  38. It doesn’t bother me either way whether we agree on Djuric v Diedhiou. It’s so clear that Diedhiou is better but not going to argue about it as what’s the point. I probably shouldn’t have commented without expanding but honestly didn’t think anyone would think it worthy of debate. Sorry on my username. Think you’ve mentioned it before. I rely on autocorrect due to dyslexia and it puts in things like apostrophes for me most of the time as I struggle with it. On the username it didn’t work. Someone highlighted it to me soon after, think maybe you, and I tried to change it but for some reason it won’t let me. Hopefully you don’t feel the need to mention it again.
    6 points
  39. Stupid question. A striker who was average or a player who won player of the year. Ummm give me a sec....
    6 points
  40. Judge him on results not his PR, I get the feeling that in his mind interviews are a necessary evil.
    5 points
  41. ‘I’m really looking forward to how we plan the next chapter, so to speak’ That is music to my ears! Really excited by a future with NP at the helm. My vision is this season is about him assessing, closed season is hopefully about him clearing out and bringing in players, the season after is about winning promotion.
    5 points
  42. Sounds like he is planning to be here longer term to me.
    5 points
  43. If Bentley left, we don't need to buy another keeper, Max is a ready made replacement
    5 points
  44. He’s absolutely dire and his body language says he’s gone. NP needs to leave him out and give the likes of Britton and Bell a chance as the season closes in. Nothing to lose
    5 points
  45. Awful performance yet again, how does he start week in week out?
    5 points
  46. No. I live in Sussex. Am unlikely to pay for Petrol, overnight hotel stay, two days of meals plus ticket to come to Bristol to see such rubbish. Life at age 75 too short!
    5 points
  47. Really hope Fammy is dropped. I'd put Wells central supported by Semenyo & COD wide, and Palmer central ACM.
    5 points
  48. Playing for City? Probably a pair of these....
    5 points
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