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  1. Teams take on the characteristics of their managers. The guy is smart, borderline aggressive, in control and has clarity of thought and intention. Above all, he is winner and leader. That is what I want the character of my City team to be. It has been a painful few years watching the muddled mess of a City team produced by others....albeit, doubtless, comprising a set of ‘good humans’
    12 points
  2. Thanks for your comments. If anyone on here wants a stranger to talk to, you can always PM me for a chat.
    10 points
  3. I think it depends how you listen to it. For me, he does actually comes across as quite dour, but importantly for me (and why I feel inspired) I hear things that elude confidence, tell me he knows exactly what he’s doing, what the problems are, and he’ll resolve because he knows how to resolve. I’m not sure it’s “in Big Nige we trust”, but I feel like we’ve got a proper manager here at last. He’s setting his stall out nicely. Don’t expect LJ type answers about over-arousal or biting sharks, NP isn’t here to sound smart, he already knows he’s smart (in football management terms). Don’t expect DH answers about honesty and being the best you can be every day. Its different. It’s a bit of a hybrid of SOD and Cotts....but with PL calibre. Yes, the written interview sounds like he’s completely condescending towards Gregor, but the Spotify one shows some rapport. His son was interviewed recently and said he normally talks 100mph, but he knows in interviews one false move will come back to bite him....so he’s very slow and deliberate. There are definitely cliches, e.g. “collective”....but I think it’s very difficult to be interviewed and not go to your default vocab. We all have little words and phrases that are noticeable as being overused.
    10 points
  4. From his presser: “Every game is tough and you can never take your foot off the gas.”
    7 points
  5. Yeah, on that score I'm out. Was not impressed with the interview and whatever 'politically correct' is in Nigel's sense is a meaningless sound bite to try and justify some awful decisions. Genuinely thinking about finding a more inclusive club as do not feel at home, nor wanted as a fan any more
    7 points
  6. Absolutely superb. So measured, oozes confidence, a genius. ... which comes at a risk as most geniuses border on being nutcases, but a risk more than worth taking. This is the man who should have followed Cotts. Not just a breath of fresh air, a much-needed bloody hurricane to blow away all the crap of the last 5 years. Building a team of ‘winners’. Thank the lord, we have finally got a man that realises this is the key attribute of a successful team....not fooking ‘good humans’.
    7 points
  7. He might know the answer, but the point is to inform the listener. So if GMG knows the answer but the wider listening population doesn't then there is a point to asking the Manager about it. But as GMG has been on the naughty step since day one, maybe he needs to steer clear of this type of 'question'.
    7 points
  8. I saw the Bristol Post story and found it beyond sad, subsequently I ready that he had 3 young daughters. Obviously the cause of death hasn't been confirmed, but my sympathy goes to those who knew him. If, as some have speculated, Lee took his own life, and if you are feeling down, then reach out. Friend or stranger. You might be surprised at the support that people want to offer
    6 points
  9. "I try to make correct decisions, what I try not to make is politically correct decisions," I like him more and more.
    6 points
  10. I echo this and make the same offer. If any of you just want to download, then drop me a PM. It won't be shared.
    5 points
  11. Am I right in thinking that it was only us and Exeter City that were actually fully signed up to this Charity before they dumped us? Meaning 90 clubs in the pyramid didn't bother? Or did I read that incorrectly? And tell the ******* truth..........how many of the most angelic, pious, perfect bastards on here who have never made a mistake in ANY sphere of their lives (this has nothing to do with my views on domestic violence by the way, it's just the same posters who appear when any type of crime is committed) had even truthfully HEARD OF THIS NATIONAL CHARITY before it dumped us? For those of you that are aware of this charity how many of you were also aware we had signed up to it because, astoundingly, nobody thought to mention it on the Politics forum in the woman abuse topic before they piped up to tell us we were dumped. I don't recall one of you stating how hypocritical it would be "to sign Danny Simpson and be signed up to the Woman's Aid charity?" when giving your reasons for not signing him BECAUSE, TELL THE TRUTH, YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WE WERE SIGNED UP TO IT, simple as that, and yet you have no shame in telling us how much you care and how principled you are compared to every other neanderthal on here about the plight of women. 20/20 hindsight as usual................ Pearson could have said a little bit more and specifically mentioned domestic violence in his response but it his not his responsibility to outline the club position and the issue with the charity in particular - it's the club that signs up to the Charity not the first team manager. It wasn't the answer you wanted to hear so de facto it's a shit answer. Mark Ashton should be doing any interview or making any statement on behalf of the CLUB but, as always without fail when there is a mini-shitstorm going down, he's ******* AWOL again and waiting for it all to blow over before offering passing comment months after the event!!
    5 points
  12. Bit in bold was my thoughts exactly. Not sure what everyone sees in Pearson's answers but he was specifically asked about the Women's Aid issue, and then went off on a rambling (3 and a half minute) answer about second chances, difficult decisions and having your character questioned. He didn't once mention the specific topic of domestic violence, nor Women's Aid, nor the Club's position. My view remains that Simpson shouldn't be barred from signing for us nor any other club. He committed a crime, was tried, found guilty, and served the sentence that was ultimately deemed appropriate by the courts. He should have a "second chance" but also, as Pearson said, has to "live with it". But his signing has caused an issue and the club should have addressed it directly, especially once a national charity publicly dropped us from their merchandise and effectively called the club out on the matter.
    5 points
  13. What a manager we've got here. We are so lucky
    5 points
  14. You can imagine the Blue Hordes screaming "You'll never take the South Tent".........................just as they get engulfed in the thing as a huge gust of wind blows it down.
    4 points
  15. Makes you realise what a mess we have been in for some number of years. This guy is class.
    4 points
  16. Phil Foden will be a world class player very soon, he is only just approaching his 21st birthday, there are others that are under rated by the English public because it's our favourite pastime. Too many comments on here from people who forget there are two teams on the pitch and that Poland were never going to just roll over. As for mental toughness, there have been England teams in the past that would have rolled over when Poland equalised, so some credit should be due to this group.
    4 points
  17. Well that’s a rather depressing way to live your life. Positive change can happen if you stand up to things you believe in. I’m sorry you feel the way you do. For me, saying he deserves a 2nd chance is missing the point somewhat. I completely agree that everyone deserves a 2nd chance, even those who have committed the most serious of crimes, however you have to show you deserve that chance by owning up to the mistakes you made and implementing changes in your life to ensure they don’t happen again. Maybe Simpson has done those things in private but his actions publicly were to plead not guilty (showing he believes he did nothing wrong at the time), and then refusing to serve his punishment given by the court (he completed less than half of his 300 hrs community service). Many on here have argued he doesn’t need to prove anything to the likes of me, but I would say that if he wants a role in the public eye, where he is seen as a role model to young lads, he has to address what’s happened. The club also needs to come out with more of a statement than ‘everyone deserves a 2nd chance’. As that reads as, anything goes as long as you’re good at football. What is the club doing to educate players on their role in the local community and what actions are they taking to ensure more of our academy players don’t follow the actions of Sesay. A player who committed awful crimes while under our care.
    4 points
  18. How ironic that the club is putting its head in the sand...
    4 points
  19. Challenge for me is getting players young enough who are good enough to play now, but will also grow with us. I do like the statement that it’s not about marquee players etc: Let me just clarify one thing about attracting players, it’s not about marquee players it’s about creating a squad that not only has the ability to deliver promotion to the Premier League but has a desire and thirst for success It wouldn’t surprise me if we see a few signings that look very unfashionable on paper, but then find out they were just what we needed.
    4 points
  20. Have you been on the calvados? NP is thoughtful and articulate, with few if any, buzz words. Plus he’s here to get a winning team in the pitch and not do Klopp-esque comedy routines at the press conference. Perhaps we should focus on the content rather than the tone.....
    4 points
  21. Spot on LB, having had to endure LJ speak for so long it is so refreshing to hear NP speak. Each interview reinforces how, from his experience, he is clear about what is needed to be successful and he never appears to have an ego that needs feeding. Really enjoy listening to him and excited by the prospect of him implementing his approaches.
    4 points
  22. Just announced Yeovil Town captain Lee Collins died yesterday aged 32 Terrible news, thoughts go to his family and friends and all those affected by this tragic loss
    3 points
  23. Please, moderators, don't shunt this off to some other forum. It's an interview with Bristol Bears Pat Lam about his management methods. As the club that is an integral part of Bristol Sport and someone that many City fans have a tremendous respect for, it is very interesting and informative. https://www.wanderingbearsportsmedia.com/wanderingbearsportspodcast/pat-lam-on-making-better-people-and-better-players-changing-culture-and-the-importance-of-leadership
    3 points
  24. The whole point of a 2nd chance is that the original incident is NOT forgotten and that any sniff of a further misdemeanour means you are gone. It's fine to hold the strong opinion that you do and many supporters, myself included, would prefer that Simpson was plying his trade elsewhere BUT it's out of our control and he is a Bristol City FC player, like it or not. Disagreeing with the decision does not make it right to twist facts and say things like "the incident is forgotten" when the Manager has simply stated he believes in "2nd chances". Presumably Simpson's Partner has forgiven him, she's certainly supporting him that's for sure, and hopefully that is mainly because of his subsequent actions and behaviour since the conviction but I bet she hasn't forgotten (and so she shouldn't). If you can't support the club any longer on principle then that is very upstanding and nothing wrong with that but nowhere is it even hinted that the incident is forgotten. If it was considered forgotten then Pearson would have brushed the issue aside with a flippant remark such as "I'm not interested in incidents that happened five years ago" which he certainly didn't do.
    3 points
  25. You appear to be suggesting that the club should be able to see into the future when emplying someone?
    3 points
  26. And it helps us older ones who need things explained very carefully.
    3 points
  27. Spain drew at home to Greece as well. Why do people think we should easily beat every team we play against? Bizarre.
    3 points
  28. My feelings that exactly @Davefevs. Assuming he stays after end of season, we are in with a fighting chance of achieving what so many of us want. Like all who want to manage, he has an ego but that is channeled into assisting all those who work for him, to produce the end result. No one person can do anything on their own and good, successful managers are those who allow everyone else in the "team" to bask in the sun. As an afterthought, having watched the Jack Charlton programme, all great managers are those who allow the troops to get the glory. So NP and PL just keep going on our behalf.
    3 points
  29. The problem you have is that is more of an accounting issue than an FFP issue. Under the accounting standards for intangible assets you need to review these at the end of each accounting period. The value at that date needs to reflect any material changes to the period and the amounts included in the balance sheet must reflect the reality of the position when the accounts are signed off. Signing off May 2020 accounts in March 2021 would require you to look at the period to March 2021 and decide what input your intangibles will have in generating income in the future looking forwards from May 2020. Large impairments are inevitable. The gaming will then come into how you maximise the amount that falls outside FFP as 'ignored due to Coivd' and how much intotal you can push through the period to the end of this season to fit within the FFP limits to 20/21.
    3 points
  30. I think Gregor has landed right on his feet here. Yes there will be a few cringeworthy moments when he asks questions he knows will not be answered or just poor questions but having to interview an "awkward" customer in NP will cram in about 5 years experience in about 12 months. If he takes the rough with the smooth and Pearson is here any length of time he will find it easier and easier to interview the bloke.
    3 points
  31. Anyone would think that Poland are some rank amateur pub team outfit that should be rollered 11 or 12-0. Go through their team and who they play for...........put it another way if we signed half a dozen of their better players (lets ignore Lewandoski) everyone on here would be creaming themselves proclaiming not only will we up by February we will also be finishing top 10 first season in the Prem.........
    3 points
  32. A recurring theme is building a different culture and it being everyone’s responsibility. While that will take time I've no doubt NP is certainly able to draw on his knowledge and experience in order to ensure our culture is right. The question then becomes does the culture he perceives fit with the strategy as set out.....as the saying goes ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast’ we need both the strategy and the culture to align.
    3 points
  33. Wouldn't surprise me if at least one, if not both go. They were bought in to help alongside the inexperienced Holden, that didn't work did it!! If Nige is here for the longterm, he'll bring in people who he knows and trusts. Then again, perhaps he has seen something in the two of them that he likes. For me though, both were part of the problem/reason why the Holden appointment didn't work, much like Holden and McAlister were part of the same when Johnson was sacked.
    3 points
  34. I've listened to it twice and read through Gregor's manuscript of it...I'm pretty uninspired. Pearson rambles and goes around the houses just as much as certain other managers have in the past. He uses a more straightforward vocabulary, but he's just as guilty of answering the question he wants to answer rather than the one he's asked. I guess I prefer this style of rambling to Johnson's Brent-like speak, but it's still rambling. I thought Pearson was occasionally pretty condescending towards Gregor, a guy who is doing his job and asking some decent questions. To give him the benefit of the doubt I'll assume he just has a reasonable level of contempt for press conferences, and would rather be coaching or working than doing them. If that's the case then fine but I really don't see why everyone is so elated over a press conference like this?
    3 points
  35. Listening to that, Nige ain’t going anywhere. Talks a load of sense, and also loves ‘toying’ with Gregor
    3 points
  36. I would not say that he is another Pat Lam but he is, permanently I hope, City's version. Sports team management is a wide mixture of strengths and weaknesses. The art of it is to make the best use of the strengths and improve the weaknesses. It is more about managing people than being tactically brilliant. Those who are new to it will struggle to pull it all together as we have seen to varying degrees in the last four/five years. Should Nigel Pearson decide to stay, we will have someone who's made mistakes in the past and will continue so to do as none of us are perfect. But he'll make many fewer than those who have preceded him. And he hasn't been a manager at high levels for twenty years without being good at it. IMO, the Lansdown era has finally found the round pin for the round management hole. I really am looking forward to the next three or four seasons. Hoping I last longer!
    3 points
  37. I still hold my view about the Simpson signing, but thought Nige explained his position very clearly and very well. I respect his view whilst disagreeing with it.
    3 points
  38. You do get the impression that Nigel is able to read a person well, cut through the crap and provide a considered answer to the question that is almost being asked of him. LJ tried to adopt a similar approach, but was a mere apprentice in comparison.
    3 points
  39. Perhaps the most uplifting managerial interview of recent times! In fairness to Gregor he asked questions which got some cracking answers.
    3 points
  40. I’ll watch this later but almost no praise is high enough for Pat. He’s an inspirational leader. When City had an injury crisis we panicked. When Bris were missing key players through injury and internationals, Pat trusted the systems the entire squad were coached for.
    3 points
  41. Absolutely correct..its all too bloody slow - genuine promise??...get them in amongst it MUCH sooner.. Currently the whole thing's so protracted that they must almost forget where they are & why they're here/hoping to achieve. Good enough??....old enough. .
    2 points
  42. That was 3-4 years ago but I do agree about the academy. We think every youngster needs a loan at every level of the football pyramid it seems. I’d like to see them with the first team a bit more. Like I said with Louis Britton. He has all this hype but has he even trained with the first team yet? He hasn’t made a matchday squad. Integrate him in and keep him around and find him minutes. They will need that exposure eventually. There will be doubters no matter what. We saw it with Walsh. Had as good a season in L1 as you can have. When brought up, others would say we don’t know if he can do it at this level. So yea, think we need to do a better job with the youth. If they have a good loan spell, I think we need to try and integrate them. Especially if its at league level. Jonny Smith was one I thought we never gave a chance to make it. Why? His loans were always productive. Need to do better. We will see soon I think with the likes of Alex Scott and Benarous. I get a loan but they don’t need loans until they are 21-22 years old.
    2 points
  43. I agree Bill. In international terms, they're very ordinary.Too many people get sucked into the media hype about just how good they are. They may well be the best that we have, but that doesn't make them the world beaters they're portrayed to be by the media frenzy.
    2 points
  44. The Kane effort in the first half after Foden's touch was superb one touch football that you and others would have been fawning over had it been Belgium or Brazil that produced it and produced a very decent save from Szczesny. Second half we were very poor, first half we weren't very poor but to be honest I wouldn't expect very many people on here at all to be fair and reasonable about it when polarised opinion works far better.
    2 points
  45. Sterling's final ball when he puts an England shirt on is disgraceful. He couldn't even manage simple 5-10 yard passes to Chilwell on the overlap last night. Every time he skinned his full back or found himself in some space he was unable to produce a final ball. He doesn't get the 10 minutes to get the pass or shot right in an England shirt that he gets for Man City. He isn't the answer for us moving forwards, he plays like a headless chicken and produces one every half a dozen games. There are literally players in League 1 who have a better quality of cross than he showed last night. The one thing he brings to the team is the ability to go past players but as you say, Grealish can do that AND put in a decent final ball at the end of it.
    2 points
  46. Poor mans Andi Weimann.
    2 points
  47. I thought at times it seemed there were glimpses of a bit of a rapport with GMcG. Surely in more usual times you’d want to share a few bottles of the good stuff with a new gaffer and get to know each other. It can’t be easy for the only real City correspondent.
    2 points
  48. I thought the first half performance was excellent. Unlucky not to have scored more. Second half was disappointing.
    2 points
  49. Does this interview mean some fans are hastily sellotaping their season cards back together?
    2 points
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