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  1. I was going to start a thread on the rebuild for next season, but this seems like a good thread to put my thoughts. I've seen some people saying that Pearson has quite a challenge on to rebuild this squad, but if you consider the amount of players out of contract this summer, he's got as good a chance as any other manager in the past to stamp his authority on this squad. The following 1st teamers are out of contract this summer : Gilmartin, Baker, Mariappa, Sessegnon, Hunt, Simpson, Lansbury, Walsh, Rowe, Paterson, Weimann, Watkins, Adelakun & Diedhiou. That's 14 players that Pearson can potentially 'ship out' if he so desires. Personally, of all of those I'd only keep Walsh, the rest can leave, some with a thank you for your service, others with a boot up the arse. Let's say we don't keep any of those players, we're left with the following 'pro's' : GK : Bentley, O'Leary, Wollocott FB : Dasilva, Pring CB : Kalas, Vyner, Moore CM : Nagy, Bakinson, Williams, Massengo, AM/W : O'Dowda, Palmer, Semenyo ST : Wells, Martin That's 17 players. There are a number of other youngsters (Bell, Towler etc), but I'd imagine we'd be looking to loan out most of them, so I wouldn't consider them as 1st team squad next season.. 17 players, of which I would imagine Wollocott, Moore & Bakinson might be loaned out. So possibly down to 14. Never has a City manager been presented with such a massive opportunity to totally reshape the squad in 1 transfer window. With 12-14 players likely to move on, Pearson should have the opportunity to bring in almost a whole first 11. Question is, as always, will he be given the budget he needs to reshape this squad, and will he have full remit over who he wants to bring in (but that's been done to death so I don't want to focus on that particular aspect). If we look at the starting 11 today, here is the age of the players : 27, 30, 27, 34, 32, 30, 19, 24, 21, 30, 18. Subs were 28, 30, 22, 34, 23. We are either 'very experienced', or 'very young'. The starting 11 only has Bentley & Kalas at their 'prime' age. There rest are over the hill or young and inexperienced. If I were Pearson, my summer recruitment would be very largely focused on 23-27 year olds who have plentiful experience under their belts. We really really (and I mean REALLY) need to stop this awful recruitment policy of late of signing players on the decline. In chronological order, our last 9 permanent signings are Simpson, Lansbury, Mariappa, Brunt, Martin, J Williams, Wells, Rodri, A Williams. That's 8 of the last 9 who are over 30 and let's be honest, past it. That transfer policy MUST change. IMMEDIATELY. We need to be looking at 75% of signings as players in their prime, with the other 25% as younger players with potential to step up. There should hopefully be scope for Pearson to bring in at least 10, maybe even as many as 14 players. He needs at least 8 players who are 23-27, in their prime and ready to compete at this level. Then supplement that with 4 or 5 under 23's who can make the step up. Just a quick scan I can see the following 'prime age' championship players who are out of contract this summer (this isn't a recommendation of signing any of these, just an example of who is out there potentially who would improve this squad, in my opinion): Alex Mowatt, Nick Powell, Joe Rothwell, Andre Wisdom, Omar Richards, Adam Reach, Pelly Ruddock, Ryan Nyambe. If we then want to spend some money, how about putting offers in for one or two of these : Jed Wallace, Krystian Bielik, Tom Lawrence, Elias Chair, Jake Cooper. Then let's have a look at players in teams at or near the bottom who might be worth a bid, like Ryan Giles, Jamie Lindsay, Dan Barlaser, Gus Hamer, Callum O'Hare, Jamie Allen, Lewis O'Brien. Again, not advocating any or all of those players, nor saying they are available and would come, but that's the sort of players we need to start considering, and quit with this 30+ recruitment. There is a huge opportunity for Pearson this summer, lets hope he's given the freedom to recruit as he sees fit. Imagine us picking up Nyambe at right back, Mowatt & Rothwell in midfield, then bidding for Wallace & Lawrence on the wings and Cooper at the back. 6 players, 3 potentially without a fee, that immediately improve us massively. I'm watching this summer with a lot more intrigue that any other year.
    17 points
  2. However bad we are, we haven’t lost to a team wearing our away shirts which relegated us out of the football league altogether. Well done gift givers.
    15 points
  3. We are at a point where I’m afraid that we need to look beyond results. Safety is assured thanks to a 3 game run (Simpson and Downing at Boro plus 2 under NP). Performances have been mixed to say the least. But I genuinely feel this is about sussing out who’s got the bollocks to play for him, and who the free-loaders are. For all the shit about DNA, it appears that we forgot any of the football related DNA. Cynical me says, we signed players (after Tomlin and O’Neil) that weren’t trouble makers (in different ways) to the head-coach. What a legacy eh? Boy have we wasted some money. Thank god we made some good money.
    13 points
  4. Yep, I spoke to Cotts that day as well. We had a talented young team with a great spirit and and he was confident with the right additions we could shake up the Championship and seriously have a go at back to back promotions. Those additions were already lined up. The fact such a successful manager - popular with players and fans alike - was not backed by the club to continue the momentum gained by a glorious promotion is probably the biggest let down in all my years supporting the club. That was our moment and the club cocked it right up afaic.
    10 points
  5. Thought that some people especially @Fordy62 would like to read the JET interview in the Athletic this week. Guessing a lot don’t subscribe so here you go Had the goal been scored with the right foot rather than the left, you’d have been forgiven for thinking the scorer had been Thierry Henry. With his back to goal, the forward flicked the ball up, turned on the spot and sent a thumping volley into the far top corner. “I was thinking of Henry’s goal against Manchester United when I scored it,” says Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. “More in the concept than anything. If I was to turn and shoot the ball across the floor, there’s a good chance the defender could make a block. If I flick it up, he can’t see the ball’s in the air because he’s directly behind me. If you watch it back, he goes to block a shot on the floor, but I get the volume and it all just comes together.” There are striking similarities in the technique. However, the opponents weren’t Manchester United, but Hamilton Academical — and Emmanuel-Thomas was playing not at a packed Highbury, but an eerily empty Alderstone Road, home of his current club Livingston. It was a goal fitting of the player — one that demonstrated audacious ability, from a talent that long seemed set for a grander stage. Emmanuel-Thomas is 30 now — an age when he is beginning to look back as much as forward. He was 18 when he captained Arsenalto a 6-2 aggregate win over Liverpoolin the FA Youth Cup final (main photo). In a team that included Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Kyle Bartley and Henri Lansbury, it was the boy known simply as “JET” that wore the armband. At that age, he appeared destined for stardom. A year later, Arsene Wenger admitted Emmanuel-Thomas was on the verge of a first-team breakthrough. “Jay is knocking very hard on my door — with two hands,” the Arsenal manager said. “He has outstanding quality. He has the build you dream to have. It is down to how far he wants to go, because he has big potential. He works very hard to get his fitness right. When his fitness is right, Jay will be not only a good player, but a great player.” Few managers have demonstrated Wenger’s shrewd ability to gauge potential. His words have hung over Emmanuel-Thomas’s subsequent career, a prophecy unfulfilled. Emmanuel-Thomas trained with Wenger’s first team every day for the best part of two years. It granted him the opportunity to learn from the likes of Henry up close. “You never know how quick somebody is until you see them close up and personal,” he marvels. “I knew Thierry was quick, obviously — you see him playing in the Premier League, flying past defenders. But when you see him in training, when you see it close, and you see how fast he’s actually moving — if you’re on the same team and he’s attacking, and you’re racing to keep up but you just can’t — that’s when you realise how fast he actually is.” As a left-footed player, Emmanuel-Thomas was struck by the unique technique of Robin van Persie. “His left foot is very, very accurate,” he recalls. “How he strikes the ball, the whip he gets on it, it’s not common whatsoever. You don’t see that.” You don’t see many prospects like Emmanuel-Thomas, either. Over 6ft tall, fleet of foot and broad of shoulder, he seemed able to do it all. In the youth and reserve sides, he played every outfield position apart from right-back — and one legendary Arsenal defender had him earmarked for a role in defence. “At the time, there was still a back-and-forth regarding what position I was going to play, because Steve Bould always wanted me to play at centre-half,” says Emmanuel-Thomas. “His aim was to turn me into a centre-back — but I really didn’t want to play there. I went away with the first team for a game against Huddersfield, and I was thrown in at centre-half. It kept happening.” In the end, it was Wenger who stepped in, deciding the youngster’s future lay among the forwards. “He told me I’d have been wasted playing at centre-half with all the attributes of an attacker,” says Emmanuel-Thomas. Speaking in 2010, Wenger was in no doubt as to the player’s attacking potential: “One thing is for sure: he can score goals. That is a massive talent you cannot give to people — his right foot, left foot, he is unbelievable in front of goal. This guy is an unbelievable finisher, inside and outside of the box.” Of course, joining Wenger’s collection of forwards meant facing some serious competition for a first-team place. “It was a tough period because, at the time, the attacking players at Arsenal were immense,” he explains. “We still had Van Persie, Andrey Arshavin, Theo Walcott, Carlos Vela, Nicklas Bendtner… after those guys, I was the next choice behind. I’d already bypassed all the players from my year and the two years above me in the academy, but it was difficult to get game time. Emmanuel-Thomas had to compete with Carlos Vela for a place in Arsenal’s attack (Photo: Olly Greenwood/AFP via Getty Images) “You’re travelling all over the country and just sitting on a bench and not getting a look-in. You get 10 minutes here, you get 20 minutes there, then you don’t play for four or five games… Obviously, you realise that you’re not at any club — you’re at Arsenal, so it’s difficult to actually get in there as an attacker with such elite strikers at the football club. And then it came to a point where I had a decision to make if I was going to assign a new contract or if I was going to move on… and I made the decision to move on.” He joined Ipswich Town, then a Championship club, in the summer of 2011 and his gamble was rewarded by 42 league appearances in his first season. He was delighted to be playing regular football, but even then, there was that sense of what might have been. “During that season, I obviously always checked up on Arsenal scores and who had who played and whatnot. And they ended up having a lot of injuries that season in attacking areas. It was one of those things where if you stayed there, then players probably don’t get injured! And then, now you’ve left…” He hesitates. “It’s just one of those things. You can’t… I made a decision based on what I thought was right for my career at that time.” After two years with Ipswich, he moved to Bristol City, the club where he feels he played his best football, and where he was reunited with Arsenal academy talents including Luke Ayling, Kieran Agard and Luke Freeman. Following two seasons in Bristol he spent three years back in London at Queens Park Rangers, encompassing loan spells with MK Dons and Gillingham, before moving to PTT Rayong in Thailand. Emmanuel-Thomas relished the change in lifestyle, a clean slate, and the warmer weather. He also found the passing style of play more suited to his talents than some of what he’d encountered in England. The only drawback was the long trips to away games. “You don’t realise how big a country Thailand is until you have to sit on a coach for 12 hours to get to your next game!” His paradise was not to last. Rayong began to suffer financial problems and so began a difficult wilderness period in his career. “Things started to happen that were making me iffy,” he explains. “Local players were asking if they could borrow money, not small sums — five, six, seven grand. I think they knew the club was folding.” The season was still ongoing, and Emmanuel-Thomas still had time remaining on his contract, but the club were prepared to offer him a settlement. “So I left, sorted out a contract termination, and came home. Literally, about three months later, the club folded. There were about 27 players left without a deal.” Emmanuel-Thomas returned to the UK in July 2019 but was due to return to the Far East to sign for a Chinese club in early 2020. “I was actually going back to Asia, February 12, 2020. And COVID broke out on January 25 in China. So they had sorted out all my flights, and got I got a phone call from them saying, ‘We’re gonna push your flight back two weeks due to the outbreak of a little virus’. This was the beginning, before we even heard about it really in the UK. I was thinking, ‘Cancelling a flight for “a little virus”? It can’t be that little, surely!’ And then week by week, it got bigger and bigger to the point where I then woke up to an email from Emirates saying my flights had been cancelled. One year on, we’re still here.” The cancelled move meant Emmanuel-Thomas spent 15 months out of the game, following his own fitness programme to try to stay in shape. “You can’t let it play on your mind heavily, you have to try and stay as focused and strong as you possibly can,” he says. “I always believe in my ability and I knew that if I could get into somewhere on trial, I would be able to show enough, even if I haven’t trained.” The chance eventually came last September, in the Scottish Premiership with Livingston. Within a few days of training, manager David Martindale offered him a deal. Martindale describes Emmanuel-Thomas’ talent as “frightening”. “In sheer technical ability, I think we could have one of the best players in the league,” he says. It has been a positive first season. Livingston contested the Scottish League Cup final, and have secured a top-six place. Having steadily built his fitness levels, Emmanuel-Thomas has appeared in 19 league games. He wears the No 9 shirt. Although he still sees himself as an attacking midfielder, ideally from the right-hand side, he has been asked to lead the line in Scotland. The versatility of his youth has, it seems, paid dividends. “It gave me an idea of what it’s like being in the opposite position,” he explains. “If I’m now facing up against a defender, I know what’s running through his mind.” Emmanuel-Thomas is eligible to play international football for both St Lucia and Dominica, but has grown weary of their fleeting interest. For now, he is focused on resurrecting his club career in Britain. Livingston have an option for a second year. He is happy in the town, almost equidistant between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and would be content to stay. Livingston are a good club, surpassing expectations — but might there have been more? “If I look back, there have maybe been times in my career I could have managed things differently,” he admits. “You think, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t have done that’, or, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t have gone there knowing that I had a game’, or, ‘Maybe I should have bought into that manager’s philosophy a bit more than I did. Just because I didn’t agree with how he wanted to play doesn’t mean that I was right, and he was wrong’. As you get older, things start to change. You see it happening to others and you think, ‘That was once me’.” It is now just shy of a decade since Emmanuel-Thomas left Arsenal. At times, he has seemed a talent that fell through football’s cracks — too good for Arsenal’s reserves, yet not quite good enough for their first team. Too skilful to be a centre-half, too burly to be a winger. He is a player that managers haven’t always known what to do with — a gifted individual that hasn’t always fitted easily into a team. “Obviously, you always think what could you have done, what could have been if I did x, y or z,” he says. “But you pass that stage. If you keep thinking about it, it ain’t going to do you no good.” Maybe not. But watch a goal like that stupendous strike against Hamilton, and it’s difficult not to wonder
    9 points
  6. Sag mentality in a nutshell. “Uh ye we mite get relelegated bak 2 basement but u on bad run at ome loooool” Thick bastards.
    9 points
  7. Th...th...th...th...that's all folks <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dAYVBoz0sQY" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
    9 points
  8. Why don’t you look through his career, compare it to Johnson, Holden and the like and answer the question yourself?
    8 points
  9. Danny Wilson is my favourite manager of the last 20 years. Played exciting and attractive football. It was a joy to go to AG. Pure entertainment. I looked forward to every game. Sadly that entertainment dissolved after he was sacked and I’ve not experienced the same attacking and front foot football since.
    8 points
  10. Is that our ‘fickle fans’ who bought over 8000 STs the last time we were relegated to L1 after one of our worst seasons in the last 40 years? Thats nearly double the number of STs they sold after they were last PROMOTED to L1. The same ‘fickle City fans’ that were turning up in crowds of over 10,000 at AG to watch us drawing with Colchester and Shrewsbury at home whilst we were bottom of L1 under O’Driscoll? These Sagheads bang on about how their crowds are only shit because they aren’t in the top 6 and have a rubbish stadium...THATS fickle! Morons.
    7 points
  11. Our motm and the managers standard bearer yesterday. Seems to be thriving under Pearson with a run of consistent performances. Keep it going Han.
    7 points
  12. Talking of Sammy its a shame we got rid of Sammie Szmodics he's been banging them in for Peterborough (yes i know in Div1) 12 goals and 5 assists, another never given a chance here
    7 points
  13. Danny Wilson is a fraud who couldn’t get out of League 1 even if he had a billion quid. He’d put Lionel Messi on the bench... @Robbored
    7 points
  14. I’ve read on here a lot from certain posters about the quality of our squad. I have just watched a 7th consecutive home defeat & really do wonder what they are seeing. Our midfield is absolutely pitiful, today Massengo aside it was absolute rubbish, Lansbury awful, Bakinson non existent & the invisible man, Walsh unavailable yet again. Up front Wells was woeful & Semenyo aside we offered nothing at all. Defensively Rowe struggled throughout but to be fair to him, it was his first game in a while, Hunt was poor again. We are a million miles from where we want to be & at present those in this “amazing” squad look a bottom six side, not a top six one.
    6 points
  15. This un was doing ok until the third sentence
    6 points
  16. Talks have been ongoing for at least two years with at least two parties. One American, one Chinese. I posted about the American consortium a couple of months ago in the Ipswich takeover/Ashton post. Good to see SL finally come clean. Hopefully it'll help drum up some more interest and something will happen sooner rather than later. Potentially exciting times because, with respect, I think Steve has probably taken the club as far as he can.
    6 points
  17. Not so, I'm sure you are aware that Cotterill had already proved to be a capable Championship manager, at one stage being the longest serving manager in that league at Burnley. The City players were still playing for him, a fantastic team spirit, and imo. we'd have been OK. You talk as if we were cut adrift at the bottom when Cotts was unceremoniously booted out - far from it, we were 3rd from bottom, and several clubs above us could have been overtaken with 1 win. Eminently retrievable situation for an experienced relegation fighter like Cotterill, especially with the 6 player boost to the squad LJ immediately received.
    6 points
  18. Log on Facebook.... jesus wept
    6 points
  19. He never was able to maintain the fitness of someone who could be a regular in the top two divisions... but equally, if he didn't play, he wouldn't get close to the level of fitness. On his day, one of the most natural talents I'd seen play for the City, on others, it was like starting with 10 men. I wish him well with the rest of his career.
    5 points
  20. Thanks @And Its Smith... I JET. I’m both incredibly pleased we saw the best of JET and saddened that he didn’t fulfil his potential. He’s definitely written into my Bristol City History alongside Ade Akinbiyi, Greg Goodridge and Shaun Taylor.
    5 points
  21. Baker broke his.
    5 points
  22. Yep, that bit is disappointing. But the flip-side is he’s got to see first hand the problems. Manager bounce hasn’t masked the issues. He’s seen the character of our squad. He won’t like what he’s seen. Yesterday’s interview was controlled but underneath you could tell he was seething. No calling out players and throwing them under the bus, but the opposite, calling out a player who did well to prove the point.
    5 points
  23. Everyone buys their way to the top, one way or another. Let's not do it with money from some medieval autocrat, though. Because that would make the signing of Danny Simpson look like a storm in a teacup. There are plenty of wealthy people whose money doesn't stink.
    5 points
  24. 'Get to work'? Are you trying to be serious or just crazily trying to support a manager who hasnt impressed at all. His interviews suggest a wide number of things to most of us but his ability to improve our home peerformances must clearly be questioned with the sae squad as DH managed to get so many points from that we are no longer in danger of being the second team in Bristol to be relegated this season. In the smae way i never liked the bandwagon against Lee Johnson when he was on a bad run, nor Dean Holden when things were clearly no as he wanted, i also dont think you can carry on defending an abysmal performance. If players are not responding to him at all then either the previous managers did a great job (because the players are essentially the same) OR NP doesnt have the magic most of us hoped he may have
    5 points
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    4 points
  26. Wow, I can't believe you're serious? Danny Wilson was afforded greater resources than any other City manager up to that point. And in other news, it turns out Klopp has been given a bigger transfer budget than Shankley was Exactly this. And I absolutely loved the entertaining football we played for large parts of the Wilson years, but ultimately he underachieved given the resources he was allowed.
    4 points
  27. Do you reckon? Winning the league at a canter. 99 points, 96 goals. + 58 goal difference. Not as good as failing 4 years on the spin, surely...?? Don't feed the troll.
    4 points
  28. The goalmouths would be fine
    4 points
  29. “Never seriously backed in the transfer market” I must have imagined that £600k he was given to sign Lee Peacock in 2000 then.. No one was spending anything like that sort of sum in the third division then. Wilson also spent £300k on the completely mediocre Lee Miller. Absolute bluffer who seemingly allowed his players to get pissed & fight in town on a regular basis. Thank goodness for GJ.
    4 points
  30. It’s in Knowle. Surely everyone’s heard of Knowle Coward?
    4 points
  31. I've been mulling this over and I think it's a good approach. In contrast I would be disappointed with the club being put up for an outright sale as that then puts us at the mercy of the dodgiest foreign money men. However if you bring in, as the label says, new investors then over time one of them will be judged to be a safe pair of hands and the ownership will then be sold to them. Scott Davidson handed over to the Lansdowns on this basis and it went smoothly and to the benefit of the club (my opinion). At Plymouth James Brent first brought in US-based Brit Simon Hallett as a part-owner and then sold to him. It's an intelligent way to make a transition if your primary interest is in seeing the club continue to progress rather than in selling to the highest bidder no matter how dodgy they may be. I have no doubt that it will be handled well after the Lansdowns made good last year on their long term promise of refunding any money that fans had put in at cost, and that was a four figure sum that I hadn't expected to see again, which was far more than the shares were actually worth. If they were money-grabbing then they simply would not have made that offer in the first place,
    4 points
  32. I think Andy Rolls and the Head Physio might need to dust off their CV’s in the summer assuming Pearson is staying.
    4 points
  33. Here we go. Classic OTIB. Deciding the coaches aren't working even though you've never been coached by them. Wonder if you were one of the 'Pembo is the best coach ever' brigade? NP - if he stays - might well want to change the coaching staff or work with people who he has worked with before, but that doesn't mean the coaches we have currently are crap.
    4 points
  34. Sammy sicknote
    4 points
  35. Well, I have to say I agree with Mr Barton here. If a keeper has got into a Formula One car and driven over an opposing forward it should definitely be a red card...............................
    4 points
  36. ******* ridiculous post, he was given zero support, we didn’t even sign a player till a week before the new season whereas the year before our business was done early and clinically... he was forced out no question!
    4 points
  37. I am thinking the 2 centre backs were fine yesterday. So don't really need Baker in. Mapps block was unfortune. But Rowe made the mistake before that. Hunt was poor but got better as game went on. For me full backs need sorting for Coventry game. Bring in Simpson and Sessegnon imo.
    3 points
  38. It might surprise you to hear that I’m in favour of keeping Walsh.
    3 points
  39. If players are playing not to get injured and secure contracts at other clubs there’s not much that can be done to resolve that.
    3 points
  40. Those four were the ones I said last night have a very strong chance of not being here next season. Wells will be hard to shift because of wages, but not impossible. Don’t hold that against him. We saw from his interview he cares massively about standards, but the captain role in football is in reality wearing a band and choosing heads or tails. Leadership is very different. We have very few in our squad.
    3 points
  41. Every club has a separate company that owns the stadium . It’s common practice.
    3 points
  42. Didn't he play nearly all games last season? Along with Williams at Wigan. Perhaps we are the problem.....
    3 points
  43. Some managers don't have a relegation on their CV because they are sacked before it happens!
    3 points
  44. We weren't going down under Cotts imo., he'd never overseen a relegation in a 20 year managerial career. An experienced manager with the proven capability to keep teams up. I feared more for our Championship status in novice Johnson's first full season after the humiliating 5-0 debacle at PNE in the April.
    3 points
  45. This is a really fair point that had never really thought about before, but I’d get the feeling Gary O’Neil, in particular, would be a complete lieutenant for a manager like Nigel Pearson. Someone he, no doubt, would greatly respect for his playing career, wealth of managerial experience and general demeanour whereas it was pretty clear he had no real regard for Johnson whatsoever. To me, at least. It reflects badly on GON, of course, as I am sure LJ, not unreasonably, expected his experience and leadership to be a central part of our team, GON’s injuries notwithstanding, but didn’t have the experience and, I dunno, gravitas?, perhaps, to bring an experienced player known for being ‘a leader’ successfully into the fold.
    3 points
  46. Steve Cotterill created an incredible team spirit with a fairly small group of players. He should have been backed in the summer following promotion to The Champ and he made a huge statement when he only named 6 subs at Sheff Weds on the first game of the season. I grew up in in Cheltenham and what he achieved at Whaddon Road was nothing short of a miracle. Believe me, Steve Cotterill has a big presence in the dressing room and all of that L1 promotion winning team speak highly of him. Team spirit and togetherness goes a long way towards success and SC created a fantastic culture that we should have built on. I think Big Nige is a similar type of character to SC and i really hope he is backed in the summer otherwise we could be having similar conversations in 12 months time.
    3 points
  47. That's enough forum for me today.
    3 points
  48. Just watched that interview . Excellent. It is how we have been thinking for three years or so. The squad and attitude has not been right, for all the talk, actions speak louder. Surprised he picked out one player, HNM , but you can understand why, and it described what he expects from players. First time we have seen him mighty annoyed I would say, When Cotts left, I personally wrote on here that the one thing I hope we did not lose was that almighty team spirit and desire amongst the group. We did lose it, ok evolution happens, but we have been signing the wrong players. It is exciting that we have the opportunity now to change that, and whilst it will be very hard, as a minimum we should have players wanting to play for each other and the club. We do have a few bright sparks in there, it is not all bad. A shame he has a few that are injured and he cannot yet judge. But the first team will have between 5 and 6 new faces next season, and some of the younger hungry players will be in the 22. PS. This situation is not of Holden's making, he made it worse, but this mess has been coming for at least 3 seasons and is a result of the LJ/MA random recruitment nonsense. It did not happen overnight.
    3 points
  49. I thought the benefit of getting NP as our Manager was that he was experienced and has won promotion to the Premiership and had a proven track record. And I would suggest he knows a hell of a lot more than you or me or anyone else currently at our club in developing teams and a winning mentality. So I find it disappointing that supporters are on his case after two months. When we have 5 odd years of management by novices and a transfer system that shipped out quality and bought mediocrity at best. He is our best chance of turning the club around on the pitch but needs time. And as to him talking about this "together thing", then have a look what Pam Lam has achieved with this "together thing" at Bristol Bears. Promotion to the Premiership, a European trophy and currently top of the league by 11 points. So maybe this together thing works.
    3 points
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