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  1. It's still far too early to have doubt in my opinion. He's still got the same half fit squad Holden had, and has only been able to bring in Simpson. There has been improvement in patches - some really solid performances. Massengo appears to be doing well under him - and more talented players blossoming is generally a good endorsement of the manager. I won't be judging too much until next season. We aren't being thrashed every game, and it's clear from his comments he can see there's plenty to improve. We need to get behind him and the team and hope the board allow him to make th
    18 points
  2. I reckon he’s not left completely and has continued to take charge for home games.
    15 points
  3. I think the fans, while not supportive of the appointment, were pretty supportive of him personally at the beginning in the circumstances? I never felt it got overly toxic towards Holden, not when you compare it to the hatred some felt/feel towards the head coach he replaced. He was obviously helped by fans not being allowed in, mind you!
    12 points
  4. He’s inherited an awful mismatch of a squad with some players not good enough and others injured. It’s a problem that’s been slowly building over the last few years and it’s going to take a good clear out in the summer to start to improve results. SL has brought him in for the long term. Judge him at the end of next season
    9 points
  5. We are weak in effort too. The intensity of what we do is miles off what’s required to compete consistently. I think he’s in a delicate position. Got to suss out who the influencers are, some of them might be quiet influencers. Pull the wrong levers and the players won’t play. I think we are seeing some of that playing out, hence some of his softly, softly approach, whilst forming his opinions. In a perverse way I’m glad results haven’t been great, and performances worse in some respects, as he’s getting to see Bristol City “warts n all” and enable him to judge properly.
    8 points
  6. It’s all just excuses, an easy cop out excuse. They bring it out on robinstv as well “need to fans to suck the goal into the net”. What always gets left out though, is that we were this bad at home with fans in the ground too. It’s been probably 3 calendar years that we’ve been poor at home now.
    8 points
  7. If we start having doubts every time we lose a few games then no manager will ever do enough to convince.
    8 points
  8. I get the impression he has taken it quite badly. A few people suggested he felt genuinely let down by the players. I suspect he never quite bridged the gap between matey coach and manager which would've made the failure harder to take.
    8 points
  9. I think this says it all.. Pretty accurate though tbf
    7 points
  10. They are right though, the atmosphere is in tents.
    7 points
  11. I like the guy in that thread that effectively says 'this season is a write-off due to no fans so if we are relegated it shouldn't count'
    7 points
  12. No you can't please everyone but we have been crying out for an experienced Chamionship proven manager for years we now have one and still some people don't seem happy
    7 points
  13. Diedhiou...really???.... He's taking the proverbial. As dog shit bad as we are I'd still not want this clown in town. Anyways,,, We'll lose whomever we put out there - season's a dead rubber.. Pleased to see your still interested in it though!!
    7 points
  14. His second spell at Leicester he was in charge for 182 games, you don’t think that is “staying anywhere for long”? His “ordinary” record includes 2 title wins as a manager, one of them The Championship, with 102 points.. The rest of it is your opinion, but comparing his record to that of Barton is frankly totally ******* embarrassing. As for the WDL bit, you do realise he has only been able to bring in one player, a free agent?
    7 points
  15. If you don’t like conspiracy theories stop reading now!!! With Steve Lansdown revealing on the 3 Peeps Podcast interview that he is actively looking for new investors I thought I would check out the status of the Ipswich Town take over by an American backed group with, allegedly, some connections to Mark Ashton. This article from the local paper on 30th March confirms it hasn’t happened yet through some sort of stumbling block but that a recent Land Registry search suggests the deal might be back on: https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/ipswich-town-takeover-rumours-latest-update-7861492
    6 points
  16. Players who let LJ down, DH down and now can’t be arsed for NP. Comes a time when you have to look at changing the players not the Manager, particularly when so many of them are out of contract. Yes, some of them will go elsewhere with the security of a new contract and start putting it in again. Good for them if they do but they’re no good to us. I certainly won’t be saying “should have kept them” if they do because as sure as night follows day they’ll revert to type in the end.
    6 points
  17. If you want conspiracy theories, I reckon Mark Ashton could be "H" in Line of Duty.
    6 points
  18. I assume (hope) legal challenges etc will be coming.
    6 points
  19. It sounds a bit daft but I’m happy that some of the players have shown their true colours . If NP had had the same initial impact that MM has had at Cardiff then it would have done nothing more than paper over the cracks. The squad has been unravelling for a few seasons now . I said it when Holden was in charge , I could see a repeat of the 2013 season . A lopsided oversized squad of largely shite journeymen players & it was happening again. People looking at a few results & judging NP as not up to it have to realise the size of the job at hand . It’s great that there’s so many OOC ,
    6 points
  20. The guy is clearly out of his depth looking at the results since he’s come in. Look how Lee Johnson is getting on at Sunderland. Young English hungry manager go get him sl
    6 points
  21. No, you are not the only one. The initial buzz and gratitude that we aren't going to be lumbered with another with a football manager age of three weeks, has been tempered by actual happenings. Rather than say that I have lost confidence in Nigel, it's just a realisation that he has a mammoth task in front of him to put right about four years of poor player recruitment and a pattern of negative playing style that is now permanently engraved in the minds of most of the squad. Rome wasn't built in a day and we can just hope that it will not take a hundred or so years. So we must
    6 points
  22. 'Compact and intimidating' stadium apparently.....'ramshackle and embarrassing' would be a more apt description. Absolute bunch of delusion belters.
    6 points
  23. The results haven’t been great, in fact at home they have been terrible. However for me there are 2 points; Firstly he has had no opportunity (bar Danny Simpson, a free agent) to bring in any players himself, so has inherited what I think is a mediocre, injury hit squad. He is also working with Holden’s (& some cases, LJ’s) coaching staff. Secondly this time in charge is going to be totally wasted if we decided to look elsewhere (I don’t think we will, by the way) and so appoint a third manager/head coach in a year. No time to see players in games & made informed decisio
    6 points
  24. Britton for Diedhiou
    6 points
  25. For the life of me I cannot see the point once everyone has been offered the jab. If it is 80%+ take up we'll reach the famed herd immunity anyway. It might make sense while some haven't been jabbed but what is the point after they have? If it is to force those young people who don't want it that's wrong. Why should they if they don't agree with it? Those 'put in danger' have been vaccinated so most won't get seriously ill. I find it baffling that it is even being considered.
    6 points
  26. The 3PIAP comment that SL didn’t think LJ was ready, but that LJ was very persuasive was a “shocking” (ok too strong a word) revelation for me. How persuasive was LJ over recruitment too? SL’s judgement typified by his comment about the Johnsons being friends. Nor do you need to either. Take your time. But it doesn’t mean he’s not a good fit either. (Continued below ) A write off in terms of league status. And therefore I think he’s experimenting, giving players a chance before making his mind up. Had we not got those couple of wins after Holden was sacked and
    5 points
  27. You can't polish a turd. Never has a team so desparately needed a clearing out at City as is needed this Summer. Holden wasn't the man for the job, Pearson rightly has people more patient due to his experience in this. It's the same coaching staff that had us failing before too
    5 points
  28. Nigel is clearly the best man.
    5 points
  29. The team have defenitly miss our away support as we always travel in numbers and are very vocal at away games Of course you do. Don’t worry you will be able to sing your shitty song at Harrogate Town in huge numbers next season.
    5 points
  30. Its the recruitment over the last 3 seasons that's the problem we have sold our best players and replaced them with bang average players The squad is totally unbalanced and needs addressing I'm sure given the time and money NP will get it right but its far to early to start slagging the guy off
    5 points
  31. Why don’t you look through his career, compare it to Johnson, Holden and the like and answer the question yourself?
    5 points
  32. Have people just generally just sat at home watching the BBC news over the past year, and let the constant rhetoric of fear and vaccination bullshit wash over them to a point of being brain washed? It seems so...it's like living in North Korea...feed the masses the same narrative and they eventually become apathetic and believe everything they are being told, if you keep repeating it. I find it fascinating that people will say in general that Governments lie, and that there is always an agenda behind their moves..yet in this instance so many have just fallen in line without ever ques
    5 points
  33. Have you ever seen it live? It’s not my thing either, but I did go to watch it at Eastville a couple of times, and must admit it was quite exciting. Noise, smell speed etc. Feel the same about powerboat racing: not something I’d ever watch on TV, or go out of my way to, but in Bristol Docks it was something else.
    4 points
  34. I’m not so sure the recruitment has been so bad. If fit (!) we would have had Bentley, Baker, Kalas and Mawson, Sess and Dasilva as a back 5. That would be the envy of most other teams. We bought one of the leagues top strikers in Wells. It’s the players who knit it all together that we haven’t managed to sign/attract. I can’t say I have been particularly impressed with any of the opposition players we have faced so I’m not sure there is that sort of quality about. It’s generally a game of attrition and won by a set piece or mistake. Most Championship games are pretty dull. With that
    4 points
  35. Find it crazy that a whole organisation, worth 100's of millions all geared to supporting one person for success, and they appoint someone not ready, but persuasive... It's actually pretty laughable
    4 points
  36. Season over, 12 players out of contract, a large number injured, no manager confirmed for next season, hardly the basis for a good end to the season. Apart from a few who are playing for their future, the players have their heads somewhere else. Is NP the right person ? Who knows, but at least he has seen and performed at the right level , and has the right cv for creating a team, and a squad. We cannot do it all this summer , we are in such a mess with the majority of players signed this last few seasons, it will take time to sort it out, and avoiding relegation in between. Next season
    4 points
  37. Some people seem to have a belief that a manager possesses some sort of ‘miraculous’ power to turn a crap team into a good one simply by virtue of their sheer presence. They would have us believe that those players who have demonstrated consistently that they are below the average championship standard should somehow be ‘magically’ transformed (overnight) into winners or contenders. This is a complete fantasy. The real problem we have had in recent years is essentially that our recent managers have been totally unable to find decent players (with a FEW exceptions), who might also fit into some
    4 points
  38. Klopp and Guardiola both had average first seasons. Managers need time. To see a thread like this after a month or whatever it’s been is insane.
    4 points
  39. It doesn’t have to equate to slagging him off. I will give him all the time and resources we can. And i had similar reservations when cotrerill was appointed and i was spectacularly proved wrong which i hope i am again. But saying i am not fully sold/convinced he is the greatest thing that could happen to our club is not slagging him off.
    4 points
  40. It will take Pearson at least a season to sort out the current mess and shape the team / squad to his way of playing. I don't expect us to be competing at the top end of the table but I do expect us to be competing in each game. The season after that I would expect a challenge for the top 6.
    4 points
  41. Because it's not a great barometer. It's not his squad, it's a small sample of games, we still have injuries. These aren't excuses - they are facts. He can only work with what he's got. If he'd had a full summer window obviously it would be different and judging him would be easier and fairer. Fans love to make snap judgements for some reason whilst ignoring the context.
    4 points
  42. His statement read; We go again
    4 points
  43. It was exciting and ultimately very disappointing. With the resources Wilson had we should have been promoted in all of the four campaigns he managed. That we managed to get to only one play off final in that time indicates the scale of his failure. Gary Johnson got us promoted after only 18 months of management with a squad which was half as talented as the squad Danny Wilson had at its disposal. Wilson’s failure was made even more abject by his refusal to deal with the drinking culture widely reported at the club at the time (for a graphic picture of that, read Christian Roberts’s autobio
    4 points
  44. If rather be looking at his WLD say end of Jan / Feb 22, when he’s had best part of a year, cleared out some of the shit, and brought his own in. With relegation avoided, he can use the rest of the season to experiment for all I care. If that helps him realise that player x is his type of player and player y isn’t, that’s fine by me.
    4 points
  45. “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
  46. 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
    4 points
  47. No chance. I don't plan on getting the vaccine and it shouldn't be forced on people who don't want it
    4 points
  48. It's a valid point and one that would sway many a season ticket holder. If people were to renew season tickets, we would want to know whether if restrictions were put in place, whether you could get a refund. There would be many who wouldn't want to attend or couldn't attend if a passport was made necessary. A vaccine may make it a slightly less chance of catching it...but if you are fit and healthy with no underlying health issues you've got 99.5% chance of it not effecting you. Looking at a great many football supporters, I'd say many were elderly, many obese and overweig
    4 points
  49. 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
    3 points
  50. 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 th
    3 points
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