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  1. Towards the end of the transfer window Mark Ashton went on Geoff Twentyman's radio show. We had won a couple of games in a row including a 3-0 win away at Millwall in the cup, so it's always an ideal time for him to pop up. He even agreed with Geoff that he could come on regularly after that - he hasn't, but we all know how accountability goes with Mark. Anyway, anyone that remembers the interview will know the significant topic was players out of contract. It was a bit of a bombshell as he said none of the players out of contract had been offered a contract yet (in fact he really laboured the point, trying to justify it). But he also said Fam had been made a "very good offer", which was an amazing bit of doublespeak. I know it seemed odd to a few people and was referenced a lot on here. The interview was also widely quoted in the local press in the following days for anyone that missed it. If you want to know what the players made of it, here you go: Points per game before interview 1.56 (25 matches) Points per game since interview 0.66 (15 matches) Did you know the 7 straight defeats that cost Holden his job started right after this interview? Or the 7 straight defeats we're currently on at AG started right after this interview? In fact if you discount the 2 wins the week Pearson took over as a new manager bounce, it's 4 points in 39 (0.31 pg) since the show - not so much players downing tools as throwing them away. You can make your own mind up if the two are linked. Were there things said that the players were surprised by? I have no great faith in the players position any longer but I do wonder if we wildly over-estimated the idea of "playing for your contract" as a motivational tool to the modern pro footballer whose agent is hoping to shop him around to another club anyway. In particular it seems to have been an odd message to give a group that months earlier we made very little secret were being indulged with their favourite unproven coach as manager: fantastic human, players love him. Once you go down a route of appeasing the squad, we lose credibility demanding things of them later. We're already played our hand as a soft touch. And I think that's where we are now. The standards are through the floor in part due to last summers appointment and the message it sent within the club about expectations, and we've compounded it with a catastrophically public airing of players futures 10 weeks ago, that has apparently had anything but the reaction we expected. Quite a feat to make such a mess.
    53 points
  2. I nearly did watching that rubbish yesterday
    39 points
  3. Having had nearly 24 hours to reflect on it, I’m still bewildered by the ‘performance’ I watched yesterday. This season has produced a procession of inept displays but I think yesterday topped the lot. I won’t be parting with any more cash to Robins TV after that, I’m sick of having my day/weekends ruined by a bunch of wasters who simply don’t care. I thought Pearson’s interview was a breath of fresh air in one way and terrifying in another. It was great to hear a manager call out the lazy arsed players for what they are, but actually quite shocking in a way to hear a professional who works with these people effectively questioning their honesty and commitment in such stark terms. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard any manager be quite so damning of a group of players than Pearson was. I have a real sinking feeling about where we are as a club right now. We have a manager, the most important person in any club, who is out of contract in the summer. We have over a starting team’s worth of players who are also out of contract (no bad thing when we’re as poor as we are, but terrible for stability). We have a medical department who have overseen a list of muscular injuries the like of which we’ve never seen. We have an owner who is openly seeking investment. A chairman who is sunning himself in Bermuda. And a Chief Exec who is among the most unpopular figures in my 40 years of supporting the club and who has overseen a period of recruitment which has directly led to the shambolic position we are currently in on the pitch. I think this summer is a genuine crossroads for us. I really hope Pearson stays to do the job that needs to be done but I can just see Lansdown reverting to type, leaving it to Ashton and us bringing in Appleton or someone similar. When Pearson sits down with SL I just can’t imagine liking what he hears. NP knows what an absolute shower we are now, and he knows he’d have to rip it up and start again. He seems the sort who would give it to you straight, and Lansdown’s ego isn’t going to like that one bit. I sincerely hope I’m wrong but I think it’s going to be a bumpy old summer to be a City fan....
    33 points
  4. Neither do I. We have been perhaps the most patient fans in this country living in a City the size of Bristol and having constantly been served up dross football and hollow promises. SL has built his stadium now and he now needs to concentrate on getting a team on the field to justify this enormous spend. Getting to my age and watching City since I was 8 ( and being a Club Sponsor in the 70's) I have built up quite a few people who have been involved with the club and the common thought amongst them is that SL was more interested in the Real Estate that is Ashton Gate and not what we go there for......the football. We have been loyal to him throughout his tenure and it would be nice to now see this loyalty reciprocated in getting a Top Class manager ( we have one at present) and seeing through the snake that is MA. It is the only way forward or sad to say I might live out my last years supporting a Lge1/Championship yo yo club. I dont deserve it.......you dont deserve it. It is firmly in SL's court now.
    21 points
  5. Have you heard the last couple of interviews? He has stated to anyone who is able to comprehend that he won't be going out and bringing in 12-15 players in one hit. He has said it will need 4-6 windows to build a squad at the standard he believes will push for promotion to the Premier League and he knows that football finances are not currently in a position where he will get a huge amount of money to spend. This is all stuff that NP has said in interview, not me making it up or misinterpreting. However many go out, and this is me speculating, I can see around 6 coming in during the first window and then it is likely to be 2-3 per window thereafter. So in four windows time you could have between twelve and fifteen new players. I am also speculating that Andy Rolls, Paul Simpson, Keith Downing and three or four other staff will be out on their arse very quickly if NP gets the job. Therefore it isn't just the players that are obviously going against the presence of NP imo - there are a lot of livelihoods at huge risk in the Cosy Club and an individual in charge who isn't afraid to get rid of any single one of them. In the medium term I don't care if NP is a relative failure and we end up replacing him. A job needs to be done at the club over the next 12-24 months and he is the man to do it. Once it's done then we can start judging whether he was the right appointment or not in terms of on-field success. There needs to be a clear out and that is obvious to pretty much every one but the most contrary posters who call themselves pragmatists for some reason. To go back to the "status quo" with the likes of Ashton playing the harp in the background, Appleton in charge, half a dozen of the total wasters re-signed and the likes of Rolls and the Chief Physio still at the club will only tell me that Steve Lansdown has completely flunked the Competent Owners test.
    19 points
  6. Rowe did well for us last season when Dasilva was out. He did ok for a while early this season. But he’s been off form for a while either side of injuries. He’s been a decent (define decent?) free transfer. But he’s not what we need going forward. I don’t think he needs slating for his time here....he stuffed up yesterday. Let’s keep some context.
    18 points
  7. Wade Elliott did it v MK Dons, but it was a sign of the determination of the players Cotterill signed that he was so desperate to make up for it he basically drove through their whole side to score the winner in that game.
    16 points
  8. Bit of perspective - the chairman does not need to be highly visible and in a functioning business which we're supposed to be, only needs to attend board meetings once a month or so to represent shareholders interests (in this case Steve Lansdown, who I'm sure is more than capable of representing himself). As such the chairman, be they in Burnham or Bermuda, is irrelevant. The person meant to be highly visible and providing leadership is the CEO. Unfortunately ours only appears for good news stories when we have built or bought something, and is nowhere to be seen when someone needs to take responsibility. I could excuse Ashton if he's just not here to lead the football club - he was hired as COO, effectively the main administrator/organiser. But it's him who loves the self promotion of the CEO role, just last week at the training ground he regailed us with stories of "when I returned as CEO" (he didn't, it was as COO). So if you want to point the finger at someone, point it at MA, who persistently seems to be trying to massage his own ego, while offering none of the leadership and accountability of a CEO - I don't think he even knows the first meaning of the role, which is an Americanism (he doesn't behave as an MD either).
    16 points
  9. Jon Lansdown is Chairman In Name Only. He doesn’t run a thing, and quite clearly Steve doesn’t want to hand the club down to him. I expect better of Steve, but he’s had Mr Smarm pull the wool very tightly over his eyes and is being walked all over by this fraud. You need to wake up Steve. And fast. Hopefully Nige will be handing you a few home truths when you finally get to meet him.
    16 points
  10. You can add that those players were told no contract discussions apart from one of you who we have made one of the largest contract offers ever in the clubs history. Well , Mr "I signed " needs to be accountable for the lack of any value left in the squad when those 12 players leave, the nonsense of contract discussions played out in public (and also all expiring at the same time) and finally the overall lack of cohesion of the residual squad for next season. There is often the claim fans look for scapegoats, that is true, but when you have the mess of a squad that we have, and one person goes around telling the world, they are in charge of all things football, and only last week was on video saying " I signed" . Note not the club signed, not "we" signed but very clearly "I" ,then that person has had a very clear input into the creation of our highest ever wage bill, highest ever transfer investment squad. Look at the results.
    13 points
  11. I searched and didn't see any prior threads on him. Barnsley "CEO". 34 years old. Ex MLS player, hired a year ago. No idea on his salary as Barnsley accounts for 19/20 are overdue, but safe to say will be on a lot less than our top man. My view of Mark Ashton is probably well known. Even the things he's good at, I share the view @Harry shared in a thread last night - what is to say someone else couldn't have sold well too? Maybe Dane Murphy is our "control". Under Murphy, Barnsley have got themselves comfortably into the play off picture, spending a fraction of us, and even going through a new managerial appointment too. Transfer activity he seems to have largely balanced the books. He's only sold one player for money - Jacob Brown for £2m to Stoke, a 22 year old winger who played 40 games and 10 assists at this level. No idea if that represented value but I see he tried to re-contract and the player wanted out. No doubt this summer, depending on the finish for Barnsley, we'll see first hand how he fares in wheeling and dealing as a progressive top half Championship team with a lot of saleable assets. Perhaps then we have comparison to MA. In the meantime, here's one comparison, our respective managerial appointments from last summer - you'll notice that one is factual, clear and explicit about selection criteria, one (sadly as everyone long since knows) is just waffle: Murphy: "We are continually looking at head coaches who implement the pressing model, the gegenpressing, German high-press, create as many chances as possible, and last season Valerien was second in all of Europe, at LASK. He has a self-assurance and belief and directness to the message that he tries to convey. There’s no grey area. He doesn’t waver. He knows exactly what his approach is and how to garner success from that approach. It’s very hard, when you speak to Valerien, or you’re around him, to not believe in what he’s saying." Ashton: "We have run a thorough and vigorous process. We had wide-ranging candidates but again following a vigorous process we are convinced we have the right person for this football club. Dean has a number of attributes that make him an outstanding human and he's also an outstanding coach with a number of outstanding coaching attributes. We genuinely believe he is the right person for this football club. We ran a vigorous process." If you're particularly bored, Murphy publishes a detailed update across everything from transfers/personnel to finance and community. I'm not saying this is too far removed from Ashton popping up on Geoff Twentyman once or twice a year. However for someone over from America and younger than some players, he seems to be a more convincing leader - a whole lot less self promotion and a whole lot more clear, transparent thinking, and not simply on his football operations. https://www.barnsleyfc.co.uk/news/2020/september/dane-murphy-update/ https://www.barnsleyfc.co.uk/news/2020/november/dane-murphy-update/ https://www.barnsleyfc.co.uk/news/2021/february/murphy-update/
    11 points
  12. How dare you write down everything that's inside my brain on this topic! Seriously, that's a great post, which makes all the points I want to make. Lansdown needs to be bold. He knew when he appointed NP he wasn't getting a poodle, a learner or a second-in-command-to-Ashton. He must know that the blame for these poor performances cannot be laid at the door of the man who inherited all the problems. Our owner has got to be honest with himself. He's got some things badly wrong. Structural things about the club. He's been talked into a situation where we have virtually no first teamer performing to their ability - talked into it by snake-oil salesman/incompetents (delete as necessary!) He needs to trust Pearson. Listen to Pearson. Act on his recommendations - even if that means taking tough decisions. Let's just hope he has the nous to do so.
    11 points
  13. Selling is one thing. Selling and not replacing is another.
    9 points
  14. If we're going to play moneyball we have to get recruitment correct, the way I see it right now is we are happy to sell players for large amounts of profit but not so savvy when it comes to signing replacements. We're doing the basics wrong and until we get recruitment correct there is no point playing moneyball let alone thinking about promotion.
    8 points
  15. Unfortunately, and as others have alluded to, we have deeper set problems than the playing squad. The whole “cosy club” culture at our football club is sadly ingrained through recruitment, medical team, boardroom, all of it. The problem we have with the playing squad is monumental, a mish-mash of a collective put together to play on the counter attack as it is easier and lazy to coach in this way, and a core of the squad OOC shortly and protecting their careers and future moves (and why shouldn’t they). They should not have been allowed to get to this point without being sold, or tied down to contracts. Any decent players we have somehow stumbled across have had their progression stunted by our complete ineptness to make good players better. I have said it ad-nauseam but the appointment of Holden should tell anyone with an ounce of instinct or nous, how hard it is for someone to manage this football club. I firmly believed then and still do now, that no-one wanted it, and Holden’s appointment was borderline professional misconduct from the recruiters responsible. NP has come in and for me, seems like he cannot believe what a shambles we are top to bottom. Based on that interview, I think he will want to stay as he probably sees us as a massive project and challenge. That will not stop us doing our best to self-sabotage his permanent appointment though as we come to terms with what it may actually mean to keep him on and enable him to be successful. In hindsight, and we are not there yet, staying in this division this year will be a massive achievement. Those odd wins whilst getting battered v Forest (a), Coventry (h), Huddersfield (h), QPR (a) have saved us. Imagine going into League One with this lot and our set-up.
    8 points
  16. It was shocking pass by Rowe especially as we appeared to have a potential way back into the game we scarcely deserved. Pretty sure NP said in a recent interview he really liked working with TR so will be interesting to see what happens. Always seems to be an honest hardworking squad member who is probably a good influence on the many youngsters we have. I wouldn’t throw him under the proverbial bus on the basis of that shocking pass today.
    8 points
  17. Maybe not the most exciting title for a posting on a forum but a famous day in the club's history. This 3rd division game was the first after the Ashton Gate Eight tore up their contracts and took redundancy to allow the survival of the club. The attendance was double the previous home game and I was there. Fulham were going for promotion. As Roy Hodgson's young and inexperienced side lined up for the start, I remember seeing a Fulham fan run onto the pitch and give a £1 note to the City's no. 9. Debuts were given to 17 year old Wayne Bray and an 18 year old Wiltshire lad called Rob Newman. Unfortunately the heroics of that day couldn't be maintained and City went down to Div 4. However' the loss of points contributed to Fulham missing out on promotion. Why, at the age of 80, am I going on about all this? Because I want to contrast the club then, when we were in free fall and the club now when we are in mid-table of The Championship (or 2nd division as I still think of it). Most particularly the spirit at Bristol City then and now is so very different. In my view, however, we are in a similarly perilous position and without drastic changes we could once more go into freefall. We have the money now but that won't help unless we have a manager who can motivate and a group of players with the self respect to go out and fight for their team The club's destiny is in the hands of the owners this time and we need a manager of the calibre of Roy Hodgson. Nigel Pearson is and has been in that category. Back up the fine words with fine deeds and give the man the job.
    7 points
  18. Very good. No holding back Said what many of us would have said interesting comment about not caring what their personal problems are. He is spot on, we have players who don’t care. He also said it had helped make his mind up over a number of things, ie not just who stays and who goes I take it from that Nige, please stay. You are our hope, in you many of us believe
    7 points
  19. When you take into account that having pulled a goal back, Coventry were looking nervous and we had a chance of nicking an undeserved point. Also Rowe himself had moments before been waving City players forward. To receive the ball in space well in their half, with time to hit a FORWARD cross field pass, the loser mentality to pass backwards fully 60 yards to nobody so a Coventry player could pick it up, is probably the worst bit of individual play I can ever recall from a City player. I think Rowe is ooc in the summer, I would not have him in the squad again after that.
    7 points
  20. ... we beat West Brom 3:2 at home. That win lifted us to 5th after 40 games, where Barnsley are now (and almost as many points). We won one of our final six games. We then sold Webster in the summer. And Brownhill the following winter. And that was that. How we have crumbled since then.
    7 points
  21. God, I thought you were gonna post he’d passed away.
    7 points
  22. Pathetic bunch of gutless lazy bastards
    7 points
  23. I think we’ve got two people at the top of the Club who genuinely thought they were qualified to develop a successful football team, but in reality, are no better than the average man in the street. To his credit Jon - consciously or otherwise - realised that he was not qualified and has stepped away. I believe Steve now realises he ain’t qualified and has brought in someone who is - Nigel Pearson. That just leaves a deluded Ashton still peddling the myth that he’s a brilliant football man. To his massive credit, Steve has got the infrastructure right and that is a legacy that will last for decades. The Bristol Sport concept was also far-sighted and has merit. The investment on the playing side has, however, largely been wasted and now, by the looks of things, his interest is waning. An interesting ride, but frankly on the playing side it feels we are as far off the Premier League as when Steve started.
    7 points
  24. Ashton has been with us long enough now for us to suss how this works. He appears in the media at the optimum moment for him & gives bland, corporate answers with a couple of blatant lies thrown in. He was questioned about our injury situation & included in his waffle was the lie that Afobe chose to have his treatment with us, he said this of Mawson, too. I don’t believe that Famara has been offered the best contract in our history (personally I like him, but if he has, that just shows shocking judgment) but many of our problems lie at Ashton’s door. That does not for a minute excuse many of the gutless squad that we have, but he should follow very many of them out the door this summer.
    7 points
  25. I’ve always liked, supported and been profoundly grateful for SL, but I wouldn’t place much reliance on him now. It seems to me that in recent months his head has moved on. When billionaire owners start ‘looking for additional investment’ it means that they’ve crossed the line that leads to sale and a relinquish of control. My guess is that having spent the last year exiled on Guernsey with no live football with fans, he’s surprised to realise that he’s not missed it as much as he assumed he would. Does he need the hassle and grief that comes with the responsibility of ownership? He has a legacy and it’s a decent one. We will always remember and revere what he’s done. He’s a genuine fan but he can still watch every game home and away in luxury without being the owner. Jon, meanwhile, could have done little more recently to show that he has no measurable interest in the club when compared to a life developing property in the Caribbean. And who can blame SL or resent his desire for a quieter life. Frankly, he owes us nothing. The point is that while a Championship club sells better than a League 1 outfit, owners looking to sell are not famous for pumping tens of millions into player acquisitions as they prepare to sell. At best it works, whereupon your successor gets the credit. My guess is that any expenditure will be modest at best, with Covid as a smokescreen, as Steve takes his last big commercial gamble- can he clear his book before it goes spectacularly rats on the pitch.
    7 points
  26. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56631593 Asian brothers Sunny and Bhupinder Gill appointed for EFL game Sunny and Bhupinder Gill have become the first South Asian brothers to be appointed on the same officiating team for an English Football League game. Bhupinder will be the assistant and Sunny the fourth official for the Championship match between Bristol City and Nottingham Forest on Saturday. The pair, who are Sikh, are the sons of former EFL referee Jarnail Singh, who retired in 2010. "It's a proud moment for the family," Bhupinder told BBC Sport.Andy and Bobby Madley are the most recent example of brothers officiating at the same EFL match. Bhupinder is an assistant in the Championship and Sunny is a referee at National League level, with both combining their roles with full-time jobs as a PE teacher and prison officer respectively. "On a personal note, the game on Saturday is one of the biggest things that we're going to be involved in," said Sunny. "As a refereeing family that have come through the system and followed in my Dad's footsteps, I never thought we would be on the same Championship game. "It's a massive dream but, at the end of the day, I don't want people to think we've made it. This is just a small step we've achieved but our goal is to become full-time match officials. "If we can be on the same Premier League game or become full-time, that is the end goal." Bhupinder added: "I think we've only done two or three games together but this is massive as it's in the Championship. "It's the highest stage that we've been at together. My dream is to get to that next step which is the Premier League and be a full-time assistant referee." Jarnail, who is a referee assessor, will miss the game because of coronavirus restrictions but hopes "in the future there will be an occasion where I can watch them both walk out on the same pitch". The Gill's news comes a week after Rebecca Welch became the first female referee to be appointed to an EFL game. She took charge of the League Two match between Harrogate and Port Vale on Monday. Former Premier League referee Howard Webb, who was in charge of the 2010 World Cup final, worked with "top guy" Jarnail during their time with the EFL. He kept an eye on the development of the two brothers and "has quite a bit of contact" with Sunny as he has progressed through the refereeing ranks. "It's really important we have strong role models at the top of the professional game that show to other people who are thinking that refereeing might not be for them because there's no-one that looks like them, that actually it can be for them," Webb told BBC Sport. "The more we can be truly representative, the less this will be a conversation in the future. It will come down to the good old fashioned 'are you a good referee on the day or in general'." Webb is the general manager of the Professional Referee Organisation in the United States and oversees match officials in leagues including the MLS. He added: "To work with your sibling on a game is pretty special. But, make no mistake, if they weren't good enough they wouldn't be on the game. "As someone who assigns officials in the professional game, quality is the first thing you look for."
    6 points
  27. Well said. If NP is not in charge, I'm not bothering again. Done with this mess
    6 points
  28. When does our “decent signing embargo” finish?!?! Quite frankly we’d have been better off with a transfer ban the past couple of years.
    6 points
  29. To sum up, then: Barnsley are owned, administered, and coached by people who have been involved in English football for 5 minutes. And after finishing 21st last season, they are now 5th with six games to play. Meanwhile, Bristol City are owned, administered and coached by people that have been involved in English football for decades. And after finishing 12th last season, we are a bit of a shambles, doing worse than last season and unable to compete with Barnsley, let alone parachute payment clubs.
    6 points
  30. Lets take a step back. We appoint a total low cost option coach and it doesn't work out. We appointment, for the first time in many years a coach that has a track record and proven ability, BUT we give him a temporary contract Next SL tells us he can't confirm the long term future of NP until he meets him, but then says he hasn't got round to meeting him yet!!! Then we learn that SL is looking for outside investment in the club as part of his "exit strategy" and because junior would rather swan around in Bermuda. How can an investor come into BCFC when BCFC is so interwoven with Bristol Sport. What would he be investing in and would SL be the landlord? Out of all of this mess Ashton is silent and seems to be Mr Teflon in terms of his future and his part in assembling such a bunch of losers. So bearing all of this in mind, how likely do you think it is that NP will want to join this shambles And, if the players have picked up that NP is not exactly been shown the red carpet by Ashton or SL is it any surprise that they don't appear to be playing for the coach. I think they would have seen it all before and like us are heartily sick of it. During the game yesterday I changed my mind about renewing my ST. I will wait until I see If Ashton is still there If NP is still there What players and coaches go or stay What new players come in. I think I will not be alone in this.
    6 points
  31. It’s as clear a wake up call to Steve Lansdown as he’s ever likely to get, as been stated elsewhere he’s been asleep at the wheel. For all the wonderful facilities he’s invested in if he gets this wrong and goes for another cheap yes man to fit in with the failed ‘vision’ he will only be remembered as the man who failed at Bristol city. Make no mistake another stupid managerial appointment under Ashtons waffling bullshit terms will see city relegated next season.
    6 points
  32. Well, I'm awaiting the announcement on NP before doing anything about my season ticket. He simply has to stay.
    6 points
  33. TBF, those you mention didn't disgrace themselves yesterday (along with Kalas although sub par for him, Massengo and Semenyo). At least Simpson tried to get things moving, Marriappa had a sub par game by his standards its true but usually gives his best, Wells had nothing from Sessegnon at all and at least finished for the goal well, and Lansbury at least looked as if he could pass a ball and get stuck in - thought he gave it a good go personally. For me, it was Sessegnon, Nagy, and Diedhiou who were abject and shouldn't play again imo. How a good player like Nagy can play as he does for his Country and then come back and put in a "performance" like that is beyond me (not or the first time), its obvious to me that he wants to be elsewhere. Sessegnon knows he's going back to Fulham - nothing to play for, and I gave up on Diedhiou a while ago - he's a complete waste of space and the sooner he buggers off the better.
    6 points
  34. It is likely to be criticism of what’s happened and will ultimately reflect back on SL. I’m not sure he will like what he hears, unless he’s willing to make MA the scapegoat. I know I bleat on about Diedhiou, but when the focal point of your 1 man attack is not putting it in, so much else suffers. Players stop making runs, because they think the ball will be going back over their head. I thought the ref was very unfair on his yesterday, but he is on his heels so much, he’s always just behind where he needs to be, and likely to make contact after the ball has been won by the defender. Where have those side runs at the centre back gone from a few weeks ago. He’s strolling through games. I know I have mentioned Tyler Walker as a prospective signing, but look how he and Godden worked our CBs yesterday. Dragged them all over the place, getting feet in, catching Simpson late. We earn bookings for chat-back and handbags. Diedhiou is just plain lazy and his lack of effort has a major impact on the rest of the team and the way it plays.
    6 points
  35. The expectation was to use our exemplar recruitment to buy, develop and sell whilst improving our standing. What has happened is that as each good player has gone we haven’t quite done what we said. I’m massively critical of recruitment (in case you hadn’t guessed)....but I do set a high bar....partly because we tell everyone how good it is. But it actually falls well short of what’s needed. I’d argue that we could’ve easily achieved that season on season progress on a fraction of what we spent. I compare us to Barnsley, Preston, Wigan, Brentford, QPR, Birmingham, Blackburn etc....similar sized clubs who we never finish top of the tree against. We might not be the worst in that group (Birmingham cough cough), but we aren’t the best, spending vast sums compared to most. Yet we claim we are up there with Brentford There have been some good signings, but too many “no better than what we have”. That’s why I’m critical of recruitment. You can bet your bottom dollar that the cost of recruiting the “no better than what we have” was more than the players they were meant to be better than. In fact you don’t need to bet your bottom dollar, it’s all there in the published accounts. I don’t expect every signing to be stellar, but we have lost the plot with the plethora of 30+ players in the last year / 18 months. This came on the back of the need for the “established Champ player”. At least Weimann was only 26 when we signed him. That seemed sensible, but we’ve gone too far the other way. And for all the talk of DNA and great humans, we find the new manager calling out those with no personal motivation, unprofessional, and previous head-coach unable to trust certain players, and a different set of trustees a couple of games later. Ultimately we need a recruitment strategy tightly linked to playing identity / system....and execute it with the right people in charge of it.
    6 points
  36. brilliantly put - I'm out of likes but this would have been on fire! I don't think the fans have ever been so united in their rejection of Mark Ashton and what he has done to the footballing side of this club. However, on the bright side, if you were looking for someone who wants a challenge, who wants to prove something to the footballing world, you couldn't pick someone better than Nige. You can see he fancies it a bit, but that he's shocked by how big a job it's going to be. Give him three years and a lot of financial support he'll do an amazing job here. Go for it Stevie It'll cost a lot but not as much as you've made on the stock market in the last 12 months and you don't have any of those horrid taxes that the rest of us have to pay!
    5 points
  37. Well I think the majority of us know the answer to that. Let's be honest, nearly quarter of a century of banging on about reaching the top flight and we're more likely to go down than up at the moment. Getting things done off the field - He's built us a nice new stadium & a high performance (!) centre, thanks for that Mr L. Getting things done on the field - He's about as much use as a glass cricket bat.
    5 points
  38. Nigel won't stay and He doesn't have to. We need another relegation in League One to reset again the whole squad. Or a few seasons battling for relegation in Championship. Why am I saying that ? Simple..we need to change 80% of our team and that will take at least 2 seasons. I would keep only Kalas, Bentley, Palmer and Dasilva. The rest out, for free even. Just to not waste salary on them. Even Barnsley has better quality in their whole squad. Isn't only about they being on a nice run and nice spirit that helps, they are better. Our suqad value is somewhere in the bottom 6. I was naive, thinking that if we spent like even 25 mil. £ on ttanafers, that players has to be quality. No, the entire English football is broken when it comes to the transfer fees. A lot of money paid for regular players that will never deserve to cost that money. I can come with a list : - Massengo 7.2 mil ( do you even think that a good player will leave Monaco for that joke of a money ? They just throw him and have even profit cause of our naive board, he will end up being a league one player soon ) - Kalas too expensive again, I have seen Romanian footballers going out for cheap and being better, even Chiricheș which came to England for the same amount of money. - Wells, ( we just paid for a name, not for quality, he barely scores and he is not even a great dribbler or passer, regular championship player, won't make any difference for any team, in fac he never did just got lucky, he belongs to Bradford ) - Famara ( can not shoot good, can not dribble, can not pass, he can't get past defence, and literally zero vision on the pitch. At least if he could score headers but he missed 9 out of 10 by miles. A 500k player at most and he drags the team backwards every singe game, except lucky goals. He has good stamina and intercepts balls but he could play as a defender then, cause we need goals from him ) - Semenyo ( our future for sure, only if we relegate maybe. He does a lot of mistskes and he literally can't score to save his life. Some pace but how is that helping if he runs and then shoot 15 yards away from the goal. We can't compete for anything with him as a main threat ) - Chris Martin ( good for relegation battle but not more ) - Brunt ( mare some money to keep his son into school and we were stupid enough to pay him for nothing, while he has to retire or play in League two ) There ar a lot of players to review but I won't waste your time with it. Some good players came too, like Kodjia and the best I think it was Eliasson but like usual, we lost them cause we are a small team, we can't pay money and we can't attract quality footballers. Eliasson though was a distrage to let him go.
    5 points
  39. Spot on. Things are really poor but some are completely losing any perspective. Rowe is on a third of what some of his team mates are on, yet puts their effort & abysmal availability records to shame. It was a really bad mistake & there was no need to play that pass at all but reading some of these comments you’d think the bloke was Tony Dinning. I think he’ll move on this summer but without trying very hard at all I can think of at least a dozen other players (some of whom have their little fan clubs on here) who have contributed far less for us this season, when they have actually managed to play.
    5 points
  40. For what it's worth, Hughton had a similarly ropey start at Forest as Pearson has had here with minimal obvious improvement and after 10 games or so there was a minority wanting him gone. Like us, they have a bloated squad with a load of deadwood that needs shifting. These things take time to fix. Not enough people understand this.
    5 points
  41. During the 90s I was obliged to spend a night or so most weeks in Heerlen, Limburg. Post 94, when drinking in my regular bar of choice, I lost count of the number of free drinks bought me by Roda JC supporters who couldn't believe 'my club' had stupidly gifted them the Deus that was Ray Atteveld. The bloke who far from being the joke many City fans considered, was the player who propelled perennial also-rans Roda to runners up in Eredivisie, narrowly losing the title to Ajax after both had nearly gone unbeaten all season. The bloke who was rated the best midfielder in Eredivisie that year by his fellows pros and media. The bloke who kept Roda from bankruptcy when sold for a princely sum to their richer, arch-rivals Vitesse.
    5 points
  42. Bit harsh. He did set up the foundations for Cotts. He brought in a lot of good young players, and also got rid of a lot of deadwood. S'OD and McInnes both did a lot for the club in terms of changing our squad for the better, albeit both provided absolutely dire football. Not dissimilar to what Pearson needs to do now.
    5 points
  43. He has been really good in some games and still has potential to devlope further.
    5 points
  44. Steve absolutely loves the bloke though and it’s the fans who have got him all wrong. When it comes to footballing decisions the Board and Owner of this club are pretty much clueless. A scenario where Lansdown states “Mark and I both agree that we need to get more out of these players and Nigel was not prepared to hang around and do that, we will advertise the job and advise in due course” is not as ridiculous as some might think.
    5 points
  45. NP is a great appointment, and I hope he stays. But it is s hard for him at the moment, without his 'own men'. Hence Simpson signing. he needs to know who are in 'cliques' , who's doing the shit-stirring in the dressing room. The bullies, the drinkers, the gamblers - the wrong 'uns basically. The players aren't mugs - they will show NP the face they think he wants to see. NP has the impossible job of seeing the players REAL core in a short space of time. He needs his own trusted team - coaching, tactical, medical. Opinions he can trust. At the moment he is alone in a hornets nest, with only Simpson to keep an extra eye out for 'shenanigans' SL needs to promise, and deliver a 3 year deal, complete autonomy over hiring and firing of all staff - because the rot is embedded in all of them. Not just the players. The dreadful media mob, Downsy, sorry, even Scotty is part of the problem, he's been turning a blind eye to god knows what over the years. NP needs to clean house from boot-studder to CEO. If he doesn't get that guarantee, he wont stay, as there will be NOTHING he can do to change the incestuous comfy circle-jerk that BCFC have been for the last 40 years. 40 years of utter mediocrity. Sign him up, give him the power he needs to do his job, or he will be gone less than an hour after SL says 'no' This club is a cess pit. It needs draining.
    5 points
  46. Had we appointed Hughton in the summer with a summer window to start with (unlike what he got at Forest), then I don’t think we’d even be talking about Pearson. But I’m really glad Pearson is here....just worried (knee jerk) that it might not last that long.
    5 points
  47. Where would we be without Youtube
    5 points
  48. I doubt Pearson is the most popular amongst our players and that comes as no surprise, this current crop like many other crops we have had are used to the cushti relaxed atmosphere that this football club is known for and I’m sure the vast majority of the OOC mob were looking to casually coast out these last few weeks putting in minimal effort. In comes Pearson a manager who is demanding performances and with no guarantee of a contract offer at the end many of them (who are probably being advised by agents to do so by the way) have downed tools. Its a sorry state of affairs to be honest.
    5 points
  49. I know for a fact and posted on here many weeks ago that it was all too cosy with Holden and the players. There is defo a kickback from the “players”, I would call a lot of them lazy bastards, in trying to stop NP taking over as manager. Pivotal times for this club IMO.
    5 points
  50. Terrible mistake by Rowe today, but not our worst player this season by far.
    5 points
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