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  1. All the players are decent as individuals. The problem is, we are a squad of all-sorts. There is no balance. It started under LJ...and its continued...shuffling the pack, different formations etc, trying to find a formula that will work. It's so disjointed...it's like oil on water. We went from a pressing team and then introduced Fam. Imo...it's gone backwards ever since. We played narrow...then introduced Eliasson. Aimless balls into the box to no one. One minute a flack back four, next a five and wing backs. We bought players in a scatter gun approach. LJ liked his Clubs in the bag for every situation. Instead of clubs that suited the course so to speak. It was like playing a pitch and putt with a bag of woods and long irons. It's all over the shop.
    15 points
  2. If you've well and truly bought into the customer rather than supporter thing then probably not. I'm buying my season ticket without needing to be bullshitted that we will be aiming for Top 6 next season. In fact I'm fed up to the back teeth of hearing Steve Lansdown and Mark Ashton failing miserably to insult my intelligence with their bullshit at season ticket selling time. If fans can't see for themselves before they buy their season ticket that we are not Top 6 material what are they actually watching? Nigel Pearson hasn't hidden anything - he needs 4-6 windows and has made that crystal clear. If the club right now, two individuals in particular, were to come out and say Top 6 is the aim it would be more likely to PUT ME OFF buying a season ticket to be honest as it would be yet more outright bullshit for the umpteenth time. It's a strange concept that you claim to support a football club but only if the Board lie and say we are aiming for Top 6 (with bottom 6 standard players currently).......and then you take that statement as gospel and moan like **** when the manager and his sub-standard players (for the aim spouted) fail......and then repeat year after year.
    12 points
  3. First things first, where's that tin hat.. There can be little doubt that there will be significant changes to the playing squad in the summer, some of it much needed, but this attitude that our squad is hopeless seems to have just seeped into fact. To some, of course, it is fact. For me, quite simply, it isn't. There are surplus elements of course, players who are no longer required more through evolution than their lack of ability - Hunt, Watkins and Paterson are three examples of this, for me. Wells has increasingly become a worry, one that on current form id hope we move on from, if possible, in the summer. Decent players but wages that can be shed. However our squad on the whole actually possess a great deal of talent, the issue is that the talent isn't showing and, subsequently, the question must be why it isn't showing. Injuries have hugely hindered us this season, that is not news to anyone. They continue to. But I like to think the recent resurgence of Massengo is an excellent example of the talent within the squad that, for whatever reason, is not coming to the fore. A few months ago Massengo was being linked with a loan move to Birmingham, if it had been suggested then that he could be a key feature for us going forward it would have been greeted with scoffs aplenty. Fast forward and he's the current shining light, showing that deployed and motivated correctly he can be a hugely influential player. Now let's be clear, i'm not saying that Moore, Bakinson and O'Dowda (to pick three names) are going to lead us to the league title next season. Nor am I suggesting we're the finished article who simply need an injection of confidence. As all squads do, we have areas of need. Going into next season, working to assumption of a fully fit squad (I know, I know..), id suggest, primarily, we need a right back (presuming Simpson doesn't extend), centre back and replacement for Diedhiou. If Paterson leaves we could do with some more trickery. Prerequisites for those recruits must be character because it is character we are lacking, not talent. The only signing Pearson has made in Simpson was an odd one in some respects. It courted controversy and, much like Lansbury, just seemed unnecessary, a waste of a wage at a time when we could blood younger players or utilise what we had. But it perhaps makes more sense than meets the eye when considering the deflated, uninspired and, ultimately, rudderless squad. We need presence. Players who will stand up and drag others with them. Fans understandably fell in love with Kalas after *that* interview and he remains a massively important figure in both the squad and team but the last few games have shown up a lifeless side going through the motions. It's TV, it's hard to tell, maybe he's screaming in-between the encouragement, but we look like a team in desperate need of leaders and, as the captain, the finger will inevitably get pointed at you. At a time when people were saying how bad our squad was we could have fielded a back four of Dasilva, Mawson, Kalas, Sessegnon. Bentley could clearly play for a successful team at this level. It's easy to forget Joe Williams but the thought of him and Massengo patrolling the middle of the park must surely bring a hint of cheer. Palmer is an excellent football player. To be honest he's probably too good for {some of} the players around him and can often look worse for it. Fingers crossed that Walsh signs a new deal, the hype seems justified. Semenyo has come on leaps. Diedhiou and Martin are strong options leading the line. Weimann, O'Dowda and Paterson are more than capable of creating match winning moments. Some of those players may not be here next season and some have of course been injured, but you cant have two top 10 starting XI's and criticism of the squad hasn't come overnight, it's been a feature for some time. Others will disagree, in-fact most will probably disagree, but some stability off the field and a handful of the right 'sort' of recruits in the summer should see us once more looking up rather than down.
    7 points
  4. There`s some belter over on slagchat saying the EFL should investigate the Wigan & Wimbledon results from yesterday for evidence of illegal betting patterns! You couldn`t make it up - well obviously you could if you`re a fewer.
    6 points
  5. The Pearson time scale is very similar to the one quoted by Jack Charlton a few decades ago. It's not exactly as he said it but how I understood his thinking. Year One - assessing, pruning and replacing the playing staff. Don't expect promotion then. Year Two - more fine tuning of the playing staff but with fewer coming and going. Plan to be in with a shout of promotion. Year Three - Promotion. Stable team/squad Year Four - consolidate in higher league. Give the team a chance but make some changes where necessary. Nearing or at end of Year Four, make way for your successor as the squad will need a fresh outlook. The big difference at the time he said it, while he was still a club manager before he took the Ireland job, was that players could be bought and sold all year and not just in short periods. Hence Pearson's reference to 4 to 6 Transfer windows. If he stays, Pearson could count the Four years from the start of next pre-season with this three month stint as a real bonus of getting a very close insight into the current squad and with so many out of contract. PS. Four years is usually the life span of a manager at club level with only the select few like Ferguson and Wenger going on much longer. One might even say that Klopp is suffering the four year curse but that is another thread for the Liverpool fans and forum.
    6 points
  6. I think this deserves a separate thread to the usual Rovers one as it deals with Ian Holloway’s reputation in the big wide world. There’s a wonderful article by Rod Liddle (never one to mice his words) in today’s Sunday Times about him. Unfortunately I can’t find a link to the article so just a couple of pics of the first few paragraphs. He goes on to say that Holloway managed his club, Millwall, and was regarded as the worst manager in their history
    5 points
  7. Contradicting yourself then. You expect More from NP but admit the squad isn’t very good . As I’ve said before he’s inherited a shitshow. Klopp would struggle to get a tune of these frauds
    5 points
  8. I mean Gregor should be aware of the situation himself. He can ask about injuries using information publicly available rather than sound stupid by saying he’s vanished.
    5 points
  9. As an aside, thought the commentator today was a definite upgrade on the usual verbose idiot.
    5 points
  10. Here goes, time to destroy the last crumbs of credibility I have on OTIB... This Lansbury fella. He was seriously rusty and off the pace when he joined, but with a few games under his belt he's become a reasonably reliable partner for Massengo in our midfield. Okay his pace and athleticism are, shall we say, limited... But he's increasingly having a positive contribution and has that game management nous. I'm not saying we offer him a long term deal but I'd pick him ahead of Bakinson atm and he's not a Brunt by any stretch. Here's your chance to disagree with me with an onslaught of ridicule and bile.
    4 points
  11. Thankfully I’m not linking him to us as his loan spell was woeful. This stat from yesterday is pretty remarkable:
    4 points
  12. He’s a dog whistle racist with a track record of making disgusting comments particularly about Muslims. Claims to be a Millwall fan but lives near Hartlepool these days.
    4 points
  13. Ah, Rod Liddle. The thinking man's gobshite. He might just be right this time, though! (The law of averages says he has to be, occasionally)
    4 points
  14. Then that's your (rather strange) issue to deal with not the club. If you can't see the benefit of the club releasing a tweet with some promo shots of a 17/18 year old, a 30 second interview and with that half a dozen comments from fans saying things like "great news" and "Well done" doesn't give them a boost of confidence, make them feel 10 foot tall, give them that extra % hard work rate. Contract negotiation and players OOC will not be tweeted out because it's not public. NP getting a long term contract or not will not be made public and SL & NP have already said discussions will go on towards the end of the season. Of all the things to be frustrated about this club, a few tweets of youth players signing contracts is a frankly bizarre thing to get irritated by.
    4 points
  15. I relaxed after those 2 wins when he came in. It’s honestly not even been a concern, we’ve been shit but everyone below us is in terrible form. There is no way 5/6 teams were picking up enough points to put us in danger
    4 points
  16. I prefer the next photo as a stray frisbee cuts off the turrets. Am I suffering from turret’s syndrome , arse .
    4 points
  17. This is a link to a recording of last night's Forever Bristol City Podcast: https://foreverbristolcity.podbean.com/e/baby-steps-1618118855/ OK, we're starting from a low bar but there was enough in yesterday's 0-0 draw against Forest to suggest that City have arrested a decline in form at Ashton Gate that was becoming embarrassing. It wasn't pretty to watch and the visiting keeper wasn't troubled but in the second half, inspired from midfield by the ever improving Massengo, City put in a performance that pleased most fans and Nigel Pearson. Ian, Mark , & DaveFevs joined me to discuss the match action and also just WTFIGO with regard to confirming Pearson's appointment, a possible departure of Mark Ashton, the Chairman's continuing silence and the owner's pursuit of new investment
    4 points
  18. He has said already, for a couple of them they have big futures. He loves their dedication and drive. He is clearly impressed. Ok, very early days, but for someone like him to say these things, and he does not waste his words, is exciting. If Sl had any worries, he should sign him now. Few managers would be big enough to play them. The improvement in HNM is astonishing , we have to recall how old he is too. Get NP asap , he will get the right balance between experience and youth, but I love that he is willing to play them. Just for that, he must stay.
    4 points
  19. I was wondering whether the 2 minute silence was pre recorded.
    4 points
  20. I've been reading this forum from afar, and I've now finally had enough and signed up. I've been supporting Bristol City for 30 years now, followed home and away, so I'm not a new fan by any means. What has shocked me though over resent years it the complete entitlement of our fans, especially at the moment. Mark Ashton For me, the man has a done a decent job at the football club. He is a fantastic negotiator and for the first time that I can remember we have been a force to reckon with when it comes to negotiation etc. We've already heard from several employees within the club that Mark is a decent guy and works extremely really hard behind the scenes. David Lloyd also said as much on OSIB this week. He's obviously highly regarded within footballing circles as he's been giving a role on the EFL board! So, because some of our fanbase wouldn't have a pint with him, wears a suit, he's suddenly slimy and a snake. Honestly, who cares? He's overseen one of the most successful periods in Bristol City's history. He is an articulate and intelligent CEO, but lets hound him out with an absolute pipe dream of getting Scudamore in. Are you having a laugh? Lets be honest, most people who have jumped on this witch hunt, as that is what it is, haven't got a clue what his role actually is. Fans just see a well groomed man in a suit and have just made their minds up that they don't like him because he, funnily enough, talks like a CEO. Lets be clear for the fans that can't compute this...... MARK ASHTON DOES IDENFIFTY PLAYERS TO SIGN. Mark Ashton overseas the recruitment team who finds the players. They send lists of players to the manager, who then says YES or No. The manager will also suggest players for the recruitment team to analyse. Where people have got the idea Mark Ashton identifies players, is beyond me and blows my mind. But that doesn't fit in with the narrative does it. Why do our fans expect so much? I don't know another CEO in the football league that is expected to come out on radio and talk all of the time, its madness. Steve Lansdown It beggars belief how anyone would have a bad word to say about one of our own, who has ploughed over £200m into this club. He has built a premier league standard stadium, a premier league quality training ground and has moved this club forward beyond recognition over the past 18 years. But yet all people want to do is abuse the guy!! Are you serious? Its like people think that running a successful football club is easy. Simply black and white. Could you imagine where we would be without the mans help? I'm not saying that he's always got it right, but he's sure got more right than wrong over the years and he is still ploughing money in. You can tell that SL and JL are both at the end of the road with it, ploughing millions upon millions trying to elevate this club with nothing put abuse. I'd have pulled the plug years ago. The club would have been in great hands moving forward under JL, but SL has also said this week he isn't interested. Are you surprised? Again, the abuse he gets on here is horrendous. 10 clubs in the championship are now on a transfer ban! We aren't one of them. Can you guess why? Yeah, thats it, the CEO and the Owner have done a fantastic job to make sure that didn't happen during a worldwide pandemic. We have a financially stable club when others all over the football league are crumbling. So if the fans got their way, we'd hound out an experienced CEO and a billionaire Bristol City supporting owner. But where do you go from there once they leave in this little fantasy land ours? Maybe we can get in some Asian investment from owners that could barely point to Bristol on the map and have Ashton Gate sponsored by a betting company, as that's what it sounds like supporters want. I'd hate to think what out fans would be like if we ACTUALLY had something bad to moan about. I love this club, I always will, but why do we as fans always have this need to press the self destruct button? We do we feel so entitled? We do we always need someone to blame? Every club go through ups and downs, but just think back and see how far we have come and tell me we haven't progressed in every department of this football club. I'm sorry if you don't agree, and I'm expecting a lot of abuse instead of constructive debate. But is everything that bad?
    3 points
  21. Nope. Holdens a “Meat and Potatoes” coach. Dale Vince will have issue with at least 50% of that...
    3 points
  22. Yet you expect our current manager to be pulling up trees already. Unbelievable.
    3 points
  23. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about that thread...
    3 points
  24. 3 points
  25. I don’t think we are bugging them up per se. I think we are expanding our media content on our youngsters, something I’m massively in favour of. In fact I wrote to Dave Barton to explain my disappointment of the Academy coverage from broken links on the website to Academy highlights. He used COVID as an excuse, but the coverage had been poor pre-COVID. Since then we’ve had much better coverage. I’m sure it wasn’t down to me though! Re Tommy Conway - from a tweet point of view, it was a snippet of the overall Failand Uncut video....and the best shot of that set of the video, so no issue with it being used. Of course there is an element of why are we promoting our kids, because as you say, we’ve effed up recruitment. I’m not sure I necessarily see a Lloyd Kelly level player in these lads at the same age, but in another 6/9/12 months they might be bonafide squad members, rather than injury cover for a depleted squad. Im buying my SC with eyes fully open. I’m not seeing this as sales-pitch.
    3 points
  26. Yesterday was a free pass for me, on a horrendous run of home form, several gutless displays, we needed to be much harder to break down & whilst we weren’t even great at that, it was better. To me like with so many things we are at a crossroads, some maintain our injured players would provide what we are after here (some on here still genuinely believe our midfield contains “a lot of quality”..). Whereas others are of the opinion we need a root & branch clear out. It is the case that the likes of Martin, Nagy, O’Dowda & Williams are all under contract for next season, so even if you don’t rate these players in a challenging market making decisions to move on those who are under contract will be really tough. As usual I fall somewhere in the middle, we do need a significant amount of change but thinking we will get this completely right & sort it in one transfer window is super optimistic.
    3 points
  27. As I said on OSIB last week, our midfield has been a problem since Marlon Pack left. I’m still not 100% sold on Henri Lansbury, but I feel like he’s one I want to watch live before making an absolute judgment. Also needs a proper pre-season and to get fitter, clearly. I’m more open minded about him than I was a month ago, though, I have to admit.
    3 points
  28. I think Pearson’s 4-6 windows comment is more than honest enough. There’s no smoke and mirrors there I don’t think. People seem to be not comprehending what he is saying which is it will take 2-3 seasons before he will have us ready. If you take that at face value I fail to see where club shenanigans are coming from?
    3 points
  29. "I think you must have been steamed up" I bloody love Nige.
    3 points
  30. He's here, he's there, he's every ****ing where, MassenGow, MassenGow!!!
    3 points
  31. ...I got told on here that it was only on the stream. Apparently NP asked for it to be turned off first half as it was getting on his nerves and he wanted to hear the players. Perhaps that's why we've played so badly at home... listening to that awful drone sends em to sleep.
    2 points
  32. Ok, so this is not going to be that popular, but, I am completely underwhelmed by the obvious propaganda from the club on our youth players. If you look at the level of attention given on social media to (for example), i) Sam Bell’s contract, ii) Sam Pearson starting in the first team, iii) Tommy Conway scoring in training, we are clearly being set up for a massive anti-climax in the summer. Now, before anyone has a pop, and thats fine, I love the youth of our club coming through and always have, but, and I am sorry, I have not seen anything in any of them that suggests they are good enough to push us on, let alone cope at this level. They might be, with some games at a lower level, build up to it, but nothing says they are now at Championship level right now. Eight months ago the club wanted and expected Top 6, lets face it, we have a different agenda now, and its a bit worrying. I have always had, and always will have a “they are ours so they have to be good” problem. It has held us back. I just think the “we all have to love a player because they come through the system” rhetoric is a bit restrictive. Sorry, but I just want us to win some games, and challenge for the goal the club set out at the start of the season.
    2 points
  33. Saying nothing would be better, I worry we are setting these lads up to fail based on the standards the fans have been led to believe we want to achieve. Rather than overkill (my opinion) on Sam Bell signing a contract (I wish him well of course), or Tommy Conway finishing from 10 yards in training (I wish him well of course), I would like to see our communication channels full of positive long-term managerial and first team player contract news. Unfortunately the club cannot seem to escape this “smoke and mirrors” distraction strategy/culture, and take the average fan for a mug who is easily pulled away from what really counts, a strategy that I would have hoped the club had learnt their lesson with, but clearly have not, with the now ridicule-laden hyperbole that came with appointing Dean Holden. This is not a dig at any of these lads, more at the club who are a paper thin propaganda machine (my opinion).
    2 points
  34. It’s not a bad bunch. But “kids”?. At 24? I seem to remember the point being made when we played Swansea much earlier this season and were congratulating ourselves on our promising youngster Zak Vyner, whilst Swans central defenders were something like 20 and 21, and both looking astonishingly comfortable in the role. That table certainly puts HNM’s progress into perspective though: what a player he’ll be when he hits 23. And I think that’s the issue: by 22, 23, 24,:you’d hope for more than promise? Which is why the later point you and others make about our under 18s in interesting, maybe more relevant and more hopeful?
    2 points
  35. It's interesting that a couple of replies have noted how much we miss Pack. Massively under rated player IMHO, yet many fans couldn't see his value or contribution.
    2 points
  36. Wells has been played out of position and Famaral has been asked to play a game which is not suited to his style. The failure is not entirely down to the team or individual players.
    2 points
  37. Does such an investigation occur when they beat Doncaster United?
    2 points
  38. Bring it on. A squad of 25 that has 10-12 home grown players in it? Yes please.
    2 points
  39. Please tell me you aren't "Bristol City Defender". Going on there trying to curry favour with the Mackems is very Gas like behaviour, embarrassing.
    2 points
  40. This made me chuckle. ’ Back in the day we never went in the away ends we took theirs eastville was one the police had to move us out as they couldn't‘
    2 points
  41. 2 points
  42. The much maligned McGregor has reported that we will be looking to bring in a striker when Famaral leaves, apparently he already has a club lined up abroad. With finances reduced I am pretty sure next season will see a progression in game time and competence of the youngsters backed up by some decent experienced pros. I still believe that the objective is a top six finish and if any player is not good enough to be part of that then they won’t be in the first team on a regular basis.
    2 points
  43. 2 points
  44. Definitely getting a sexual tension vibe between Gregor and Nige
    2 points
  45. I wonder if the posters who were writing him off will learn from their comments and next time a player is having a iffy patch, say so of course but don’t just write them off. Or will they be back here when he next has a bad game doing it again? It’s especially annoying when it’s a teenager living in a foreign country away from most of his family and friends in the middle of a pandemic which means they can’t come here and he can’t go there during international breaks and you’re in a run of games where you can’t even get off the bench. He’s obviously still not the finished article but let’s not swing from “I think he’ll go to Chelsea in the next window” to “let’s offload him to a league 1 club” in the space of a few weeks. I don’t think either are at all likely, he loves living in Bristol and will enjoy it more once Covid restrictions are over. As far as I’m aware his dad is his agent and also loves life in Bristol and wants what’s best for his son not what’s best for his wallet. And the best thing for his son right now is playing regular football, which he’s getting here. Keep up the good work young man.
    2 points
  46. He doesn`t mind the dark arts either and happy to take one for the team when necessary. We don`t have anyone else like that really.
    2 points
  47. I`d say we switch Wednesday to Sunday but Wednesday play Tuesday so Wednesday need to move to Wednesday so we can play Wednesday Sunday.
    2 points
  48. Does he have his number ? Or will he have to wring it out of him ?
    2 points
  49. I never said it pleases me did I. I said it’s been a mare of a season for shit loads of reasons . You’re obviously one of them that takes every game in isolation. After the season we’ve had . Did you expect a performance of fast flowing intricate football today ? we’re a ******* mess. It’ll take a good preseason & 5 or 6 new players to make any difference . If you can’t see that then I do wonder what you see
    2 points
  50. True, it is played inside the ground, a truly horrendous decision presumably initiated by the EFL and or SKY. A complete and utter waste of time.
    2 points
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