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  1. Anyone else watch this on BBC last night? I thought it was very powerful: harrowing at times but also very brave by Wright. Worth a watch if you missed it - about the impact of domestic violence on children. From a footballing point of view it really threw a new light on Wrighty's anger as a player, that sometimes boiled over into things he did on the pitch - and often defined him as a player at the time. It made me think about what's going on in players lives that we often don't know about. It also showed again that incredibly moving clip of him meeting up with his old school teacher, Mr Pigden: it's been seen a lot I know, but the programme really brought home just why Mr Pigden meant so much to him and what a real life changer he was.
    16 points
  2. Maybe in the here & now with our recent 'experiences' in mind we won't be getting the "all Weimann does is run around a lot" comments..... He could teach a few of our crop of wasters a thing or two.
    12 points
  3. Nailed on re Weimann. Let’s be honest we would be mad not to, a hard working model pro, experienced & we have badly missed his energy & drive.
    11 points
  4. I agree with an overriding policy of signing young and hungry players BUT without experience and leadership alongside them such a policy is doomed to fail. The key is to sign the "right" older players which is where we have failed miserably. Everybody bangs on about the infamous "you don't win anything with kids" quote made by Alan Hansen but people quickly forget that there were experienced pro's alongside them in that Man Utd side. It wasn't a team of eleven "kids" that won the league that season.
    7 points
  5. Whether u like it or not.....Gregor IS a sports journalist, not a wanna be? I think he does an OK job, and asks some good direct questions. How can you possibly know what NP thinks of him? Cheap jibes are easy to make when your a keyboard warrior? .
    7 points
  6. Your defenders have to get to the ball first to score an own goal generally!!
    6 points
  7. Will check this out People would do well to remember that footballers are just like any other person. No amount of money or "privilege" can over-rule the way the brain works and we never truly know what is going on in someone else's life or head or what they've been through. I think the fact that some can perform at the very top level and on a massive stage, whilst having other things going on in their life is actually much, much tougher than some imagine. I'm sure many of us have had times where things have got on top of us, maybe took a sick day or just not wanted to get out of bed etc. Imagine your work day involves performing to the best of your ability in front of 30/40/50k people all ready to abuse you if you have a shit game? I know it's the life they chose, but not every day in life is sunshine and rainbows
    6 points
  8. I ended up with a swollen abscess on my lower shin when on a trip to Thailand back in 2007, following a fight with a jellyfish in the South China sea. I'd played football on the beach afterwards with a few Thai locals and Dutch tourists, and the sting got infected after I got sand in it by kicking the ball with bare feet. The doctor in the US Miltary Hospital in Bangkok gave me a very strong 'Chinese Burn', which tore the abscess open, enabling the pus to drain out. It was absolute agony - at first for a split second, followed by relief! Just thought I'd share that Chinese Burn story...............
    6 points
  9. I like Gregor he gets good information to us city fans. not easy interviewing nigel. the man gives nothing away. i do think he is waiting for the game to be over on Saturday then he might say a bit more. keep up the good work Gregor
    5 points
  10. @CyderInACan Your son could probably teach you a few of the latest! I can remember using the "f" word as a very innocent thirteen year old but only with friends of the same age. I genuinely believed that it was a word that only children knew and used. Imagine my astonishment when I first heard an adult use it in public, at Ashton Gate. City were playing Nottingham Forest. I am on terrace in front of Cowshed by railings. A goal kick to Forest. Ball flying through the air toward half way line near me and Dad. Doug Lishman of Forest shouts "Hold it George" to the 5ft nothing left winger, George Meek. Meek jumps as high as he could and the ball skims off his head to a City player. Lishman screams at him "I said hold the fxxxxxx thing". I looked at Dad. Lots of men in the crowd were laughing. Some told Lishman to wash his mouth out. Dad said to me "Forget you heard that, it's not a nice word". Puberty came to boys later then than now. It hadn't arrived for me so I regard this incident as the ending of my childhood innocence and the beginning of my adult life.
    5 points
  11. Geoff is an excellent interviewer all round and not just because he is an ex pro, as evidenced when posing the questions to Steve Lansdown and Wally (and all of his motley crew). Doesn't push too hard to alienate himself from the interviewee, but is very subtle and clever in the way he poses his questions and in the case of Wael, exposes what a charlatan his is.
    5 points
  12. Really can’t see what you’re seeing . He doesn’t come across arsy as you call it at all . Very calm calculated answers as normal
    4 points
  13. He was asked this by Geoff twentyman last Monday . His answer was “winning” football to start with as we have to get some momentum going. Afterwards he said he likes , fast aggressive football, with fast , mobile players . Paraphrasing slightly
    4 points
  14. If he’d come here this season, if he didn't have crutches when he arrived he’d have them after a week or so!
    4 points
  15. Always know its going to be a jolly read when I see you've posted!
    3 points
  16. Powerful and harrowing stuff from Ian Wright and considering what he experienced as child he’s matured into a very decent man - a lot of men with similar histories go the opposite way and become violent abusers themselves. It’s sadly an all too familiar story but Wrighty is doing exactly the right thing by facing his childhood demons and sharing all about it - talking the best medicine.
    3 points
  17. I agree - it’s not easy to come up with fresh question angles. We all want to know: - the team for the next game - we ain’t gonna get it - who’s injured, who’s not - we will get some info, but not stuff that’s tactically sensitibe at this time of the season, we want to know: - who are we targeting (players and staff) - we ain’t gonna get it - who’s leaving - we ain’t gonna get it until end of season or player told and club happy to release that (which they’ve already done with likes of Hinds, Opi Edwards) - contract decisions - see above So that leaves things like recruitment process, etc, which NP has given us an outline of, but not much detail.
    3 points
  18. Re your cross charging point... Surely 99.9% of transactions you undertake come as a blended cost with include staff? Not sure why buying a ticket needs to be different. We don't get a discount at the supermarket for using a self-service checkout, and if you buy a bit of clothing from a shop, the price you see is the price you pay, there is no getting to the till only to be told that, well, there is an extra pound for staff, 50p for electricity to power the till, 80p because you are using a credit card, but we will deduct 25p as you never used our changing room.
    3 points
  19. Well thanks, that's enough internet for one day.
    3 points
  20. For info the average Champ wage is £13k per week.
    3 points
  21. It's a theory and it's possible. I just lean more to the crap planning side of the argument, though, borne out of SL taking his eye off the ball and his son spending more time in the Caribbean, leaving a charlatan and his mates to ride roughshod over the club.
    3 points
  22. That’s exactly how I see it. Rome not built in a day, nor is there budget to do so. I don’t see a 34/35 year old DS demanding huge wages either. I thought he still looked athletic enough in that game v Cov, even if he had the touch of a skip-driver. That’s rustiness, nothing else.
    3 points
  23. I like Wrighty a lot, looking forward to watching this.
    3 points
  24. If it looks like a clusterfck, sounds like a clusterfck and smells like a clusterfck, then what you've most probably got is a good old BCFC...
    3 points
  25. Might actually be slightly closer to you! I’ve missed your mild-mannered appraisals of the officials this last year or so. Robins TV could do with a few canned phrases from you for playing when there’s a dodgy offside or blatant fouls that has been missed
    3 points
  26. I see it differently Robbo...the understanding of movement to either receive the ball, create space or an angle from our forwards is absolutely sure and has been for a few seasons. More often than not they are happy to stand still, to not try and get rid of their marker or be pro active in coming for the ball or a run into space. You watch our midfield...the Ball is continually recycled as their is no movement or option in front of them. Even when we do seem up for it, they try miracle moves trying to break down lines that need precise weighted balls into hardly any space. We continually lose possession when offensive in the last third. And this started under LJ and hasn't changed since.
    3 points
  27. 3 points
  28. He fell out with some parts of the local media here although mainly cos they were dicks rather than useless. Idk who the chap is, other than people calling him Gregor, but comes across as completely clueless, honestly think it'd be better if Pearson interviewed himself. I mean that's what he's effectively done anyway
    3 points
  29. What else is Pearson supposed to do to cooperate with the press. He answers the questions put to him. His answers are thoughtful and clear. In fact given the fact that Gregor keeps asking questions he had answered already I think he shows admirable patience. And comments referring back to the Ostrich comment seem irrelevant and unnecessary.
    3 points
  30. Derby should be the ones going down based on the 6 point deduction that Wednesday had, yet Derby got away with pretty much the same thing. Hope they both go, but if only 1 was to go, I’d prefer it was Derby, as they’ve cheated the system and not been punished, whereas Weds cheated the system and did get punished (albeit a weak punishment).
    3 points
  31. We don't have any rivals. Old ens can remember our rivalry with the Gas from 20 odd years ago...and still argue that. Swindon isn't and has never been a rival...it's just been a club nearer us than any other, like Cardiff. How can you call rivals teams that are 40 miles away or two leagues apart? It's probably why we are so 'nice'...no local competition or rivalry, no passion, no pressure etc. Just a bunch of overpaid pussies, playing football under no pressure, in a nice City, with no hostility, apart from a few rants on a few forums, overseen by a nice owner looking for nice DNA which equals...' nice'. It's a bit like being a billionaire who can only buy friends and buy prostitutes...loads of money but doesn't get any respect or real love. The saddest you can actually be.
    3 points
  32. Doris the tea lady at Ashton Gate is leaving the club with immediate effect to join Ipswich Town where she will again link up with Mark Ashton. Doris - the Head of Refreshment and Beverage - has been at Ashton Gate for 5 years and previously worked with Mark at Oxford and Watford. Speaking to Ipswich Live today Mark said "Before I commence any task I sit down and have a nice cup of tea and Doris can deliver a class leading brew. As soon as I accepted the role at Ipswich Town the first person I wanted to come on board ws Doris. She will bring a strong work ethic, excellent people skills the right DNA, and of course always has a packet of my favourite iced biscuits on the trolly for me"
    2 points
  33. Sometimes communication cannot always be "nicey, nicey" and does need to be sterner than you would like it. There are times when your cultural architects go onto the pitch and with their first three touches of the ball give it away. Yes, they know what behaviours are expected of them (although we are dealing with professional footballers of varying levels of intelligence and whilst some would understand everything you say to others the terms you use would be well over their heads) but they aren't following it through. It would be nice to think you have one or two players alongside them that recognise what is happening and are happy to tell said cultural architect to "liven up a bit" in so many words. There is also vitally necessary verbal communication and instruction, in the form of shouting, that simply has to happen on a football pitch and has got nothing to do with "Bellicose Leaders Tubthumping". A team that understands it's roles but doesn't communicate verbally will get hammered every week. This is clearly missing from the current team. People also assume that shouting has to be "kick up the arse" when it obviously doesn't need to be that at all. Who says you can't shout encouragement?
    2 points
  34. He couldn't be talking about Brentford because operating a different recruitment policy to them isn't "a shift" in anything we've been doing. I would imagine it's a shift from a "Teflon only going through one or two agents" recruitment policy that we seemingly operate right now. The way I see it is a "pillars" recruitment policy in isolation is no better than a "here and now" policy in isolation. You have to combine the two. I think the current financial climate in football is bound to result in agents having to work harder and players having to accept a bit less coin than they were hoping for. How many Championship clubs with no income coming through the door can operate 30 man squads averaging £6K per week? It will be an interesting summer throughout the game. It will be even worse lower down the leagues, just take a look at the Tesco Bags.......fans expecting a glut of incoming because Joey has promised them they shall inherit the earth all aboard HMS Piss The League and yet only 1K of them have renewed so far. Even #gaslogic doesn't make that stack up in conjunction with FFP.
    2 points
  35. From his interview it sounds like he would very much be one of Pearson's lieutenants in the changing room, which must play in his favour. He says he needs a full pre-season and he'll be ready to go. Cue a two year deal then a long term injury in pre-season!
    2 points
  36. Graham and I think Simpson might get another year. Hard to bring in two new RBs of the required quality and lie to them that they’re both first choice, so we think DS might get a year as cover / rest / rotate and we get a fully fledged first choice RB. Of course, we may be completely wrong!
    2 points
  37. The same people who say Rooney wasn't all that said the same about Beckham and Gascoigne and you can bet your bottom dollar will be lining up Phil Foden in their sights (because they are far more educated in football things than mugs like Pep). The common denominator seems to be they are all English and therefore cannot be a great player by definition!!
    2 points
  38. Main thing I picked up on was him saying he will bring a “more efficient” back room team and “better players” who want to be here.
    2 points
  39. TBF to Gregor, its like getting blood out of a stone with NP. He'll only give what he wants to give. But Gregor has to keep on asking the questions, its his job - and he isn't going to get any "off the record" stuff either. Bit of advice Gregor - ask the question, get the answer, move on, don't dig.
    2 points
  40. Christ, Gregor does not come across well in this interview, he appears desperate; and almost reading from some aide memoire list. I think you can already tell from NP's tone, and body language that he thinks Gregor is amateurish at best. After 3 years as City journo, and 3 months of interviewing NP he needs to learn on the hurry up; how to get answers out of him. Pearson is a man who thinks, before he speaks; and he doesn't like schoolboy attempts to get information out of him. My advice to Gregor, is to listen to the questions put to him on the main site, that NP answers fully and in depth. Adapt your way of questioning based on your knowledge of the person you are interviewing. Otherwise, you've never going to build a relationship with Pearson that will become honest and transparent. At the moment, it's almost like a podcast, with caller's questions coming in from "JIM IN CHIPPING SODBURY".
    2 points
  41. Help the Aged is his favourite
    2 points
  42. I was linking posts back to topic. The topic two years in the making .. My opinion it was a longer timescale. Mr Johnson was making the strategy up as he went along. There was no big plan. Players aptitudes could not be synched to his vision. His high tempo busy bees. What is this Leader on the pitch going to do when confronted with players who cannot carry out tasks because they can't do the workrate? Get centre forwards by the eyeballs? Nothing can be ensured but principles can be put in place by the Manager so players have clear expectations to be met. Players meeting the expectations encourage others to perform, leaders and architects emerge. .. Its a normal positive performance cycle. Mr Johnson signed (?) 60+ non leaders. 60+ poor mindsets. 60+ not the right types. Its bollocks. Look at the mess of ideas at the top from Mr Johnson. He should have gone years ago.
    2 points
  43. I was bore so decided to do the 'fact' thing. PNE. Capacity 23,404 QPR, Capacity 18,439 Fulham- a major European final, loads of seasons in the Premier league . Capacity 25,700, soon to be 29,600 Charlton Athletic. Many Premier league seasons. Capacity 27,111 Brentford. New stadium, pushing for the Premier league. Capacity 17,250 Millwall - played in Europe. Capacity 20,146 Blackburn rovers. Capacity 31,367 Wigan Athletic - Multiple Premier league seasons plus European competition. Capacity 25133 Luton town capacity 10356, soon to be 21000 Barnsley Premier league appearances. capacity 23,287 Methane snorters -erm Capacity 12296 Bear in mind, all, apart from the sags are SEATED capacity, theirs would be around 2,600. All of the 'smaller' clubs have modern, comfortable stadiums, apart from Luton, who are moving and QPR who, although having a much higher capacity than the 'big' club in BS7, are trying to relocate. Bigger? Obviously! NOT!!
    2 points
  44. Maybe - here's a potentially crazy theory: SL knew about MA planning to leave last summer. He asked him to stay on for the full year, get the HPC open, finish the stuff he's doing and so on, and then leave. As a result, SL knows there will be a major change coming in the club. Rather than appoint a new manager (Pearson, Hughton) who'd want a lot of control immediately, he'd rather wait until MA is gone and the new guy can have a major input into what happens. He also sees all the out of contract players, the uncertainty around covid, and the stars are aligning slightly for a rebuild. As a result, they appoint Holden, hope he can hold the fort for a year and not take us down, then ditch him and hire an actual manager with the lure of a clean slate, a new CEO, his own staff, loads of OOC players he can replace, and so on. Unfortunately Holden was potentially taking us down so they had to pull the trigger a bit early, and now have the slightly awkward situation with Ashton's departure getting leaked prematurely, and Nigel taking more control than expected early. No idea about the above, just a thought. Maybe I'm giving them too much credit for planning!
    2 points
  45. An astonishing stat for a team that was supposedly targeting 90 league goals. As much as Pearson has struggled to change the notes this tune has been composed by MA, LJ & DH. A team supposedly built on the ethos of a tight defence & trying not to lose - with the faint hope of nicking one nil wins here & there. This stat alone shows third parties just how poor & boring it has been watching City this season which ultimately is a culmination of atleast the previous two seasons in terms of recruitment, mentality & style of play. Quite frankly it is a miracle we have not been relegated this season & sadly this was all so predictable when the club in their wisdom decided to appoint a ‘good human’ as head coach last August.
    2 points
  46. Agreed. And the laughable thing is I wasn't that bothered when we let Matty Taylor go. But pound to a penny he'd have outperformed Wells if he stayed (and we'd have saved a shed load on money into the bargain). The recruitment strategy has been second to none. And I don't mean that in a good way.
    2 points
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