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  1. This may get moved to the Transfer Forum but I'll post here initially as the departure of Ashton may open up a different approach to recruitment this summer, so it's quite topical. We have 14 players in the first team squad who are out of contract and coming off the wage bill (including the loans of Mawson & Sessegnon). This is a huge opportunity to completely reshape the squad in one window. We’ve heard Steve Lansdown say that covid-finances will make things tricky, and we’ve heard Pearson say that we will need to be very “clever” in the transfer market. With this in mind, I thou
    108 points
  2. 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 th
    89 points
  3. I nearly did watching that rubbish yesterday
    63 points
  4. A perfect opportunity to exercise ‘Fan Power’. We have no manager for next season, a chairman seemingly moving to Bermuda, a CEO flirting with a club a league below us, an Owner looking to sell-up and currently only 14 pro-players contracted for next season. What a time for all fans, as a whole collective, to stand up and say “what’s going on - sort it out”. No one should renew until answers to all of the above are given. Yes, many of us will of course renew in the end, but it would be good if people could just hold off for a few weeks to at least show some sort of reaction
    62 points
  5. How anybody can contemplate Robins over Pearson needs a significant lie down for a couple of weeks. Complete and utter nonsense.
    58 points
  6. Is it the fans who fanny about the pitch on match days pretending to be professional footballers ? Is it the fans who employed a novice coach when the remit was to bring in experience ? Is it the fans who signed so many soft bellied players with no fight in them and no affinity to the club ? I could go on . We are, quite rightly, negative at times as we have seen better run clubs overtake us and have some success since the seventies . We are not responsible and continue to pay money into the club’s coffers regardless.
    58 points
  7. Thanks all, and apologies for the rant, expletives and so forth. Not aimed at anyone nor the club. Just sometimes it's difficult to hold back when you have had to deal with the situation at hand. Its a number of circumstances a few beyond my control. It's very frustrating and time consuming. I think I need some time out right now,
    54 points
  8. 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 laboure
    53 points
  9. You do a great job Tom mate. Perhaps explain what’s happened so people don’t jump to conclusions though. Forum is easily one of, if not the best available.
    47 points
  10. Th...th...th...th...that's all folks <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dAYVBoz0sQY" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
    46 points
  11. As soon as any breakaway is announced, the clubs concerned should be immediately banned from their domestic leagues and cup competitions. If they wish to come back, they start at level 10 in the pyramid of that country. **** 'em. Those clubs have lost all perspective and respect. Glad to see German and French clubs have refused to take part.
    44 points
  12. OP is rather confused about our shirt sponsor methinks. We are already sponsored by a betting company, so you might want to delete that error on your post. Anyway, appreciate the opinion. I don't agree with your acceptance of mediocrity for the level of investment or the notion that any owner who is not Bristol born would be a negative. Get used to it, the owner is selling out, and the new people will not be local. Our historical position in the football pyramid is what 34 th ? Where are we now ? Mark Ashton, Steve Lansdown, bottom line is , nice buildings, but nothing notable to s
    43 points
  13. It would be complete and utter insanity by the Owner/Board to change manager yet again now we've found one who can see what problems need fixing.......which is why I wouldn't rule it out just yet.
    40 points
  14. LJ would have been delighted with that number of box entries. I’ll get me coat.
    38 points
  15. The OP has persuaded me. Let's transfer list the fans and bring in a new 100,000 odd from a city where fans never criticise the running of the football club (ie: nowhere). The "sense of entitlement" of which is spoken of is an entitlement born of (in some cases) generations of family putting money, time and effort into supporting the club. Speaking personally, it belongs to the area my family has lived in since before Ashton Gate was built. My great-grandfathers watched, and they'd probably watched Bristol South End and Bedminster FC before that. Steve Lansdown has put a hell of a lo
    38 points
  16. I think NWs time can’t really be judged here until he’s played in his correct position. The blokes a natural poacher so playing him 25 yds away from where he operates best and then bashing him for not scoring as much as we’d hoped isn’t really fair. I can see him playing as our main no 9 when Fam moves on this summer.
    35 points
  17. I’ll respectfully disagree with your opinion of Mark Ashton.
    34 points
  18. 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 wor
    34 points
  19. I’ve been watching City for 35 years and this is by quite some distance the city team I’ve disliked the most - I would not care one bit if i never saw the vast majority of this lot never pull on a City top again
    33 points
  20. There's talk the clubs who have signed up for this should have their records expunged for the last 3 years and the competition retrospectively awarded to the highest place legitimate club. That makes Bristol City 2018 League Cup winners. Admittedly I am the one that started the talk.
    33 points
  21. 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
    33 points
  22. Special praise for HNM. Doesn’t sound to good for some players. Music to my ears . Let this man rebuild this side
    32 points
  23. Hired by Charlottle in March 2020 to prepare them for their first season in MLS which starts this weekend. His work is therefore pretty much done there. Built Leicester's Premier League winning side of 2016 with Nige. Go get him please, Steve.
    31 points
  24. Dustbin thread , we're known as 'binners' by Norwich fans, but enough about them. So we beat your rivals today, wasn't anything pretty in fact it were mostly dire and uninspiring but imagine you'd be pleased to see them beat. We're TRYING to get back to the Championship again but on today's evidence may have to wait a while longer. Sorry about your loss today serioiusly I'd want you to do well and see Bristol City back in the top flight (a vague recollection from early schooldays) Any consolation I'd expect Rovers to be a League Two club by the summer, they had to win today
    31 points
  25. 30 points
  26. We are literally in a once in a generation scenario with many players out of contract and an experienced, proven Manager actually throwing his hat in the ring having already had a 6 week plus head start, knowledge wise, on the existing staff. It would be a crying shame if we aren't able to take advantage of that.
    30 points
  27. Mods - any reason why my post made back in Feb outlining Ipswich's US takeover, Ashton's rumoured involvement and Steve Lansdown looking to sell the club/look for investment appears to have been deleted? @TomF@phantom Only it appears to have all come true!
    30 points
  28. For the majority of the season I have given the benefit of the doubt to the players and believed that they had it in them to complete at this level. Im done with that now. They are lacking in quality and effort to the extent that it’s embarrassing. It is a god send that we aren’t in the stadium to let them know how ******* shit they have been. I am fuming. Did I expect a bit more of a ‘bounce’, under Pearson? Yes. But then I don’t think I appreciated the diabolical mess that has been allowed to fester and ferment. I would stick with Pearson though, get him in on a perm
    30 points
  29. I can relate to this. Honestly, it was incessant during the 80's. Before that time I hadn't been particularly bothered about Rovers. They hid under their rocks during the late 70's but crawled out when the wheels started to come off at Ashton Gate. I didn't understand why they wanted to ram their dislike of City down my throat, but in later years a good mate of mine who is unfortunately a Gashead revealed the problem from his and his mates perspective and for me it highlighted quite clearly why the problem is actually theirs and not ours...... When we got promoted to Divisi
    30 points
  30. At the end of the day it was the wrong decision, but not exactly a humongous gaffe. You can completely see why he's given the pen, and consequently the red card. HL gave the ref a decision to make and to be honest, at normal speed none of the tv replays were conclusive. You'd have to slow it down to frame by frame to be sure, which we presumably did do. On the pitch he didn't have that luxury. He saw the ball fired towards goal at pace, an outfield player throw his arms up towards the ball, coming very close to the crossbar and the ball deflected off something and went over. He had to mak
    28 points
  31. Just did a posh shop at Waitrose. Absolutely disgusted that they have an express checkout of their own! Then again, you can't blame the store for wanting to get any sags out of there as soon as possible.
    28 points
  32. I've no idea as you say Tom but this place is really important to me and many others. Your work is very much appreciated and personally I'd feel a bit lost without it. I don't know what i/we can do to help but you certainly have my/our full support to keep this place going. Sorry to hear it's been a tough time but please stick with it, we're right behind you.
    27 points
  33. It's absolutely horrendous what happened to the poor lad, but in times like this there is no divide, I'm sure that the family would be very appreciative of any support we can give. https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-thomas-on-his-road-to-recovery?utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&utm_medium=chat&utm_source=whatsapp On the 9th March 2021 the world of our 20 year old boy, a keen Bristol Rovers Fan was turned upside down. He was cycling along a notorious part of A4174 near the Hambrook lights in Bristol when he was struck at speed by a motor vehicle. He consequently was hit by 2
    26 points
  34. Even Tins is getting in on the Shithousery
    26 points
  35. Just heard same just now - announcing Ashton leaving tomorrow. Also that SL has told NP that if he still wants the job, it’s his....announcement not tomorrow.
    25 points
  36. If you take all emotion out of this, and look at the facts as they are. We have a huge amount of “first team” players out of contract at the end of the year, and we know what that means regarding commitment to our cause. We have a manager out of contract at the end of the season, with nothing concrete about his position long term. We have a CEO being linked to another club. We have a chairman out in Bermuda building houses. We have an owner openly admitting he is open to funding and maybe a way out. if anyone genuinely believes there is a coach/manager that could
    25 points
  37. 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.
    25 points
  38. Kick them out now. Expunge their records for this season. Get on with it Premier League. Don’t bother relegating anyone. 14 teams plus the 6 autos and playoff places....20 teams, make the other 3 x 22. 92 becomes 86. League Cup back to 2 legs for first two rounds. FA Cup Replays. The 20 PL teams can field proper sides because there’s no midweek European games. REAL football is back. **** the “greedy six”.
    24 points
  39. 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 o
    24 points
  40. Pearson will be cheap, considering he's less likely to recruit utter dross.
    23 points
  41. 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
    23 points
  42. 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 ta
    23 points
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