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  1. Just driving past the two storey framed structure of the new training ground building at Failand this morning you realise that SL won't be leaving the next managerial appointment to chance. The new training facility which will also house the u-23s is a multi-million pound development that will be ready in around 9 months. There is absolutely no way he has invested this kind of off-field money to employ a novice, or someone of limited experience, to run. Bristol City is now a sizeable club and a sizeable project that requires a manager with plenty of experience at Championship and Pr
    123 points
  2. Mark Ashton speaks to the fans Following the departure of Head Coach Lee Johnson I felt it important to communicate with our supporters and let them understand the direction of travel that the club is taking as we continue to make progress towards our mission goal of bringing Premier League football to Ashton Gate. Let me begin by paying tribute to the hard work Lee has put in on behalf of this football club, I have worked successfully at the top level of the football industry and it is never pleasant when a colleague has to move on but the football club must move forward, an
    111 points
  3. I know that many of you on here were members of the Junior Reds back in the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s where there were many awaydays and the club room, formerly behind the Williams and latterly under the Dolman. The main man running the Junior Reds, which took up many hours and with many stresses, all for nothing, was my father, John Banks. Even after ceasing involvement in the Junior Reds, he continued to attend every home game in the South stand despite deteriorating health. John died today at the age of 72. Fittingly, the team won for him and he passed shortly after the final whistl
    110 points
  4. Two words I think this forum lacks sometimes. Its so sad reading grown men calling LJ a "clown" and phrases like "get out of my club". Can we as a fan base just not acknowledge that the current setup of LJ, MA and JL have progressed this club, and that the journey has simply run its course? Lets be thankful for the work that Lee has done in making us a stable, and lets not forget, RESPECTED, Championship club. Things that we haven't be able to say before LJ took the reins. Everyone has a level, and to be honest I think Lee at the moment has hit that ceiling, for whatever reason.
    72 points
  5. Thank you Lee for improving us. This is the right time and good luck for your future career.
    67 points
  6. Personally I think this is getting OTT now Club Statement Lee Johnson Following the departure of Lee Johnson and in recognition of the high regard he is held in by many supporters, and the affection Lee himself retains for the club we propose to mark his time at Bristol City in three ways. 1. From noon today a Facebook page will be available for supporters to leave their own personal messages of thanks and tributes to Lee. Details will be on the
    55 points
  7. City 1 wolves 2, was this the day that started the very slow decline, it never felt the same after that, that season was the best I have ever seen Bristol city play in my life. i genuinely felt that if we won that game we could have pushed on, it seemed to knock the stuffing out of us. we had a settled side playing great football, since then the constant changing of team and his own uncertainty and over thinking took over.
    55 points
  8. Lots of disrespectful comments here. You may not care, but the guy has been in charge here for 4.5 years and the majority of us are genuinely interested in where he goes next. Personally, I reckon his reputation is pretty much intact. His next job will be at this level. And him having time up here shouldn’t change that. If you don’t care - don’t comment. But also don’t kick a good man when he’s down.
    52 points
  9. For stabilising us and making us a strong championship side, you did a good job.
    51 points
  10. Not that long ago, we had a forward thinking young first team coach being rightly given plaudits far and wide for the pressing, neat passing interchange, football we were playing. Who can forget that memorable win over Man.Utd. Then it came to the pivotal league match at home to Wolves, we got a deserved 1-0 lead against 10 men and LJ gambled in leaving Aden Flint up front as he went for the 2nd killer goal. It was a gamble that back fired badly as Wolves came back to win, exposing the defensive space where Flint should have been. So the seeds of doubt were sown, and despite some swansong
    49 points
  11. For me, that is the million $$ question. BCFC has been SL's own plaything for decades, not costing much (for him) and a distraction while he gets on with building the BS South Bristol Mega Empire. It's now decision time. Will SL be able to let go of 'his precious' and give it to other smarter, better credentialed kids who may do things with it he doesn't like? Or see that the smarter, bigger kids can make his toy better than he could have ever hoped, and it will be much more fun to share it with others when they have transformed it? It's a worry. His own so
    47 points
  12. Assuming he leaves at the end of the season we will not be able to give a fitting send off to Fam. Last night he showed once again just how important a player he has become. A well taken goal and one of the few players who seemed to understand how to keep possession and do the defensive job at set pieces. He constantly hustled across the pitch and as time was running down did the basics right rather than trying to be fancy and risk giving the ball away. Along with many others I have criticised him for his finishing over his time with us but he must be a managers dream. Always battling alw
    47 points
  13. Give this guy a go. He can't do any worse than LJ. Played regularly for Arsenal and England at centre half. Loads of experience under good managers. 6ft 4ins tall. Would get respect from players. Has plenty of contacts. Gained experience with Macclesfield where he did a great job. Not so sure about Southend. But also a decent guy.
    47 points
  14. I know people don’t want to hear this but we did play well & if we had played like this over the last 9 games more would be happy. At the moment there is a hell of a lot of hindsight & sadly people wanting us to lose so they can bang their “LJ out” drum, but we were the better side first half against a top six side & on the balance of the game, deserved a point. Not what many want to hear at present though, is it?
    47 points
  15. Couldn't care colour of someone. You're either good enough to do the job or you're not.
    44 points
  16. We will never get promoted with LJ.
    43 points
  17. For all that his times up, I think the one thing that can’t be levied at LJ is that he doesn’t care about the club. He does. If he’d gone after Blackburn or Wednesday, he’d have gone after some shocking performances. If he goes after tonight, he leaves after a performance with some fight, but an acknowledgement that he’s just come up short (stop laughing). I don’t want him to have his Tinnion moment. Until this year, he’s improved us YOY position wise, and he can actually go after that game with a degree of pride and his wider reputation in the game relatively untarnished. None
    42 points
  18. I believe he built a monster and lost control of it . I said a long while ago that LJ needed to take a step back but did he listen ? Oh no . The kids of today know it all don’t they ? I believe he was working too hard and couldn’t see clearly where it was all going . LJ is a romantic at heart , a dreamer , bought up on Roy of the Rovers and that’s no bad thing as we need this in sport or else we might as well give up but he believed that we would go up because we were doing all the right things . The results didn’t stack up and it was over . I don’t believe a
    41 points
  19. Four years of progress - so maybe we could forgive the odd blip in extraordinary times. Lee is central to a large project to keep building the club towards sustainability. We have a new stadium and will soon have a new training ground and the land adjacent to AG will be developed. Huge numbers of developing players have been loaned out to play good level football and will increasingly be available for the first team squad. Patience is a virtue with such development. Lee is a good frontman for City and speaks and behaves well, has developed a good infrastructure of medical and co
    41 points
  20. Controversial i know but he's given alot to our club as a player and the manager , i respect him alot for having the balls to manage our club given how well he was doing at barnsley and also the fact he knew he was marmite as a player here and hia appointment wouldnt/didnt go down well with some , his appointment was greeted with some positive some negetive and some meh .... but on the whole hes done well for our club and given us some great highs that far outweigh the lows , the man u game and cup run will define his time here and has given us all memories that will last the next 20 years or
    40 points
  21. Recently, we had Mental Health Week within football especially. Currently, I feel useless, worthless and down right fed up. I come onto OTIB as a release, an escape from my never ending circumstances of looking after a very sick wife and all that entails. Normally, people who disagree with me do so in a manner befitting further amiable conversation. However, yesterday's emojis left by a couple (one in particular who seems to pick on me as if he has a grudge anyway) have really affected me. Sure, I hear you say, it's what the forum is all about. But is it though? There have been a f
    40 points
  22. Having watched and enjoyed many re-wind games from all levels over the last 3 months, I have come to the conclusion that "modern" endless passing football is pretty drab, dull and boring. It looks really good when Barcelona play it at pace but we are not Barcelona and the kind of game where we knock the ball around aimlessly between the GK, defence and midfield with no real purpose or intent is boring as hell. In fact, watching a bucket of paint dry is more entertaining. I'm not advocating a return to just hammering the ball up the field as far as you can but somewhere in the process, t
    40 points
  23. He's done better because he's done less... Sounds weird but that was LJ downfall
    39 points
  24. No, Ashton has raised the profile of this club tenfold....fact is we now have top managers like Hughton linked to the BCFC job and a lot of that is down to Ashton.
    39 points
  25. Must admit I didn't take that from the interview at all. Which bits made you think that? SL is very clear in the aim of Premier League football asap (I'm actually surprised about how explicit he is being about that) and appointing an inexperienced candidate is going to leave himself open to considerable criticism if it goes wrong.
    38 points
  26. Nice, professional, clean exit. Well done Lee.
    36 points
  27. Can confirm he had a house viewing today.
    36 points
  28. Why has Massengo suddenly become the object of derision on OTIB, with many (who were no doubt lauding him as a major talent bought under the nose of the PL and singing about his hair) now claiming him to be vastly overrated. He's an18 Yr old FFS who has played many more games than expected in his first year. He may not be in form at present but as a midfielder he's miles in front of COD and he always gives everything on the pitch, which is more than can be said about KP45. Let's get off the kids back and give him support.
    35 points
  29. People moaning about Warnocks hoofball tactics. As if ours are any different
    35 points
  30. Just a ‘ thank you ‘ to SL for putting everyone out of their misery . You are an honourable man and gave LJ everything he needed to do the job which finally was too big for him . LJ gave his all and it is always sad to say ‘ goodbye ‘ and accept a failure . We now need your positivity, bring into the club a head coach who can move us up , the best man available. We will be right there with you supporting the club .
    34 points
  31. If True... That statement is outrageous. Far too many 'I' comments for my like when it is 'our' club and we are fans. No one man is more important than this club. My estimation of Mark Ashton has gone down massively with this awful piece of self-PR. To reveal that LJ cried and pleaded to retain his job is disgraceful. Things like that should be kept in private. Secondly - this man clearly believes in himself. It is borderline narcissistic in its nature. The way he outlines how HE has built the talent from HIS contacts, could not make it any more clear that there was no unit
    34 points
  32. It doesn’t Matter Who’s In our-starting Eleven We’ll Be-shit Whoever-Starts LJ-out
    34 points
  33. Jerry’s working tirelessly at the moment, trying to ensure everyone can get access to the live stream tomorrow. From looking at social media, he was at it from early morning yesterday right until the later hours. Have a bit of respect for someone who’s trying to fix something that wasn’t his doing.
    34 points
  34. Really? Is this thread needed? If people still want to support Lee then that's fine and up to them. No need to start the usual 'let's hunt Lee supporters' down and set up a thread to criticise their views. We're all fans of the club.
    33 points
  35. So this old chestnut got wheeled out again today... It’s an excuse that he uses for years on end. I just wish he’d stop signing players he can’t trust. Another good one is “we've gotta win the inches a little bit more.” What does that mean? I challenge anyone to watch that video and not see David Brent when he says “win the inches”. That’s just management talk Lee. Must be so great to be so comfortable in a job knowing that you can seriously underperform and no one will do a single thing about it! https://twitter.com/BristolCity/status/1274390818321772544?s=20
    33 points
  36. Anyone else envious about this appointment?
    33 points
  37. I’ll piggyback him up there. No. Won’t be careful. Fingers crossed Burnley do us all a favour.
    32 points
  38. I would urge supporters not to gather at or near to grounds, the biggest reason being the dreaded r factor in the south west and the risk of covid to not just yourself but spreading to others. The situation once games start is continually being reviewed by police/ clubs and the fa and their biggest worry is groups of fans gathering and risk of further spreading . police numbers are stretched everywhere in the uk at the moment and it would be great for football fans not to place more burden on policing at this very torrid time. I absolutely understand the desire and passion to be
    32 points
  39. Selfish attitude like this will mean a second peak. Ridiculous idea.
    31 points
  40. Christ, i wouldn’t want any of those 3 especially John Terry - blokes a ***!
    30 points
  41. 30 points
  42. Right now I could not care less!...
    29 points
  43. 29 points
  44. So in the time that LJ has “stabilised“ us in the Championship, likely missing out on the Playoffs for the 3rd season in a row, good managers like Nuno Espirito Santo and Chris Wilder have come in and not just taken 4 years to remain in the same league, but actually achieved something tangible. How else do you explain that Wolves are currently 6th in the Premier League and still in the Europa League, with Sheffield United are 7th in the Premier League, while we are 9th in the Championship and going backwards at increasing speed? Hint to Steve Lansdown - If you want things to change, don’t
    29 points
  45. As a person of colour myself it would be nice to see a BAME manager in charge of city, personally don’t care who i offend in saying that i am just speaking from the heart on the matter. Im sure i speak on behalf of all other City fan’s of colour aswell.. It would be a good boundary to break for the club IMO.
    28 points
  46. What the **** has cod done to start every game
    28 points
  47. 27 points
  48. If you gave LJ Cristiano Ronaldo, I am not sure I would trust LJ to get the best out of him. LJ actually is the proof that it’s far more than just the players, it’s the person who is supposed to pick the team, chose the tactics etc, who can have the greatest overall effect, both positive and negative. The truth is that he’s not really a particularly good coach/manager. He’s not the worst, but he’s full of management speak, and believes he’s better than he actually is. He also never takes any responsibility for a poor performance: everything is perfect in preparation, it’s just the players that
    27 points
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