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  1. Thought he came across quite positive and aware of how the pandemic has affected all aspects of football. Whilst he likes to get some business done early he is aware that the landscape has changed and accepts that he himself needs to accept things as they are and not get impatient. Liked what I heard TBH. Now just needs to turn that into results.
    7 points
  2. Gould officially left Surrey last week, there was a photo of his leaving presentation on social media & so he starts tomorrow. However I read into Pearson’s comments that he has already been doing bits & pieces with his temporary successor at Surrey already in post for a while. The fact that it is football not cricket isn’t really relevant (I personally think it is an advantage) Gould’s role here is to negotiate deals & contracts, not say who he thinks is the best central defender in League One. I think he knows that, so the suspicion that the previous post holder massively exceeded his brief & created an empire of sycophants is one worry I don’t have with Richard Gould.
    5 points
  3. A simple thanks to Nigel Pearson and the media team. He didn't tell us anything that the great majority of us are not aware of. But the fact that he did, speaks volumes about him. He wants everyone involved; it's called teamwork!
    5 points
  4. Nor me. I thought his interview was excellent with no hidden agenda. It was a pleasant surprise to hear from the manager during the close season - the first time I can remember that happening.
    4 points
  5. The claim that DH was the best available candidate was implausible at best. It's equally implausible that SL was unaware of Ashton setting up the Ipswich deal. I therefore suspect Ashton's days were numbered so SL agreed to his exit strategy rather than sacking him.
    4 points
  6. LJ, Holden, Ashton, Jon Lansdown...all men with a limited track record trying to make a name for themselves. They appeared, to me at least, out of their depth. The club has been crying out for proven leadership. We now have it. Might not work out but it won't be for lack of experience.
    4 points
  7. Nearly 800 years of being the City and County of Bristol by royal decree and you want to claim it for Somerset?
    4 points
  8. Ooh, that’s harsh ... traditional county borders show Bristol being very much part of Somerset - right up to Clifton and beyond - and I watched Somerset play vs Yorkshire on the Brislington/Knowle/Hengrove border back in the day - Boycott was playing that day for Yorkshire - and he swore at my sister, then 9 years old, when she asked for his autograph - he wasn’t nice. Bristol = Somerset stronghold; Gloucestershire CCC? Please represent your heartland in Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Cotswolds - no need for you to be in Bristol - we aren’t in your county - although, I notice Gloucs CCC, rather like the gas, also swoop in on venues that are irrelevant to them - they’ve even played ‘home’ games in Wiltshire during their illustrious history - why can’t they just go back to Gloucestershire?!
    4 points
  9. I'm not sure that Ashton exceeded his brief as he saw it (or technically as quoted by @chinapig) - but he certainly exceeded what the majority of people on here think his brief should have been
    3 points
  10. Don’t get the Trippier bashing. He’s played for the La Liga champions ffs. I’d have maybe gone Chilwell to start but Trippier ain’t terrible (cue own goal ) My biggest worry is Tyrone Mings. Looks a championship CB at best. I’d have gone for Ben White myself. He even reminds me of Southgate when he plays. Also worth remembering that we can play 5 subs so plenty of our other attacking talent should come on at some point
    3 points
  11. Southgate should have been sacked last year @Fordy62 he’s our weakest link. Think we are going to blow our biggest chance in decades due to a poor HC
    3 points
  12. Those rookies might well have felt the same. There were signings LJ evidently didn't want and did DH really want to replace Korey with Brunt - given that Ashton claimed releasing Korey was Dean's decision even though it happened before he was appointed? Did Dean want Lansbury when the priority was a left back? Part of the problem was, being rookies, they were beholden to Ashton. They knew they, rather than someone like NP, were in the job because he wanted somebody he could control. Hence the apparent requirement to big up Ashton at every opportunity. Thankfully SL finally saw the light and appointed an experienced man who was never going defer to a charlatan.
    3 points
  13. A serious man who knows what he's doing and what he wants. Not glossing over the challenges. What a refreshing change from the rookie chancers we've recently been saddled with.
    3 points
  14. Just so relieved about Eriksen, what a bizarre evening this turned into. Hope he’s watched like a hawk by the docs tonight. We’re all Denmark today.
    3 points
  15. In all the interviews I’ve seen with Nige he has always been a straight talking and impressive guy and this interview just reinforces that. I imagine it was his idea to do the interview. Certainly a refreshing change from the days of Ashton and LJ when we fans had no idea what was going on during the summer. We heard nothing from either of them - this is very different and a positive sign of things to come.
    3 points
  16. Sorry if this is rehashing old ground. Just watching the highlights of the Bath game, the difference in how the TV Ref & on field Ref handle to use of footage is massive. Bath score a try, but the TMO flags up a possible infringement. Word with the Ref, clear and concise. Possible problem with Bath No.21 blocking a player without the ball. Ref replies, asks question, then they go straight to the problem. Ref watches, makes a decision to disallow the Try. But because they were playing an advantage it goes back to a Penalty for Bath This was a potentially confusing moment if the Ref hadn't been clear and the crowd now knows what's going on, easy. Footballs version. Something happens. Game stops for 5 minutes. Maybe a Ref looks, more often someone who isn't the Ref makes a decision. Ref mimes a TV screen and points. No one knows what's going on. All it would take, even if they don't want the footage to be shown, is for the Ref to have to give his explanation of the decision. The Laws/rules may be flawed, but simple communication would make things a lot better.
    2 points
  17. You’re applying logic….versus the scattergun, love the thrill of a signing, ego boost recruitment pairing of LJ and MA. Why use someone we already own when we can bring in a higher profile shiny object. LJ has never had to work with what he’s got at City. Git everything he wanted.
    2 points
  18. Bit bizarre that we have two goalkeepers on the bench in place of Sancho or Chilwell. Seems completely unnecessary.
    2 points
  19. I certainly did not read it that way at all.
    2 points
  20. Amen. Re the goalkeeper, I do think it extends beyond Bentley, though clearly he sees him as our number 1. He said after the Brentford game he had been in “planning mode” for a while & the previous week when we played at Millwall, he gave Max a go. In his post match interview for that one when he was again irritated by our performance, he went out of his way to say how well Max had done. I don’t think for a minute that he sees Max as a starter in front of Bentley bar injury, but sees him as a good deputy, who is probably on the sort of wages we want all squad members to be on in future.
    2 points
  21. Good post, Mr. H. The sliding doors moment for me was when he was doing well at Lincoln & yet we decided to bring in Marcus Henriksen instead rather than to recall him. It was also at a time we were struggling big time to find a home grown player to include in our first team squad to the extent that Wollacott was included, really on the basis of the almost certain probability he wouldn’t be required. This was short term thinking of the highest order, Morrell could have played a dozen times that season & we could have made a considered judgment on him then.
    2 points
  22. Why so often ? He had one this time last year.
    2 points
  23. I've always thought that was weird. Avon was abolished in the 90s, long before the internet was popular. It's bizarre that it still exists on so many online forms.
    2 points
  24. You go seven years without losing a series at home, you decide to put some gas into the team and you instantly lose. Hope they’ve learnt their lesson. No gas. Ever.
    2 points
  25. There are several rules/laws in rugby that could be applied to football and this is yet another example. 10mins in the bin for a yellow, only the captain can speak to the referee, 10 yards advance at the discretion on the team captain offered by the referee for a player speaking out of turn, but it won’t happen. FIFA are too stuck in their ways.
    2 points
  26. It's an abhorrent moment that should be consigned to the docks, Colston style i still get post with Avon on and sometimes it appears as an option when completing on line forms. The option to choose Bristol as a County doesn't. Having said all that I now live in Portishead North Somerset, so I shouldn't really be concerned.
    2 points
  27. Foden to start according to sky sports. Good news if correct
    2 points
  28. Very fair assessment. Another season of struggle I believe. It's a total mess there; Ashton didn't leave because another opportunity presented itself, he left because the spotlight was going to end up being on him and he'd have nowhere to hide.
    2 points
  29. I seem to remember Procky spanking Botham's arse in a couple of single wicket compos ?
    2 points
  30. Maybe he's just really really old?
    2 points
  31. Jesus wept. There is some utter shite on here from both sides. Just lock the bloody thread and move it.
    2 points
  32. Clearly NP's first moves were to: 1) Ensure both SL and JL were aware of how bad the culture actually was. 2) Remove bad apples 3) Improve the ancillary roles - medical, conditioning, diets (they are athletes now - or they are supposed to be.....quote from NP) 4) Improve fitness drastically 5) See what he has that pleases him 6) Recruit accordingly This season will be a struggle as the last of the wrong 'uns still need to be shifted, both playing and non-playing, and fitness levels need to be raised. This won't happen until season 2022 in all honestly - so I'm sure the remit is to stay up as soon as possible, and prepare for 2022 in a much,much better position that we are for the 2021 season. Interesting season ahead.
    2 points
  33. I was born in Gloucestershire, not interested in any redefining boundaries and inventing new counties bollox !
    2 points
  34. Doesn't mean an imaginary mass murderer was watching over him. And suggesting so takes credit away from the people that actually helped him. Low odds things happen all the time every single day.
    2 points
  35. In the second half of the season Torquay had nearly as many injuries as us - Danny Wright, their centre forward missed many games at the end of the normal season when Torquay dropped from the top of the league and automatic promotion back to the EFL. GJ has done wonders for Torquay, and living not many miles from Torquay have worked with season ticket holders for many years. They really deserve to get back into the League - and I really hope they win at Ashton Gate next week. Today, they rode their luck at times, and were second best for parts of the game, and got a generous penalty - but in the final third they were probably better than Notts County - do that again next week and hopefully they will return to League Two in August.
    2 points
  36. Yep. The reaction to Gould, I thought was a mix of “thank Christ someone is now in place” with a hint of “what a shitshow he’s inheriting”. It was a very telling little laugh.
    2 points
  37. Probably showing my bias, but….I read it as the previous CEO was too involved in true football stuff, Richard won’t be, he’ll know where the lines start and end.
    2 points
  38. Still coming to terms with the lack of bullshit bingo from our management team. Gould will be the same when we hear from him as well I’m sure judging from interviews I’ve seen with him whilst at Surrey. So so good to just hear it how it is in clear and plain language from those at the helm, long may it continue.
    2 points
  39. An underlying message from all his interviews has been you're either on board or you're not. Only winners wanted. I like the bluntness and clear messaging.
    2 points
  40. Refreshing for a manager to be so honest and to recognise the fans , and the need to keep them informed. What really came out for me me the Fit in or **** off. It seems he has his own ideas and that he will get thinks done his way, if you don't want to play go. No waffle just honest answers. Looking forward to seeing how it all work out.
    2 points
  41. No, no, no - you obviously missed their announcement when they pronounced that only Tottenham Hotspur had made more improvements to their stadium than ‘da gas’ - surely they weren’t telling fibs?!
    1 point
  42. (Notts) County actually lost today against Torquay - Stockport play Hartlepool(s) tomorrow. I have no allegiance to either, but would like to see Hartlepool back in the league, if only to see their wonderful last away day of the season themed fancy dress outings.
    1 point
  43. https://apple.news/A57T-KdhvT-eAsOO_Mxbojw
    1 point
  44. white privelige got to be one of the biggest myths of the 21st century.
    1 point
  45. Showed what a captain is. Amazing.
    1 point
  46. Since he arrived, I’ve listened to a LOT of Pearson’s interviews. Not just with us but at his previous clubs and also various podcasts, radio interviews etc. Having watched so much of him, I feel I know his personality - at least the persona he gives across in these interviews. This one today is the most exasperated I’ve ever seen him. He was clearly not very happy with how the recruitment has progressed so far. As others have pointed out, there was still the subtle (not) digs at the players fitness - so it obviously wasn’t just those who’ve now left he wasn’t impressed with last season. He scoffed at the question of Gould’s arrival - almost as if to say “about effing time someone started running this shitshow”. I sense that he is not at all happy that he’s not been able to bring anyone else in, either on the coaching team or recruitment side (ie Walsh, McKenzie etc). He didn’t sound like a man who was in a happy place; although he also sounded as if he was prepared to embrace the huge challenge.
    1 point
  47. I think one or two might go. Think the candidates who are either gonna be on the phone to their agents or busting a gut to make sure it’s not them are: Moore Nagy Palmer But I don’t think he will be forcing them out the door, will depend what their actions are and what he can bring in. Im pretty sure that confirms Zak Vyner at RB, which means as it stands Taylor Moore is the first choice to partner Kalas. If he wants 2 CBs and 2 CMs it seems highly unlikely that Zak is being considered for midfield. But of course his versatility could come in handy when needed. In a perverse way I’m hoping Czech Republic and Hungary bomb out in the group stages, so we get them back ASAP. Interesting re Striker. I mentioned last week I could possibly see NP going with two up top, one main striker one secondary striker, so might be a bit more 442 / 4411….we’ll see. We saw that will Wells and Bell v Stoke….unfortunately for just 16 mins…our best spell of the game!
    1 point
  48. Really good interview and answered a lot of what we have all been wondering, what is going on behind the scenes. What I picked up on was; If you don't want to be here don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out. He wants optimal fitness and as he said players are athletes, so no excuse when you're on a million quid a year. He wants players that he can trust, and personality is very important to him, he want's players that will run through brick walls. He want's a strong spine to the team and want's to be difficult to beat, along with a striker who can score, so keep the ball out the net, and hopefully stick one in at the other end. Very very happy with Bentley. No BS about top 6 and all that other crap we have had to listen to before. I'd imagine he want's a middle table finish.
    1 point
  49. Your observation about central midfield players occurred to me too. I wonder what NP’s comment says about Williams’ future fitness as well.
    1 point
  50. Much like some left wing radicals on here brainwashed by social media and the mainstream media.. Applies to both
    1 point
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