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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. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Couldn't care colour of someone. You're either good enough to do the job or you're not.
    44 points
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. He's done better because he's done less... Sounds weird but that was LJ downfall
    39 points
  12. 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
  13. Nice, professional, clean exit. Well done Lee.
    36 points
  14. Can confirm he had a house viewing today.
    36 points
  15. 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
  16. Christ, i wouldn’t want any of those 3 especially John Terry - blokes a ***!
    30 points
  17. 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
  18. 27 points
  19. Terry would be on my list to be honest. Somewhere between Tony Pulis and Dean Saunders.
    25 points
  20. I like it and think it should go further. players should stop for soup during the winter months. If a sub comes on with an exceptionally good haircut all players could stop for a minutes applause. Finally,there should be two mandatory ad breaks each half during televised games.
    24 points
  21. Regrettably it's the correct call. Wells was signed to replace him and we can't afford both. Plus his recent injury record makes him too high a risk signing.
    24 points
  22. I wasn't going to mention this in case it was nothing, but I was in the Nisa Local in Coalpit Heath earlier (the one that used to be called Village Roots, if anyone knows the area) and I saw Slavisa Jokanovic in the biscuit aisle holding a packet of those pink Party Rings that you used to get at children's parties. He turned to the guy with him - who I think might have been his agent, though it was hard to tell with the face mask - and said "Steve and Mark are sure to love these. It's bound to sweeten the deal." The agent looked a bit confused so he added "you know, 'cos they've got sugar
    24 points
  23. 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.
    24 points
  24. Chris Hughton, as an example, does not strike me as somebody who is confrontational, but nor does he strike me as somebody who is controllable. There is a happy medium and if we can't accommodate somebody like Hughton then, of course, you would seriously have to question why.
    23 points
  25. I've got a horrible feeling about this appointment and I can't bloody shake it off
    23 points
  26. Embarrassing post by op Thanks for the memories? The boring football, the negative tactics, the unfathomable team selections, subs , formations, the 9 windows and of course the tombola. Yes thanks Lee hope the door didn't bang your arse on the way out, Oh - and Steve says to let you know the £1.5M payoff cheque should be with you by Friday.
    23 points
  27. I have immense respect for Dean Holden. To lose a child as he did and talk about it so openly, including how meditation has helped his mental well-being, is still a rarity especially in football. He seems a very genuine bloke and wish him the best whatever the future holds for him and his family. As for the footballing side, he was employed to largely follow LJ's approach so to what extent he is can be considered part of the problem is debatable.
    23 points
  28. Ashton in total control - sad for SL. That list of players does not reflect well on Lee if spot on.
    23 points
  29. I like to think someone proof read it and removed all the Johnsonisms. There is no way the LJ we know could’ve possibly written that lengthy a statement without “blue sky thinking” and “let’s sharpen the point of this pencil”. Sad day. RIP Johnsonisms.
    22 points
  30. One hundred episodes of One Stream in Bristol! Thanks to anyone who's listened and everyone who has helped the podcast grow and improve. Listen here! As always keen to hear people's thoughts.
    22 points
  31. Many, if not all of us were pretty fed up with the state of the footballing element of the club under LJ particularly the dreary, dismal and sideways style of turgid football we were subjected to at AG - the exact same style put on by his father - the difference was that GJ was winning more games. Add to that his constant chopping and changing the team (sure injuries sometimes dictated that) and adopting tactics and formations that only Spudski and Cowshed could fathom and I certainly got the impression that he didn’t really know his best 11 if everyone was available. Strange that since L
    22 points
  32. If Bristol Bears are a tentative model, get the best coach available, let him use his experience to dictate the model rather than businessmen, invest in him and don't be afraid to sprinkle the club with players who have been there, done it, buy in to that philosophy and are role models to youngsters. Pretty clear. Get CH in. Listen to him. He has achieved more than anyone at the club. Why we are worrying about "premier league record" etc, when we are a 12th placed champ club is beyond me. Walk before we run. All the time this club is ahead of itself and above its station. Stay in our lane
    22 points
  33. A thread about whether SL has ambition, I am amazed that no one has brought this up before! Good to see you picked out the really important people at the club like Downey though, I am sure he has a huge say in the day to day running of the club. As for qualification for the role, both he and Knight, are well qualified in the broadcasting arena which is what is required. As for Ashton, he has overseen the transformation of this clubs recruitment policy and, despite the handicap of wearing a suit and using lots of flowery language has done a good job. People will always focus on the failure
    21 points
  34. Appointing CH would be the very definition of that horrible phrase, " a no-brainer" for me. He's an absolute perfect candidate for where we currently sit as a club with aspirations for the PL and has a perfect (and very recent) track record. He's also publicly stated he'd like the job having turned down 4-5 other Championship clubs. Clearly he sees our potential as excited by it. I cannot ever remember there being such an obvious managerial candidate over the 35 plus years I've been supporting City. I'd agree, If we don't choose him then you'd have to ask big questions as to the
    21 points
  35. Are you offended? Or offended on someone else’s behalf? Your virtue has been successfully signalled, so on with the discussion please.
    21 points
  36. Lee Johnsons busy bees like COD, Weimann, Paterson definitely need to go.
    21 points
  37. Picked 3-5-2, our best formation Kept the same team - players get consistency Given Wells some support.. Fam takes the heat off him Taken the shackles off - easily could have gone more defensive away from home, but went front foot by keeping Pato and Weimann in the middle with Smith Restored Pato to the role of chief creator. (Fascinating to see what Holden can get out of Palmer).
    20 points
  38. You judging a mans career on this game. Clueless
    20 points
  39. I'm glad we won tonight for our own sake, but I'm also pleased we could do Wigan a small favour too. It was announced earlier that Wigan will be deducted 12 points if they finish outside the bottom three. This effectively leaves them 4 points from safety with 4 games to go. There seems to be every chance they've been deliberately sabotaged by their own board. To me, it seems an injustice that they - that is, the fans, players, staff - should be relegated. They're certainly fighting hard. I wish them every luck.
    20 points
  40. That's very good on so many levels....
    20 points
  41. What an utterly ridiculous post. We have an excellent owner (Look elsewhere, plenty of dodgy ones), who will be hiring a manager that fits the club in terms of many issues, including affordability. Chucking money that we don’t have at Hughton (Or some other ‘proven’ manager) and expensive players guarantees absolutely nothing, other than serious problems if it goes wrong.
    19 points
  42. How very arrogant - Wigan got to the premier league and stayed there for EIGHT seasons and got to the league cup final and won the FA Cup along the way - in comparison we’ve been in the championship since 2015 and many think we are now ‘established’ in this division. I have to say your post is a staggering dismissal of their achievements - they co-exist in a small town alongside a world-renowned rugby league club and they still get bigger crowds than Bristol City, in terms of % of their population. But, hey, let’s put them down and call them a lower league, small club .... we’d have given anyt
    19 points
  43. All Gregor has said is that "some" sources "suggest" that if City can't get their man now then they might have to wait until the close season A complete non-story!
    19 points
  44. He really loves himself, doesn’t he and it’s I, I, and I right through that, so does he reslly make all the decisions at this club? Talk about hanging LJ out to dry and claiming he was the cause of all our worst transfer lemons. The worst bit is the part about a bloke crying and pleading for another chance. If that did happen, that’s really sad and definitely shouldn’t have been shared to fans. All I can say is what an arrogant, self important, insensitive ****
    19 points
  45. Didn’t hear anything there that rules out anyone. I think people are just desperate to project their own preconceptions about Lansdown and who he will/won’t appoint. With the club now stable in the Championship, with a decent squad and an excellent infrastructure, it is an entirely different proposition now than it was before any previous appointment. Keep an open mind.
    18 points
  46. I might be slightly premature here but I do feel we should move him on in the summer. Whether it's up front out wide or in the cam position like today I dont feel he impacts games enough. Yes he works hard but we want promotion and I dont think he is good enough. Not basing this on today would be wrong to after half an hour ....but watching it he does stand out in a not bad but ineffective way.
    18 points
  47. Just read it. He's definitely a good man and was 100% committed. Shame he wasn't able to get us to the next level. Thank you LJ and good luck.
    18 points
  48. I don’t think this should be speculated on until the new man is announced on the official site.
    18 points
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