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  1. Gary Johnson is a far better manager than his son, and with a successful track record of promotions. He's now at Torquay, so not sure why LJ thinks he's entitled to a Championship management position. Stephen Lansdown has never financially backed a manager like he did LJ, without the largesse of a wealthy owner LJ will struggle. Perhaps he should follow Keith Millen's route assistant manager / coach.
  2. Forget Wales, he will be more concerned about his club future, now we've signed Williams (great signing), and with Walsh arguably ahead of JM too, he would be better off with a permanent move to a League 1 side who are favourites to be promoted. That would then be his opportunity of Championship football. It's no good sitting on the bench at City next season, which is looking likely. The evidence is Johnson, Holden & Tinnion clearly didn't rate him (only 1 Championship appearance) enough to give him that opportunity. We need a smaller winning squad, less rotation with a consisten
  3. I hope this is wrong and the 3 coaches do have a say and can veto any Ashton decision's. Then again we have a well paid but average and compliant large squad of players, with very few leaders, so perhaps you're correct. I really don't see the point in this expensive 'Talent Team' with a talentless DoF (perhaps good CEO) leader like Ashton, the process would never sign a Kenny Burns (Brian Clough "we've signed a hooligan from Birmingham City") or retained a John Robertson (Brian Clough "Scruffy, unfit and uninterested and on the transfer list when I joined"). They only went on to win 2 Eur
  4. Why can't the football organisation structure be aligned with the rugby. Pat Lam wouldn't put up with this nonsense. Ashton is effectively the CEO (Mark Tainton) and DoF (Pat Lam DoR) with the 3 coaches reporting to him. JL will have to sack both Holden and Ashton when it all falls apart. No wonder Hughton etc. wouldn't join us. Ashton Out.
  5. So Ashton continues in the equivalent Mark Tainton (CEO) / Pat Lam (DoR) role with the 3 coaches reporting to him. It was all about Ashton retaining control, which no other candidate would accept, certainly not Hughton. What a disastrous appointment for Bristol City.
  6. Thanks, interesting read. We need the same set up as Bristol Rugby. Mark Tainton (CEO) & Pat Lam (DoR in effect Head Coach with full control). Jon Lansdown should review roles & responsibilities and make the necessary improvements. Ashton seems ok negotiating contracts, dealing with agents etc. but he shouldn't be recruiting players. Perhaps it's time to review Ashton's position. I think it's untenable if Holden is appointed. Perhaps the focus for Bristol Sport is rugby, signing some of the best players in the world (appreciate this requires less funding than football) and a
  7. What have I rewritten, all facts. Don't worry Johnson will rewrite history.
  8. If they're appointed I think it's more to do with Mark Ashton keeping control, and the not the best interests of Bristol City. Pat Lam would not have joined Bristol Rugby if this structure was in place for the rugby club.
  9. Cott's should also take the credit for giving Reid the opportunity and persevering with Reid. I remember before a home game our group having quite a heated argument about Reid "Cotts has got it wrong, Reid is too lightweight for the Championship and will never make it, he shouldn't be starting today". I thought Reid was a quality player and just needed the match time. Ok, Johnson should take credit for moving him further up field, but Reid was City Academy player not a LJ/MA signing. I don't see Reid as the LJ contribution, he would have made it in the Championship regardless.
  10. Hopefully the new manager will stop / reduce the 'one for the future signings'. We seemed to have created a recruitment team and processes which needs to keep people busy and justify it's role, and this has resulted in 50 plus signings, over a relatively short period of time, which is not financially prudent (agents fees & Championship salaries) and not good for the team. We should have 15 - 16 core players (a settled winning side), with the rest fighting for a place when individual / team form dips. IMO the squad is good enough for a play-off spot, but the new manager need
  11. Are you Joe Morrell's agent. He made his Bristol City debut 7 years ago and has made 1 Championship appearance. Didn't Johnson sub him at half-time in his last FA Cup appearance. If Tinnion has made the case for JM perviously then LJ/DH/JM didn't listen. The new manager (hopefully Hughton) will give ALL the squad an opportunity, including Walsh (who might be a better prospect) and Morrell. The aim for the new manager will be top 6, so are they good enough in your opinion to get City promoted to the Prem? If Gerrard is appointed we might get Herbie Kane back.
  12. Holden has done really well, good bloke too, hopefully this will get him on the shortlist for a Div 1 or 2 side. If successful he could offer Johnson a coaching role, which is probably the right combo.
  13. It's a simple game, just give them the freedom to play and make decisions. As Brian Clough said "they can either do it, or they can't", training wasn't always that important at Forest. If Peter Taylor had a drone he would have used it to track the players from the pub to the bookies and home.
  14. He's certainly a good player in Div 1 and for Wales, but can he step up to the Championship. He's 23, why didn't Tinnion/Holden/Johnson agree that he should be given an opportunity this season, at least from the bench. Giggs must have spoken to Johnson about Morrell, as Giggs would want him to play at the highest club level possible, clearly Johnson didn't agree. The new head coach will want to take a look at all the squad, so he should get an opportunity to impress.
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