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Phileas Fogg

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Phileas Fogg last won the day on November 6 2018

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  1. I thought better of you Griffin, calling Plymouth any sort of name that contains 'muff' is real boomer humour!
  2. Ironically it's you who's attempting to be condescending because you realise you were barking up the wrong tree through actually misunderstanding the original point! Seriously though, no i'm really not annoyed with you Sturny, I enjoyed searching for the head slapping gif to find the perfect one. I think the one I chose was quite good. I don't take Otib that seriously to genuinely feel 'defensive' or 'shirty' about discussions on Bristol City with randoms over the internet. I actually accused someone of being 'shirty' on here the other week and was quite proud of it - glad to see you've also adopted it.
  3. People absolutely love to say things like 'Enjoy him whilst he's here'. I guess it's a coping mechanism really; getting the idea that he might be bough by another team out there early. Very small-time thing to say in my opinion, if we're a club with aspirations of playing in the Prem, why wouldn't he progress with us? There's nothing in this post which says I think he will play for us his entire career. If I really have to spell it out to you (which I probably do in fairness), it's a direct response to the number of people say 'enjoy him whilst he's here'. It's totally possible he will be gone very soon - January even. I was exploring why people are so eager to write that. It's happened for years when a player looks exceptional. I remember people saying it about Marvin Elliot in the November of 07/08. I think it's because some fans still see us as a small club who couldn't hold out to exceptional players - not a club with realistic aspirations of the Prem. It's a legitimate thing to say - but I think people say it early, to get it out the way, as a sort of coping mechanism for the idea that the player will leave. I think the difference is with Massengo is that we now (whether that's this season or the next couple) look to have a genuine shot at promotion. So it's not an unrealistic idea to think he might hang on with us a little longer to play regular football and play in the Prem with us if we get there. If you want to be reductive, then yes 'enjoy him whilst he's here' is a fair thing to say - but I wasn't arguing that, this is what you seem to have misunderstood. I was exploring why people like to say it so early.
  4. Even that's wrong, the 'no' is informing you you've misunderstood. Make sure you read things properly before trying to be clever - now get back to the naughty step which you've only just been let off after your views on Jay Dasilva
  5. No, re-read the post and tell me if that's what it says.
  6. People absolutely love to say things like 'Enjoy him whilst he's here'. I guess it's a coping mechanism really; getting the idea that he might be bough by another team out there early. Very small-time thing to say in my opinion, if we're a club with aspirations of playing in the Prem, why wouldn't he progress with us?
  7. I wonder if signing players like Massengo is an attempt at a similar strategy to the one employed by the Red Bull Leipzig. The strategy has changed a bit in recent seasons as they've become a bigger player in the Bundesliga but historically they tended to buy promising young players (historically often players who'd be viewed as out of their league), bring them on for a few years and sell on for profit. They have a very young squad (current average age of >23) and play high octane exciting football that suits young players. I know LJ is a big fan of their methods. Massengo feels like that sort of signing - young, arguably out of our league, potential big sell on if he progresses beyond our level. Interesting signing and hopefully won't be the last.
  8. I've said it before on similar topics; I really believe signing of young players for 7 figures BUT them not being first team regulars was a genuine culture shock to our fans. 10 years previously, we were buying Nicky Maynard for 2.5m and he was a regular first team player. Recently we've spent similar amounts on Engvall, Moore and Eliasson for them either to never play or take a few seasons to break into the first team. Inflation in football increased massively in the last decade and I think it took people by surprise. This is why people judged players like Moore more harshly, in 2008 he'd have cost us 250k.
  9. Don't get splinters
  10. I think there is an issue where increased awareness of mental health has led to people falsely self-diagnosing themselves. I imagine that is probably what you were getting at but worded it fairly callously. Despite the self diagnoses issue, I feel people should give eachother the benefit of the doubt with mental health and help eachother It’s great that there’s far more understanding of the issue now than even 10 years ago. People like Cotterill are very brave coning forward and speaking publicly - I hope he can resolve whatever the issue is.
  11. Yeah that’s the story - I remember a certain poster that knew Cotterill posted the full details a couple of years ago and it was along those lines.
  12. It would be fascinating to see how we’d have done had Cotterill been able to bring in Maguire/Gayle/Grey. He clearly had an eye for a player as all three of those have done well. I don’t believe he’s the type of manager the board of the ‘modern’ Bristol City want. They want someone amicable who is easy to work with in the current structure. Someone who’s progressive and will occasionally get us good coverage in the national press. Johnson epitomises that. Cotterill was old school and I imagine wasn't always easy to work with - that’s no criticism, to function in such a competitive industry you need to disagree internally. I’m sure LJ does too when appropriate, but I’m guessing is more tactful and diplomatic. I really enjoyed watching the 14/15 side - just a shame it worked out how it did.
  13. Personally no, they're an awkward side and stylistically seem a tricky matchup for us. We seem to find games against sides who either come out to play good football (Brentford, Swansea, Leeds) fairly tough.. and likewise on the other end of the spectrum sides that are physical and come to spoil very tough too (Middlesborough, Millwall, Birmingham). A point away against Brentford is good IMO.
  14. Can't see us bringing him back - He seems very family orientated so presumably for any move he'd have to uproot his family again, you'd imagine his child is in school in Italy and that's more upheaval and not really fair midway through the term.
  15. I think, considering the injuries, we've done really well. I can't imagine many City teams in previous years losing their best left back, best centre half, best forward and a very promising centre midfielder (replacing him with an 18 year old) and manage to be in Playoff contention. You could argue with no injuries we'd be comfortably in the playoffs or top 2. We've also managed to grind out some great results - especially away. A couple of disappointing performances (Leeds and Boro stick out) but that's inevitable and i'm a bit more forgiving of teams getting bad results on opening day (really want to see us beat Leeds eventually though). Usually I'd be a bit worried that a young player like Massengo could burn out, but so far he's done really well on that front. Impressed with how Rowe has filled in at left back but we're in trouble if he gets injured. So far, really impressed.
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