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  1. The way things are, we are not absolutely safe. The received wisdom is that we need at least 50 points to feel safe and even that is not a guarantee. At present, we're on the balance point. We have 14 points fewer than the top 2 teams and 15 points more than a relegation spot. There is still work to be done and imo, on current form, only a new manager can probably do it.
  2. The question to ask yourself is " Given the club's league position. playing staff and finances, if we had no manager, would Lee Johnson make the short list? He is a lower league manager. Like Steve Cotterill & Gary Johnson, he did well in the lower leagues with the likes of Yeovil, Oldham, Cheltenham and their like. He has tried but he does not have the coaching insight or management ability to take us, and more importantly keep us in the Premier League. He will never be Nino Spirito Santo or Eddie Howe. Thank you for moving us forward but we need someone else for the next two steps.
  3. Of course there are worse managers than LJ. Wrong question. Are there better ones, given are current players and financial situation? I say yes, there probably are. We have loyally stuck with him and his inadequacies largely because of his playing time with us and also the success brought to the club by his dad. But that was a different time and also often in a different league. We need to set nostalgia aside and move on. Timing is a different matter. I would hope the "sounding out" is already happening. I doubt we will get relegated this season but I surely don't believe we will be promoted. Conclusion therefore, the sooner the better.
  4. This is also my opinion. If we had no manager at this time with the same squad of players, the same money in the account and the transfer window coming up next week, would Lee Johnson be our first choice as manager? I don't think so.
  5. The thing is, it is not just a poor 7 days. There surely have been occasional games of brilliance and outstanding effort like Cardiff & Fulham but more to the point is the many more games particularly at home, which have been drab and have shown a deplorable lack of confidence and organisation. At the same time Lee is throwing tantrums at everybody not involved with the club, such as referees, 4th officials and most recently opposition technical staff in the dugouts, These are the kind of things players get fined for by their own clubs and betrays his own decline in self-confidence and authority. I find this much more worrying than a short term loss of form.
  6. Bottled it yet again. Unless there are big changes in the 2nd half of the season, I would not want promotion. We would only wind up like Stoke & Sunderland not Bournemouth & Wolves. There is no firm foundation to this team or its strategies.
  7. Not good enough. Get hold of the game and boss it.
  8. Why do we still have this siege mentality at home games against average, not on form opposition, like Millwall. WE need to start winning home games against teams like this by 2 clear goals at least; just like West Brom & Leeds. This would also help the NHS by preventing Heart attacks in the latter stages of games
  9. We have sold the family silver and we have bought expensive brass replicas. Webster, Kelly both gone. Loyal servants like Pack & Patterson both gone. I have a bad feeling about this, especially after last Sunday's disjointed performance. The main need was a new striker. The wunderkind from Monaco is still to young. Nobody who is any good chose to come here (including Bobby Reid) and all we have is a declining journeyman from a declining Stoke City. How can anyone call this a success?
  10. Although it goes against the Johnson doctrine of signing up and coming young players, does anybody else think that 31 year old Uncle Albert could be well worth a good salary for a couple of years more , especially if Callum O'Dowda is on his way?
  11. Let's be happy. It's been a remarkable season after losing what were supposed to be our three best players, replacing them with better and finishing higher in the league for many a year. And as for those 3 players, 2 of them in relegated teams and the other in a team that failed to get promotion; just like us!
  12. Thank God that's over. We wouldn't have got any further than more humiliation in the play-offs.
  13. Whether by accident or design, he seems to be doing a great job. I certainly give him credit for signing some great replacements for "our 3 best players" who left last year, and I like his flexibility in tactics and formations. However, reading his recent post match comments, he often appears surprised by his own success; and indeed some of his failures.
  14. I'm with you on this. When they first went up, nobody gave Bournemouth a second look and, what do you know, they are still there. Fulham, being a London club got all the praise and adulation. I think they have won 5 league games all season; despite having the great Joe Bryan.
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