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  1. hmm...I'm not clear how posts on this form can hinder anybody responsible for making this decision...we'll be left in the dark until the last moment. Nor am I all that clear how OTIB users can 'get behind the club' in the present circumstances...beyond subscribing to the TV service and renewing season tickets, which folk have done in droves. Anyone bothered by speculation is unlikely to find much to appeal to them on a football discussion forum.
  2. I'd say that it was perfectly possible to argue that Lee Johnson was a great fit for his Dad's sides as a player, perhaps less easy to argue that he was a perfect fit for City when Cotts left... ...what's unarguable is that he played the vast majority (something like 90%?) of his 400 matches in sides his Dad managed, and thus far the majority of his managerial career has been at a club he played for, and where his Dad left a strong impression.
  3. And the problem with Lee Johnson at Bristol City was always that as a player some suspected he was in the team because his Dad was the manager, and as a manager some suspected that he only got job because he was his Dad's son. However unfair that might have been I can't imagine that either Lee or his Dad were unaware that it would be said. It won't be said at his next job - unless it's at Yeovil!
  4. For what it's worth I think that's a fair observation...I certainly feared that SL would stick with Lee Johnson despite evidence that he should go, I believe he stuck with him too long. And I fear that SL will appoint another 'up and coming' manager whose success - if it comes - he can present as part of the Lansdown 'project'. The story of a manager who's been there and done it and then achieves promotion leaves far less space for the genius of the the owner who gave them the job in the first place. Personally I hope we get someone with experience. We'll all give Steve credit for appointing s
  5. Is there any need to be so abusive? Plenty of folk on here have carefully and respectfully articulated their reasons why LJ wasn't the man for the job going back many months, even years, only to be dismissed as 'haters'. We were proved right. I feel for his devotees if they can't face up to that. I don't doubt that Lee enjoyed the job, and worked hard at it. He wasn't up to it. I hope he reflects on that, learns and finds a new job quickly. His Dad, by contrast, was a winner, wholly qualified to do the job required of him, one of the finest managers we've had, and for that reason I
  6. Enjoyed that. Wasn't sure what to expect with that line-up. Pato very impressive. And impressed by Taylor Moore as a TV pundit!
  7. I'll let others speak for themselves, but it seems to me that you are making the defence that was always made of Lee Johnson against the critics. That at some point in the future he'd get us promoted, into Europe and win trophies...and then the unbelievers would see they had been wrong all along. And that anyone who didn't think he was God's gift must hate him. What I saw was a moderately talented football coach who'd been given an opportunity through family connections that he'd never have had otherwise, occasionally playing a blinder but for long periods struggling and out of his depth.
  8. Spot on. Those of arguing this over the past couple of years were, of course, always challenged by others saying that Lee Johnson would come good in the end. As predicted he didn't.
  9. When I hire someone to do a job I hire people with skills I don't have - otherwise I may as well do it myself. I hire people who I respect and trust to do a job I know I can't do as well as they can. Usually people with a reputation for achieving what I want to achieve, or unquestioned credentials for having the potential to achieve it. In the City case that would mean SL having a clear goal, hiring someone to deliver and trusting them to get on with the job. If they fail get rid of them. That person is unlikely to agree with everything Steve says, unless the only reason they retain the job is
  10. I've read the article...'Brighton fan with time on his hands reflects on where it went wrong for the manager that got them promotion'. As it inevitably goes wrong for every manager at some time, and as it's tough to maintain Prem status, it's not a surprise that after a while Hughton fell out of favour. But seriously....can we worry about whether the play becomes more negative in the Prem once we are in the Prem? As we've got almost nowhere near for the majority of the past 40 or so seasons hiring someone who knows how to get a club there would be a start. As for playing youngsters, I'm n
  11. Quality. @CodeRed take a bow!
  12. Too right some posters think differently - I recall long arguments with those who thought Keith Millen a cracking appointment! We have many supporters who worship at the shrine of Lansdown, despite a pretty miserable track record whoever he blesses will get their devotion. I have no expectations, we are, after all, supporters of one the most perennially unsuccessful English clubs. I prefer experience in the next manager because there is at least some reason to believe that a Chris Hughton will be able to replicate success he's created before.
  13. Time will tell! On the basis of SL's track record I'm not overly optimistic. I'd hardly have said that getting rid this weekend was decisive, LJ's weaknesses were evident a couple of years ago. He was never going to get us promoted. However, many on here, the majority perhaps, believed that he could....I imagine that the same people will have faith in any lower league manager SL might choose. I'd prefer some demonstrable evidence that the next appointment is capable of delivering success at this level.
  14. ...which would allow SL to say 'I've always had my eye on him, spotted him years ago, always destined to become a manager here' etc etc etc...weaving himself into their professional journey, which seems to be attractive to him. It would say something about the ambition of the club - or lack of it - if, just as it all seems to be coming together off the pitch, we spurned experienced leaders who've been and done it at the highest level for another punt on someone unproven.
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