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  1. I hope it doesn't come to this point purely because if the economy crashed so badly that clubs just disappeared (quite possible) then there would be far greater problems facing us than worrying about football and the plight of our two teams. We have to hope that life returns to some degree of normality on a global scale to provide a base on which luxury activities like football can still be part of our lives. As hypothetical as your question is, I don't want to consider it for these reasons. By default, I actually want Rovers to survive this episode and for you to still have your club - that would be a measure of us coming out of this terrifying time relatively unscathed.
  2. We aren't. In all honesty, I could get us promoted to the Premier League if Stephen Lansdown was allowed to throw enough money at me. If I could buy the best players, including a few who could organise the others, they would get promotion. Okay, cheap shot but LJ has had proportionally better backing than any manager or first team coach that I can remember (in 40 years of watching BCFC). The majority of OTIB commentators believe that this squad is underperforming based on their individual potential. Then you look at the opposition. This is the weakest and most inconsistent Championship season in recent memory. Nobody has dominated and nobody has been able to put together a decent run of form. That's the only reason we're seventh - not because we have won games with conviction and guile. We have paid our way into the top 10 teams in this division. LJ had his three transfer windows years ago and it's my belief that the team from two and three seasons ago played consistently better football (apart from during the long winless runs). He seems unable to find a formation that he actually believes in, he is playing good footballers out of position, he now seems unable to change a game when it goes against us and players are drafted in and out like numbers being drawn at bingo. The football at home is mostly turgid. Players appear to be paralysed by indecision. Throw-ins are an opportunity to lose possession. Bentley has been instructed that he must distribute to a terrified CB. We don't score goals from set-pieces, we don't score from counter attacks and we rarely appear to score with conviction during open play. We pass the ball slowly to players rather than at pace or into space. That's our "identity"?!! I actually like LJ as a person apart from his capacity to publically throw blame at individual players. If you're prepared to believe we're moving forward (as a number of people in this topic appear to be saying after this interview) then I would simply ask anyone to describe the improvement on the pitch. I just don't see it. Rolling that improvement into the future is exactly why LJ will always get a job in football...as has been said in another thread, it's always "jam tomorrow".
  3. I haven't listened to the interview but I'm prepared to believe it's interesting and insightful. But doesn't this highlight the fundamental issue? LJ talks a good game but his current team can't translate it into decent performances (consistently). Until I see the football actually reflect the description, I can't buy into it.
  4. I can see it now. The Evening Post headline: Bristol Rovers Stadium Stolen by Travelling Funfair Bristol City probably to blame
  5. Xiled

    Luke Ayling

    He's still a nob.
  6. For all of his success, Redknapp doesn't appear to be in demand these days. Maybe he's had enough of the daily management pressures or maybe owners/CEOs are wary of his approach including signing players. If he was that good for Portsmouth and Spurs, why weren't the big clubs of the day queueing up for his services? It's categorically true that he set Birmingham on a path to near meltdown in just a few months. Even with just a casual eye on other Championship teams, it was obvious that he was signing players for big money on big wages. Does anyone believe that this only happened at Birmingham? How many fans of his ex-clubs hold him in high regard? He left a trail of chaos behind him at nearly every club and I'm really pleased he didn't get a chance to interview with us. We're not far from that multi-million pound house he owns in Sandbanks so had the stars aligned, it could have happened. Happy to give credit to anyone who's earned it but this bloke is just a chancer with expensive tastes.
  7. I'm afraid we have a first team coach who doesn't see the same game that many of us do. In his first two years I thought he read it very well and made good tactical changes and substutions (even though many people were asking why the team was never setup correctly at the start of the game). Now we have a coaching team who don't seem to have any answers when it's not going for us. We either start well and hopefully hang-on for the remainder of the game or we struggle for the whole game. Bentley has been "coached" to throw out to CBs who appear paralysed with fear. Nobody moves to receive a throw-in. Our set pieces are invariably wasted. Passes go to players rather than to space. We pass slowly and without confidence. The team appears more worried about making a mistake than creating a chance. Tomobola teams selections have never worked for any consistently progressing team. And then we're told by LJ that the performance against Millwall was outstanding. He can't stop using the word 'identity' despite the fact that nobody has any idea what that is even when we win. And now O'Dowda is trotting out the same drivel. I'm sorry, I don't buy it. I want us to win every match but we've all invested enough time now and it's abundantly clear that LJ, DH and JMcA peaked a long while ago. The trend is downwards and the answers are no longer from within. By all means be pleased with seventh in the table but I'm sure we'll be lower by May. This season has been a wasted opportunity.
  8. Yeah, that was weird. He sounded overly impressed with an average performance as if by saying everything was great, it actually was. We've seen LJ under pressure before and he generally hides it quite well. Maybe he knows he's running out of games and the weird post-match comments are symptomatic of a man who knows he's got 10 games left to save his job. It's over mate. See out the season, contrive a positive departure story and leave us to appoint someone who can get the best out of this squad.
  9. I'm Gary Barlow, of course I was at the Take That gig. It wouldn't have been much good without me. And yes, I love Cardiff too. Because I'm Gary Barlow and I make an enormous amount of money playing a piano to thousands of middle aged Welsh women. That's me, Gary Barlow at the Take That concert in the city of Cardiff that I love. You got me there. #rumbled
  10. The Manchester velodrome is also within a few minutes walk of the Etihad. When different venues are owned or operated by the same company, it's easy to see potential efficiency savings. But, and this applies to Manchester more than us, scheduling gets more complex. You wouldn't get a big concert and a home football match overlapping on the same day. I was in Cardiff when 45,000 people were watching Take That at the Principality Stadium, 15,000 were watching England play Bangladesh in Sophia Gardens and 4,000 were watching comedy in the Motorpoint Arena. Had they all been in the same location, I guess only one event could go ahead.
  11. Always had the sense that we left David Moyes with unfinished business after the Tony Pulis appointment. Although I'm not entirely convinced about Moyes' recent managerial efforts, his straight talking, no nonsense, well-organised approach would be the perfect antidote to the confusion that appears to be inflicted on this squad of players. Surely it's only a matter of time before West Ham decide they need another change?!! 4 defeats and 1 draw in their last five games. That's usually enough to unseat most of his predecessors.
  12. Nostalgia was much better in the old days.
  13. That has been doing my head in for ages now. Making yourself available at a throw-in is just about the easiest thing to practice in training. And Bentley has clearly been given a fixed instruction to throw out when he has ball in hand. Every damned time even if it immediately puts the backline under pressure. It's so basic I would trust the players to get it right without any coaching but our three experts can't see the wood for the trees.
  14. If you ever need to look back to find the moment when the 19/20 season was over, this is it
  15. Although I didn't really accept much of LJ's pre-match West Brom press conference, it was telling that when questioned about Benik's return he said that he would be joining them for training (today) but then also implied that he expected him to make a playing return before the end of the season. Let's just sign the guy on for three years. To hell with financial prudence! Something in the back of my head tells me that this bloke can be our talisman to move into the next level - albeit too late to rescue this season. Welcome back Benik Afobe!
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