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LondonBristolian

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  1. Think this is a valid thing. For me, I’d love us to get promoted but the big issue for the last year or two is it has all stopped being fun. If nothing else, Gerrard’s appointment would create a buzz around the club and a bit of excitement. He’s not my preferred target but I can see why we would appoint him.
  2. Other thing to mention is, given our social media team felt the need to announce Afobe’s bowel movements, Christ knows the detail they would go into if this reoccurred in a training ground incident: https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-8508485/amp/Ex-Liverpool-doctor-recalls-moment-stitch-Liverpool-captain-Steven-Gerrards-penis.html
  3. My issue with the appointment would be the name change. SGBCFC is a bit of a mouthful and I’m not sure how easy it is for the club to fit the full name on our Twitter handle...
  4. Holden's done well and got the team playing with confidence but we've had our fingers burned in the past when promoting caretakers to full time and I very much doubt he will be in the frame. I think what the last two games have shown is the value of not chucking the baby out with the bathwater. Some felt Holden and JMc were irrevocably bound with the previous manager and they have shown they can contribute to the coaching. If the plan is to achieve continuity and consistency, I very much hope both will be kept within roles in the new coaching set-up. However I'd still rather that was
  5. Indeed. One of many odd aspects is the points total. Since about 2013, you've need (if I remember rightly) at least 74 points to make the play-offs. That total is out of reach for everyone except Swansea and it looks like it willl be a way lower sixth place total this year...
  6. If anyone enjoys a Google, I'd love to know the last time we picked an unchanged side. (Albeit not enough for me to take actually take the trouble to find out!)
  7. If Fam does go at the end of the season, I'm going to really miss what a ridiculous player he is. He's right up there in the Paulo Wanchope category of appearing to have the ball caught up between his feet and then beating three men before anyone has noticed he has it under control.
  8. Didn't come off but I really like what Wells tried to do there with the subtly slipped through ball to Dasilva. He's really starting to look like the player we thought we'd signed.
  9. That's fair. I think the thing with Bentley is he's a superb goalkeeper except for when he completely ***** up. As you say, that dines't necessarily fill a defence with confidence...
  10. I think it is harsh to judge Warnock on what he is doing at Middlesboro. Taking over a new club to turn things around with that many games in such a small number of days is a nigh-on impossible task and, with the season structured at it is, Boro made the change way too late. At the same time, he's not been offered a job by a promotion chasing team since 2012 (Cardiff were strugglers when he took over) and I think it unlikely every top half team has missed a trick in the intervening years. Warnock is a great fire fighter and will achieve things over the short term. But I get the impr
  11. Talking of players that have their critics, it was a smart throw from Bentley to start the move to the second goal too...
  12. I really do wonder if the major issue with LJ wasn't so much that the players disliked him or didn't buy into his ideas as much as that performances were analysed to an extent that he inadvertently got them to a point where they were so worried about getting things wrong that they lacked the confidence to get things right. Paterson in particular now seems freed up to play his natural game and it is making a massive difference. I'd love us to appoint a manager next season who encourages the team to go out and enjoy playing. Structure, analysis and discipline are important but I wonder
  13. I think a lot of it depends on the ability to self-reflect. I think there is a real value to have someone who knows what is like to lose your head and make stupid mistakes if they can understand the reasons and work with other players on how not to replicate them.
  14. I think, in a way, that is the choice with any managerial appointment (and that's probably not restricted to football but in any walk of life). But I think the problem is some people seem to feel "appointing this person" or "appointing this type of manager" is a guarantee of success. But of course, in reality, every appointment is a gamble in its own way and none of us know how any manager will pan out...
  15. I think the other thing is that there is a flipside to getting an experienced manager in. Whilst it certainly isn't the case with all experienced managers, you can get managers who've achieved what they wanted to in previous roles and proved themselves and maybe don't have quite the same desire to push themselves. I suspect Chris Hughton still feels he wants to establish a club in the top flight and has something to prove but, whilst I know nothing about Mick McCarthy, his reputation in the game is assured, he's managed a national team at a world cup, established a team in the Premier League,
  16. Problem for me is that I feel people will project their assumptions on whoever gets appointed. If the club spoke to Hughton or McCarthy and (hypothetically of course) didn't get the right sense from them in terms of where their heads are, their approach to the role or they had massively contrasting visions to what the club is working towards, I'd far rather we didn't appoint them rather than make an appointment that could not work. And if the club spoke to someone like Mark Robins or Lee Bowyer or Paul Cook and they were interested, could talk through exactly what they would do and were clearl
  17. Interesting Taylor Moore talking about Maley Watkins. Talked about the damage it does to a players' confidence when they start one week and then get left out the squad the next. Guessing there is more than one player that applies to..
  18. I still can't decide on Weimann. I'm not sure if the issue is him as a player or the fact we don't play in a way that gets the best out of him but, either way, he has spent much of this season running around without really achieving much. If we aren't going to play in a way that gets the best out of him, it is better all round that he moves on.
  19. If you're delayed, you may be yet to even get to the bit where the match is interrupted by the cardboard streaker...
  20. Joey Deacon was absolutely fine in what he said. He was just a little hard to understand due to a speech impairment. Completely different to two chumps who have nothing to say but are determined to say it anyway...
  21. Totally agree. It's one of these circumstances where the rules are the rules and so have to be applied but unfortunately those exact rules are rumoured to be what are being deliberately exploited to make someone a lot of money by forcing Wigan's relegation. Really hope they finish more than 12 points above the drop zone.
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