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29AR last won the day on December 13 2016

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  1. If it was he is feeling the heat, given the revenue MA has brought into the club and the signings of cost LJ has refused to play, he’s fighting against a man he will always lose to. Oh well, Appleton next year
  2. FFP makes SL’s income *nearly* irrelevant. It does affect the club. Substantially. That is probably LJ’s annual salary gone in 3 hours of football in not beating Shrewsbury. SL will be furious at this. Not enough that it jeopardises LJ immediately, but end of year review, I’d be worried in LJ’s shoes unless we make the playoffs.
  3. Odd seeing as a sell out cup tie v liverpool, ticket revenue and concessions revenue alone probably paid his wages for another season - or EN agent for his loan. The suits will be bothered. This will be a big black mark not beating Shrewsbury over 3 hours of football.
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    Is that it

    I’m indifferent. We are playing crap football, I’m not minded to renew at the moment when season ticket offers come out shortly. But we are in touching of the play offs and seemingly have EN coming in which may change the focus and I do see an exciting blend of youth with potential. And we can’t really ignore that we - as a club and MA is complicit in this - put a lot of eggs in Afobe and we lost there. I remember West Brom sacking last year and the profile that brought them, and ideas above station, ultimately I think 1pt off playoffs we’d get similar reaction now - people widely won’t know how bad the performances have been. I just don’t see LJ going this season. It’ll be at the end, and quite possibly it’ll be managed in such a way he can ‘resign and want a short break’ with a decent media reputation retained rather than getting sacked. In fact that is how I see his leaving being managed. He’ll be told to do it that way for the preservation of his career rather than getting sacked is my prediction.
  5. Well if you think of sell out v Liverpool revenue, I think the suits will tell you that was important and that did matter. I think it is a nail, but not the final one. In my opinion he has to make the play offs. If he doesn’t he will go. 7th won’t cut it. But he’ll get 46 games to get there, and I don’t see any circumstance in which he doesn’t - even if/when it’s mathematically impossible... he will mutually go in the summer if we don’t make the playoffs imo.
  6. 29AR

    Is that it

    1 point off playoffs currently? Having gone on the worst streak of a Bristol city manager? it is inevitable he stays until the summer. SL wants him to have every chance. But failure to be in the playoffs and I think he will go. But not until 46 league games have been played.
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    Flint undoubtedly was before he left.
  8. I think it’s safe to assume we have an option. We paid a not nominal fee, I don’t think we would have without an option.
  9. Again I don’t agree. This is not a nice job for the next incumbent. The expectation here is sky high - getting out of the most competitive league - when we have one striker and no money to spend. Lee Johnson got plenty of time, for romantic reasons, but we also sacked a guy who delivered the league one trophy a few months later having not really given him any money. We didn’t give SOD any money and he went (I’m not complaining on that front though). People know why LJ has been given a war chest and time. And it’s to do with relationships. Few others could expect the same. Like I said we’ve improved but our return on investment is mediocre. We are up to FFP limits, playing crap with an imbalanced squad and desperate for strikers - the most expensive position. If I was a manager building a good reputation, I wouldn’t want this job. In a pre-FFP world, definitely. Not now, not now LJ has left us with one, one-dimensional centre forward, few goals from midfield and little budget with promotion expectations.
  10. Lee Johnson has had allowances and patience no one else would get, and everyone can see the romanticism in SL eyes has blinkered that.
  11. I disagree. We are a job where for the next bloke the pressure is high and they will live or die by the sword. Promotion is an expectation from our next manager and they’ll be told it’s largely with this squad. Bird in the hand and all that; there will be better opportunities.
  12. I’m not impressed by Johnson in that he should have delivered more with the backing he has had. But that said, he is delivering improvement in position. My bigger concern is he’s leaving (budget wise) the cupboards bare. We really have backed him. It’s why I don’t see a bigger name coming here. For all the off-field improvements next boss knows his remit is promotion and it’s basically ‘this squad or whatever you can bring in but you have to sell’. It’s I am afraid to say typical SL leadership. Shit or bust. He still learning from mistakes. You don’t spend up to FFP limits; you have to offer something to a manager coming in. It’s just like we’ve gone out and signed David James, Nicky Hunt and Damien Stewart again. Belts get tight; we end up with McInnes or SOD and no money; then we need a cotteril to come in and save us when we can spend wisely once again.
  13. If you see how close we are to FFP limit, no manager is putting their neck on the line knowing that they have to sell to buy. And certainly not on the basis that they have to be the one to get us up in one or two seasons or they will start getting questioned. Eddie Howe is like Rovers wondering if Chris Wilder would have joined them recently. Even Hughton wouldn’t put his neck on the line on us. Pearson and Pardew could have been interesting ones, because they have have opinions on their own qualities and probably the self belief. But I stand by, we have invested so much in giving LJ the tools that there are few who will want this job knowing he had all the opportunities and they now need to swiftly correct his squad counterbalance without funds unless they sell our better players. My worry is that the backing LJ has had, and the minimal return on investment, it’s a serious and significant strategic oversight by the board yet again. I feel we are potentially getting towards the position we were in with Coppell. Money and wages were committed and we couldn’t stop the rot. LJ has delivered mediocre gains on pounds spent, and I hate to think where we go if this is a plateau.
  14. I’m imparting my opinion - done deal probably sounds like I have some intel, which I don’t - but given how this model is run under SL, and the speaking to of continuity and of managers being replaceable but the not influencing the sum of the whole... if I was a bookie you wouldn’t get better odds than evens on Jamie McAllister next manager. We aren’t going out for a short term - like Warnock, and we aren’t going to get a stellar candidate because we just aren’t that attractive yet. We don’t have the budget - under FFP - because LJ has had most of the coins, and that’s why any Hughton sitting at interview and asking the right question says ‘no, not with the expectation and the budget you can offer’. In my opinion it’s Jamie or maybe this time Ashton gets his mate Appleton in.
  15. Spoken like a man who would place the crown of thorns and hammer in the nails. KITR does not preach, he offers a view. a balanced one I would definitely say. I’m probably more damning of LJ than he is - because the football and entertainment is so bad - but in all seriousness we are performing okay in terms of points on the board and we are flirting with the play off spots - for now. Personally, I think we should be doing much better in both respects, and I would give LJ a dressing down, but I wouldn’t be sacking just yet. I think this transfer window is his crossroads though. If he’s backed and we don’t make the playoffs, well then off you go. I think that’s how it will go. He’s gonna get a last roll to get in the playoffs from this window. What worries me is how much he is backed and if he doesn’t what on a rolling FFP period we leave to his replacement. oh and for those speaking of his replacement, I think it should be clear to all that his replacement is already in the dugout. That’s clearly a done deal.
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