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  1. In 2011, a smug waste of space CEO appointed a manager who proved to be out of his depth. The manager assembled a team with a decent keeper, expensive forwards and a non-existent midfield. Thankfully, our current defence will never be as bad McInnes' but the other similarities are uncanny. History repeating?
  2. When Brentford, just as a for instance, sold Watkins they bought a replacement who slotted straight into their way of playing and the Brentford machine rolled on as if nothing had happened. When we've sold players similarly integral to our way of playing, we've replaced them with ones who can't play the same way, meaning we've got to develop a completely new way of playing to accommodate them. So each season we start from scratch with a new team, new style, and little continuity from year to year. When Reid left, his replacement needed to be a mobile forward who would complement Die
  3. Because Semenyo isn't good enough and Wells is sulking?
  4. Nobody does. But you know that. And this isn't outraged entitlement btw. Just recognising the plain facts of the matter.
  5. The dividends his investments pay out to him every year are probably more than you or I will earn in a lifetime, never mind the shareholdings he's able to cash in. Money begets money. If anyone knows that, it's a bloke like Lansdown.
  6. Without him, we'd own our own ground, albeit a tired, old school one, for a start And we'd probably be doing what we've always done, i.e. yo-yo between the 2nd and 3rd tiers. That's far from "nothing" as you put it.
  7. Sorry Alex but most people are perfectly aware how much it costs. And it's because people know how much it costs that questions are asked about some of Lansdown's decisions. Decisions which appear to make the only way the club can become self-sustaining (promotion to the Premier League) highly unlikely. In addition, as pointed out elsewhere in this thread, the sums being quoted are eye-watering to you and me but they're pin money to Lansdown. That's not being ungrateful whatsoever, I assure you, just stating the reality of the situation.
  8. Nicely put. Williams might be a decent replacement, though - if he's ever fit
  9. Scored against us in a night league at Ashton Gate - must be a while ago as we haven't lost to them for a while, probably 2016/17. Kalas played that night, too. In fact their team was ridiculous compared to ours, surprised it was only 2-0: Cairney, McDonald, Johansen midfield - Piazon playing ahead of them as a 10. That's a midfield we can only dream of. Chris Martin came on as a sub. Scott Parker was an unused sub.
  10. Not if he knows what's good for him. I'll have a pound to a penny he wasn't appointed to make decisions like that for himself. Would seriously love it if he did though!
  11. My favourite player growing up as a kid. Well, him and Cruyff. Grim news. Martin bloody Buchan!
  12. And unlikely as it seems, Dinning was a decent player for Stockport. And before anyone says - yeah, but it was only Stockport - that was when they were a (now) Championship side and we were still a division below. He then played for Wigan in a side that swept all before them (including us) when winning the Third division championship. So god knows what happened when he joined us.
  13. You should have seen Dallaglio play - constantly offside at ruck and maul while simultaneously telling the ref how to ref. T w a t (not when playing for England though, obviously).
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