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  1. There were very few academy players in Mr Johnson's teams. I have a family member playing at academy level so I get to visit the academy, watch academy teams play and talk to City's coaches (great people on the whole). There was clearly beyond a notion at academy level that Bristol City were aspiring to be a club with developed local players in its XI. There was also clearly beyond a notion at academy level and above that Bristol City were going to creature a structure to ensure the academy and club developed players for the XI. This structure would be backed by a philosophy an
  2. Getting away from adults can't really play like eight year olds as they think with a different part of the brain .. Shape and consistency alters behaviour and awareness via repetition is highly coachable. Bristol City have had little of the former and being unaware/lacking responsibility can apply to several players. The player is not without ability. Like others (numerous) he has not progressed. It is not necessarily a reason to write the player off.
  3. He isn't 1v1. He occupies a zone. City use mixes of man for man marking and zonal marking and blockers. Famara is an obvious (tall) choice for zonal marking. He is with respect no man for man marker.
  4. I find the idea of perceptions interesting. People have a perception that keeping clean sheets and keeping games tight = success. Add Bournemouth, Norwich, Watford and then Burnley, Cardiff and Middlesbrough to those teams and the picture is? Attacking football, possession football, counter attack, long ball ... These are just choices. None = success. There are trends but there is no BIG way. Bristol City can appoint a Manager who attacks, who looks to excite ( a personal perception), who plays expansive football and it does not end the chances of success.
  5. Keeping lots of clean sheets is not an indicator of promotion. Norwich and Bournemouth would not have been promoted otherwise. A notable consistent is goal difference +30 is promotion generally be that miserly Burnley or proliferate Norwich. If there is a trend its erring more towards teams who are possession based and attack.
  6. It depends on what you want. Teams in the championship are generally making more passes than Bristol City. Some teams above BCFC are making two hundred plus passes a game more. That is a trend. The number of passes Bristol City have been making is dropping. The accuracy of Bristol City's passing has dropped. The possession the team has also dropped over seasons. Korey Smith is not inaccurate with his passing or remarkably accurate, he does not break lines frequently with his passing or have lots of assists. He is not a obviously technical player. He is more a physical player who is p
  7. As somebody who has been involved in creating sporting opportunities for the disadvantaged kids and the disabled for twenty years I will say with good faith the FA have made massive positive changes. I have read previously the second link. It highlights that there are cultural differences across races. It also highlights the on going effort the FA put into tackling discrimination. Your first link is disingenuous. The most common forms of discrimination at grass roots level are against the disabled and females. Reports of abuse of all kinds have been rising because the methods of reportin
  8. Which would not explain why clear disparities also occur at grass roots level. The claim of prejudices and lack of opportunity cannot apply. Football can and does try to artificially alter the number of bame pro licence holders. Football clubs have used the Rooney rule. The FA used positive discrimination to employ black coaches with England U teams - For those with the qualifications. Simon Jordan Palaces ex Chairman claims to have never received even one application who was black when the Palace job was vacant. It is not surprising. People cannot have Managerial opportunities without
  9. Players are fast tracked onto courses. They do not have to meet prerequisites like having large amounts of coaching hours behind them and do not have to compete for limited spaces. The FA are very supportive and have diversity targets they strive to meet. Breathe here .. It is made far far easier for a black player to gain a pro coaching licence than a coach with no pro or semi pro background working his way up from level 1. Why do so few attempt to become qualified at ALL levels? Culture has to be a factor.
  10. The distinction is merit. Knowledge and experience, trophies, wins, points gained etc. English football will employ anybody from anywhere with that merit. When I started doing my coaching badges. Virtually no fellow coach was black on the courses. Eastern European coaches totally outnumbered people who were black. Loughborough University have studied those who do coaching qualifications. People from black backgrounds are far less likely to enter coaching even at grass roots level. Its less than 10%. At each corresponding level up to pro licence the trend continues with levels droppin
  11. Keith Curle made a point about how he started his coaching at Bristol City. He had a coaching cv when he stopped playing. Having qualifications is just the starting point. Coaches have to create their merit in the game. This merit across football is not defined by race - The EPL's and English footballs Managers are increasingly foreign.
  12. That isn't correct. There are thousands. Coaches at humbler levels hold those qualifications e.g. kids coaches at Bristol Inner City .. It is not a measurement of capability. Its an award for meeting coaching frameworks. Yes. The person completing it does not have to follow the teaching.
  13. A club builder not a project builder. Lee Johnson has left where is his project? Its been volleyed out of the bathwater. The academy and U teams ceased to provide players for the XI. Players from Bristol? Players from the South West? That is is dysfunctional. The squad became bloated. Recruitment became dysfunctional. I would like to see commitment to values and principles. Bristol City will have local players in its XI be that from Bristol or the South West and it will commit to football that is attacking and progressive.
  14. You have not defined what the project is and what we want to achieve is. Rhetoric coming out of the club once appeared to be leaning towards European football models and developmental processes. If the project is promotion and promotion only, structure put in place becomes irrelevant if the means of achieving this is by purchasing players rather than development.
  15. Work rate is talent. Liverpool are based upon it. Creativity can be work smarter faster, moving the ball more efficiently. Again referencing Liverpool Klopp refers to their counter pressing as the best number ten there is. However Lee Johnson is not pursuing that approach. Bristol City under Lee Johnson are not prioritising work rate as a skill.
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