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Dr Balls

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  1. To strike a positive note, if you look at the rugby, Pat Lam was brought in as one of the best coaches in the world, and who had achieved success with a previously very unfashionable province, to make Bristol a dominant force in not just English rugby but also European rugby. No one would suggest that he is a pushover! SL clearly set LJ a target and the target was missed, so he has to go. Given the current financial state of football, getting to the Premier League ASAP is the only way that playing at this level makes sense, because of all the English leagues, the Championship is the one t
  2. The British ability to shoot oneself in the foot never ceases to amaze me, so much though logic suggests that making Holden’s role permanent is not what we need, nothing would surprise me, short of finding out we had appointed either Klopp or Guardiola!
  3. Common justice says that for the sake of their fans (few though they may be) that they stay up just to subvert the fraud that seems to have been carried out against the club by its “owners”. How the hell any of them could have been judged “Fit and Proper” is something only the EFL can answer, but if it went to court, I am not sure that the EFL would come out of it particularly well.
  4. Kalas, Baker and Moore should be our back 3 next season. Taylor Moore sees a game really clearly, speaks well, and is passionate for the club to succeed. A brave manager would make him captain. Weimann looked out of place tonight, while Paterson and Diedhiou had good games. Fam does great defensive work in addition to scoring goals, although I realise he can frustrate when he can control a long ball from 50 yards but can’t trap one from 5! Pato had a generally good game and a couple of great moments that led to the 2 goals. However we continue to struggle to control midfield. St
  5. It would just confirm that we aren’t really serious about promotion, instead going cheap and hoping for the best.
  6. Not a great performance but the most important thing was the win, even if it was only Hull. Hopefully there will be an improvement in confidence. Fam & Pato had good games and the wing backs did their job. 3-5-2 (3-3-2-2) definitely looks a better fit for our players.
  7. Millen wasn’t a disaster in his first season, and neither was Tinnion. However, I would hope that SL has learnt that if you want promotion that you need a relatively proven manager. If that’s the aim, then that’s the requirement.
  8. My take on Palmer and Szmodics is that they were both brought in to replace Paterson, who was going to be sold, so that there was both a regular and a back-up. All that changed when Afobe got injured, Palmer got dropped, Rooney signed for Derby so Paterson was no longer wanted by them, and when LJ was stuck after Christmas he immediately went back to Paterson, who he trusted more than Palmer, so Szmodics has to go out on loan to get game time. The new manager will have that conundrum to resolve, but realistically Paterson is the oldest of them and the one that you would look to move on.
  9. What do we want? 1. Some excitement 2. Some entertainment 3. Winning enough games to get us into the playoffs at the very least, and ideally promotion. If the new manager can achieve the above (and to a large extent they are all linked to what could be described as “success”) then the plaudits will outweigh the complaints on this forum.
  10. Is the Avon Gorge Hotel actually open? Surely we can’t appoint anyone until we have clarified that!
  11. Did anyone else spot that all of Burnley’s outfield players today (including Brownhill) were sporting beards? Obviously taking the male bonding very seriously!
  12. I quite liked the last manager we appointed from Scotland, had been fairly successful up there, and also seemed a genuine bloke. Remember the incident with the minibus in Birmingham? However when he brought in a load of dud Scots to play in the team, he lost it. Richard Foster anyone? As mentioned before in regards to LJ and playing in the SPL, no one is that impressed, just like managing the second best funded club to second place in a very lopsided league is hardly the greatest of achievements.
  13. A self-funding club means Premier League. It’s impossible to turn a profit in the Championship as so many teams scrabble to get to “the promised land of TV riches” as it’s otherwise known. Even SL’s patience was eventually going to wear thin with LJ’s lack of progress this season. Remember at year 5 of this “project” we were supposed to be pushing for European qualification. Not ridiculous if you look at Wolves and Sheffield United but still a long way away at the moment.
  14. I don’t disagree. And this time SL will want the coach/manager coming straight in and taking up the appointment, not going on holiday first, and then starting pre-season on the back foot.
  15. LJ achieved a lot in the first 2 full seasons, and even had a great run for a while last season in terms of results away from home. He has definitely raised expectations for us to be looking upwards to the Premier League rather than over shoulder to League One. Thanks are due, but all things must pass eventually, especially if they are only backwards and sideways passes!
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