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  1. Agreed. This is my take too. Tbf we can add in that the players (like the rest of us) just haven't been able to socialise / get to together away from the training ground over the past 12/15 months due to the COVID restrictions etc and that can't be as conducive to team bonding and helping new players properly integrate into the squad.
  2. I'd have thought with this appointment a DOF / Head of Recruitment is a definite and just a matter of time Could be a bit of a dream team!
  3. Another good read on his successes at Surrey - great appointment this imo https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/richard-gould-surrey-ceo-to-take-up-post-at-bristol-city-1263094?ex_cid=GOOGLENEWSSTAND-RSS
  4. https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/cricket/chief-executive-richard-gould-surrey-bristol-city-b935131.html Here's a good write up from the evening standard.......
  5. Excited by this. Seems to tick all the boxes, extensive experience as CEO at a high sporting level, knows the club inside out from his previous time at the club. Ex-military with extensive business experience too. Good stuff.
  6. Confirmed https://www.bcfc.co.uk/news/richard-gould-appointed-city-ceo/
  7. In defence of us Walsh supporters, we all like to watch good exciting football and I just think lot's of us saw him as a top technical player who would could have improved the dire excuse for football we've seen for the past couple of seasons when fit. Only twelve months ago he was widely seen as one of the best midfielders in league one and is still only 23 so we see a player that can still vastly improve going forward too. Put simply any player that can score goals like his against Rochdale last year (below, 1) or can pick a pass/loves a tackle like he can would be a player I'd rat
  8. Huge rebuilding job for the summer then! 13 players 24 or over under contract with two of those being back up goalkeepers! (plus potentially Simpson and Weimann) WE REALLY NEED THAT CEO + DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL / HEAD OF RECRUITMENT THROUGH THE DOOR ASAP!
  9. Disappointing. I really don't get the logic re-Walsh In NP we trust though.....
  10. Only 12 months ago he was being lauded as one of the best centre mids in league 1, excelling in a promoted Cov team that played good football. He's only 23 now so still plenty of time to develop further and will be able to be picked up pretty cheaply (even if some compensation has to be paid if we've offered him a new deal). He's a good season in the championship away from being 5/6+million pound midfielder imo. I can see lot's of championship teams willing to take a punt on him taking all that into account.....
  11. I would be ridiculously surprised if he dropped down to league 1 - will have lot's of championship clubs sniffing I'm sure.
  12. Yeah I think you are spot on re-fitness which is being exposed as KP is probably getting through my 'off the ball' defensive work than ever before and I'm sure he is one of many NP was calling out as not fit enough, which will be worked on in pre-season. I suppose we do have to take a step back too and remember with the very short off season last year and and the shear number of back to back games played this season it has been coming up to 2 years since players had a proper pre-season and the next few months are such a great opportunity for players like KP to take a short break and then
  13. Agree with you completely Jon and I think if NP can improve his fitness/stamina to go along with that increased workrate and get us playing with some more fluidity more generally so KP has more options when on the ball (playing with more technical players like Walsh and Williams, with willing runners such as Weimann will help there I think), I really feel it could be a breakthrough year for Kasey next season.
  14. I could be proved very wrong but my impression is the complete opposite re NP and Palmer. I think NP really rates him and is a big fan of his workrate. He's started pretty much all games he's been fit for since NP arrived (I'm sure Gregor mentioned he was nursing a knock to his hip for the couple of games he dropped to the bench for a few weeks back) and at least initially seemed to get the best out of him. Again may have egg on my face in September/October but I think Kasey will be a big part of NPs plans next season and think with a full pre-season under his belt, getting fully fit, can
  15. Had to laugh at the notion that Walsh 'has never shown enough consistency for us' to get a new deal. By my count he's started just 8 games for us over 3 seasons (with his successful Coventry spell in the middle) and 7 of those starts were as a 20 or 21 year old. Is that really enough time on the pitch to be able to talk accurately about his consistency? - I'm sure there are plenty of valid reasons not to offer Walsh a deal if we decide not to but 'consistency' is surely not one of them.
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