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NickJ last won the day on June 19 2019

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  1. If I had the wings of a sparrow If I had the eyes of a crow - Chris Crowe! I'd fly over Eastville tomorrow And shit on the bastards below
  2. Going back a bit but Gary Stanley is right up there. More recently, Stern John. But Diony definitely worst of the lot.
  3. Can't agree that Barnsley were awful. They were better than us - more inventive and much cleverer going forward. Every player very comfortable on the ball and played football, football, football throughout. Had far more shots on goal than us, a draw may have just about been a fair result but if anyone deserved to win it was them, and they would have done if they had a finisher.
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    So from 6.16 onwards: "performing well as an individual, human, trainer" "its an interesting debate" (about his own team selection) "we failed to tick the championship boxes" "we know what we're looking for, we've had it in the past" (what are we looking for and what have we had in the past?) "we didn't really have any strikers...... er well we had Semenyo.... maybe I should have put him on" "I've never liked the phrase wake up call because for me that implies the performance state of mind wasn't strong enough in the first place" (wtf) "our in game management needs to be better" (ha ha ha ha - would love to hear the elaboration of that one) "running on fumes with no idea" "simplicity is genius" and the stunning finale: "you'll be surprised what will happen when you do your job extremely well" Pure unadulterated cliched drivel.
  5. Correct, although I wasn't attempting to rewrite history, nor was I blaming either of the Johnsons, not withstanding my lack of enthusiasm for the current one. I was trying to focus on the tenure of the current owner, during which time we have had many managers. There may be a lot of criticism of LJ at the moment, but the buck stops with who he was appointed by, and at the moment he - SteveL - is not wrong, but nor is he right, yet. SteveL has backed his judgment massively, knowing the divisiveness of the appointment and the backlash there will be if Johnson fails, more so than would be the case with any other manager.
  6. Quite, and here's the "to be fair to LJ" bit - to be fair to LJ we are currently a promotion challenging side. However, going back to my summary of the past 40 years, this being of course that it started with the fall from Division to One to Division Four, going bust and several years of recovery, a recovery which was largely completed with promotion back to the second tier in 2007, which is when it should have really kicked on, yet somehow in 2013 we found ourselves back in Division 3. If we regress again, that will be the second time, "coincidentally" under father and son managers. My point being, I'd say the pressure is huge not just on Johnson but also SteveL, who in the past 12 years has seen so many of those teams I mentioned above overtake us, and really should be presiding by now over a team which had tasted top flight football during his ownership, but in my view will miss out, again, on a golden opportunity with his current managerial decision.
  7. We are arguably "bigger" than 2 or 3 clubs currently in the Premiership and "as big as" another 3 or 4. All clubs at some point punch above and below their weight - except for the past 40 years Bristol City, always below. During that time we've seen the clubs referred to above in the Premiership plus the likes of Wigan, Fulham, Swindon, Reading, Swansea, Millwall, Hull, Cardiff, Blackburn, Charlton, Huddersfield, Barnsley, Blackpool, Wimbledon, Bradford, surge past us into the top flight. Are other teams such as Bolton, Portsmouth, Ipswich, Coventry, QPR, Middlesborough, Derby, Birmingham, Stoke, really any "bigger" than us? Every other team comparable to us plus some much smaller have had their day in the sun, the fact is its under achievement, particularly over the past 4 seasons since serious money started getting splashed out on players.
  8. Great post Bob I’ve left in what I think are the key points. Johnson isn’t a leader, never will be, its a rare talent and Johnson simply doesn’t have it
  9. You are wrong. Johnson inherited Kelly Reid Flint Bryan and Pack. The only significant transfer profit by Johnson is Webster and most of that has either already been or will be wasted on losses on other players.
  10. You are dead right about creating a divided fan base, unfortunately SteveL was conned into believing that drones and measuring the grass constituted a bright go ahead forward thinking manager.
  11. Agree so much with the above.
  12. Yes I agree he did say that. To which the obvious next question is: "once you have had your 3 windows Lee, and have shaped the squad the way you would like it, what is your ambition? Is it to match the club owners stated ambition of promotion to the Premiership?" Would be a bit weird if the answer to that question was "No".
  13. Obviously I am an example of someone who didn't rate Johnson as a player and also do not think he is up to it as manager. Unless you can reach into my head better than me, you are wrong mate. Firstly, I don't dislike Johnson as a person, at all. I genuinely think that outside of football he's a nice chap, its just that when he open his mouth about football it's almost like he's auditioning for a part playing David Brent. Specifically I don't think Johnson should be manager because: 1. He did nothing to warrant manager before coming here. 2. He inherited some very good players which have been sold for a lot of money, most of which he has been allowed to re-invest, yet 8 transfer windows into a tenure which at the beginning Lansdown said he wanted Premiership football and Johnson said he needed 3 windows, we look very unlikely to achieve the Premiership football which the owner himself defined as success. 3. I don't think he's a natural leader. 4. The football is very boring and negative. 5. As ridiculous as it may sound, given that its gone, was a long time a go and nothing can be done about it, I do resent that Cotterill was not given the opportunity of the transfer window of 4 years ago to remedy things at that time. He had earned that right far more than any notion that Johnson has earned the right to continue as manager now. None of those things are linked to my opinion of Johnson as a player.
  14. Don't agree with the last paragraph but everything before it is a very perceptive analysis, and indeed reflects most of my feelings.
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