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  1. Harrison went to Ipswich for 700k since then iirc. That being said, only 1 million from their 2 best players last decade says it all
  2. 7, considering I started following in 2006 I’m pretty pleased with that
  3. True. The defence has been outstanding so far when compared to recent seasons, a little bit more fluidity and a slightly better end product are needed for us to push towards the top 2 though. That being said, even 6th would give us a fantastic platform for next season, especially with the new players coming in
  4. Frustrating in many ways today. Excellent to get a win of course but seems like that was a point missed, which could prove to be pivotal at the end of the season
  5. Does it though? Cant remember being at a game where a pyro has added to the atmosphere...
  6. Not sure about Cooper over our defensive options, Woods is a good shout though. They are definitely an excellent ‘team’, not got a load of household names but they are excellent at getting results. If we could form as good a ‘team’ as them then we’d be in the top 6 easily
  7. To be fair, I’d only really have Wallace and Smith from them
  8. Not sure if smith would get into our first team over Fam, but as an option from the bench he’d be excellent
  9. Ben Earl and Max Malins signed next season on loan from Sarries. Mixed feelings about this, obviously two quality players but I’m not totally happy that it seems like we’re just looking after them until the cheats return...
  10. I don’t think anyone is happy with the current performances. I’d imagine what @Riaz is getting at though is that there’s evidence that Johnson doesn’t ‘coach players backwards’ with the improvements that we’ve seen from multiple players during his time here. In fact, I’d say individually the players aren’t getting worse, it’s more the tactics that we are setting up with is nullifying them. When you look at Bryan, Reid, Brownhill and Kelly, all players who improved massively as footballers under LJ and ended up in the prem, it shows that he does develop individuals. He just seems to struggle to improve a team with his tactical flaws
  11. The reason Bristol have a top class coach is because of the money in the two sports. Pat Lam will be on a pittance compared to what his footballing counterparts (think Nuno at Wolves or Flick at Bayern) will be on. To get one of the best coaches in world rugby, like Lam, for Bristol, is much easier than getting one of the best coaches in the world for us
  12. A few years ago, before coming to Bristol he won the Pro 12 (basically the Irish, Scottish and Welsh league) with Connacht. Connacht are seen as the backwater of irish rugby, perennial underachievers, and so this was a ridiculous success. Think of it as like Leicester winning the prem, like @Northern Red said above. That’s just the tip of it though, his coaching methods, the harmony his squads have, the rugby his sides play, means that he is widely respected as one of the best head coaches in the world. He’s managed the barbarians (a club side who chuck together some of the worlds best players for a week of getting drunk and taking on a tier one nation...), which is the sort of accolade only the best get given. He’s been linked to the England job recently and will probably be again. I’d put him in the top 5 coaches in the world currently, and that’s probably not being too generous
  13. JBFC II

    I miss Cotts.

    With the squad we’d assembled I’d say promotion was the aim, and iirc there was a fair bit of excitement about what that squad could do. He didn’t spend much in terms of transfer fees, but the likes of Wilbraham, Elliott, Agard, JET, El-Abd, Fielding etc would have all been on very decent wages at league one level. Not trying to ‘poo-poo’ the season at all, like I said it was a brilliant season, however it wasn’t exactly a good league and we had a better squad than every side in it, comfortably so compared to everyone bar probably Preston, MK and Sheffield United. Again, I’m not diminishing Cotts achievement in getting us up in the fashion that he did. I just think that often people go a bit overboard with comparing him to LJ. A very good league one manager vs a solid Championship one. LJ sold players brought in by SOD and Cotts for big profits by improving them massively as footballers. I doubt anybody on here would have seen Flint, Bryan and Reid as £23 million worth of talent in December 2015. Again, I’ve never ‘completely dismissed’ what success he brought to the club, if you read my post you’ll see that’s not the case. However, the club has moved on from him and that’s proved to be a good thing for our long term stability. The work he did was pivotal in getting us up but I think he was found out at championship level. That’s not the same to ‘completely dismissing’ what he did in those 18 months from after SOD left. I’m open to plenty of things, although I wouldn’t say MA is to blame for the recruitment, as LJ has constantly said that each player is brought in with his agreement.
  14. JBFC II

    I miss Cotts.

    The squad was bare because he didn’t look to strengthen it properly in the summer. We started the season with a first team squad of 20, which was nowhere near enough. Instead of going for big money signings, perhaps Cotts should have bolstered the squad to make us more competitive with greater depth. Instead he went for the big money players, and that back fired. The fact that once LJ came in we changed the system and invested in players that suited it was what saw us become safe
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