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  1. 30% possession and 3 shots on goal. Absolutely love it.
  2. That he was preferred to Norman Hunter with a dead ball tells you all you need to know about Lorimer.
  3. If true, SL deserves credit for stepping out of his comfort zone. In fact, I can’t recall City having a manager of this sort in my 50 years as a City fan. Jordan was actually quite gentle and urbane. Pearson can be a beast and I love it!
  4. First interview, shortlist, second interview. Doesn’t work in football, as your bound to appoint the person who does best in the process, which isn’t necessarily the right person. LJ, Holden etc are the sort of people who do well when eye to eye contact and power point presentations are the criteria used to sort one candidate from another. Cotterill didn’t have to negotiate this.
  5. I think that some- perhaps quite a few- of our players probably deserve a bit of Appleton. I’m not sure we do.
  6. Just looked up 10 Shell Point Road. Bloody hell. Brislington it ain’t.
  7. I’m 56. What will come first- my COVID jab or a new gaffer? My money’s on the needle.
  8. Exactly the two points that struck me. At times like this, it’s all politics, self- serving briefing v counter- briefing, but I think MA deserves a hearing on this. Personally I find it extraordinary that JL should be in the Caribbean at all at a time like this, but for our supremo to be pursuing ‘private projects’ is really not a good look.
  9. My guess is that SL, JL and MA have realised that they are probably going to have to act and fire Dean, but are prepared to let the next 3 matches/ 7 days play out. 3 poor results and the decision makes itself, with more political cover for the inevitable. 3 decent ish results removes some of the pressure and justifies, at least in the short to medium term, a continuation of the ‘fair crack of the whip’ policy. Classic business ‘ kick the can and see if circumstances make the decision for you’ approach. Problem is that this style of management is rarely associated with successful business.
  10. Worth staying up for that MOD analysis. The one positive is that they avoided referring to us as ‘Bristol’ by the simple expedient of not referring to us at all. Literally.
  11. In this instance the PFA was specifically representing players in the EFL, including the Championship, as these were the ones affected by/ and opposed to the proposed salary cap.
  12. He wasn’t instructed by agents, foreign chairman or the tv companies, but by the PFA. In other words, he represented every one of the players in City’s squad- the ones we cheer on every week.
  13. To be fair, GMG’ s position is inherently difficult. His total job is reporting on City and he’s reliant necessarily on the access and cooperation of the club, not just for exclusives, but for day to day working, and even travel to away games. The club can withdraw this, wholly or in part, at a stroke. And my experience of working with billionaires- and I have a little- is that they can be uniquely prickly and sensitive. Having read City reportage for almost 50 years, I think the boy does pretty well.
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