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Everything posted by Bedred31

  1. I’ve always liked, supported and been profoundly grateful for SL, but I wouldn’t place much reliance on him now. It seems to me that in recent months his head has moved on. When billionaire owners start ‘looking for additional investment’ it means that they’ve crossed the line that leads to sale and a relinquish of control. My guess is that having spent the last year exiled on Guernsey with no live football with fans, he’s surprised to realise that he’s not missed it as much as he assumed he would. Does he need the hassle and grief that comes with the responsibility of ownership? He has a lega
  2. Simply pointing out that it seems a bit unwise to make a personal meeting a prerequisite to making a decision when it seems likely that a personal meeting will be impossible before you have to make the decision.
  3. SL looked for a response after Watford and didn’t get it. Holden, ditto. NP looked for a response and didn’t get it. Honestly hard to see what or who, if anything or anyone, could possibly motivate some in this group. Normally when players down tools to get rid of a gaffer they pick them up again when the new boss arrives. And they have a lot at stake, given that lucrative deals in an age of COVID are likely to be hard to come by. Obviously something pretty big is up or has gone wrong, but I’m prepared increasingly to give the club the benefit of the doubt. I would now pick one or two for the
  4. Because SL’s in Guernsey and isn’t allowed off. Because he’s likely to have to confirm the appointment of NP or someone before that changes.
  5. It’s not simply a question of regulation- although I can’t actually see the government allowing 20000 fans in at 75% capacity- but public behaviour. If your youngish- and I know that economically and socially young people have suffered most during the pandemic- you are at least generally free from fear. I thought I was gutsy, but COVID has been absolutely f......ing terrifying for people like me. I can’t picture myself in a crowd yet- and I’ve been vaccinated.
  6. Amidst this ‘clear them all out’ and ‘next years squad will look very different’, ponder that we’ve had no money through the turnstiles for over a year now. My guess is that relatively few fans will be allowed in next season and maybe longer. The world has just changed completely and it could be years before full stadia are allowed. SL is not going to spend millions on players on decent contracts in the summer, because realistically he can’t and really he shouldn’t. Unless and until good to average to promising players realise that the days of 15- 30k a week are over for the foreseeable futur
  7. Frighteningly easy online shopping. Just bought mine from Prime in 15 seconds while watching the news at 10.
  8. I remember seeing Leicester lose to Arsenal midweek at the Emirates and looking certs for relegation. I travelled home by train with loads of Leicester fans( work in London, live in Bedford), and enjoyed the crack with a good bunch of lads who were supporting their club at a tricky time. Thought about that night and those fans a lot since, because less than 2 years later your winning the Prem. and I’m thinking that it’s not impossible and that one day we could be thereabouts. Thanks for posting.
  9. Support this to be honest. Been pretty alarmed at the tsunami of tv sport betting adds since I discovered that my 18 year old son and virtually all his 6th form mates had opened online accounts and were betting small amounts regularly via their phones. Bit of fun and the sums weren’t life changing, but I hate to think we’re some of these lads will be in a few years. When I was a 6th former in the early 80’s ( Churchill Comprehensive) we were footy mad but no one would be arsed to go to a betting shop, yet I’ve still had mates struggle with a variety of addictions. Most of these businesses are
  10. I think the OP means ‘Sunderland manager on Football Focus’. I don’t recall Lee getting much Saturday lunchtime exposure during the 4 + years he managed us.
  11. Only Fools and Horses was, of course, filmed in Bristol and I used to love the fact that Peckham market was the old East end car park- you could often see the the bright red corrugated cladding in the background.
  12. 30% possession and 3 shots on goal. Absolutely love it.
  13. That he was preferred to Norman Hunter with a dead ball tells you all you need to know about Lorimer.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. I think that some- perhaps quite a few- of our players probably deserve a bit of Appleton. I’m not sure we do.
  17. Just looked up 10 Shell Point Road. Bloody hell. Brislington it ain’t.
  18. I’m 56. What will come first- my COVID jab or a new gaffer? My money’s on the needle.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
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