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Everything posted by JoeAman08

  1. Playoffs were never realistic. 7 points from 9 against sides with something to play for. I am not down about today. Another good shift from them. But....now we don’t have to pretend to say we can make playoffs the new man needs to be in tomorrow. 2 games to assess the squad plus pre season. Need someone to get to work
  2. He has no academy upbringing and basically had interest from Chelsea on raw ability. Need to look at him like Kodjia who was 25-26 when he arrived. He needs time, coaching and some minutes and also find his position. Maybe he never becomes a champ player or higher but think many being overly harsh on him. Not every 20 year old has the same experience and upbringing. We just need to decide how patient we are willing to be with him. Might not click until he is 23-24.
  3. Not a huge fan but I was for his first couple seasons. Personally think the Hull injury really set him back. He has had moments since then but generally anonymous attacking. Think some(most?) is/was down to LJ imo. He was making football unenjoyable. This season especially I can’t recall many who have had a particularly good season. Especially on the attacking front. My point is all this? Callum is here and is young enough and shown enough glimpses to warrant trying him under someone new. He has been really poor the past couple seasons but new manager maybe a new lease on li
  4. Famara Massengo Brownhill goal vs Charlton took me awhile to think of one
  5. 95% of being successful is having the best players. Having Gerrard is going to attract better players than keeping a Dean Holden or having a Lee Johnson. Hughton won’t be at that level but again an improvement on LJ you’d think with the experience. Point is, the risk is already taken by letting LJ go. I am not so sure it that much more risky to appoint a Gerrard over a Hughton. We don’t/won’t know how the players will react to the new man. We don’t/won’t know what players they can attract. At the end of the day, the big names linked with the job is progress. Possibly a lower league c
  6. Tbf when he made those signings they were big money. 4m for Duffy I don’t think was a steal but paying near the premium for a championship CB at the time. Knockaert had nearly 100 games in the league for Leicester before that spell in Belgium. So he wasn’t unknown. Hemed was a good buy not outstanding. Pretty sure the frees would have been big wages at the time too. My point is that he did come in and spend and mostly on players we probably wouldn’t want to invest in. He is not a perfect fit for Bristol City in how we like to operate. The hope is that he
  7. Thought he had a decent game outside the goal which was diabolically bad. Thought he grew even more when Ake went off.
  8. Yes but transfer fees aren’t the biggest issue. The bought players on manageable wages and with resale value. They would have been fine with the prize money and parachute payment had they been relegated. Norwich could have done similar in the summer is all I am saying. I don’t see the point in not competing.
  9. Our goal difference being what it is makes it even harder. It would be really interesting if we beat Stoke mid week and other results go our way but yea still very unlikely because of that GD
  10. Of course. It is not unheard of but it does happen. I’d even argue in some of your examples their production fell in that final season with Coutinho and Mahrez. Got no numbers just going off memory. Again Norwich in a good spot just not certain they did themselves many favours with this season. What is the point of promotion if you are going to seemingly give up before you start? Personally think it set up the attitude of the whole season for them. Meanwhile Sheffield United added 4-5 players within their wage structure from the championship. Not loads but made them a bit deeper an
  11. Yep basically what I was going to say. Buendia, Cantwell and Godfrey all will have big interest from bigger clubs. It is true about the money and keeping players. The problem is the players though. They don’t have to be happy about Norwich rejecting offers for them. Them telling Dortmund they want 50m for Godfret for example. How does he feel about that? What problems does that cause down the line? Of course it is all an if but we have seen it here what 1-2 players with an eye elsewhere can do to a team. Not saying Norwich got is very wrong because they will be in
  12. Yea but you have to keep in mind they think they are on par with Celtic and should be better. They were in the Scottish Championship 4 years ago and have nowhere near the budget of Celtic. They have done what you’d expect them to do which is finish second to Celtic. Their fans won’t think that is good enough but in reality what more could he do? He has qualified for Europa League both his seasons by finishing comfortably second each year. He has progressed them well in that competition. Think he will be disappointed they haven’t maybe had a real go at the Scottish Cup but all in all
  13. I don’t get why people wouldn’t be excited by this. As annoying as it would be to be Gerrard’s Bristol City his name alone will open up doors we never had keys to. It can open up bigger sponsorship deals, he will have a vast array of contacts throughout the premier league, the players would take everything he says on board and he would most likely be able to attract a few higher calibre players. He isn’t experienced in the championship. Neither was Bielsa, Farke, Wagner, Lampard nor scott parker and thomas frank. Also, those saying he hasn’t done anything in Scotland are wrong. He ha
  14. I am with you. They get coaching badges not management badges. The biggest thing at a club is scouting talent. The head coach just needs to focus on getting the best from the talent. I am all for it just not sure the older guys will accept so easily.
  15. Only thing I will say is that SL has been explicit before and he has been caught out. Kodjia springs to mind. Pretty sure he said he won’t be sold to a champ club. Pretty sure he said top 6 last year was a requirement but may be misremembering that. Point is he has said things before and gone against it later and just because he says one thing doesn’t mean we can’t rule anything out. Yea I agree. The model is necessary in this league. I am not sure a Hughton or McCarthy would be willing to work how we work. Hopefully a Hughton could but I am not convinced. It is why I hope w
  16. All this talk about exciting attacking football is a bit much I feel. Think about it. When we had that season a few years ago I think we fed off the energy more than the goals. I mean the intense closing down and not letting opposition get into any rhythm. We scored a good amount of goals as a result but I think our fanbase possibly appreciated the effort as much as the goals if that makes sense. I saw similar qualities in that Brighton side that got promoted. Another thing about that side is I am not sure it was blessed with so much natural talent. It was a good squad but not full
  17. Just listened and I am sure he is a lovely guy but he can drone on. Don’t think I have ever gotten so tired listening to one of those. I couldn’t listen to that every week.
  18. Yes I would love for us to look abroad. This has been discussed in the past before LJ was gone about potential replacements. When people ask who do you bring in. Always said there are names we don’t know or haven’t heard of out there that would make a good appointment.
  19. From what I remember of Brighton is they played a very organised pressing style just past the halfway line. It caused teams to lose possession and they were very efficient countering. That was how I remembered them from the game at AG. It was pretty in the championship but went very defensive in the premier league. Maybe it is a case of lesson learned for him if he got another side promoted. That said, it is why he is my second choice behind Jokanovic of popular names.
  20. It wasn’t rose tinted at all. I mentioned clearly it isn’t the best season to be sellers. That said it is still a level playing field and the fees will reflect that across the world. Nowhere did I say we will make a large amount in the window. Just that we have players we will get decent fees for even if they aren’t what we are used to. The players in the final year I mentioned are just examples of maybe shifting wages. Not all of them obviously but even one leaving frees up a large chunk of wages to be put towards a free transfer or loan. I don’t think we are a team that needs 4-5 to have a c
  21. I am with you to an extent but there are plenty of saleable assets in this squad. Not a good year to be sellers but if we needed to raise some funds I am sure we could/will. Eliasson and Fam I think are likely to go. Even if we sell Fam for less than we bought it will show as profit as his contract has a season left. Players like Adelakun, Szmodics and Bakinson can raise some funds and be off the wage bill. Also players like Baker, Hunt and Weimann are in their final years so could be easier to move. It is not a perfect situation, especially season 1, but there is a solid y
  22. I don’t get the vitriol towards Ashton. Maybe those that dislike him will be proven right but in my eyes he has done almost everything right that I’d expect from him. I will say recruitment has been scattergun. I will also say we have been left short in some positions once or twice with late sales. That said we have gotten a lot right under him as well. He has secured some amazing deals for us and negotiated some large deals. I think the next manager/head coach will tell us a lot more about Ashton.
  23. It is a tough one. Hughton and Jokanovic the best two options for instant success. Do not seem like the hirings the club would make though. But my vote is Jokanovic. Promotions and good football. I like Mick McCarthy. Think we could go either way under him though. Doesn’t seem like a great fit. Ainsworth is more the kind the club would pursue. Done a very good job at Wycombe. He’d be my choice if we aren’t attracting top names. A lot on the list in job and good jobs some of them. Wagner is one and may relish the opportunity to do well in England again. Think maybe
  24. What to be a bit more like Brentford who spend similar or less and have smaller attendances yet play some of the best football in the division under a manager few had heard of before he took over? I think that expectation is fair It was probably mostly the fact we avoided a relegation battle but the most talked about city team on here is when we had the cup run. We pressed, we played attacking football and we were solid at simple things like set pieces. We finished 11th. Disappointing sure but if we were sitting in 12th and had some fun at AG I think a few more would be willing to
  25. For as much as I have grown to dislike him he helped this club through a massive rebuild and transition. Helped stabilise us after Cotterill, had rocky times but kept us safe another season, gave us an amazing season where it fizzled out but understandably so and got us to 70 points in the championship. All this while behind the scenes we were renovating AG, working towards upgrading the academy and training facilities and working through new philosophies. It is overdue him leaving this position but imo he helped get us to this level of expectation. Deserves our thanks. Cheers LJ
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