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  1. Between Nyatanga deciding to retire from football and Fontaine turning to acoustic guitar-based ballads, seems to me we should probably check on anyone else who was playing in defence for Sean O'Driscoll when we got relegated. Has anyone heard from Matthew Bates or Brendan Moloney? Willing to bet one of them is currently living with a goat herder in the Andes.
  2. Thanks - great interview! It's funny, I didn't have a lot of teams that I particularly hated bar the usual suspects (and Wolves) but this last few years in the Championship my list has grown an awful lot. Maybe it's just because the stakes are far higher than we've had for years and we're up against traditionally bigger clubs that combine arrogance with a dislike for us even being in the same conversation, but everything concerning the likes of Leeds and Villa just makes me cringe now.
  3. What did he say? (I'm taking advantage of non-football day to work so have been following the game exclusively via this thread).
  4. Not the first time it has been said, but about the most important sentence you will read on OTIB and I hope people pay attention. City's transfer policy in a nutshell. We ONLY buy players who hold or increase value, alongside a relatively modest wage. In doing so, we reject other more experienced players, often cheaper in the transfer market, but a much larger drain on our wage bill. The difference? Transfer fees are irrelevant - SL runs a share trading company and knows this, money is not sunk, just invested in assets that will mature. But these players are rarely leaders and certainly don't have experience of getting to the Premiership. Over a longer term profits generated from buying assets and increasing their value will fund increases in the wage bill to maybe get the odd proven player, to in turn make us more competitive, but it will be small increments, and a long drawn out process. It's a microcosm of short term versus long term. If you want short term success you recruit some proven players (there may not even be a transfer fee - just end of contract), on chunky wages, and go for it. But in financial terms these are liabilities not assets. As you say, we will never go near such players (and Gary O'Neil's injuries make us even less likely to) and therefore that vital bit of leadership and seen-it-all-before is missing when the season falters. LJ doesn't want to manage these sorts of players anyway!
  5. In a thread of conjecture (and I had my own on that Mark Ashton 'suspending the strategy' video) it's interesting that most of the debate here has centered on the January transfer window, and surprising (to me at least) that the abiding view from most (even those who from memory haven't liked the bloke) is quite sympathetic towards LJ and critical towards SL?! That's quite a revelation in tone for OTIB!! Why are we all of a sudden endorsing LJ's right to walk away "hard done by" because he wasn't bought a striker? I don't doubt it is the best way for LJ to continue his media upward trajectory free of real examination of his actual successes, but it's a bit of a re-write for the history of SL's support for LJ in the transfer market. If I was SL this transfer window I would also be asking questions about all the money spent already before I shelled out again. Nearly £2m spent on a striker who has had about 25 minutes all season in the league. Seriously? We also committed nearly £2m more last summer to two wingers who barely play either. You can go back and add many more to the list. I honestly wasn't bothered that we didn't sign a striker in January - I knew it might be a problem, and that it would certainly be a convenient scapegoat, but on a pure investment/return basis, it seemed fair that he just get on with it using what was already bought. Otherwise it's just a false picture where the more SL spends the better LJ's return on objectives is! None of this is me being anti-LJ or not acknowledging his efforts. I am also sympathetic towards him following the Mark Ashton video which sadly emphasised to me the blurred lines of influence on transfers and selection that must go on behind the scenes all the time. For all I know the Eisa deal was SL and his mate Gary, and therefore unfair to pin on LJ. But the point is, one way or another SL is spending a lot of money on this squad, LJ is Head Coach and has not done badly out of it so far. So what if the odd player isn't to his liking or SL/MA stick their noses in more than they should. That's been the gig for 3 years and it's a comfy setup that afforded him plenty of time, and a lot of players. It's a bit late now to pipe up.
  6. Hi @Matt Parsons BCFCSLO are you able to tell us if this is a completely different ticketing platform provider that we've paid for up front, or is it the same provider as before, and therefore we'll need to keep paying the £1 "booking" fees that are technically paying for City's eternal debt to the ticketing platform provider.
  7. Derby hit the crossbar with a free kick on 91 minutes.
  8. Olé

    That Video

    I made this point on Twitter too. It was very odd being as it was published suddenly, less than an hour before the team was announced and foretold Semenyo and O'Leary being dropped. Although I don't follow much of the City social output, I believe it's unprecedented for Mark Ashton to be interviewed before a City match, much less on matters relating to team selection. It's been hinted at on here before, but MA is not a Director of Football, and prioritising youth pathway versus winning matches is a strategy that only a DoF besides coach could speak on. I also thought it was bizarre and that there is something more to it. I also thought it was probably the result of a wider issue between he and LJ or even SL, that this was issued to resolve. My hunch: picking Semenyo on Saturday vs dropping him and O'Leary yesterday were not the call of the same person. Whichever way round, LJ wasn't prepared to front up both decisions. And hence by way of agreed compromise, Mark Ashton winds up having to provide a rushed explanation for the 180 degree strategy between Saturday and Tuesday's team. My theory...
  9. Strange as I genuinely heard no booing and was quite impressed at the restraint after Saturday - which in the Dolman at least I put down to apathy and a large number of people leaving before the full time whistle and so had switched off to their cue. The atmosphere was awful, not quite as bad as Birmingham two weeks ago, but still poor for a midweek game. But again there were reasons, it was freezing cold and seemed to me that the players obvious nerves and hesitation transferred to the crowd.
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    Which is how most will have seen it, and as @tommy_b says no need to have rushed him in with 3 weeks to the next game, but the EP's Gregor MacGregor has posted this on Twitter and words fail me - we are using important league games for trials. What happened to players holding a position until they underperform? Why does that not apply to Max? He's done nothing wrong.
  11. Not really important after tonight's performance but bit of an odd response mate - don't even know where to start. You're basically re-enforcing the point I was making which is that all the other managers you listed were successful (i.e. Premiership, Champions League) and quickly got into positions where their ideas were subject to checks and balances from experienced, successful club structures, as opposed to LJ, who will continue to "learn" in his own echo chamber until he succeeds. It doesn't really sound like we're disagreeing so am not sure why you sent this argument back about Silva. On the note of Silva, telling me not to believe what I read on Wiki or about his origins at Estoril is bizarre. I grew up in the adjoining town to Estoril and twice saw him play for Estoril before he was manager, I then followed his career, and was invited to see him manage in Europe - I was there when Estoril beat Panathinaikos at home. I know exactly what went down next at Sporting as I read Portuguese papers, like the comedy roadshow they are, the suit was the only story that got any attention when they needed an excuse to hijack Jorge Jesus from Benfica (who along with his dad played for Sporting). Odd to lecture about Silva, when we're both basically saying the same thing about LJ, i.e. that all the other managers were successful and went onto clubs where they gained proper top level experience.
  12. This is an insane thread. More than half the team were awful but Lloyd Kelly actually put a shift in and was one of only a couple of players to actually never stop trying. I thought he was really trying to prove a point when all around him simply weren't bothering. I know it's all about opinions and by all means be angry at the performance but spare the very few players who actually bothered to make an effort tonight (Kalas, Eliasson, Kelly).
  13. I don't necessarily disagree with the spirit of the point you're making (how long LJ is still afforded mistakes as "development"), but those specific comparisons are ridiculous - and you know it! In every case the managers you chose literally only have a handful of games difference in their experience relative to LJ (all c. 300) - it's hardly a meaningful difference, yet all of them have managed in the Premiership, and 3 of them in the Champions League. Their backgrounds could not be more different. Nuno had unprecedented success with a small club in Portugal (multiple cup finals and Europe), coached in the Champions League with both Porto and Valencia, and won multiple La Liga manager of the month awards. Marco Silva took a lower division club up into the top flight and then into Europe, and then coached Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos. Alex Neil won consecutive top flight promotions with Hamilton and Norwich. Wagner spent 4 years with one of the biggest clubs in the world. By comparison Lee Johnson came to us with no credible success or experience of success, and also lacks a variety of experiences the names you've mentioned above have acquired across different clubs and competitions. There is literally nothing to compare: Oldham and Barnsley are trivial relative to CV's of the people above. And that is the fairer comparison of the main flaw in LJ - he has plenty of ideas but they're all tested "on the go" as he's in an echo chamber without experience around him. Most of those other names, by reaching the top flight, major domestic clubs, and competing in the Champions League, would have become exposed to years of experience within those clubs and plenty of checks and balances. Directors of Football. Barbaric press. They aren't playgrounds for experimenting. Marco Silva lost his first "big club" job despite winning the cup and qualifying for Europe, for failing to wear the right club suit. Extreme of course, but an illustration of having proper push back. LJ has none of this. Literally zero challenge - unless it's Steve Lansdown, not a footballing man, having an alternative opinion on one of their cosy regular phone calls. So forget the fact his 300-odd games are slightly more than those other managers 300-odd games. The reality is LJ never managed at any level before us and has not worked in any structure that afforded him senior, experienced feedback to re-calibrate his ideas. So yes, he is still learning, and always will be, until he finally succeeds.
  14. Funnily enough this exact idea is argued very seriously in the brand new issue of When Saturday Comes - below. I didn't actually know the history of the original area a penalty applied, but the author of the piece has got a point. Nonetheless, people who don't like the sound of radical changes (that's most of us) should not read this article..
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