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  1. Given LJ’s reported financial prudence and budgeting in the property market making him potentially (on paper at least) a millionaire, I wonder if Mrs Johnson might disagree with you.... And you need 4 microwaves when two are broken and one of the other 2 overcooks your microwave curry one day and under cooks your soup the next....
  2. Hang on there...don’t go saying stuff like that....you’ll have some all over you like a rash about your pro LJ agenda. Take off those rose tinted glass sir! No seriously, I think you could well be right, there seems to have been historically, and maybe still is (Kasey Palmer) some disparity between LJ and MA on transfers. It’s improved recently, but clearly LJ feels like he’s had enough of taking all the responsibility for the success of our transfer policy when perhaps he doesn’t have anywhere near all the say.
  3. Well the in this instance no one referred or mentioned wages. Again, it’s easy to make a statement about wages without knowing the facts. Firstly - our wage bill, how does it compare to other teams in the divisions? Secondly, do you know BW is one of our biggest earners? At the point he arrived from Preston back in 2017 and I’d imagine we were not offering the same wages we’d be able to offer someone like Kalas now for example. He is no doubt on more than TM, but I’d imagine Williams is on a handsome short term contract, possibly actually making him one of our highest earners, given not long ago he was on £70k p/w. The fact is for Bailey Wright, the squad has probably ‘outgrown’ him to a certain extent. A useful player no doubt, yes part of that spell of good football, but don’t forget he was very limited going forward during that period, I remember games where he did no more than offer a body going forwards, he would go through games a) not beating a man or b) putting a cross in. I think in an ‘ideal world’ we want CB’s playing out from the back, that’s not his strength and TM has been stepping up this year in that respect.
  4. Fair enough No, didn’t say that, but you don’t just go out and win without some plan. Even if it becomes plan b or c.
  5. It’s my opinion that you don’t win a game in the championship without a game plan. One may not be able to see it or even agree with it, but there would have been a plan and ultimately it worked.
  6. Well your detailed post about the apparent lack of threat/quality from the opposition gives no credit to us getting wins against teams that we have previously struggled to win against. A win is a win is this league, anyone can be anyone, regardless of position or form. We’ve seen that time and again. When I read “bad form” as the thread title I thought we’d be talking Leeds....1 win in 7?!
  7. No offence to either of you, but this is what I was writing in another thread when I say some fans will criticise whatever and change their tune to suit the argument. The last two seasons or so we’ve generally struggled against the bottom teams to get a result - People constantly moaning about us not being able to beat them. Now we’re grinding out wins against bottom teams people are suddenly “well they’re in the bottom 3, big deal” like they expect it and aren’t happy to acknowledge that any 3 points is a good 3 points in this league.
  8. I keep reading we have a bloated squad? It’s a favourite line for some. Bloated compared to what? According to transfermarkt (not sure of accuracy for every team) we have a squad size of 27, which is right if you don’t include loans in. Lowest - Millwall with 21 Highest - Preston, Hull and Forest with 31. Average - 27 Bristol City have the average squad size according to this.
  9. I enjoyed this: Replace Barnsley with Bristol City or any other team....seems all fans all think the same thing! Problem usually with this scenario is that Barnsley usually turn up and let the other team off. Been a 28 game losing streak. Play Barnsley. 3 points. Striker that’s not scored for 25 games. Play Barnsley hat trick.
  10. Anyone can read and regurgitate a book. My question about anyone who spends a long time on a football forum arguing on a technical level.....why are you here arguing about it and why are you not doing it for real??
  11. For me the underlying fact is "we" don't know what the real expectations are for him from the people who pick up the bill. The only real concrete expectation was SL saying he wanted progression and top 6 this year. Well you can't guarantee top 6 in January and the fact is we still could finish in the top 6 this season. Will this all be forgotten in a few weeks time? The LJ in/out argument is underlined by a feeling of urgency by the fans to take the 'opportunity' of promotion this year. It was the same last year, even the year before. The opportunity, by the way, in part thanks to LJ. Yes you all say it's more than that, footballing quality for example, but ultimately it comes down to expectations. I've watched the argument against LJ shift and change over the years, awful recruitment, football way too open/football way too much defensive, not streetwise enough/not pretty enough, way too much passing around at the back/way too many long balls, big money flops not in the team/big money flops in the team. The one constant, some just find any excuse to have him gone, period. The question is does SL desperately need to take the opportunity of the top 6 this year? I suspect no. I suspect the board are happy to give him until the summer and then re-assess. If they are anxious about not having a top 6 finish this year, well, different story. My opinion is they are not and that may be backed up by a few more sales this January/Summer of key players, again. Does SL care about the quality of football? Who knows. Does SL think LJ is, on the whole, over achieving or under achieving? Is he in credit? I think the answer that that question is also deeply layered in truths about transfers, the squad, budgets etc that we as normal fans will never know the full details of. We've ridden out storms before under LJ, can the ship's integrity take a few more big waves. I think the decision may be taken out of their hands though if there are more Shrewsbury's and more and more neutral fans join the out camp. Barnsley this weekend and Birmingham after, if the atmosphere gets ugly they may have to pull the trigger. But i'd expect an interim appointment from within until the summer. 1. Answer for debate - Who could come in? There are a few that come to mind, but they're in jobs and unlikely to leave mid-season. I'm thinking Grant McCann or Alex Neil, could be pried away, lower down a Ryan Lowe or a Paul Warne are perhaps. OOC managers do not excite me and that does make a difference. Warnock? A no from me. Hughton, yes, but likely? Not so sure.
  12. Read my previous posts. I'm not just talking about playing identity, which clearly has shifted around as is not clear to many fans. I am saying it goes beyond just that, it's about character. I disagree the signings are "random". Have they all worked? No. Have they all fitted the playing style? Not necessarily. But they pretty much all have certain attributes in common. Profit and loss on the squad over recent years suggests something is working. As for the "ever changing game plans" - I can only imagine a manager has to be flexible in his approach when his best players are sold every season and you're managing injuries etc throughout. I've said it before and I'll say it again, some people tout text book stuff about footballing identity like it's an exact science. Reality proves it clearly is not, or else everyone would be doing it, right? What's Preston's playing identity? What's Swansea's?
  13. I think you need to actually read and react to my post rather than just continuing to just simply put your opinion across. I’ve agreed the ‘identity’ on the pitch is not there. But there is arguably an identity, a character being put in place off and slowly on the pitch. Attributes, attitudes, qualities. Recruitment is improving all the time, yet will always be hit and miss. The progress off the pitch and in league position under Mr Johnson’s tenure backs that up. The Wigan game in particular was a team that was arguably weaker than one we put out last season. The selling nature of the club will have to be balanced out with progress on the pitch.
  14. For me the word 'identity' is greater than just simply "we press high as team" or " we're a passing out from the back team". I think footballing identity and identity as a club are blurred when people talk about identity as a whole. This is my opinion, but another word for me is 'character'. Yes clearly our 'identity' on the pitch is not the finished product, but it goes beyond that, identity goes into the character and ethic of the club. From that respect, JL, MA and LJ have instilled this at the club. The type of players we are looking for, the type of people we employ to work off the pitch. The plans in place for the future in terms of training facility and Bristol Sport. Allowing time to develop from within, the technology, the recruitment etc etc. Yes it doesn't always go 100% right, yes it still needs to develop, but the process is there and it is working off the pitch. The challenge is getting it to work on the pitch, but as @spudski rightly points out, we are one of 100's of teams searching for that too and it is not easily achieved. Final thought, as i've said so many times over the years, I will again - there is a big difference between the club saying "the aim is the premier league" and "we're going to get in the premier league at any cost".
  15. The question for me about Hunt is defensively. It's easier to ignore that when we're winning and he's whipping in this vicious goal creating crosses. For me he is one of the question marks over our defence, one that conceded the joint highest number of goals in the top half of the table. 1) Two players have been unable to secure the RB birth. 2) A last minute free transfer of an OOC Williams has been the main stalwart and has the most appearances of any of our defence this season. 3) A 'rookie' in Moore and Baker, who was very much back up last season, are now key players. Obviously the injuries to Kalas and Dasilva have played a major part, but 40 goals conceded is not good enough. For all the talk of forwards, if I were MA and LJ i'd be looking very hard at that defence too.
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