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  1. EnderMB

    Arne Slot

    Given how highly rated he is, there's no way he'd come to a mid-table Championship side. He'd be targeting clubs in the first divisions any of the other top five leagues.
  2. As a headhunter, I'm sure that you appreciate how important cultural fit is to some employers. Many of them value it over actual skills/experience. IMO, this is where Lansdown and Ashton sit, and ultimately losing LJ means very little, because they'll be looking for someone to sit the same pre-defined mould.
  3. Looking through the list of options has some very weird choices, and some I'd pick in a heartbeat. I'd have Steven Gerrard purely for the Liverpool connections. I'd also have Frank de Boer, although the chances of him leaving Atlanta United for us is slim and none, considering they're the closest America has to a huge team. Hughton would be amazing, if he'd join us. If history is anything to go by, though, it's that Lansdown will want someone who is cheap, and who completely buys into his philosophy of sustainability through youth. I don't know if any of those names are right for him
  4. I have three on my short-list, and to be honest they're not too realistic. Big Sam - Obviously would be great at this level, but would have zero intention of coaching a mid-table Championship side Quique Flores - A solid coach, and would probably do great at this level, but again wouldn't be up for joining us Michael Laudrup - Legend of the game, and has had some success as a manager. After Swansea he mostly managed in Qatar for mega-bucks, but I imagine Bristol City would be an interesting project for him. Anyone that wants Warnock needs their head examined.
  5. What do you expect, honestly? Social media managers for brands are usually paid **** all for what can actually be pretty stressful work, since you're dealing with a medium where one small slip-up results in a dozen tweets of abuse. I have no idea if we have our own social media person, but most of the English accounts for German clubs are all managed in the US by social marketing agencies, and by all accounts many of them are run by the same company. It's one of those things that no number of complaints won't solve, because the greatest social media account in the world isn't go
  6. I'm often wary about any advice coming from someone in "management" that isn't actually in management, especially someone that heads a chartered institute for an industry that doesn't need chartered status, and an industry that is often criticised for being a salary pit in larger organisations. With that being said, I've known some companies ban football chat entirely. My brother used to work at Teleperformance, and apparently they had to ban football chat after two Scottish lads got in a bust-up during a dress-down Friday after one came in with a Rangers shirt, and the other a Celtic shi
  7. How does this thread have four pages?! The reason Bielsa went to Leeds United is simple. Leeds United are a big club with a lot of history. Bristol City aren't, and Lansdown doesn't have the money to spend to get a big-name manager to come to a small club.
  8. Would a striking coach join Bristol City at this moment, at a point where only a few loses could result in the manager leaving and a whole new coaching team being put in place? That's not to say that Lansdown would get rid of LJ, but many other owners would.
  9. When you are Barcelona or Real Madrid manager, the results don't matter. Winning is the minimum requirement, but winning and playing world-class football is what is expected. It's strange to anyone outside of Spain, but I guess when the entire history of your league revolves around one of two teams being at the top, the only expectation is to be the better team.
  10. He absolutely deserves a new contract. If he wants to leave, I'd still offer him a new contract, but offer him a clause to automatically accept a transfer over a certain amount (let's say £10m). That way, he can put himself in the shop window by helping to finish the season in style.
  11. If we're happy to moan about bad performances and progression while we are 4th in the Championship, it's probably a sign that expectations are high and we're looking to have a good season. I'm not the biggest LJ fan, but we've progressed nicely, and we're still on course. We've also got a number of young, talented players that will only improve over time. The last result was shit, but all that matters is that we respond accordingly and keep our form going.
  12. I can only remember a handful of threads over the years about the women's teams, and those have usually been for big news stories. I don't know why so many of you are bothered by the women's threads being on here, considering there are never any posts.
  13. It's worth remembering the power dynamics at play here. The Premier League (and in some ways the EFL) won't come down too hard on clubs looking to bend the rules, because they want to keep them on side and ensure that they don't form a billionaires club that looks to breakaway into its own league - and ultimately its own sport if we keep a distinction between domestic and franchised football. Rugby has no such worries, and ultimately if the league wanted to punish any team harshly they can do so without repercussion.
  14. I would prefer the various leagues around the world to fix this using the opposite approach. Instead of allowing more players to come on during a match, and offering an advantage to the big clubs that can stockpile players, why not set a "maximum game" cap on players, so that no single player can play more than x games in a season? The arguments are always the same, around players being tired and not getting enough rest, all despite clubs with a winter break jetting off abroad to play a friendly instead. Instead, set a UEFA-wide rule that states a player can't play more than a given
  15. I never used to believe this until I watched one of those "day in the life" YouTube videos of how modern footballers train. An hour or two in the morning, some gym work, and maybe some tactical training later on in the day. To add to your post, there's a good reason why footballers aren't training 9-5, but why clubs are keen for them to bond more, and that's because rest and recuperation are often just as important as the training itself. Clubs want players as relaxed as possible, and they want them getting 8-10 hours of sleep a night, maybe even more. I remember Swansea had built sleepin
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