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  1. You've hit the nail on the head, and this has been a common issue under LJ. In fact, I'd say being a one-dimensional team has often transcended our head coaches, as it's been a problem for many years. I truly believe that if Holden wants to get somewhere with this side, he needs to ensure that we have multiple options that the players can switch to almost instantly, based on feeling out the opposition. That will come with time, so I don't expect Holden to have the answer right away, but I really hope that Holden demonstrates at least some willingness to do this.
  2. IMO, it's still far too early to say, because we're yet to see how this team bounces back from a loss. I still think we're looking towards mid-table or worse, despite a decent transfer window - but that's pure speculation based on how I felt when Dean was appointed and the changes we've made.
  3. I don't think that one needs to be outright dropped. We're in a great situation in that we have competition, and this should be used to full advantage. I'd initially drop Vyner, but I'd want a mentality across the entire team that anyone can be dropped, and that mistakes can cost a player their place in the starting eleven. Hell, maybe Kalas doesn't need to go into the team right away? Maybe introduce him as a sub, and put him in at a later date to replace whoever didn't meet the bar.
  4. It's a great thing to do, and I genuinely believe it's a sincere move because Ozil has always been charitable. It makes the employer that has dropped him for the better part of two years look bad too, so that's the cherry on top.
  5. It's 100% an upgrade in location, but to clear up a few points. NYRB are based in New Jersey, so while their manager could move to NYC and live it up in Manhattan it's likely that he'll be in New Jersey, which is nice, but given his salary I doubt he'll be living in the penthouse like Harvey Specter. He's also at the drinks team, not the oil team. I guess you could argue that it's still a nice upgrade, because if he wants he could always end up in Leipzig, or one of their many other teams across the world. The club are all about the cross-promotion, and they've even pushed the idea o
  6. If I'm perfectly honest, despite a perfect start the reason I'm not celebrating is because it's still only four games into the season. Let's not pretend that we haven't been here before, with Bristol City flying high in the table, even going into Christmas, before everything went tits up. Deep down, I think Dean Holden is thinking the same - after all he's been witness to this decline under LJ in the latter half of some seasons. He'll want to stay focused on performances, and ensure that there is no complacency. We like to say "give it ten games" when things are going badly, but
  7. Since a lot of people want to play "statistician" today, it's worth bearing in mind that the first wave statistics we have are more than likely flawed due to the amount of testing, the debates around who died of Covid and who didn't, etc. That doesn't even take into account whether you trust whoever compiled the stats. IMO, Covid is extremely serious, but whatever side you want to take shouldn't rely on what some basic internet stats will tell you. As football fans, you should know better than to blindly trust stats. Back to the podcast - long may it continue! For me, it's one of the high
  8. That's insane! I remember playing Football Manager when he was deemed a wonderkid. I had him at Bristol City (before he signed for us IRL) and he was worth £40m and banging in goals in the Champions League at 32.
  9. It's very telling that Lansdown chose to speak to Bristol City TV, and to wait for the frustration to calm down a bit before making an appearance. I think he makes a lot of good points, and if things go well this will look like a masterstroke from Lansdown. However, I would hope that he is the first person in front of the cameras should this coming season turn out to be poor.
  10. I can see Baker getting it, with the idea being that the vice captain is the "captain in waiting", taking the armband whenever Baker is out.
  11. A lot of people back the plan, and for understandable reasons, but there is an inherent flaw that many have highlighted for years - one that recently came true. The board demands continual and steady growth. That in itself is not a bad thing to want, but the problem is that not achieving this growth is what got Lee Johnson fired. Despite having no money to spend, the club will expect at a minimum an improvement on last season. Let me ask you as a fan - is that okay? By dropping places this season we are essentially two years behind, meaning that to get to the same position with
  12. Does it not? For argument sake, why couldn't Lansdown slap Hargreaves Lansdown everywhere on the stadium and on our shirts, and then gradually pump additional funds into the club. Obviously, he wouldn't because he wants the club to be self-sustainable (which is the smartest option), but if he wanted to bankroll a lower-tier galactico, he could.
  13. I would love to see the club bring in an experienced DoF. There are a few around with a good eye for both talent and coaching, and I remember seeing Christian Heidel touted for roles in the UK a few times recently. While I love Big Sam, I wonder if he'd want to have a hands-off role when he's more than good enough to take a club of our stature on as a manager.
  14. I don't think there's a single person on here that would begrudge Holden taking the job, nor would they be negative about his initial decisions. Anyone that has followed the club for at least a few years will know that Lansdown wants to run the club in a specific way, and that means hiring a Head Coach, not a manager. Every popular name mentioned right now leans on the management side of the role, and Lansdown doesn't want to give up control of football affairs. If Holden gets the job I'll be disappointed at Lansdown, but I will back Holden all the way.
  15. Why would he say no? Hell, if Lansdown were to offer it to me right now, I'd take it right away. I'd almost definitely relegate us, but I'd do it in style, and with enough of a payout that I won't need to return to Bristol ever again. The only reason I can see him not wanting to take it is if LJ is closer to getting a new job than we think, and he wants to jump ship.
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