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  1. 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.
  2. 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 going to make or break a football club. While it can be pretty cringeworthy at times, it's better to have some empathy for the poor bastard that has to spend their afternoons drafting a run of "#FRIYAY - DAE REMEMBER WHEN WE BEAT MAN U???" posts for the next month.
  3. 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 shirt. Then again, they're a colossal shithole of a company, so maybe it proves my point again? Any sane organisation wouldn't stop people from talking about their interests. If anything, a good manager would want people to be open about that kind of stuff, and to foster an atmosphere where people that don't know stuff about football can join in and ask questions.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 number of league games in a season, and clubs will be forced to rotate their players and offer opportunities to others.
  12. 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 sleeping pods at their training ground for any players that wanted a nap in the afternoon after a hard morning, and many players had credited their use as building team spirit and ensuring players felt fresh when match-days came.
  13. The takeaway part is that it'll all be worth it IF we make it to the Premier League. By far my biggest worry is what will happen if we have a dip in form and have a less successful season than expected. For the past few years we've experienced steady growth, and steady increases in income. The biggest test of the Lansdown and Johnson regime is what happens if we suffer a dip. Does it set us back a year or two? Can we make it up the season after? Does the board panic and start spending money we don't have?
  14. I went to Allstars to watch UFC the other day, and I got to chatting to some football fans. One of them supported Chelsea, and he banged on about Abraham. I said that he was immense when he played for us, and I was met with blank states from everyone. I know it was a few years ago, but a lot of people that support Premier League clubs don't even remember Tammy Abraham starting his career out on loan with us. He remembered Swansea taking him in, and his season at Villa, but outside of that, nothing. We should absolutely be proud, but I think we should also recognise that we're a small footnote in his career now, and we should probably move on like he has.
  15. I kinda see his point. He works in a very specialised field, and while it's just "kicking a ball around", he's one of only a few thousand people in the world skilled enough to do it at his level. This is why he gets paid 20x more than a nurse or a teacher. Off-topic, but I've never understood why people consider both professions to be so poorly paid. Sure, at the start of your career it's poor pay, but after a few years the money can pile up when you get more responsibilities. My girlfriend is a teacher and she earns more than me as a software engineer. The same goes for nurses - I know some people in the nursing profession that earn upwards of £50k. With his skills, he absolutely earns his money, but ultimately I think the lack of empathy for others is pretty standard for young athletes. All they know in life is the lives of other young athletes, or those involved in their chosen sport. Especially nowadays, where many working class people have a distrust of the kind of leftist politics you see from Labour, it's not uncommon for a lot of working-class people to agree with lower taxes for the rich and less help for those in poverty. It's the "self made" belief, and because they've "made it" they deserve the money, while those that didn't....don't. I don't agree with it at all, and while I think his beliefs should be criticised, he's probably only saying what thousands and thousands of other people genuinely believe.
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