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  1. Mods please delete if there’s a thread on this already, but I couldn’t see one. https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/mark-ashton-what-its-like-3195183 Interesting article from McGregor. The two stand outs, ‘Everton's interest in one fine young City player has been shelved, for example, to see if head coach Lee Johnson stays true to his word and first-team chances are forthcoming for that prospect’. Any idea who this is? ‘Ashton is extremely aware of the need for confidentiality, and there has been a steady upgrade of the security used at Ashton Gate, with Dave Storr's safety and security team growing in number and practices. Something confirmed to this writer by the head coach even, after we landed in hot water regarding publishing a story that the club was unhappy with.’. The Tinman story?
  2. Feeling a bit better about it all now. Apologies if already posted, but one disappointing thing is our new Chairman missed the first game as he was on holiday. SL Radio Bristol Sunday: 'Well, we've got Jon sat in the chairman's seat now. He should be here talking to you but he's on holiday' Hate to be critical but that's very poor. And, back on topic, sounds as if he wasn't involved much in transfers either. Neil Warnock Bristol Live: 'Bristol City were impeccable with how they dealt with Reid and Marlon Pack. Lee Johnson and Steve Lansdown were spot on' SL writes the cheques no doubt, but I wonder how much JL is involved in transfers.
  3. Bizarre move. We've got two fit CBs. Can't rely on Wright or Baker to play 20+ games a year, and Moore, though highly rated, is a huge gamble at this level. We've got two RBs. Pereira will take time to get up to speed, and Hunt has also suffered with injury problems. Wright can deputise, but we lose all attacking threat from that position with him - although arguably much more defensively sound, and we just cant rely on his fitness. Vyner could cover both positions and has a seasons worth of experience at this level. I can only guess we had several CB moves fall through yesterday and we let him leave early, instead of holding on like with Taylor until we had a replacement in.
  4. I think the biggest mistake was the starting line up. Why start COD over Eliasson? Eliasson had the better pre-season, COD played LB for the majority of it. Eliasson is arguably the better player and wants to be here. Why start Palmer over Pato/Szmodics? Palmer had virtually no pre-season with the team. Pato tried and tested, or Szmodics the stand out performer throughout pre-season.
  5. Maldini

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    Evening all, Tomorrow morning is perhaps one of my favourite bits of the season, the hours leading up to kick off. Transfer talk, pre-season, tactics and formations will all be forgotten as I jump on Coach One and cruise down memory lane watching YouTube videos and listening to City tunes. Recommendations please! Here's a few quick ones, Give it to Albert!!! Champs. What a night. COYR
  6. Apologies if already posted but this article from Daniel Storey is a pretty good read and worth a share. Personally I think we've got it just about right this transfer window, if we can get in 1-2 more by loan or transfer. https://www.football365.com/news/look-to-derby-for-proof-of-the-championships-hard-reset Key quotes, 'for every £100 earned by Championship clubs, £98 is spent on wages. That extraordinary overspend doesn’t even include transfer fees.''' 'With a week until the new season begins, eight of the 24 Championship clubs are yet to pay money for a single permanent signing this summer. The numbers are stark. Last summer, Championship clubs spent a combined £201m. The current figure this summer is £66m. Even with a likely late splurge, the total will fall well short.'
  7. The Weston move really annoys me. I love to watch the U23s, see the youngsters and the fringe players. It's supposed to be an added extra of a season ticket, free entry to these games. Can't just nip to Weston after work. I assume it's a cost thing. Anyone know the reasoning?
  8. My most disappointing signing of recent times. A few quotes, ‘Jens Hegeler looked like a Rolls Royce; he showed the top class player that he is. He can play in defence or midfield and we’d love to clone him to have one of him in each position’ (this was a friendly at Fleetwood!) ‘Jens is a top player and I think it was initially a little bit difficult to adjust to the tempo, challenge and speed of Championship football, but for a versatile player, he is shrewd on the ball and if you want to play out from the back, he’s the best defender we have’ Lee also said this gem ‘We were very honest with Jens. We told him he could go. If he got a club that would take him on a free or a fee with a sell-on, and at that point he got his injury so he was struggling to get himself somewhere that guaranteed the same wage that he's on and the same standard, really only due to his recent history with his injuries. Jens Hegeler is a good one to have in your squad. 6ft4, ball-playing central midfielder or a centre-half especially if we switched to a three and I would be lying to you if I said I hadn't thought about playing him in particular games.’ This might explain lacklustre performances for the U23s, why bother! Yes there should be some professional pride, but LJ has essentially written him off publically. I see him every now and then in a coffee shop on my way into work. Looks miserable. Can’t help but feel he’s either been mismanaged or injuries have taken their toll, I suspect the former.
  9. Anyone make it to the game? I'd be interested to know how Fielding, Holden and Hegeler got on in particular. Can't find anything on the official site or Bristol live. This from Derby suggests even though he conceded four Frankie played well. https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/match-reports/derby-county-under-23s-secure-2280729
  10. Misleading thread title ahoy! Jens has co-founded a stats agency focusing on packing, 'Packing measures each time a forward pass or dribble is completed before, crucially, counting up how many opponents have been taken out or bypassed in the process. As an example, John Stones were to find Harry Kane with a forward pass against Sweden which Kane controlled successfully and that pass took out eight outfield opponents both Stones, as the player of the pass, and Kane, having received it, get a point for every player that was bypassed in the process to the England team’s overall tally of bypassed opponents eight would be added too. The correlation from Impect’s work shows that teams who on average get more points than their opponents in a game will win between 30-40 per cent of the time. Narrow that down to just the opponents’ defenders that you take out in a game and the correlation jumps to 60 per cent – something that no traditional statistic can rival, apart from goals scored of course. Eight of the teams making up the top nine in ‘net bypassed defenders’ for the World Cup group stages qualified for the last 16. That tells you something more about the correlation already but then consider that all those eight teams qualified without exception for the quarter-finals.' 'Next season, they will be working with data from the Premier League and the Championship for the first time and, as a result, teams in England with co-founder Jens Hegeler playing for Bristol City.' You'd assume City would be trialling this. Full article https://inews.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/packing-football-statistic-world-cup-england-v-sweden/
  11. I take your point, but it depends on the circumstances of the departure. Even if there is bad blood it wouldn't be with every one of his colleagues it seems, see his Twitter post, and would maybe a nice gesture from those he has helped along the way that he name checks. Personally I've definitely left a job due to a disagreement with management (not saying there has been one here), but enjoyed my time there, made good friends with colleagues and been sad to go. I received a gift on my last day that has served as nice momento of the good times. Maybe I should have expanded on my original post, but do you see what I mean?
  12. Regardless of the circumstances behind Adams departure it is a real shame we didn't get a chance to give him a good send off. Can someone in the singing section make a note to start a witty Baker chant in the first game of the season. Personally, I'm fed up of the constant negativity on this forum, but I'd have expected at least a quote from Lansdown and a montage of old interviews, tours, quizzes etc of Adam over the years. Poor form. Media department, if you're reading put something together please.
  13. Couldn't agree more, wish they'd do it more. We, the crowd, are desperate to get behind the team and do our bit, and when a player gestures for that support the reaction is always instant aggressive passionate cheering! Use the crowd, lads!
  14. Can't seem to find the thread congratulating Djuric on his return from injury and winner on Saturday. So here it is - Well done Milan. Looks like we have our Plan B when teams sit deep, and we need to be more direct. I wasn't at the game on Saturday but I love how dominant he's been so far in the air. Hes not the quickest, but at only 70% percent fit he's only going to get stronger and faster. He could be the difference in the run in.
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