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  1. I just get the feeling Steve Lansdown wants Lee Johnson to be the Bristol City manager forever and ever, for better or for worse.
  2. SUMMARY. LJ has spent the last few days having one-on-ones and reviewing the season with individuals. Has had 45 one-on-ones with what sounded like the whole football club. Recruitment; stressed they are looking at all positions all the time, and would not say explicitly that we did need a striker, despite Geoff pushing him hard to say that. As usual the club is looking at character when they recruit. LJ pointed out that we needed to fill left back slot because only Cameron Pring is a left back at the club. There have been relaxed discussions with JDS, and City have made him an offer, but LJ does not want to force the issue. JDS is ambitious, has received a good offer from the club, and is thinking about it. The ball is in his court. No decision imminent because JDS is off captaining the England U21s. Sounds like the only issue is whether JDS accepts City's financial offer. LJ stressed how much of a blow Korey Smith's injuries were this season. Other clubs now believe BCFC can get promotion, so that helps when you are signing players because you can use a promotion clause to get the fee lower. LJ is painfully aware we haven't scored enough goals at home, owing to the respect other teams show us when they come to Ashton Gate. Says up to the box we have been consistent, but not good enough in the box at home. He says it is difficult when teams come for a draw, and that we have had 99 golden chances in front of goal, but only taken 35. We have hit the woodwork 19 times. LJ says he likes an unchanged side ideally, and when you pick a team you only have to pick it to get to half time. He said that as a lot of our players are under 23, that comes with inconsistency. Said that Nicolas Eliasson is "one minute the best player on the pitch, then next minute he goes mission." But he is not afraid to take someone off because you can always put your arm around them after the match. Semenyo. He needs work, because he has never scored a goal in the box in his career. "Physically he is a beast." Famara. Says he needs to be on the move more, so that he can get a cross out of a wideman with his movement, like Beckham-Van Nistelroy. Eisa. We have had a few bids for Eisa, but we do believe in him. LJ stressed what a big jump the level was for him, and seemed fairly clear that he was not ready yet. There have been offers, and that could be from SPL/League One/Championship/abroad. He will sit down with him this summer, and he could easily go out on loan. Says he has improved, though, but the Championship is "a big old level". Vyner and Moore. Decisions have to be made about them. Because you have to be a Premier League standard player to play for BCFC, since to get promoted you need five or six of them and this is the fifth best league in the world. The usual story about they have to compete, and we will see how they are doing in pre-season. Reading between the lines you get the feeling LJ is dubious about them, but he did stress that you have to leave the pathway open for these guys, and they can surprise you in pre-season, particularly if they put on 3kg of muscle. He mentioned Rory Holden on loan at Rochdale, who is 21 but with the physique of an 18 year old. Kalas - Difficult to talk about. A host of clubs after him, and he will not come cheap. We are looking to sign him. Hopeful but it will be tough. Lloyd Kelly. When asked whether 13 million was correct LJ said he did not know (come on, Lee!) but said it was a record sale, which surely is him saying it is above the 15 million for Kodja, even if we never got those add ons. He points out that LK is going from an U23 contract to a Premier League wage. LJ sounded very disappointed to lose him and lose the opportunity to carry on working with him. Repeated he is a centre half. Physically a late developer. Clever from Bournemouth to go early and buy him, and LJ seems to think the bigger clubs were interested but will now watch him at Bournemouth. LJ assumes there is a sell on because Mark Ashton is good at his job. Thinks Bournemouth is good for Lloyd because he will get games. Says that it was Lloyd's England performances that got the top clubs interested. Said that at times this season he had to put his arm around him, and at other times he needed a kick up the backside, and that Lloyd is intelligent and over-thinks things, which creates its own problems. Oh yes, Lloyd has a new girlfriend, and is punching above his weight. Geoff Twentyman said that Aidy Boothroyd told him that at an England training session they were practising diagonal cross field passes, and Lloyd, with little backlift, instantly pinged an 80 yard ball from left to right and the right winger on the end of it did not have to break stride. There were Premier League players there who were impressed. Joe Morrell. "I was thinking about releasing him, but I forced my dad to take him for free and it worked well, he is a great lad, a proper footballer and we plan to loan him out again. I believe he can play at Championship level, but we have had 4 or 5 offers at League 1 level.@ Walsh. LJ praised his talent, and said that he can pass a ball with backspin and topspin and all kinds of spin, but said he needs 40 games, either for City or for somebody else, plus some home truths, and a good pre-season, and I hope he can produce what we are after. Sounded less than impressed with him. Callum O'Dowda. LJ sounded very frustrated and disappointed when talking about Callum. Says after his injury he did not want to play because he did not feel 100%, but with knee ligaments you don't get 100% fitness, and you have to play through them a bit. COD made a wage demand of the club in negotiations, and the club eventually agreed, and then COD said no to his own demands, so LJ said someone has got into his head. Stressed he liked COD, and wants him to sign, but has to be professional and do what is right for the club. Really sounds like a lot of tension and ill-feeling between the two of them. How does LJ relax? He doesn't, but he is highly motivated and does not feel tired or exhausted. SL ordered Mrs Johnson to put Lee's phone in a safe for five days on their holiday recently. Next season. He wants promotion but obviously cannot guarantee it. Said finishing 7th is not progression. (that's a relief) Progression is top 6. Said if we make enough right decisions promotion will come to us. Future at BCFC. Says he is committed to the club and the project. Has no roving eye. Does not court the media. Does not go on "The Debate" on Sky Sports, even though he is often asked. They were supposed to speak about a new contract last week, but he was in Portugal and SL was not in England. LJ does not use agents, and negotiates face to face. LJ squashed Geoff's suggestion that LJ will make demands about transfer money to be made available. The usual PR about the club and the long-term project and the good working relationship SL, MA, and LJ have.
  3. It's poor journalism from Gregorian Gregory Gregor McGregor Face. He says the Kodja deal was 15 million, and then provides a link which says what we have always thought, that it was 11 million possibly rising to 15 million with add-ons. So for Kelly to be our record sale, at this moment in time, it only has to be over 11 million not 15 million. Still, it is only his job to get these things right, why should we complain.................................
  4. Look at the right leg of the Villa defender trying to block the cross. I reckon that, and that alone, is playing Weimann onside.
  5. Boston Red

    Max o'leary

    In the press conference after the game, LJ exonerated Max from blame for the first goal and put the blame on Webster. He said that Webster turned his back on the shot which you should never do as that creates deflections. LJ said "It has come off Webby's shoulder blade and given the ball top-spin". Looking back on it again, that seems exactly right. However it is much easier to get these things right when you can ask the players in the dressing room.
  6. The first and the third aren't even half chances. For the first, he receives a cross at about knee-height with his back to goal, and somehow heads it into the top corner. For the third, he picks up the ball on the left wing 30 yards out with 8 defenders behind the ball, and does it all himself.
  7. Boston Red

    Palmer

    Can you run those lyrics past me?
  8. It was a good interview, though a little bland and cliched. Highlight was when Garry Richardson told a story, which he read in a non-league magazine, that when Lee was a kid he hid in the kit basket in the dressing room so he could listen to one of Gary Johnson's team talks. Steve Lansdown laughed and said "Yes, Lee would fit." Also, in the post Wolves press conference, LJ said he knew all about Nuno's long diagonal balls, which won Wolves the game today, because when they were doing their coaching badges Lee used to hit them for him.
  9. Yeah you are right, just listened to LJ post match, and he said that Pack had had 5 stiches down his Achilles and had not trained all week. Bailey Wright just came in as club captain, and there wasn't any injury to Pisano.
  10. LJ said in the Pre-Wolves press conference that Weimann and one other of our players was an injury doubt for Wolves, though he did not want to say who at the time. Probably Pisano, looking back at it.
  11. Boston Red

    Diedhiou

    If you watch the bit in the second half when Brownhill got to the byline and stood it up to the back post for Kalas, as Brownhill was about to cross, Fammy starts moving backwards when he should be attacking the 6 yard box. OK, maybe he wants the cutback, though he is a bit too central for it, but as the ball loops over towards Kalas, surely now Fammy should be bombing forward into the 6 yard box? Instead he just watches the ball and trots disinterestedly towards Kalas. It really looks as if having to be the target man has left him mentally and physically shot, and then, when the ball is in the box and he can get his tap ins and his goals he is just not in the mood for it. How many times recently has the ball flashed across our 6 yard box recently and he has been 5 yards too far back? It must have been heaven playing with Reid last season because Reid 1. Harried defenders when out of possession. 2. Dropped deep for brilliant link up play when we had the ball. 3. Then magically appeared 3 yards out for the poacher's tap ins. This took so much pressure off Fammy. Perhaps we should play Taylor and Fammy up front, which worked against Stoke last season.
  12. Fammy wellies it so hard he almost takes his own legs out from under him.
  13. Ole, I love your match reports but don't say things like that!!! Have a great trip to Germany.
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