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  1. Sounds plausible. Carey spoke emotionally in the podcast about how upset he was after the play off final defeat in 2004 to Brighton, when, as a top player and performer, he was offered a contract on less money. That was why he went to Coventry, and he said he was doubly bitter when they were offering new signings more than him. He must have felt that because he was a loyal Bristolian the club felt they could get away with ripping him off. He said it still made him angry now. Well, the only person he can be talking about here is Lansdown. And it is interesting to note that Lansdown has gone out of his way to offer his chosen ones a job (Jon Lansdown, Lee Johnson, Brian Tinnion, Scott Murray, Jamie Mcallister), but Louis Carey, Mr-Bristol-City, our record appearance holder, is nowhere near the club, even though he only coaches U18s at Southampton and a place could surely be found for him at our club there. Also, the first thing he said, when asked about Gary Johnson, was "I learnt from him how not to do things.", which is a bit of a back-handed compliment. And if Carey pushed SL into getting rid of Gary Johnson then I suspect Lee Johnson is probably not keen on Carey. And when Carey was asked about City's chances now he sounded very detached from it, saying they had to get a settled squad and really go for it. He sounded like an outsider looking in.
  2. Gary Johnson left the club after a defeat away to Plymouth. Gary on his podcast said that there had been a big bust-up at half time involving him and Ivan Sproule. There have always been rumours that after that game, Louis Carey led a delegation of players to Steve Lansdown to say that they could not play for Gary Johnson anymore. This seems to fit in with what Gary Johnson and Steve Lansdown and now Louis Carey have all said publicly, that the reason Gary Johnson was released was because there was a bad atmosphere around the club. However on this podcast there seems to be proof that the story of Carey going to Lansdown to say they could not work with Johnson any more is true. Carey was not asked directly about this, but he said in passing at Gary Johnson's departure (1.36.20) "It is initially gut-wrenching 1. When someone has lost their job and 2. When you have been a part of that. But after that, it sounds brutal, but you move on."
  3. Looks to me like a 4-4-2 with Brownhill wide right (like the season before last) Eliasson wide left, and Fammy and Weimann upfront.
  4. I know it is only Hallem, but.......................... More good link up play between Fammy and Semenyo for Semenyo's first goal (2.17), like at Preston away. Could this be our front two for next season? Nice to see Janneh fighting like a dog for his tap in (3.37) Great strike by Holden (4.00), but best goal was Sammy (00.25). Also, penalty save by Wollacott (2.33) is impressive and worthy of a higher level. Still, nobody puts 15 past Hallem in a pre-season friendly.
  5. Here's hoping he will be an Aaron Wilbraham or a Wade Elliot - an older player we were completely uninspired by when he signed, but did brilliantly.
  6. 19 games to win a cup competition. It takes 6 games to win the FA Cup. Thursday evening football, often in far off Eastern Europe, completely disrupts your league rhythm. For a group of four, (also Champions League), there are twelve matches in total to go from four teams to two. It should be four games, not twelve; two home and away knockouts. Each team is playing six matches to go from four teams to two - that is a little FA Cup buried inside another competition. It is all getting rather tiring now.
  7. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin once again attempted to justify having the Europa League climax in Baku. He used the well-rehearsed, stunningly foolish logic, that if two Azerbaijani teams had reached a final at Wembley, there would not have been the same level of complaint. As if this could realistically happen. Last season, four teams from Azerbaijan were involved in the Europa League — three entered in the first qualifying round and exited it, too, while Qarabag made the group stage, where they came bottom — goal difference minus 11. After July 19, there was no possibility of an all-Azerbaijani final. Indeed, since the Europa League was founded, in season 2009-10, only once have two Azerbaijani clubs progressed to the group stage. Both finished bottom of their groups, meaning the chances of thousands of Azerbaijani football fanatics proving UEFA's point by remaining cheerful in the face of an inconvenient trip to Wembley, is a scenario as likely to be tested as a Champions League final that doubles up as the Bristol derby. 'Whenever we have complaints, you don't help yourself in your popularity within European football with that,' added Ceferin, like it was a threat. In other words, dumbly accept every dumb decision made by dumb UEFA officials or we won't like you. Tell you what, chump, we'll live with it. MARTIN SAMUEL, DAILY MAIL, 17 JUNE 2019 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7151447/Special-case-Manchester-Uniteds-Paul-Pogba-needs-special-merit-that.html
  8. Maradona remains the only man to have won a World Cup single-handedly (excuse the pun) for his country. That Argentina team of 1986 was nothing special apart from him. Valdano and Burrachaga were good players but nothing special. In 2014 an exhausted Messi just about dragged Argentina to the final but could not get them over the line.
  9. Oxford at home, April 2001, if memory serves me corectly. We were hanging outside the play-offs all season, and ultimately finished 9th. Missing last minute penalties at home obviously does not help. We finished 9th and 7th in the third tier under Wilson, then Thorpe left. Had he stayed we would surely have got promoted in one of the next two seasons, as in both we were in serious contention for automatic, but lost in the play offs both times. He did very little after leaving us, so perhaps should have stayed. Certainly in the 2003/4 season when we had a rock solid defence (Carey Butler Coles Hill) and were so close to getting automatic and the play off final defeat to Brighton, someone like Thorpe, instead of the ineffective Lee Miller, the out of form Lee Peacock (0 goals in a run of 20 games), and the erratic Christian Roberts, would surely have taken us over the line............................
  10. Darren McAnthony says they have "smashed" their transfer record. As that was 1.25 million I would have thought that meant somewhere between 1.6 and 1.9 million. He also said all the top end League 1 clubs were in for Mo, and two Championship clubs were in for him as well. They had been tracking Mo for 2 years ever since a pre-season friendly against Cheltenham where he ripped them apart. Said Mo had real pace. Who knows whether Eisa is good enough for the Championship. But just because a club does not play a player, does not automatically mean he is not good enough. Chelsea did not play Kevin De Bruyne and Mo Salah when they had them. Bearing in mind we spent most of the season playing four defenders, four midfielders, Fammy, and then Jamie Paterson, who was ineffective in terms of goals and assists, would it really have killed us to give Mo Eisa three consecutive starts? Even if it turns out he is rubbish, at least we know for sure.
  11. I just get the feeling Steve Lansdown wants Lee Johnson to be the Bristol City manager forever and ever, for better or for worse.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.................................
  14. Look at the right leg of the Villa defender trying to block the cross. I reckon that, and that alone, is playing Weimann onside.
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