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  1. Not saying he isn't good- but I did prefer his predecessor. Also, as a young(ish) person myself I don't buy the "he appeals to a young audience" stuff. What is a young audience because I've taken people to watch games between the ages of 12 and 16 and I can confirm that none of them think he is too great. If by young you mean the fan base aged 5-10 I really don't think we should have an announcer to cater for such minute proportion of those in attendance. Even so, I have to concede he has improved greatly- I used to really dislike him when he started, and now I think he is ok. Who knows in a few more years I might love him!
  2. Lee has literally already addressed this issue. He mentioned the fact that Pato adds a lot more in terms of interceptions and tackles than Palmer. I didn't realise how much he did add- but the stats speak for themselves. Don't get me wrong, I would love to see Palmer start BUT I'm not a football manager and with Lee's record I think he should 100% deserve our faith.
  3. As a younger fan reading these nostalgic thread always makes me feel like I've missed the glory days of BCFC support and football in general. Seems to be that the atmospheres generated back in the day were immense, as well as some of the classic chants. I'd give a lot to go to one of those kind of games. Shame the way the modern game is going.
  4. Always happy when they do well, but not sure how I feel about funding for women's teams. It seems unreasonable that they might be funded when they aren't generating the support that the men's sport does. The question is whether thats just me being backward or whether there genuinely isn't as big an audience for women's football. Personally I can't see it growing anywhere near the size of the men's team, but I guess it's good to create female role models in sport. Does anyone think women's football attendance will grow much over the next few years (up to the 5,000-10,000 mark) as it gets more exposure?
  5. Thank you for this, really made me laugh. Typical OTIB. Even people who hate Johnson have to admit, he is good infront of camera and gives good interviews. The media constantly give him opportunities to appear on events that other managers would not have, purely because he comes across so well. He isn't smiling because he has some psycological insecurity, it's just a style of communication, and usually comes when he is explaining a certain point. It's a technique that is advocated in the famous book "How to win friends and manipulate people" that many politicians and public figures have used to help them with securing a good public backing. (I'm not saying Lee has read this book, but just saying it may be a natural thing to him/is not a sign of weakness but a style that IMO works well.) Personally I think his post Plymouth interview is a classic of the "him being bang on the money genre." He said someting along the lines of: we have a new team, have lost 3-4 key players and need to hit the groud running. These first 3 games have shown our strengths and weaknesses and we need to work to amplify the strengths and minimise the weaknesses. What's wrong with that? Also as an aside, I've only seen one game live this season so far, but I noted that Wiemann was very vocal, but maybe that was just me. Seemed to have plenty of leadership qualities.
  6. This isn't exactly the case. The way I understand it is, the UK accepts any immigrants as long as they can prove employment and have x-amount of money to back themselves up (this is from outside the EU). So, if a footballer can prove they have a steady wage for 2 years then What grounds does the government have to refuse a work permit? Doesn't make sense. Add to that the fact that there will likely be a complete overhaul of the immigration system (most calling for a points based style system) this will easily play into the hands of footballers. They will have more than enough skills to qualify for a permit. I really don't think they will be denied a permit if they have work, it just doesn't quite make legislative sense if they were.
  7. Surely they will just change the rules to make it easier for EU players to come over? We rely hugely on European players in our leagues and I really doubt they will prevent that. Furthermore players are coming into the country guaranteed employment on considerable wages for the period they are in contract, so surely they will easily be granted a work permit? To be honest I'm not hugely well acquainted with the UK work psrmit rules and FIFAs non-EU player rules but I'm sure that it is very difficult to have grounds to not grant a player a work permit when they are going to be signed on a deal that proves they will be in work earning big wages and paying into the economy. Really don't think in a sport with such big money as football that work permits will be allowed to become a huge issue, and this "international performances" rule seems rather stupid, im not sure quite why it is in place- I assume if it becomes a big issue people will lobby to get it changed. All in all I don't think brexit will have as big an effect on football (at champiomship and premier league level) as people may think, it's such a big industry with such huge money that I'm sure people won't let work permits get in the way.
  8. Makes for really good reading. I hope that the Lansdown haters on this thread do have a good read of this, as it shows just how much he does put into the club, and also demonstrates how much we are growing and increasing in financial sustainability. When I look back on it the position we are in now is remarkable, this club is on a real upward trajectory and I believe the combination of Lee, Mark and Steve is leading to the creation of a hugely sustainable and professional Championship club. If this progress continues, I think in a few years we will be viewed as one of the Championship "big guns" or we will have been promoted, one of the two. After hitting so many lows in our history I can't describe how grateful I am for what Lansdown has done for our club, we are truly blessed to have such a great owner. (Just look at what most clubs have got, especially the gas!)
  9. Don't think people are giving Marlon enough credit, generally agree with the OP but I think Pack is worth of an 8. Bar one bad spell he really looks quality- see him going to Prem soon, whether that be with us or another side. Passing, defensive ability and leadership, getting him to sign a new contract is one of our best bits of business this summer imo. Probably the key player in our team currently. Pato on the other hand, still poor continuing his form from last season, I really wonder where the player he was has gone. He better find his form again quickly or he will struggle to get game time this season. Such a shame because when he was on form he was unplayable. Definitely don't think a 3 or 4 is harsh, weak link unfortunately.
  10. There I am getting excited about the new season, pretty happy with a draw against a side who will almost definitely be up there come the end of the season, talk sport saying "two excellent sides who will both kick on from here," really a positive start to the season. Unfortunately according to a few posters on here we were "dogs**t" and "litter." The only thing I'm glad to see the back of when the season ends is some of the utter rubbish posters come out with if we don't win 50-0.
  11. I really don't understand this constant talk of a lack of leaders. I think it was in the Joe Bryan interview after his game as captain in pre-season where he said he was trying to learn to become a leader looking at the likes of Korey and Marlon. IMO if Joe Bryan, a player who has come up through the academy and come on in huge strides over the last few seasons, views Pack and Smith as leaders then surely the likelihood is the majority of the squad view them as leaders. I really don't see what many posters want in a leader, Korey would lose his voice if he was any more vocal, and both Pack and Korey have huge experience picked up from their time playing with us. Further to that this myth that Lee is "afraid of big names or strong players in the changing room" is unfounded imo. The only real "big name player" he has signed that hasn't worked out in the changing room is Tomlin- one that even Warnock couldn't tame. This season he has signed Wiemann, a player with huge experience including Prem games. On top of Jack Hunt, Marley Watkins and Webster- all Championship first teamers last season, that is plenty of Champipnship experience and leadership potential, especially considering our budget and inability to spend tens of millions on big name signings. Really don't think the bulk of players Johnson has brought into the side are "young and naive" as said in the OS. I personally think, if we get a decent keeper, this transfer window has been pretty much as good as it gets with our resources.
  12. Don't worry I did that too @nickolas
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