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  1. I think you’re probably right but I’m intrigued to know if you (or anyone saying similar) knows you are right? I’m more than happy to be corrected if wrong but Lansdown appointed Tinnion (‘Judge me on Brian’), Millen, LJ and has very recently accepted the blame for Holden’s appointment (though I appreciate that doesn’t mean he appointed him per se). All of those possessed little to no managerial experience. Away from that, I’m sure I read Cotterill wasn’t a Lansdown appointment? So if all of the above is true (?) then Pearson doesn’t feel like a Lansdown appointment at all. I think t
  2. I can’t list the exact quote but he was discussing how he felt Pearson needed managing rather than aiming at us. He was pretty complimentary about us as a club, to be fair he was pretty complimentary about Pearson, but the only doubt he really cast was on Pearson.
  3. This is going to be a fascinating little spell. If Pearson is a roaring success it puts huge pressure on the model. If Pearson flops then it will simply reflect on the Holden appointment, putting huge pressure on the model. The end of season reassessment will suit both parties but Pearson holds all the cards. It would take a brave/foolish club to thank a candidate of his calibre, who has been resoundingly well received, for answering the SOS and then return to a more type appointment - a la Appleton. But I wouldn't rule it out. I did think the wording of his tweet was inter
  4. Confidence shot to pieces due to a lack of any real plan they can get behind. I’m sure with clear instruction confidence will follow, and I’m sure Pearson would provide that. Fair, and maybe I’m being sucked in by the constant stream of posts discussing how terrified Ashton will be, or how he’ll put a rocket up the players etc, but I think there’s a weight of risk in the appointment given his relatively short spells at clubs since Leicester approaching six years ago. All that has been discussed recently is the model and how it may only accommodate certain types. You’ve got a menta
  5. Personally, my preferences (of those realistically linked) were Cook and Neil. Howe after that, though I’m not/was not convinced this was the right moment for him. Pearson, to me, is a high risk, high reward appointment. I worry it could implode if he goes heavy handed with a group of players already feeling sorry for themselves but on the flip side, if he brought stability, it’s a calibre of appointment that could easily take us to the next level. Presuming it all goes through it will be fascinating to hear the sound bytes from Ashton/Lansdown on how he will fit into the model if ou
  6. Why didn’t they just say that?..
  7. After yesterday’s shambles both on and off the pitch an unattached, experienced head makes sense. As said previously, worry it could backfire, but there’s plenty id like less. Someone might need to make sense of this paragraph for me..
  8. The players are mentally shot and the guy(s) tasked with motivating them has asked to be replaced. With a clear head and without emotion, we will almost certainly lose every game he/they take charge of. The situation is untenable. I have no idea, clearly, but I suspect Simpson and Downing have been told they’ll be off and have been asked to be as professional as possible. Id be astonished if someone wasn't in place for QPR, possibly sooner.
  9. Not sold on the Pearson idea at all. Players are on their knees mentally, they need picking up and organising not yelling at. They need to see someone stood in front of them who they can believe in, someone who will rebuild confidence and tactically instruct them. I get that emotions are running high but Holden has been largely ridiculed for seemingly being a one trick, look yourselves in the mirror, pony, and now people want a guy on the basis, whether he’s a solid tactician or not, that he’d smash the mirror over their head. I’m not saying it couldn’t work but I think it could
  10. For sure, you don't simply appoint whoever is currently topping the latest forum poll, but for me you underplay fan approval a touch in this instance. Fans will {hopefully} be returning next season and the club will (or at least should) be wary of how a stuttering end to this season under Appleton/Cowley (who, for what it's worth, I think are both perfectly entitled to be in the conversation) will be received. I think id go as far to say that if the club appoint Appleton {especially} and we cough and splutter our way to survival there will be a noticeable impact on renewals given, whether
  11. The club have clearly come to the conclusion that they want x model in place, believe x model has worked elsewhere (thus believe will work here) and will not, hugely understandably, massively deviate from a path to which they have poured significant resource. We might not agree with that, think it's the wrong model, some will without doubt yearn for the days when the manager called all the shots from his smoke filled office, but this is the path we're on. It isn't going to massively deviate. So people, and this obviously isn't always an easy thing to do, need to adjust their expectations
  12. Thought it was more a PR exercise than an interview, to be honest. That isn’t a criticism, it was a strong update that, judging from the majority of comments, did exactly what it was designed to do - extend a reassuring olive branch to fans. What struck me most was not any single comment (though there were clearly a few telling ones re structure etc), it was the unnecessary level of detail early in the piece. When discussing Holden’s departure there was plenty of explanation that, quite frankly, didn’t need to be there. We’ve all seen it unfold, play has been largely poor all season
  13. Don't stress about it, internet forums can be an unforgiving place. If I were you I’d be busy trawling for any nonsense link Pulis has to Bristol to try and justify the piece, so fair play for putting your hands up..
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    Mark Ashton

    Yeah, agree with all of this. Only thing I’d say is that it must be hard to walk away from a very well paid job IF your boss has said ‘this one’s on me’. As said I’m not ITK, but thought occurs that both Tinnion and Millen were appointed before Ashton was here. Not sure if they were directly Lansdown appointments (?) but I still have ‘Judge me on Brian’ ringing in my ears.
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