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  1. After the previous five week interview process fiasco I don’t think any decent manager will bother to apply. They now know that if they set out their plans they would be wasting their time and that the club will inevitably make a cheap internal appointment of the assistant manager who “knows the players” and shares the same “vision” as MA and JL.
  2. A team with genuine Premier League aspirations does not lose 2 - 0 at Rotherham. End of.
  3. In terms of his track record and achievements Holden clearly was not the better candidate. He is inexperienced in management, has never achieved anything and was part of the previous failed regime. I suspect he was the cheap option and “better candidate” or “interviewed well’ probably means that he said what Ashton wanted to hear. Had he applied I doubt if Jurgenn Klopp would’ve been given the job.
  4. Not necessarily. A decent manager is important. Also organisation and team spirit. A good team is often more than the sum of its parts.
  5. Beryl the tea lady because she knows the players and will tell MA and J L what they want to hear.
  6. Because when discussing the appointment of the new manager on Talksport SL stated the club needed “a breath of fresh air” and a manager capable of taking us to the next level. To most people this did not mean appointing LJ’s Assistant who was part of the existing failed regime. Don’t get me wrong. I am delighted that we are currently doing well but I’m simply trying to explain why our expectations were different to what actually happened.
  7. I think you misunderstand. I have always very much appreciated what SL has done for this club and the tremendous investment he has made in both the football and the rugby teams. The disappointment that I and I believe others felt at the time of the managerial appointment was that we were told that the club needed a “breath of fresh air” and someone “to take us to the next level”. After five weeks and interviewing some top candidates we ended up with LJ’s assistant. This was an anti-climax and many including myself felt misled and disappointed. Having said that I am delighted with t
  8. I agree. At the time Caulker was by far the better player but look how it turned out.
  9. I agree with the first paragraph of your post 100%. The point is very well-made. With regard to the second paragraph I don’t think there would’ve been a problem if the club had appointed Holden at the outset. The criticism surrounding his appointment arises from the fact that we were told we needed a “breath of fresh air” and someone who could “take us to the next level”. The five week selection process during which quality candidates, including Chris Hughton, were interviewed only served to increase expectations. The subsequent appointment of Holden who was part of the previous failed
  10. In football commentary: Back stick Good engine Pulls the trigger Brings it under his spell The park Weave his magic The onion bag Was unlucky (this when a millionaire player misses a gaping open goal that a Sunday league player or my grandmother could tap in) The bench (nowadays should be called the comfy chairs) Etc etc etc
  11. I remember going there in the 70s when it was the Top Rank. Always used to kick off on a Saturday night. As you say it was a different world to that which we live in today.
  12. I hope not because should this happen we won’t get any decent managers applying for the vacancy. They will know from experience that it will be a waste of their time and that will end up giving the job to the tea lady because she “knows the players” and is a “good fit for the club”.
  13. So according to Ashton we had a comprehensive five week process where out of nearly 100 applicants the top 10 were interviewed. It was then narrowed down to 4 applicants (presumably including Hughton and Cook) for a second interview. Ashton and JL then decided that the best applicant was ............ Dean Holden. Despite having been part of the previous failed regime, despite no managerial experience and with next to nothing on his CV. ‘But “he knows the players”. Of course he bloody well does he’s been working here for 4 1/2 years. It could only happen at Bristol City.
  14. Certainly brave when we were told the club needed a breath of fresh air and a manager capable of pushing us on to the next level. Instead we have someone with no managerial experience and who was part of the previous set up.
  15. If he was it makes his appointment all the more disappointing.
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