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Bat Fastard

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  1. I was there as well that day. Well worth the trip!
  2. That sounds great - what was the tune?
  3. You really do not understand the modern cancel culture fashion, do you.
  4. Mock you not! Master Bater really knows his stuff on gravitational-wave astronomy!!
  5. We can never know of course. Young managers can develop and improve by learning their trade, just as young players can improve from season to season. All that is now gone, but I hope that Nigel will be allowed to really develop the playing side of the club in order to match the development of the infrastructure. Bristol should have a team in the top flight and we are the only real candidates - unless you include the Mangos.
  6. Not me. I would always sing with lust the song that advised Irene what to do!
  7. The problem seemed to stem from fielding weak teams. The kids are very good but not up to the demanding standards of the Championship. I agree that the attitude was disappointing and that that is a sad reflection on their professionalism. I wonder if our current medical team could have stopped the rot.
  8. Maybe Dean Holden was overwhelmed with the injury crisis. Nigel coped no better with the same issues when he inherited the squad. I believe that both were/are good candidates and have/had the ability to succeed. Nigel would clearly be better placed to perform a root and branch overhaul of the squad in view of his experience. We will never know what really happened unless someone spills the beans and then you may have to consider that that individual might have a self protecting agenda. We have to move on, and I would like to see continuity with the only manager who is now in a position to achieve that - viz Nigel.
  9. Sounds like a conspiracy theory. Maybe they realised that the rump of the squad chosen on matchday was simply not strong enough to cope given the huge injury list. I still think that the attitude of certain players was disappointing.
  10. The past has gone and the future must be out concern now. I would like to see Nigel given a dozen years or so to really develop the club. I fear that a further run of bad luck could cause a clamour for a change that would not benefit us in the long run.
  11. I would have expected a new manager to try to lift a dispirited team. Maybe the number of injuries were just too much for him to handle - as it had been for Dean Holden?
  12. A deep thinker like Mr Holloway only needs to think - that is what he does!
  13. The problem with chicken shack is that they can encourage blood sucking mites. They have to be built with wisdom and consideration of the risks involved!
  14. Quite possibly. I am no fan of Holloway but still believe that a philosophy of continuity has merit.
  15. I was puzzled that Nigel could not influence the non injured players to come up to the required mark.
  16. The bit about the wall was meant to illustrate that we can all make mistakes and the shed building was to illustrate that you can complete a project even if you lack finely honed skills. The bit that I liked was about the notion of continuity. It is easy to criticise mistakes (like his wall, and easy to scoff when a less skilled carpenter tries to build a shed, but maybe it is not a bad ideas to criticise less and support more. Call me old fashioned but I usually get frustrated at the cost and staffing implications of frequest management changes. It often seems to waste cash without always bringing the desired uptick in fortunes. Sometimes it does work.
  17. As an expert on chicken runs, I can confirm that it is not always straightforward to create a safe and sound chicken run.
  18. We may never know unless someone from inside the camp spills the beans. It did seem that some players let their heads drop when we all needed them to show a lot more spirit. If we lose then at least lose after giving your all.
  19. Dean Holden had a golden start but this collapsed when much of his squad suffered from injuries. Nigel did not fare better with the same depleted squad. One could argue that Nigel is better placed to clear out dead wood and recruit a new squad on lower wages, but that is simply a reflection on the previously unheard of Covid problem.
  20. Yes we are at the present time. Remember that Dean Holden had an excellent start until much of his squad suffered from injuries. Working with the same depleted squad, Nigel fared no better - but then kept some of the long term injured as the cornerstones of his 21/2 squad. It is hard to make comparisons at a time when wages had to be cut due to the Covid problems. Every manager has duff patches in his tenure and I really hope that we stay with Nigel and ignore the chorus that will follow if he has a duff patch. We have to look past his home form and look to the progress we are making. Would we have been so patient with other incumbents?
  21. Maybe. I have never been a great fan of Holloway and the blue few, but I have often wondered what would really happen if a talented manager was allowed to reallly develop his ideas. Sure there would be mistakes, blind alleys and pitfalls but Arsene Wenger, Ferguson and Gradi -and people like them have shown that it can work. The problem it that it requires patience and understanding. The club owners are put under enormous pressure by fans and often end up making rash choices. Usually a new manager feels that he needs to rebuild the squad in order to make it "his team" and that can often compound financial problems. Not only the costs of appointing a new manager and staff but then selling and recruiting new staff. The costs can run into many £millions and in these days of FFP can cause further problems. Even though I find Holloway obnoxious, I wonder if, from the depths of his football experience, he has the germ of a reasonable idea. I think he may.
  22. Ian Holloway: Bristol City and Bristol Rovers fans must learn from lessons of Johnson and Garner - Ian Holloway - Bristol Live (bristolpost.co.uk) I admit to being conflicted that I end up agreeing with virtually everything that Holloway says about City in this article. I have no idea about the rovers stuff because I don't follow their decline. The benefit of stability if too often overlooked and "love the one you're with" seems to be good advice to all fans. I did not agree with the dumping of Lee Johnson but we are where we are and I hope we give Nigel all the time and space that he needs to achieve the results we all want to see. I suppose I should say, Well sad Ian Holloway - although it pains me. Tin hat on.
  23. This may have been misreported. I heard he went for a pizza.
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