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Bat Fastard

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  1. 2 minutes ago, AshtonGreat said:

    No disrespect but I don't think Lee can use the strange times surrounding the pandemic as an excuse. It appears to me that he has absolutely no idea how to get the best out of his bloated squad, and hasn't done for well over a year. There appears to be no consistency or shape to his tactics and playing style. He comes across like a manager who's lost the plot. 

    I think he comes across as a manager who lost Webster and thought he had Kalas and then lost both - one to transfer and the other to injury.  He lost shape in the team by player sales and has not yet been able to replace them. He lost Afobe and Smith for great chunks of the season and they are playing their way back.  Things were not easy before Covid. It may take longer to sort things out in the aftermath of the financial effects.

  2. Just now, AshtonGreat said:

    And yet arguably the most important thing of all – good-quality football – is sadly missing.

    You mean it is missing now. We have had some good patches during Lee's time and I feel sure that we will have more.  These are very strange times and they will pass.  We will have golden days in the future.  How long?  Who can say, we might not even be able to go to Ashton Gate next year and that will further dent revenues. Clubs with parachute payments will have an even bigger advantage.

  3. 3 minutes ago, Moments of Pleasure said:

    You don't run a shop in the High Street, or the Chalice Well Gardens shop, selling, er, crystals and bits of stone that "heal" and beads that sort yer chakras out and shit? 

    Sadly not - I am not that spiritual, having not lived in Glastonbury for 67 years.

  4. 2 minutes ago, glos old boy said:

    We were right up Wolves backside at the top of this div not so long ago, what happened? they are challenging for Europe we are still here, even Cardiff/Swansea made the jump up so what exactly is stopping us? i.m.o its our manager nothing else we have the ground and a chairman with a few quid, so why are we always the "nearly" club.

    Frankly we were just not good enough.  The Championship is a hugely difficult league where some clubs have vast parachute payments and squads with Premier Leage experience and others can only pay less than half the wages and have to recruit from lower leagues and players who have failed to make the grade in other leagues.  Lee has developed our own young players, loan players and players we have bought in.  This is not a level playing field and the long term project is to build a self sustaining club by building income streams from the infrastructure.  The plans are well advanced and we have to wait until everything is in place until we can better compete against richer clubs.

  5. 9 minutes ago, dave36 said:

    The long term got lost after a fairly good first two years and the cup run.

    Since then we have seen a total shambles in team selection, substitution and tactics - home form has been total crap in all but a few games since then and don’t start me on the latest cup disgrace!
    Body language, attitude and the obsession with the 4th official all demonstrate he is not the man for the job!

    We are wrong if we expect perfection because it will never come. We are light years ahead of when S O'D was here and currently living through unprecedented difficulties. None of this is easy for club, management player or fans so we just have to stick together and all be as positive as possible. We will look back in a few years time and see these times as a mere blip in our progress towards the Premier League.

  6. 3 minutes ago, glos old boy said:

    All we should do is; say and do what we think, not what we are supposed to think.

    We will cash in on any player that will give us a few bucks, maybe loan in/buy cheap players for the future, a future that will never come because those players will either be sold or ruined by our manager. So what is the point in building anything if we insist on knocking it down every season and then "going again"

    Let Lee develop the kids but he is not a first team manager he just takes us around and back to where we started from and cannot handle exp players

    There will come a time when the infrastructure is built and paid for and starts to produce income that can be invested back into the sporting clubs. Sustainability is the name of the game.  I would not be surprised if Steve continued to prime the pumps for a year or so after that happens.  That would allow us to better compete in the transfer markets and stand a better chance of both hanging on to our best players and even winning promotion.  If we develop our own players as well, then that is the jackpot.  It is a long term project and we all need to be patient for a while longer. I hope I live to see the promised land, although I have some doubts, I will go on supporting enthusiastically.

  7. 1 minute ago, dave36 said:

    I never want my team to lose and even with my rose tinted glasses on you can’t ignore the groan around the gate when the text arrives with LJ’s tombola team  announcement!

    In the years that I have followed City, there have been many times when the team selection has seemed strange, but we do not know about form and injuries, knocks and personal problems within the squad or how the backroom team have analysed the opposition.  No manager is perfect but there is nothing wrong with Lee that a few wins wouldn't put right. He has had similar losing runs in the past and when that happens the fans start to call for his head.  When the wins start coming everything dies down until the next time.  Most managerial careers end in a sacking and I have always thought that the people concerned may have improved things given a little more time.  Mind you, I was glad when Pulis went!  Lee may not be Triffic or 'Ard like Pulis, but he is clearly a decent, intelligent and thoughtful manager who can spot and develop playing talent.  I can put up with some of his apparent faults whilst he continues to learn and improve.  The project is long term and it would help if the thinking and staff were long term.

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  8. 5 minutes ago, GlastonburyRed said:
    I believe the sun should never set upon an argument
    I believe we place our happiness in other people's hands
    I believe that junk food tastes so good because it's bad for you
    I believe your parents did the best job they knew how to do
    I believe that beauty magazines promote low self esteem
    I believe I'm loved when I'm completely by myself alone
    I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
    I believe you can't appreciate real love until you've been burned
    I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
    I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye
    I believe you can't control or choose your sexuality
    I believe that trust is more important than monogamy
    I believe that your most attractive features are your heart and soul
    I believe that family is worth more than money or gold
    I believe the struggle for financial freedom isn't fair
    I believe the only ones who disagree are millionaires
    I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
    I believe you can't appreciate real love until you've been burned
    I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
    I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye
    I believe forgiveness is the key to your unhappiness
    I believe that wedded bliss negates the need to be undressed
    I believe that God does not endorse TV evangelists
    I believe in love surviving death into eternity
    I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
    I believe you can't appreciate real love until you've been burned
    I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
    I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye
    But, no, I don't believe in Lee. 

    I was born in Glastonbury and can set your mind at rest......Lee does exist and you can believe in him.  

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  9. 8 minutes ago, Red Exile said:

    Agreed on all counts - and I'll be enthusiastically watching tomorrow night, hopeful as ever!

    You may of course be right about the complexity of our set up...which is precisely what I think is wrong about it! The complexity seems to me to be rooted in personal friendships and family connections, which in most businesses have the capacity to make things more difficult than might otherwise be the case when change is needed or bad news needs to be delivered.


    EDIT: But that said our playing staff will all be well used to a change of coaches, which I believe is needed.

    I get the impression that discussions for out current project may have started many years ago. The Johnson connection has clearly been key in decision making on matters concerning football development.  Our squad has improved and the standards demanded by our fans have also been ramped up in recent years.  I do not think that we are serious promotion candidates this season and we still need some key influential players.  Trading players post Covid may be very difficult and we will need to see how FFP changes impact upon spending decisions. Steve has already committed to huge expenditure in our infrastructure and this may mean that less is available for buying players.  The long term prize is a structure that generates enough income to keep the whole sporting edifice funded for years to come. As I said before, all we should do is provide positive support and keep buying season tickets and pies!!

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  10. 2 minutes ago, Red Exile said:

    One of the benefits of the Lansdown/Ashton/LJ set up system was, as I understood it, that it allowed for the seamless transfer from one Head Coach to the next...if LJ was poached by a bigger club a new man could step in with minimum disruption. I'd expect that the same would apply if he left for any other reason. I'd imagine that Mark Ashton has an idea of which other folk might be interested if the job came up.

    I'm not convinced it would be such a big disruption. Changing managers/coaches is part of the regular business of any football club. 

    You could well be right, but until Messrs Ashton and Lansdown decide that there is a need to recruit, I still suggest that we enthusiastically and positively support the current head coach and players - because they are all we have right now.  I think that our project is a little more involved than may be the case with many other football clubs.

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  11. 4 minutes ago, Abraham Romanovich said:

    I shall be wearing my lucky socks tomorrow and if that doesn't guarantee a Benik Afobe brace I give up.

    Now we're talking! If we all wear our lucky items of clothing, we can change the current losing run into a glorious charge for promotion!!

  12. 29 minutes ago, dave36 said:

    Not a chance LJ will change! We have a huge squad, some of which are capable of great things.

    A decent coach/manager with his feet on the ground and his eyes wide open would be able to build a quality team from the options in front of him - with LJ life is far too complicated, instead of picking a first team that can play to each other’s strengths he is selecting mates and favourites, just like we pick lottery numbers - what’s missing is TEAM!
    In every walk of life a team will succeed over a bunch of individuals with unmatched skills trying to individually impress an insecure manager!

    Something the Lansdowns would do well to remember, that’s the method that helped build their wealth - a strong motivated team! Would Johnson fit in there? No, he is out of his depth in every department and would lose customers just as fast as he loses the confidence of his team!

    I agree that a team will always work better than a bunch of individuals - however talented.  The trouble is that you have then sought to hang the blame on Lee Johnson for all the problems that are currently visible in the teams that he selects and puts on the pitch to entertain us.  In reality there are always going to be events beyond his control. How could he have known that his best defender and star goalkeeper would be out of form at a critical time of the season?  How could he know that perfectly capable players would then find it difficult to make simple 10 yard passes in matches?  Williams supposedly showed great leadership before the game and then arguably was largely responsible for two goals being conceded.  As soon as the players cross the white line the manager loses a huge amount of control.  Imagine if we would still have had the Brownhill from last Autumn or Webster in defence - I'm sure that lee would not have wished to sell these players. Maybe he had no choice.  

    None of us really know what goes on behind the scene. It is always tempting to sack a manager and to change everything. But destroying things is always easier than building something to replace what has been changed. Look at the anarchists in the US - they have destroyed, burned and looted and people have been killed, but they are unable to put anything in its place because the vision was on pulling down what they did not like before realising that they really have nothing to put in its place.  The ramifications of changing Lee would be that there may have to be changes in all the backroom staff and many of the players might have to be changed in order to fit the vision of the new man.  We might get the best coach available, Sean O'D was meant to be such a man - how did that work out?  Lee is more than just a head coach and his influence stretches beyond just the first team.

    I suggest that we simply support Lee and every player to the maximum of our ability because everything would be easier for the whole team if we all remain positive.

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  13. 2 hours ago, myol'man said:

    Looks like LJ is losing his core supporters.

    Still here and still think he is a good young manager. He has spotted and developed some great talent and (so far) improved league position season on season. These are difficult times and I hope he survives and goes on to have a really good run of wins.  I have never wished to see City lose  a game.  54 years of supporting and I still try to look on the bright side.  Lee has to be optimistic because getting on the players backs will not help improve matters. Rather like supporters not supporting.  I always thought promotion was unlikely and would rather watch us being reasonably competitive in the Championship than getting tanked every game in the premier league. I appreciate that being disappointing to those who watch games hoping that we lose.

    our time will come, and I believe that Lee is the right man to take us forward.  

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  14. Sadly we miss Josh Brownhill and we have too many players off their games. It is not just the head coach.  We need to rebuild and we all know that Johnson can do that if only he is backed.  If we keep selling our best players, it will take a very long time to build a decent and consistent team. Teams that keep changing managers also have to keep turning over their squads of players and unless they are lucky, it does not always solve the problem. We need to keep our top talent and keep Lee Johnson.  Some of you may remember when we recruited Pulis and it changed from not very good to dreadful.

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  15. City can keep my season ticket cash because this will all pass over and I would still like to have my seat in the Dolman and have a team to watch.  The financial losses from this pandemic could sink some of the weaker clubs, so I hope that City can emerge as one of the strongest survivors. I fully sympathise with all those who are worried about their finances and hope it all works out for them.

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  16. 8 minutes ago, OutstandingMixer said:

    A great fight, probably the best heavyweight fight since Lewis/Klitschko back In 2003. 

    Absolutely thrilled for AJ. Showed great heart in there after looking unsteady in the middle rounds (I honestly thought he was done after the knockdown!). I have to say fair play to both Joshua and Klitschko. Showed class inside and outside the ring.

    I was so excited I had to take a heart pill! An exceptional fight by both men.

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