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  1. The club said we had had applications from across the globe and that a new head coach was needed to take us to the next level. Did you assume that was Dean Holden?
  2. Yes agreed. This appointment is probably his single most important task at the club. I think we can safely say it’s not gone well...
  3. All a perfectly valid argument for either not sacking Johnson or immediately appointing Holden with that explanation. Which is not the situation we are in.
  4. Literally nobody is suggesting we do this.
  5. This is theory which you’re presenting as fact (and runs counter to the small bits of evidence that we have).
  6. All of that uncertainty was around when Johnson was sacked. If that was an overriding concern of the board then they shouldn’t have sacked Johnson who, for all his failings, had properly established us in the championship.
  7. Take your point. But he will think he can succeed and he has the offer of a job which will set him and his family up for life.
  8. No, obviously not. Lansdown presumably knew about the pandemic when he gave his Talk Sport interview. Is this what you expected following all of his talk about pushing us to the next level?
  9. This will be one of the weakest championships in recent memory. There was a real opportunity to do something special this year. Instead it appears we will be going into the season losing some of our best players and with a management team that a half decent league one side would find baffling. If the club does something wrong, and ineptly, it doesn’t mean that those of us who point it out are in some ways lesser supporters than you. Holden deserves support in that this isn’t his fault. Of course he was going to apply for the job. But the upper echelons of the club have been abject th
  10. Not sure I agree with this. If it succeeds it will be a fluke. This clearly isn’t the direction the club wanted to go in. All the evidence suggests Holden is an appointment of last resort, and not what the club were planning for.
  11. That is - at the very best - a mid-table championship team.
  12. Chris Hughton. Let him choose his coaching team. Failing that, any of the other 8 (or whatever it was that they interviewed) would be fine too.
  13. Clearly there are some positives about these two, and this seems better than a Holden/McAllister/Williams/Skuse horror show. But this is very much the club papering over the cracks. This recruitment process has been an abject failure. There is no way in the world that Ashton or Lansdown thought at the start of this they’d end up with Holden. I guess nobody knows why for sure but the reality is that City have failed miserably to land their managerial targets and given the wider football world the impression that we are a bunch of incompetents. No doubt this will be spun as a continuat
  14. Personally believe there is no chance of this because Ashton would have to give up control.
  15. I don't agree with lots of this but it's a really balanced post which has been missing a bit in recent days. I think the issue many of us have is that, had Holden been appointed immediately - say on a 12 month deal - with the club being very clear about the restrictions the pandemic brought about, many who have understood it. Instead, Lansdown and Ashton take to the media to brag about the candidates who have applied, talk about change etc. Did they not consider that an established manager might want to spend some money on players? Did coronavirus pass them by until after they'd sacked Johnson
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