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  1. This is what people who don’t know about Bristol City would say, yes. Much as commentators were describing our play under Johnson as ‘easy on the eye’ for about three years after we last played attractive football. If I was a fan of another club I’d probably wonder what Bristol City fans were moaning about - surely we should be happy as a mid table championship side given our history? But that unequivocally misses the point. We have seen the awful football we’ve played for years and, in recent months have seen any kind of off the field philosophy (which arguably there was under
  2. Yes this is absolutely spot on. They’re tired in that their performance has dropped by a couple of per cent which is going to be huge when you are playing against people who are basically as good as you. I think it’s way too easy to chuck around suggestions that they’re lazy/don’t care etc.
  3. This is such a good point. Rugby from the 1970s looks fairly ridiculous now - the sport has changed beyond all recognition.
  4. We’re not talking about multi millionaires here (at least not then). Thompson was in the first set of players when the game turned professional. I doubt he made enough money to retire, despite winning the World Cup. That said, surely it is important that the governing bodies of all sports make players aware of the possible risks (and the RFU may well have done) and changed things as the evidence changed - eg look at cricket where helmets were redesigned following Phil Hughes’ death.
  5. Yes, fair point. Whether there is a case to answer for the RFU or not, I think Thompson should be treated with empathy and respect. Nobody should expect that playing a contact sport professionally should lead to dementia, particularly at such a young age. It might well be that his dementia has nothing to do with rugby, but I don’t blame him for wanting to explore whether or not it may have played a role.
  6. Some pretty harsh comments here about someone who won the World Cup for his country and now, in his early 40s, is facing dementia. The points Thompson has made in his interviews are that concussions were expected and ignored, and that the highly physical side of training was overdone. That is very different to someone suing after getting a muscle injury or breaking a bone.
  7. 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?
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. Literally nobody is suggesting we do this.
  11. This is theory which you’re presenting as fact (and runs counter to the small bits of evidence that we have).
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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
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