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LJ WBA Press Conference

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A pretty good interview this, interesting bits about selection, Kasey and positives about the  progress for Afobe. 

Other thing to add is that I know he gets stick sometimes (probably form me too!) but MacGregor does actually do a great job, he might work for a bit of a rag but he does his research (eg. in this interview talking about wells + upcoming Bermuda friendly) bothers to look at what the fans are asking about and puts decent question to LJ and BCFC.

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1 minute ago, Davefevs said:

Just tweeted that this might be LJ’s best interview yet.

Worth finding 20 minutes to watch / listen.

Some posters on here will pick something negative and run with it 😉

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22 minutes ago, ExiledAjax said:

Hang on. The team flew to Leeds and back? I get the time saving that LJ mentions must help...but wow.

He said the Sky tv money pays for it.

And if I could've flown there and back I would have - 8 hour return trip instead of an hour each way or so.

It must mean the players have an extra days training or whatever and if it isn't out of the budget, happy days.

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1 minute ago, bcfc01 said:

He said the Sky tv money pays for it.

And if I could've flown there and back I would have - 8 hour return trip instead of an hour each way or so.

It must mean the players have an extra days training or whatever and if it isn't out of the budget, happy days.

Understand it. I googled and tbh hadn't appreciated the exact route that you need to take to do Bristol - Leeds. I always forget how far north Leeds is.

Thought the rest of the press conference was excellent. Almost totally devoid of the "Johnsonisms" and instead full of really good insight into LJ's day-to-day issues around managing a group of 20-30 young men. I know I often forget that these people get ill, have things happen in their private lives, and still have to go out and do their job in front of thousands of people. Not saying they are special, or work harder than your average person, but it does have an effect.

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12 minutes ago, Harry said:

Some posters on here will pick something negative and run with it 😉

Just hope as many players as possible are fit for Saturday.

Henriksen interview impressive too.

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10 minutes ago, Harry said:

Some posters on here will pick something negative and run with it 😉

Not trying to be negative but at the start he says we did not play with our identity but Leeds played with theirs.

Once and for all for thickish people like me - wtf does that mean in normal English?

Does that mean formation, game plan and normal style or what - I seriously don’t know so would appreciate a simple explanation!!

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2 minutes ago, Meh said:

Not trying to be negative but at the start he says we did not play with our identity but Leeds played with theirs.

Once and for all for thickish people like me - wtf does that mean in normal English?

Does that mean formation, game plan and normal style or what - I seriously don’t know so would appreciate a simple explanation!!

It means they executed their game plan very well and we didn’t execute ours at all. 

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4 minutes ago, Meh said:

Not trying to be negative but at the start he says we did not play with our identity but Leeds played with theirs.

Once and for all for thickish people like me - wtf does that mean in normal English?

Does that mean formation, game plan and normal style or what - I seriously don’t know so would appreciate a simple explanation!!

Skip forward to about 14:30 and listen to that bit. Johnson discusses how he views "identity". It's shorthand for the plan, the style of play, and the broad tactics that we are trying to execute.

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Fair play to Gregor. I’ve criticised him in the past but they were much better questions. 

The recruitment plan going for young players and selling them on is a little frustrating though. He mentioned how well we are doing considering the changes to the squad, and how the new players are adapting. 

It’s a massive cycle that potentially leads to more inconsistent performances. Just hope we carry on to build without wholesale changes again in the summer.

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47 minutes ago, Harry said:

Some posters on here will pick something negative and run with it 😉

OK, I'll take the 2 occasions when he said supporters aren't clever enough to understand his job as a positive then.

Not the first time he's said that, either. 

And I'd call it condescending, if not arrogant, if only I wasn't so thick. 

35 minutes ago, Meh said:

Not trying to be negative but at the start he says we did not play with our identity but Leeds played with theirs.

   The follow up to that, from any half decent journalist, would be to ask "So why didn't we?". No chance of that.  

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So i'm going to pick at a couple of things.

LJ's an NFL fan like me, so he's aware of a world where you give injury reports. You can totally talk about a sickness in the team before the game and feed that to the media team who can then highlight it. Don't complain that fans don't know when you withhold the info. You can name a team whenever you want. Considering that the teams find out what the opposition line up is an hour or so before kick off (unless you're Bielsa) teams prepare for most reasonable team sheets anyway. Or you'd like to think they do. Do you imagine that clubs are thrown into a panic because it's Wells and Diedhiou up front instead of Weimann and Diedhiou? I'd be embarrassed if we were like that with our preparation.

Even if you're desperate to hold onto that information for the minute tactical advantage it MAY give you. Once the team sheet is in, you can absolutely put out an injury report alongside team news top let fans know what's going on. Or you can accept that fans don't know what's going on. You don't get to with hold info then whinge about it

This is Brian Flores, head coach of the Dolphins (my team) it's early October, we're 0-4 and HISTORICALLY bad at this point in the season. Just listen to the personal accountability he takes on the question at 3.10. We never hear stuff like that from LJ. It's always the finger pointing. It's always the players don't do enough. I really don't like that in him. Sure the players need to execute, sure they need to self coach on the pitch, but you need to do a better job preparing them to play and coaching them to self coach and stop buying players who "hide". If you won't come out and take personal responsibility more, then how can you expect the players to?

Basically release an injury report alongside the team news, and take personal responsibility after every loss whether or not it is your fault.

 

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1 hour ago, Davefevs said:

Just tweeted that this might be LJ’s best interview yet.

Worth finding 20 minutes to watch / listen.

Never been his biggest fan, but that was an eye opener. As much as I dislike his approach to home games  ( Jose tonight ?)

To lose 4 of your starters has to be pants.  Let's hope he has what he wants  available Saturday, and they go out with the belief.

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28 minutes ago, Merrick's Marvels said:

OK, I'll take the 2 occasions when he said supporters aren't clever enough to understand his job as a positive then.

Not the first time he's said that, either. 

And I'd call it condescending, if not arrogant, if only I wasn't so thick. 

 The follow up to that, from any half decent journalist, would be to ask "So why didn't we?". No chance of that.  

That’s not a patronising remark - it’s a factual remark. 

LJ explained that the team he’d selected for Leeds didn’t actually happen because of illness and injury that happened pretty much at the last minute - did you know any of that?

Fair play to LJ for explaining that - he didn’t need to. 

In terms of his ability as a head coach, I remain neutral but his communication skills are excellent. He’s more honest and open than many managers at Championship level and that’s a quality I really admire.

 

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Umm. Anyone else still have no idea what our identity is?

Maybe I missed that in Episode1. Can someone enlighten me? 

 

So, using LJs logic, Andi and Fam should now be an cohesive attacking unit given the amount of time they’ve been ‘paired’ as an attacking force? That, as opposed to a couple of players who look like they’ve just be introduced, not just on different wavelengths but different radios? 

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56 minutes ago, Merrick's Marvels said:

OK, I'll take the 2 occasions when he said supporters aren't clever enough to understand his job as a positive then.

Not the first time he's said that, either. 

And I'd call it condescending, if not arrogant, if only I wasn't so thick. 

   The follow up to that, from any half decent journalist, would be to ask "So why didn't we?". No chance of that.  

He didn’t say fans weren’t clever enough to understand his job. You’ve misquoted  him 

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1 hour ago, Merrick's Marvels said:

OK, I'll take the 2 occasions when he said supporters aren't clever enough to understand his job as a positive then.

Not the first time he's said that, either. 

And I'd call it condescending, if not arrogant, if only I wasn't so thick. 

   The follow up to that, from any half decent journalist, would be to ask "So why didn't we?". No chance of that.  

Did he literally say that supporters aren't clever enough to understand ?

 

 

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13 minutes ago, RedRock said:

Umm. Anyone else still have no idea what our identity is?

Maybe I missed that in Episode1. Can someone enlighten me? 

 

So, using LJs logic, Andi and Fam should now be an cohesive attacking unit given the amount of time they’ve been ‘paired’ as an attacking force? That, as opposed to a couple of players who look like they’ve just be introduced, not just on different wavelengths but different radios? 

Quite clear to see our identity.  Hit teams on the break, try to create high quality chances (no long shots), create overloads, allow crosses into our box rather than dive into challenging winger which would allow a higher quality chance, throw bodies at shots. 

1 minute ago, bcfc01 said:

Did he literally say that supporters aren't clever enough to understand ?

 

 

No 

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1 minute ago, bcfc01 said:

Did he literally say that supporters aren't clever enough to understand ?

Not as directly as that but he did say “unless you have a Pro 2 license”  which of course is spot on. Do have you one?

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4 minutes ago, RedDave said:

Quite clear to see our identity.  Hit teams on the break, try to create high quality chances (no long shots), create overloads, allow crosses into our box rather than dive into challenging winger which would allow a higher quality chance, throw bodies at shots. 

Hmmm.......if you know what our ‘identity’ is then you more than most of Gunga Din......

Not even LJ knows what our actually ‘identity’ is...........to me it’s term of lots of made up hot air.

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4 minutes ago, Robbored said:

Hmmm.......if you know what our ‘identity’ is then you more than most of Gunga Din......

Not even LJ knows what our actually ‘identity’ is...........to me it’s term of lots of made up hot air.

It’s not hard to see RR. We play pretty much the same way every game. Or at least try too. Pretty sure LJ knows as well. It is his job.

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15 minutes ago, RedDave said:

Quite clear to see our identity.  Hit teams on the break, try to create high quality chances (no long shots), create overloads, allow crosses into our box rather than dive into challenging winger which would allow a higher quality chance, throw bodies at shots. 

No 

Well, you may be right but virtually word for word, I think Glen Hoddle’s take on Tottenham at the moment (BT Sport post match)  applies to us.... we look like a team that’s just hoping, hoping we get a lucky break. There’s no triangles, groups of three working together to create movement, passing..... no patterns, no identity, nothing. 

So LJ has always tried to emulate Jose... he seems to have achieved it. 

It’s shit to watch mind.

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1 minute ago, RedDave said:

It’s not hard to see RR. We play pretty much the same way every game. Or at least try too. Pretty sure LJ knows as well. It is his job.

Well......when asked directly at Senior Reds what our ‘identity’ is, he couldn’t really answer and waffled on a bit but said absolutely nothing................


Lots of hot air tho.............:cool2:

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11 minutes ago, Robbored said:

Not as directly as that but he did say “unless you have a Pro 2 license”  which of course is spot on. Do have you one?

No.

And neither could I be arsed to get one as I don't need it.

Whats that got to do with it anyway ? I was asking if he literally said what was implied as I couldn't remember him saying it.

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9 minutes ago, Robbored said:

Well......when asked directly at Senior Reds what our ‘identity’ is, he couldn’t really answer and waffled on a bit but said absolutely nothing................


Lots of hot air tho.............:cool2:

Perhaps you just didn’t understand his answer 

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2 hours ago, Davefevs said:

Just hope as many players as possible are fit for Saturday.

Henriksen interview impressive too.

May I ask where the Henrikseni interview is?............I cannot seem to find it?      PS. Just found it on Youtube!!  🙃🙃,...........What an intellingent, personable guy, and very articulate.

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Very true what he states about Sheff Utd........Most of the players are late twenties/early thirties. interesting to see how they naintain their squad, as time goes on?

 

 

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2 hours ago, Merrick's Marvels said:

OK, I'll take the 2 occasions when he said supporters aren't clever enough to understand his job as a positive then.

Not the first time he's said that, either. 

And I'd call it condescending, if not arrogant, if only I wasn't so thick. 

   The follow up to that, from any half decent journalist, would be to ask "So why didn't we?". No chance of that.  

I really didn’t take it as condescending.  He mentions the pro license at 15m39s in, but I think there’s been a build up to this point from 11m00s in (re us not knowing about change in team selection).

I think if you read otib / twitter at 14:01 on Saturday, you will see some amazing knee-jerk reactions to the line-up.  Bollocks like “undroppable Weimann back in”, “what the eff as Diedhiou done to be dropped”, etc.  If otib / twitter is a representation of your average City fan (let’s not enter that debate here 😂), then He’s justified in suggesting they don’t understand “the game”, because they’d know if they wait 30-40 minutes some of those team selections are made clear from the pre-match team selection interview....they’d know not to jump the gun.  “Can’t believe he’s picked Massengo”, “he’s dropped Smith” (when the bloke came off injured on the Wednesday night). And until you see the team execute (or not as the case was Saturday) on the pitch, we are all guessing what the plan is.

How many times do we see the eleven at 14:00, and by 14:05 we’ve posted 15 different permutations of formation, some sensible, some beggars belief.

17 minutes ago, maxjak said:

May I ask where the Henrikseni interview is?............I cannot seem to find it?

YouTube.

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5 hours ago, RedDave said:

Perhaps you just didn’t understand his answer 

None of us could understand his answer.

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8 hours ago, BCFC Richard said:

A pretty good interview this, interesting bits about selection, Kasey and positives about the  progress for Afobe. 

Other thing to add is that I know he gets stick sometimes (probably form me too!) but MacGregor does actually do a great job, he might work for a bit of a rag but he does his research (eg. in this interview talking about wells + upcoming Bermuda friendly) bothers to look at what the fans are asking about and puts decent question to LJ and BCFC.

We didn't show enough of our identity??

You mean we have one to show??

We need to do more in showing our identity...need to find the fecker first 😂

Bullshitter par excellence'

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7 hours ago, Robbored said:

That’s not a patronising remark - it’s a factual remark. 

LJ explained that the team he’d selected for Leeds didn’t actually happen because of illness and injury that happened pretty much at the last minute - did you know any of that?

Fair play to LJ for explaining that - he didn’t need to. 

In terms of his ability as a head coach, I remain neutral but his communication skills are excellent. He’s more honest and open than many managers at Championship level and that’s a quality I really admire.

 

Are you Lee's dad?? 😎

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1 hour ago, Robert the bruce said:

We didn't show enough of our identity??

You mean we have one to show??

We need to do more in showing our identity...need to find the fecker first 😂

Bullshitter par excellence'

Why does everyone pretend we don’t have an identity to score points against LJ? An identity doesn’t just mean free flowing attacking football. Read above. Identity explained. 

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10 hours ago, Harry said:

It means they executed their game plan very well and we didn’t execute ours at all. 

Stupid players again 👍

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We often hear fans say that LJ is too soft. Henriksen says LJ has no problem telling you directly to your face when he's not happy. I think he is far more 'aggressive' in his approach when things aren't going to plan than some think.

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Quite clear to see our identity.  Hit teams on the break, try to create high quality chances (no long shots), create overloads, allow crosses into our box rather than dive into challenging winger which would allow a higher quality chance, throw bodies at shots. 

Our ability to hit teams on the break is virtually non existent due to a lack of quick incisive passes to forward players in space and real pace in our forward players 

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5 minutes ago, redysteadygo said:

Quite clear to see our identity.  Hit teams on the break, try to create high quality chances (no long shots), create overloads, allow crosses into our box rather than dive into challenging winger which would allow a higher quality chance, throw bodies at shots. 

Our ability to hit teams on the break is virtually non existent due to a lack of quick incisive passes to forward players in space and real pace in our forward players 

You don’t think we are a counter attacking team?!

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Only sign of counter attack recently was the two late chances against Derby, who were committed forward chasing an equaliser, and we screwed them up.

Our main outlet of attack is for NE to cross from wide something the above writer considers to be a tactic we allow teams to do as it less likely to create a quality goal chance.

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3 minutes ago, RedDave said:

You don’t think we are a counter attacking team?

Sorry, not to good an explanation but I think we set up to play this way but we are not very good at it and don't possess the players/abilities to carry it out.

Maybe Wells can help improve this situation but we haven't seen enough of him yet.

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8 minutes ago, RedDave said:

You don’t think we are a counter attacking team?!

We are when playing away, Not so much at AG where the opposition often sit back. I can’t see the Baggies doing that tho. I imagine they’ll be at us from the ko and that means a great game of football..

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23 minutes ago, spudski said:

We often hear fans say that LJ is too soft. Henriksen says LJ has no problem telling you directly to your face when he's not happy. I think he is far more 'aggressive' in his approach when things aren't going to plan than some think.

As you know Spudski there are a number of anti LJ posters on here who use every opportunity to slag him off - despite much of it being made up bollocks.................:rofl2br:

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20 minutes ago, Robbored said:

As you know Spudski there are a number of anti LJ posters on here who use every opportunity to slag him off - despite much of it being made up bollocks.................:rofl2br:

Tbh...I think a lot of the anti LJ stuff is down to lack of information. As LJ rightly points out, we are dealing with human beings, and fans don't have a clue what's going on in their lives. He gets slagged off for certain selections, but none of us know what's going on behind closed doors. Some of its not even sickness or injury, but where a players head at. LJ has implied that before. Players have things going on in their lives, just like us, that can effect their performance. I think some forget that when commenting. So many factors to take into consideration.

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25 minutes ago, Robbored said:

As you know Spudski there are a number of anti LJ posters on here who use every opportunity to slag him off - despite much of it being made up bollocks.................:rofl2br:

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