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6 hours ago, JonDolman said:

He's a very good defender, and I think is actually not bad in the air too, which we need more of. 

Could be defensive full back one side in Simpson or maybe Mariappa next season, and then attacking full back other side in Dasilva or Pring. 

Having had a little time today, went back to look at what Simpson did when at Leicester and as you say he is a strong defender by reading what various sources say. I am assuming NP wants a defensive back 4 first and foremost, rather than full backs who are wing backs. Hunt will not be here next season. He may get a year out of Simpson, who knows. May cause us to look at the left side of course, where JD is rather injury prone, and defending not his strong suit. I would expect a left back signing too. 

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4 minutes ago, billywedlock said:

Having had a little time today, went back to look at what Simpson did when at Leicester and as you say he is a strong defender by reading what various sources say. I am assuming NP wants a defensive back 4 first and foremost, rather than full backs who are wing backs. Hunt will not be here next season. He may get a year out of Simpson, who knows. May cause us to look at the left side of course, where JD is rather injury prone, and defending not his strong suit. I would expect a left back signing too. 

Injuries I agree are an issue, but JD is very solid defensively. Height aside I can’t see any obvious “flaws” in his game.

 

 

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I hope this means NP has identified that our defensive issues are in the full-back positions. We've had good CBs for a while but they spend their time getting pummelled with crosses which the full-backs fail to stop. It's felt like this for a few years imo so hope he can change that. 

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Pearson said: “He offers us experience, know-how and, for someone who is in his 30s now, he still has that appetite to play. We have ability in our ranks and a bright future with our young players but it’s about striking the balance with the know-how in game situations.

“I know Danny well, he’s had an excellent career with his exposure in the Premier League so it’s a real positive to make this addition at this point in the season.”

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7 minutes ago, KegCity said:

Injuries I agree are an issue, but JD is very solid defensively. Height aside I can’t see any obvious “flaws” in his game.

 

 

I believe in second chances, I respect he's served his sentence, and I don't think the conviction is a reason not to sign him at all. However, I do think the club need to explain how they reconcile his signing with the following from when we joined the Women's Aid Football United campaign in 2014:

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill said:

Bristol City is a community club and we take the welfare of our supporters, players and staff very seriously. That’s why we have signed up to the Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign to send a clear message that domestic violence cannot be tolerated or accepted in any shape or form. Hopefully our club can play an important role in raising awareness by talking about an issue that is often hidden away behind closed doors.

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6 minutes ago, ExiledAjax said:

I believe in second chances, I respect he's served his sentence, and I don't think the conviction is a reason not to sign him at all. However, I do think the club need to explain how they reconcile his signing with the following from when we joined the Women's Aid Football United campaign in 2014:

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill said:

Bristol City is a community club and we take the welfare of our supporters, players and staff very seriously. That’s why we have signed up to the Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign to send a clear message that domestic violence cannot be tolerated or accepted in any shape or form. Hopefully our club can play an important role in raising awareness by talking about an issue that is often hidden away behind closed doors.

He didn’t serve his sentence though. He consistently complained about it, complained about the paparazzi, complained that the hours he was given wouldn’t work around their pre season tour, until the punishment was watered down to a curfew for 3 weeks. That was after trying to convince the policeman who saw him strangling his partner that he was ‘imagining it’. 
 

I’m all for second chances, but only when you can see the learning remorse from the incident. He’s shown none. It’s a real struggle to see how any of the women at the club willl be comfortable working with/for him, and for any fan to support him fully. 
 

And that’s before you even get the idea it’s a 2 month deal, maybe extending to a 12 month one thereafter!

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12 minutes ago, ExiledAjax said:

I believe in second chances, I respect he's served his sentence, and I don't think the conviction is a reason not to sign him at all. However, I do think the club need to explain how they reconcile his signing with the following from when we joined the Women's Aid Football United campaign in 2014:

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill said:

Bristol City is a community club and we take the welfare of our supporters, players and staff very seriously. That’s why we have signed up to the Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign to send a clear message that domestic violence cannot be tolerated or accepted in any shape or form. Hopefully our club can play an important role in raising awareness by talking about an issue that is often hidden away behind closed doors.

I agree. I think for me it's about taking responsibility and showing accountability. That's doesn't necessarily mean refusing to sign a player who has a criminal conviction for domestic violence under any circumstances but, as you say, it does mean not hiding from it and making a very clear public statement on why they've decided to sign a player with this conviction and how it aligns with our supposed values, especially when - as @petehintonsays just above - Simpson appears to have taken no responsibility whatsoever for his actions. 

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1 minute ago, petehinton said:

He didn’t serve his sentence though. He consistently complained about it, complained about the paparazzi, complained that the hours he was given wouldn’t work around their pre season tour, until the punishment was watered down to a curfew for 3 weeks. That was after trying to convince the policeman who saw him strangling his partner that he was ‘imagining it’. 

I know this. But, in the end, as I understand, he served whatever the courts ended up giving him. Blame a clever lawyer, blame a poorly drafted set of sentencing guidelines with too much wriggle room, blame a judge at a 4pm Friday hearing who just wants to go home. It doesn't really matter why, but he served his curfew.

I’m all for second chances, but only when you can see the learning remorse from the incident. He’s shown none. It’s a real struggle to see how any of the women at the club willl be comfortable working with/for him, and for any fan to support him fully. 
 

Agree, and that's why the club need to address it.

And that’s before you even get the idea it’s a 2 month deal, maybe extending to a 12 month one thereafter!

Well yeh it doesn't make sense footballing-wise either.

 

1 minute ago, LondonBristolian said:

I agree. I think for me it's about taking responsibility and showing accountability. That's doesn't necessarily mean refusing to sign a player who has a criminal conviction for domestic violence under any circumstances but, as you say, it does mean not hiding from it and making a very clear public statement on why they've decided to sign a player with this conviction and how it aligns with our supposed values, especially when - as @petehintonsays just above - Simpson appears to have taken no responsibility whatsoever for his actions. 

Agreed. If in 2014 the club were serious about "play an important role in raising awareness by talking about an issue that is often hidden away behind closed doors." Then why not use this opportunity to raise awareness by addressing the issue.

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44 minutes ago, KegCity said:

Injuries I agree are an issue, but JD is very solid defensively. Height aside I can’t see any obvious “flaws” in his game.

 

 

 

31 minutes ago, ExiledAjax said:

I believe in second chances, I respect he's served his sentence, and I don't think the conviction is a reason not to sign him at all. However, I do think the club need to explain how they reconcile his signing with the following from when we joined the Women's Aid Football United campaign in 2014:

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill said:

Bristol City is a community club and we take the welfare of our supporters, players and staff very seriously. That’s why we have signed up to the Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign to send a clear message that domestic violence cannot be tolerated or accepted in any shape or form. Hopefully our club can play an important role in raising awareness by talking about an issue that is often hidden away behind closed doors.


I hope Gregor Mc asks the club about this, and asks Simpson about what he thinks about his conviction.

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4 minutes ago, steveybadger said:

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I hope Gregor Mc asks the club about this, and asks Simpson about what he thinks about his conviction.

Honestly, I think that asking Pearson or Simpson is pointless. All McGregor would get in response is "That is in the past and I'm just here to concentrate on the football" or similar.

This is one for the Lansdowns and/or Ashton. They don't have to say much, but 7 years ago the Club committed to partnership with a leading Women's charity. That charity has now effectively decided that we are no longer aligned with it, because of this signing. Silence on that is tacit acceptance of it by the club. So, we're not a family club, and we're not serious about violence against women. It needs to be addressed and explained.

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6 minutes ago, And Its Smith said:

A shameful day for Bristol City Football Club. 

Thing is, I don't think it needs to be. It's an opportunity to discuss the subject, to actually lead the conversation on it. Sesay is shameful, but this could be about atonement, second chances, remorse and education. There's no need for it to be a day of shame.

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For Bristol Sport who have a squeeky clean imagine, pride themselves on helping the communities as much as they can and have a perfect self promoting PR machine this massively surprises me.

A player we don't even really need at all..

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10 minutes ago, ExiledAjax said:

Thing is, I don't think it needs to be. It's an opportunity to discuss the subject, to actually lead the conversation on it. Sesay is shameful, but this could be about atonement, second chances, remorse and education. There's no need for it to be a day of shame.

For that to happen Simpson will need to make a statement showing remorse for starters. Let’s see if he does 

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4 minutes ago, ExiledAjax said:

Honestly, I think that asking Pearson or Simpson is pointless. All McGregor would get in response is "That is in the past and I'm just here to concentrate on the football" or similar.

This is one for the Lansdowns and/or Ashton. They don't have to say much, but 7 years ago the Club committed to partnership with a leading Women's charity. That charity has now effectively decided that we are no longer aligned with it, because of this signing. Silence on that is tacit acceptance of it by the club. So, we're not a family club, and we're not serious about violence against women. It needs to be addressed and explained.

Ok but somebody needs to ask the question and the media seem the best placed to do it, given the club appears presently to be not even acknowledging there’s an issue. 

And  I’d still ask Pearson about it regardless of the likely stock answer 

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14 minutes ago, ExiledAjax said:

Thing is, I don't think it needs to be. It's an opportunity to discuss the subject, to actually lead the conversation on it. Sesay is shameful, but this could be about atonement, second chances, remorse and education. There's no need for it to be a day of shame.

I like the sentiment but think is very optimistic. But anything is better than silence.

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19 minutes ago, Waffleflap said:

Decent right back .  People make mistakes when pissed up and I'm sure he regretted everything he done to his partner at the time. I dont condone it mind 

I'm sure he regretted getting caught. As to the offence he's shown no remorse or taken any responsibility for his actions and sought to use his wealth to avoid serving his punishment - and succeeded! 

The signing of Simpson and the lack of any comment or explanation by the club - given it's previous virtue signalling by signing up to the Women's Aid campaign against DV is very disappointing.

Surely we are better than this.

There are other right backs.

 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, Dolman Original said:

Getting rid of a player that watched somebody pissing in a glass to sign a wife beater is some step. 

Ayling wasn't sold because of that. Ayling was behind Matthews who we had signed on loan for the season. Ayling only had a year left on his contract and had 3 clubs after him. He was not going to get much playing time Mark Ashton said at the time so they sold him to Leeds. Otherwise we'd have got an even smaller fee in January or nothing at all at the end of the season. 

The selling Ayling because his mate had a piss was always a silly theory imo. But it seems to have become a fact on here! 😂

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13 minutes ago, Harry said:

Rapist goalkeepers one week. 
Domestic abusing right backs the next. 
Add an anti-vax striker. 
When are we signing Ched Evans? 

Ched Evans was found ‘not guilty’ in his alleged rape trial - immoral and highly questionable behaviour does not mean he committed a crime. It was a very distasteful episode but for you to insinuate on a public platform that he is guilty of a serious offence is a bit reckless - you can read more here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-37659009

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19 minutes ago, JonDolman said:

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19 minutes ago, JonDolman said:

Ayling wasn't sold because of that. Ayling was behind Matthews who we had signed on loan for the season. Ayling only had a year left on his contract and had 3 clubs after him. He was not going to get much playing time Mark Ashton said at the time so they sold him to Leeds. Otherwise we'd have got an even smaller fee in January or nothing at all at the end of the season. 

The selling Ayling because his mate had a piss was always a silly theory imo. But it seems to have become a fact on here! 😂

You can believe what you like. Personally I think being pictured on the front pages of all the tabloids watching his mate piss in a glass wasn’t a career enhancing move on his part. 

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