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From the Daily Telegraph:

Johnson driven to tears by the plight of City

By Simon Goodley

Gary Johnson is an emotional man. On his first day as Bristol City

manager in September, he drove past the training ground of his former

club, Yeovil Town, and promptly burst into tears.

He's probably felt like weeping on that trip every day since, as the

man who converted the Somerset club into one of the country's great

overachievers - taking them from the Conference to League One - had

joined one of football's most consistent underachievers just as things

were getting worse.

If anybody thought the humiliation of September's 7-1 drubbing by

Swansea, which cost former boss Brian Tinnion his job, was a City

nadir, they were sadly deluded. A club record run of nine consecutive

defeats began in mid-October, dumping the Robins out of two cup

competitions and to the foot of League One.

Only days before that sequence began three players - David Partridge,

Scott Brown and Bradley Orr - were arrested for violent conduct in a

Bristol nightclub, the third such incident at Ashton Gate within the

past couple of years.

Meanwhile, there are constant whinges from fans that the players are

unfit, undisciplined, overpaid or a combination of the three. And this

for a club touted as one of the division's promotion favourites at the

beginning of the season. To paraphrase the most over-quoted hotel

porter of the past couple of weeks: Bristol City - where did it all go

wrong?

"I know we've had nine defeats and only the one win but I know what I

think the problem is," insisted Johnson, after his team ended the

losing sequence on Saturday with a deserved 2-0 victory over

Huddersfield Town, which hauled them off the basement.

"The problem is staying in my head and with the chairman. We're going

to work very hard to turn this around and not have this club

underachieving. I think I can make this club great again."

Reading between the lines, the manager has been dismayed by the

attitude of the squad he has inherited, and openly talks of players

needing to understand "that there has to be a professional culture".

Still, it seems many are being coerced into this way of thinking. When

Johnson said he had thrown a "hand grenade" into the dressing room

after another recent defeat, everybody on the outside took the metaphor

to mean that he'd told players to notify their agents, as they would be

sold in the January transfer window. "It's not that far wide of the

mark," Johnson admitted.

Saturday, thankfully, showed the boss that there are some players he

could work with. Scott Murray gave Bristol a fifth-minute lead but the

game was sealed by a wonderful goal by Dave Cotterill, the 18-year-old

who recently made his Wales debut at a younger age than Ryan Giggs. His

long, winding run and finish was worthy of the Manchester United

winger, too, although mercifully he's too cherubic to perform the

Giggs' trademark hirsute, striptease celebration.

That was the second big relief in a matter of days, after Johnson was

given some unexpected ammunition to extract transfer funds from the

board ahead of January's window. Amazingly, in the football rich list

published by FourFourTwo magazine last week, only two clubs in Britain

had more directors represented than Bristol City, with chairman Steve

Lansdown (equal 41st with £50m) joined by City director Keith Dawe

(joint 64th with £25m).

"Yeah, that was handy, wasn't it?" smiled Johnson. "But I'm sure we're

not going to be able to spend £75m."

Some of it, perhaps, as the club desperately need the January sales to

revitalise this squad. With just 13 shopping days until Christmas, you

suspect the Bristol City manager is viewing things in reverse: one

Christmas Day until shopping. And who knows? A couple of bargains might

just lighten that gloomy mood - and let Johnson discard the Kleenex on

his morning drive.

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From the Daily Telegraph:

Johnson driven to tears by the plight of City

By Simon Goodley

Gary Johnson is an emotional man. On his first day as Bristol City

manager in September, he drove past the training ground of his former

club, Yeovil Town, and promptly burst into tears.

pffft what a lamer

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From the Daily Telegraph:

Johnson driven to tears by the plight of City

By Simon Goodley

Gary Johnson is an emotional man. On his first day as Bristol City

manager in September, he drove past the training ground of his former

club, Yeovil Town, and promptly burst into tears.

He's probably felt like weeping on that trip every day since, as the

man who converted the Somerset club into one of the country's great

overachievers - taking them from the Conference to League One - had

joined one of football's most consistent underachievers just as things

were getting worse.

If anybody thought the humiliation of September's 7-1 drubbing by

Swansea, which cost former boss Brian Tinnion his job, was a City

nadir, they were sadly deluded. A club record run of nine consecutive

defeats began in mid-October, dumping the Robins out of two cup

competitions and to the foot of League One.

Only days before that sequence began three players - David Partridge,

Scott Brown and Bradley Orr - were arrested for violent conduct in a

Bristol nightclub, the third such incident at Ashton Gate within the

past couple of years.

Meanwhile, there are constant whinges from fans that the players are

unfit, undisciplined, overpaid or a combination of the three. And this

for a club touted as one of the division's promotion favourites at the

beginning of the season. To paraphrase the most over-quoted hotel

porter of the past couple of weeks: Bristol City - where did it all go

wrong?

"I know we've had nine defeats and only the one win but I know what I

think the problem is," insisted Johnson, after his team ended the

losing sequence on Saturday with a deserved 2-0 victory over

Huddersfield Town, which hauled them off the basement.

"The problem is staying in my head and with the chairman. We're going

to work very hard to turn this around and not have this club

underachieving. I think I can make this club great again."

Reading between the lines, the manager has been dismayed by the

attitude of the squad he has inherited, and openly talks of players

needing to understand "that there has to be a professional culture".

Still, it seems many are being coerced into this way of thinking. When

Johnson said he had thrown a "hand grenade" into the dressing room

after another recent defeat, everybody on the outside took the metaphor

to mean that he'd told players to notify their agents, as they would be

sold in the January transfer window. "It's not that far wide of the

mark," Johnson admitted.

Saturday, thankfully, showed the boss that there are some players he

could work with. Scott Murray gave Bristol a fifth-minute lead but the

game was sealed by a wonderful goal by Dave Cotterill, the 18-year-old

who recently made his Wales debut at a younger age than Ryan Giggs. His

long, winding run and finish was worthy of the Manchester United

winger, too, although mercifully he's too cherubic to perform the

Giggs' trademark hirsute, striptease celebration.

That was the second big relief in a matter of days, after Johnson was

given some unexpected ammunition to extract transfer funds from the

board ahead of January's window. Amazingly, in the football rich list

published by FourFourTwo magazine last week, only two clubs in Britain

had more directors represented than Bristol City, with chairman Steve

Lansdown (equal 41st with £50m) joined by City director Keith Dawe

(joint 64th with £25m).

"Yeah, that was handy, wasn't it?" smiled Johnson. "But I'm sure we're

not going to be able to spend £75m."

Some of it, perhaps, as the club desperately need the January sales to

revitalise this squad. With just 13 shopping days until Christmas, you

suspect the Bristol City manager is viewing things in reverse: one

Christmas Day until shopping. And who knows? A couple of bargains might

just lighten that gloomy mood - and let Johnson discard the Kleenex on

his morning drive.

Eat your heart out RedTop, Simon Goodley of the Telegraph tells it as it is :shifty:

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