Business as Usual

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  1. wizered

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    Chief operating officer Mark Ashton gives view into Lee Johnson's future at Bristol City
    By a_stockhausen | Posted: January 09, 2017

    Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson finds himself under pressure after seeing his side drop to 18th in the Sky Bet Championship

    Lee Johnson has the full backing and support of majority shareholder Steve Lansdown and his board of directors.

    So says the Championship club's chief operating officer, Mark Ashton, who insists it will be "business as usual" at Ashton Gate in 2017.

    Some City fans have begun to question Johnson's position in the wake of a depressing sequence of results which have seen the Robins lose nine of their last ten league games and drop to 18th place in the table.

    Despite City being just three points above the relegation zone and a section of the Ashton Gate crowd having turned against the head coach, Ashton and his fellow directors have no intention of making any rash decisions.

    Financial services billionaire Lansdown sees Johnson as the man to lead City forward and he has already backed the former Robins midfielder with hard cash in the transfer window.

    Ashton told The Post: "It's business as usual here. Lee has a job to do and the message from Steve and the board is 'do your job.' If we all do that, then we will be okay.

    "If you look at this industry, and I've said it before, our owner (Lansdown) is one of our biggest strengths. We not only have an English owner, we have a Bristolian owner, who cares passionately about this football club and does not act in an erratic manner.

    "That does not mean he is not demanding, because he should be, but we have good, clear lines of communication, are are all in cinque with what we are trying to do and that means we can move quickly and dynamically when opportunities come along.

    "We started the season well and no-one foresaw this blip in results. But we have been competitive in all of those games we have lost and, in my opinion, it will not take too much to turn things around."

    Johnson and Ashton have worked tirelessly to bolster the spine of the team and Milan Djuric, Jens Hegeler and Bailey Wright have been signed in recent days with that in mind.

    Ashton believes the new recruits will provide City's head coach with the options needed to translate competitive performances into victories between now and the end of the season. And he insists the club is in a better position than this time last year.

    He added: "You need to compare the start of this window to the start of the one last January. Let me be very clear, that is not a criticism of anyone, it is just the way we operate.

    http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/chief-...bristol-city/story-30041296-detail/story.html
     
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  2. Angelicnumber16

    Angelicnumber16 Well-Known Member

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    I don't care for this continued spiel and drivel.

    The only thing that will get the fans off of LJ's back and save his job is a marked turnaround in performances and results on the field.

    If results don't improve the owner/board will have no choice but to replace him.
     
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    Perhaps the 0-0 draw on Saturday was a blessing in disguise - it gives our new signings another 'practice run' in the side, before the day job resumes on Saturday with an absolute 'must win' v Cardiff......
     
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    ?????
     
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    I'm a teapot!
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  6. Red Robin

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    Simply put lose the next two or three he will have to go.

    SL will have to hold his hands up and say it did not work out.

    We cannot keep blinkering ourselves this is a results based business,and at present that clearly is not happening.
     
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    a Few Managerial casualties over the weekend with recent records not quite as bad as ours. A quick upturn is needed!
     
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  8. oneforthebristolcity

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    I think LJ has until the end of Feb to turn it around..SL will give the new players time to at least settle in....A couple of thrashings will be the only thing he will act differently on..
     
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    CHANGE OF HEART?
     
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    Where?
     
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    A CHANGE OF HEART
     
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    It's my view of what I think SL will do, not what I would do....so not a change of heart!!
     
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    I think he will keep LJ providing there is no drastic change in our defeats ... but win a couple to keep us above water .. lose a few drastically and he may well have a change of heart
     
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    Any more defeats and it will be very difficult to justify the board and SL keeping Johnson. No change and we are heading for the drop having invested some £15 million in the transfer market. This acknowledges the recovery for Kodjia, but this season is not about balancing the books. It is about making progress up the league in readiness for a real push in one or two years time.

    Personally, I cannot see us winning against Cardiff and/or Forest.
     
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  15. BrightredRickster

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    That does rather depend on how the new fellas are settling in. Also how well prepared the side is for those challenges, but I'm sure we will be prepared.
    We need people to stand up and take responsibility for their roles in the team, which means taking chances, putting the ball in the back of the net, and defending solidly without shock options
     
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