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MetiNews.Com - The full transcript of the Bristol City manager's press conference ahead of Saturday's Championship meeting with Nottingham Forest
Breaking News ! How’s training been this week, has there been any kind of different approach given results? We just have to try and rectify our form, it's as simple as that. I don't want to make excuses, we don't have the players available that we'd like but we've got what we've got and we just have to get on with it, it’s as simple as that. I would expect better standards from us, regardless of who's available or unavailable. Training has been okay. It's been positive again in terms of application but what we have to do now is turn that into a performance on the pitch. With our home record, as poor as it’s been in terms of getting results, the longer it goes on the more difficult it is to find those solutions but all you can do is keep working hard to try and find those solutions. Training has been positive and hopefully the tide will turn at the weekend. Nahki Wells mentioned there’s been a bit of team bonding that’s gone on, in terms of going for team walks. Could you offer any more details … I don't really disclose too much detail. If the players want to talk about it, that’s fine. Whenever you're going through periods where there's a loss of confidence, you have to address the work you do on the field - absolutely - but you've also got to address the subtleties of dealing with the people; the players as individuals, trying to incorporate the whole squad. We've tried to do some things this week that have included the injured players too, just to make sure everybody is really ... attempts to be on the same page, at least. It's not really about getting the big stick out all the time. I don't think that will be beneficial. The players are aware performances haven't met the required standard. Read More Related Articles Bristol City star reacts to claims the Robins squad have stopped caring as season peters out Read More Related Articles Long-serving Bristol City midfielder's future in serious doubt as Robins injury crisis grows They've been disappointed themselves with their performances and what we have to try and do is try to remain solution-based which sounds a bit cliché but is the way it is. We don't have the depth of squad at the moment to change too much which exposing even more younger players and I don't think that's right at the moment. Whenever you're in a difficult run, some of the senior players have a responsibility to shoulder more of the burden just because of the nature where we are in the season. I’ll keep saying about trying to get a response but that’s what we’ll attempt to do this weekend. You mention about the home record there. It’s seven in a row, I know you’ve only been here for three of them, have you ever encountered a run like this, at your own stadium, whether as a player or manager? I've been involved in clubs when we've been through difficult times but maybe back in my day statistics weren't necessarily an element of the conversation. I don’t think that was something that was talked about too much. There is never any hiding place, when you go through a difficult run of form, and we've certainly experienced a very tough time, especially at home. Everyone talks about the fans not being there but, of course, when you're in the run that we are in at the moment, maybe there is a point by saying that the players are under slightly less pressure because of that. Adrian Mariappa of Bristol City looks dejected after Rotherham United win 2-0 (Image: Rogan/JMP) But we all want to get the fans back in the stadiums, but the bottom line is with any performance has to be a level of commitment and motivation and there have been times when even I have questioned some of those elements and that's nothing but a very painful thing to do. Just those elements themselves should be a motivation to at least get the performance right. But we need to pick points up again. Is that the most disappointing aspect of these four games, where you talk about that level of commitment? It's do with the fact that we've not been able to go out there and do what we talk about. Clearly, it's about actions now, not talking about what we're going to do. The actions we make on the pitch show a positive intent. It always interests me how people want to frame these type of arguments. We have too many players going through a period of loss of form, it's quite simple. Read More Related Articles Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson delivers injury update on Liam Walsh and Nathan Baker Read More Related Articles Ipswich Town chairman Mike O'Leary responds to links with Bristol City CEO Mark Ashton If you have one or two and the rest of the side are doing okay, you can normally carry that but we've had, unfortunately, too many players who have struggled with their own individual form during this sort of a run. So it's created a tough situation in which a lot of our younger players are having to be exposed to that. It's great for them to get the exposure, of course. As I've pointed out many times, it's not necessarily the best way to expose them but it's where we are. We’ll utilise the players and try and get the best performance we can under the circumstances. Tommy Conway was the most recent to make his debut, Louis Britton is playing particularly well for the Under-23s; do you think you’ll be bringing any more individuals into the first-team set-up? There’s a possibility, yes. Not necessarily this weekend but there’s a possibility. Liam Walsh is out for the season, will he require surgery? No Nathan Baker was in contention in the international break going into the Easter Weekend but wasn’t included in either of the matchday squads, is he any further down the line? There’s a possibility of him performing before the end of the season but, again, I’ll address that when and if that happens. Really, at the moment, I’m just concentrating on players who are available. There hasn’t been much on Jamie Paterson, is there any update there? He’s having an operation so he won’t feature again this season. How is Jay Dasilva progressing? He's training fully now with the squad and hopefully we can get him involved in an Under-23 game at some point. He's moving in the right direction. Jay Dasilva on the move for Bristol City When a team, and I know you mentioned relegation last week, but when a team are where Bristol City are at the moment – as mid-table as mid-table can be – where does the motivation come from? Because I’m professional. For me, the circumstances are just extra detail. The best players, the top players, find a way of performing because they just take the challenge of each game for what it is, and that is – a game. How many times have you heard people say about not playing the occasion, but play the game. That’s an art in itself, that’s a skill. It’s what the best players are able to do and that is detach themselves from some of the emotional side of it, some of the angles that come from the media, how supporters see it. If you play a sport as your living, it’s about being able to replicate the highest level of performance every time you play. It doesn’t really matter whether it’s a big occasion or not. Why do I say that? Well, can you imagine if you go into a really important game and you are, what psychologists would say, overly aroused. Read More Related Articles The Bristol City dilemma at the heart of Steve Lansdown's decision over Nigel Pearson's future Read More Related Articles EFL boss sets date for return of full crowds for Bristol City and Bristol Rovers So to be too wound up also inhibits performance so it stands to reason if you are able to get into a state of performance and just ignore what the circumstances are, that’s where the best players are able to perform. People say, “big-game player”.
. For me, they’re all important. They’re all important because it’s about a professional pride, a desire to always look to improve your performance; that’s what is being a professional sportsperson is all about. It’s the same for me as a manager, I hate losing. But what I don’t do is sulk about results when they happen, I try and find solutions and look at where the development can come from. Sometimes it’s not always obvious, and I understand that, I’m not trying to be clever. The answer is very clear to me, always looking at how to find solutions at any given point and that’s not always an easy thing to do. Circumstances can sometimes have an impact on how you do it but bottom line is, if we want to be a success as a football club, (we need) the creation of a culture that does not accept anything than top-level performance on any given day. It stands to reason that’s the way forward. We’re quite a way off that at the moment but use difficult experiences to at least find the answers. That’s how I approach my job, always have done. Do you believe there are enough individuals at this club with that mindset? The best way to answer that would be that by the end of the season I think I’ll know. I’ve already talked about not being afraid to use young players, and I stand by that, but what I won’t also do is allow them to take the weight of the expectation, the weight of responsibility. That’s something that the squad should share. There’s the challenge for everybody who’s here, show how much they do want to be here.
Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton
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You and Chris Hughton, you must have crossed paths … We played in a similar era, although Chris is a little bit older than me ... although he looks like Peter Pan. He's a well-respected man. I had a lot of respect for him as a player and I think he's a man with a great deal of humility. I like how he holds himself, he's a very good manager, a very good human being and I've got a lot of respect for him. Steve Lansdown has said he wants a face-to-face meeting with you in the next few weeks, has there been any indication that will happen? It will at some point, of course it will. I speak to Steve pretty often so when it's possible, it will happen. I think one of the frustrations at the moment is, I don't want to be evasive about it, I've got nothing to hide essentially and neither has Steve or the club. It's just we can't break rules and regulations in terms of movement, quite simply. If we would have been able to meet before, we would have done. That's not possible at the moment but hopefully we will. I think we're both pretty honourable people. I have no problem with how we've spoken about dealing with the situation - I spoke to Steve last night - we have very constructive conversations.
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I can't really say any more in the public domain apart from what I've already said but I am also aware the question will keep arising, there is a level of uncertainty. Personally, I don't think it's something to necessarily worry about. I still have to prove because results aren't good enough at the moment. I have to prove I’m the right person to be here. It is what it is, I'm not fazed by that at all. Have you been involved with the conversations about the players who are out of contract? Clearly, yeah, I'm the manager of the football club. It's not an initial long-term contract but you can't hide from these type of discussions. What people probably don't appreciate through clarity of the situation, this year's going to be very, very different. EFL clubs and Premier League clubs have lost a huge revenue stream, and in the EFL it's a bigger one; and that is supporters being at games. The very fact a club like ours can keep going in almost its original format, without losing too many staff, is testament to the stability that the club has. My suspicion would be that we're not the norm, I would think there will be a number of clubs out there who will be in a more difficult situation. So I can't, for instance, see huge amounts of money being spent on players. And even players who are out of contract could find themselves in a pretty different scenario to what they would normally be.
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I can't really paint a picture at the moment, what it's going to look like for the whole industry, but of course we, internally, have spoken about what may be possible and what won't be. But the detail of that I can't share with you we're still working towards that end point and there are lots of situations that need to be clarified in terms of individuals and the direction in which as the football club goes. All those things together make it clearer that it's not going to be straightforward this summer for many, many football clubs. If people just expect there to be reconstruction of a whole squad, it won't happen. What we have to do is transparent with what our plan is moving forward; whether that's a two-year or a three-year plan to try and achieve Premier League status, which would be great. What you've got to try and do is build-in the fact that encapsulates maybe four or five transfer windows so things don't happen always at the pace people would like so that's when transparency is really important with our fanbase so they, at least, know how we see it ourselves here.
Why Bristol City's clash with Nottingham Forest will make Championship history
Bristol City reporter Q+A: Mark Ashton, Nigel Pearson, Steve Lansdown and more
Let’s talk about a little piece of unexpected history at Ashton Gate this weekend when Bhups and Sunny Singh Gill become the first pair of British South Asians to be officials in the same Championship game. Is it nice for the city, nice for the football club to be a part of that? Very much so. I think it’s very positive for the game too. I saw that story the other day so there will be a bit of brotherly love there, I think I have to be careful what I say on the touchline! It’s a good story, it’s a positive one. I think diversity has been a really big question that very much in the public’s consciousness. I think the last 12 months, I wouldn’t say watershed, but it’s been a very important year in terms of dealing with lots of issues, of which that is one. I’m from Nottingham and I worked in Leicester where there are big Asian populations so it’s always been a bit of a puzzle to me why people from Asian backgrounds don’t appear to be more involved in football. So it’s a positive step for sure.
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