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PremierLeague-News.Com - There are a number of considerable unsolved issues that urgently need addressing to set things up for a better 2021/22
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! With six games remaining of the season and just one month to go, we reach the final stretch of this term. And there is much to do at Ashton Gate. In fact that's putting it mildly, with nary a decision to be seen. One seasoned observer of the club used the word "turmoil" when discussing how the land lies in BS3 currently. And we don't believe that to be too far from the truth. Just in case a reminder is needed: There's no manager in situ for next season as it stands The club owner has cast doubt on his long-term future at the club and wishes for outside investment The club chairman has not been seen for months and has been abroad in Bermuda Ipswich Town are interested in Mark Ashton and the CEO could leave for Portman Road this summer Some 11 first-team players are currently injured, with two more major doubts for the weekend, amid an unrelenting situation regarding player absences A total of 14 players are out of contract this summer There appears to be no transfer budget for the coming transfer window as revealed by Pearson last week: "we'll have to be creative" The inclement times continue as the club slips to a record number of defeats at home and 11 in their past 15 Championship games: relegation form, simply. And hey, it's season card renewal time next week. Read More Related Articles Bristol City reporter Q+A: Mark Ashton, Nigel Pearson, Steve Lansdown and more We don't wish to dwell on the negative, and there is yet plenty of reasons to think that things may very soon flip the other way too. The club has finally moved into their plush new training ground and talent continues to arrive from the academy - trust us, in Ayman Benarous, Marlee Francois and Alex Scott there are three real gems, not to mention Sam Pearson, Sam Bell, Joe Low, Louis Britton and others. Few other sides will be able to spend this summer which makes things all the more important that the club top brass is proactive in making sure it is in the best possible position to capitalise among a decimated Championship marketplace from June, with the full effects of the pandemic being felt across football. Here's what needs to happen in order of priority. Tie down Nigel Pearson to a long-term deal Results have not been as they should be of late - and the manager does take a portion of the blame for that. A record of three wins and a draw in the nine fixtures played since he was appointed may even have been matched by Dean Holden if there had not been a managerial change. But City now have an experienced man at the helm with promotions and Premier League survival on the CV. He knows what it takes to get up. It's not his squad, he has arrived at a difficult time and the injuries are overflowing. Downwards momentum is hefty and is proving difficult to arrest. Steve Lansdown needs to settle Pearson's future and provide stability in BS3 as soon as possible for the club to be all the better for it. There is no time to waste. Who else with a better CV could the club realistically get? Would the likes of Chris Wilder be tempted to a side with no money to spend and outside of the Premier League? We very much doubt it. Pearson is on par or better than any other candidate. Read More Related Articles Bristol City CEO Mark Ashton in the frame for Ipswich Town role after US-led takeover Read More Related Articles Everything Nigel Pearson and the Lansdowns have said about his Bristol City future Appoint Pearson and the players will know who is going to be in charge for the longer term and planning for the next season can begin in earnest. Sort out the player contracts Once Pearson is in situ, let him build a squad to compete. The first thing that needs to happen is to work out who from the out of contract players will be remaining. The list of players out of contract this summer reads: Diedhiou, Walsh, Adelakun (one year option), Paterson, Hunt, Watkins, Rowe, Gilmartin, Baker, Weimann (one year option), Lansbury, Mariappa, Simpson. Sorting all that and identifying which youth players are ready to step up, will add to the nucleus of next season's squad. Root out injury problems The major problem from this season, with the injuries continuing to affect the squad, Callum O'Dowda and Liam Walsh being the latest.
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. A full review into the medical practices, injuries and rehab treatment needs to take place. City cannot leave a stone unturned. Unless the knocks are curtailed then season 2021/22 will continue the downwards trend from this campaign.
The Bristol City dilemma at the heart of Steve Lansdown's decision over Nigel Pearson's future
Plan the recruitment for the summer With player contracts tied up and Nigel Pearson in place, then the club can look to recruit. With no money to spend then it may well be a case of competing for the best free agents and loans, as was the case last year. "If our aspirations are to be a Premier League side then we have probably got between four and six transfer windows to create a squad. This summer, if you consider that we, along with every other EFL squad, have minimal revenue streams," explained Pearson last week. "I think that this year in particular, however people envisage transfer windows, this one is going to be very different. "People don’t have money to spend. It’s been a challenge for football clubs throughout the country, and particularly in the EFL, to stay operational at the level they’ve been at before.
Nigel Pearson at St Andrew's during Bristol City's defeat to Coventry
"If there are expectations in terms of us being really expressive in the transfer window then I think people are going to be disappointed. We are going to have to be creative, we are going to have to be inventive," he said after the Stoke City loss. Beating Championship rivals to the best freebies (effectively) will be crucial for next season's hopes. Find new investors Steve Lansdown's comments last weekend confirmed that the club is looking for outside interest. It's very possible that, with Lansdown 70 next year, we could soon see a new majority share holder in charge in the next years ahead. That process takes time, especially as Lansdown has admitted that he will not just hand the club over to anyone, thankfully. The Bristol Sport owner has done a fine jub building the club infrastructure and still harbours ambitions to get to the Premier League. But as he admitted himself, it will be easier with fresh thinking and outside investment. "Having got the club to the point where we are now, in the sense that [we have] the stadium and High Performance Centre and developed a strong squad I think we're in a very good position to... And I'll be honest we are actively looking for other investors to come in to the football club to expand our brand and grow the club," said Lansdown at the weekend. "Can we get to the Premiership and be a sustainable Premiership club as we are now? Yes we can. We can do it even better with further backing, further investment and thought process going forward," he explained to the 3 Peaps in a PodCast. Carry on the sports quarter plans and find new local sponsors And last but not least continue the grand plans for the new home of the Bristol Flyers and revamped areas around Ashton Gate. Bringing in more local sponsors, tied in to the good work happening across local communities via the Robins Foundation, is of course just plain logical, needs to continue and will no doubt happen too.
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