Date:Friday January 6 2006
Much has been made of a ' local boy makes good' scenario since Steve Phillips joined City from Paulton Rovers in 1995.
I must admit that since that time Steve has given the club sterling service and has many outstanding, point earning performances to his credit. However, I do feel that Steve had, quite naturally, lost confidence during our recent run of defeats and that the manager made the right decision in replacing him with Adriano Basso.
Steve's pride was, no doubt,dented by that decision and one would expect him to be upset at losing his place as he enjoys a reputation as one of the division's best keepers.
I do, however, think that Steve is being way too premature in trying to draw a line under his City career. Basso is in pole position at the moment and with the team's improvement in form is correctly holding down the jersey, but, as I read it, Steve is still very much in the manager's thoughts.
Steve may ,of course, have knowledge of other club's interest in him, but the idea of a move to Milton Keynes Dons, of which there is now speculation, is a baffling one. I fail to see that such a move would benefit Steve in any way, with the crowds that the Dons attract surely their salary scales cannot match those at Ashton Gate.
It is also possible, of course, that there is an unreported personality clash between manager and player but, that aside, I urge Steve to remain loyal to his roots, particularly in this early stage of his testimonial year. Should the position not change by the end of the season then that, surely, is the time for
Steve to seek pastures new.
Register on this site via the drop down menu and leave feedback to this story below or to join in the debates on the forum.
Go on, get vitalled!
Stats: Bristol City v Notts County (Friday April 18 2014)
Bristol City vs Notts Co: Team News. (Friday April 18 2014)
City End Walsall's Play Off Hopes (Saturday April 12 2014)
Stats: Walsall v Bristol City (Saturday April 12 2014)
Team News From The Banks' Stadium.. (Saturday April 12 2014)
City Take On Walsall At The Banks' Stadium. (Saturday April 12 2014)
Nosworthy Stays With City (Saturday April 12 2014)
Nosworthy Looking To Stay With Robins. (Wednesday April 9 2014)
Attacking Football On New Playing Surface. (Wednesday April 9 2014)
Preston Come To Ashton Gate (Friday April 4 2014)
|Bristol City||2||-||1||Notts County|
|Bristol City||5||-||0||Port Vale|
|14. Bristol City||43||12||17||14||1||53|
|Derry Deeply Frustrated To Not Take A Point
» Notts County : 20/04/2014 00:12:00
|Josh Vela Stays Until End Of The Campaign
» Notts County : 20/04/2014 00:03:00
|Gregory Delighted With Leyton Orient Win
» Crawley : 19/04/2014 23:47:00
|City Try Again To Pass 50
» Coventry : 19/04/2014 19:59:00
|Ref Watch: Peterborough United v Carlisle United
» Peterborough : 19/04/2014 19:00:00
|Posh v Carlisle United Predictions
» Peterborough : 19/04/2014 16:07:00
|Vital Posh MOTM -Vs- Bradford City Poll
» Peterborough : 19/04/2014 11:00:00