Bristol City face a ‘significant’ summer

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Bristol City have won 12 league games under Nigel Pearson this season

Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson has said it will be an “important summer” for the club as they seek to rebuild after a disappointing season.

The Robins sit 19th in the league and have won just two of their last 10 games, and 12 in total all season.

Following the recent draw with league bottom Peterborough United, Pearson threatened to switch to the club.

Pearson was appointed in February 2021 and says he has yet to see the growth he would like in terms of results.

“We’ve become a team that’s definitely a lot more dangerous in terms of attacking options and creating chances,” Pearson said.

“There are steps ahead but there are other steps where it’s a staircase that has been sawn off halfway, half the time.

“There have been encouraging signs but it’s going to be an important summer for us.”

With Bristol City 16 points clear of the relegation zone with five games remaining, they are on track to do no better than their 19th league position last year.

Up front, the team improved as the season progressed, scoring 52 goals to make them the 11th-best team in the league in attack.

But they have conceded 73 times, a tally which is the third-worst in the league – beaten only by Hull City and 20th-placed Peterborough.

Pearson suggested there may be funds available this summer to make changes.

“There may be money, but we have to be ready,” Pearson said.

“It depends on how things go with the financial fair play situation and there are a lot of factors that can determine the rate of change, but we are preparing behind the scenes and all I can say is is that what is important is that we have a positive change during the summer.”

Pearson criticized his side for being “anonymous” and “bad personality” after Peterborough’s 1-1 draw. They face Stoke and Sheffield United over the Easter weekend and he said while the team can understand his comments, it does not guarantee change will come.

“We have a group or players that I think can be too demanding at times. Really inexperienced players and players for whom it’s their first year in the league,” he said.

“I know how difficult it is to play in this division, as well as to manage, and it was probably an eye opener for some of the players themselves.”

Away from the Premier League

Former Leicester, Hull and Watford boss Pearson signed a three-year contract with Bristol City last May, and went on to speak about the club’s ambitions of reaching the Premier League for the first time during that period .

While he reiterated that reaching the top flight was always the goal, he said the club was “far from it” as things stood.

“Where we are at the moment, where we really are to get to this end point – and this end point is the start of a different challenge – we are still a long way off.

“The timeline when I joined last year we talked about a three year plan, maybe I won’t see this dream come true at the end of my term, but that won’t stop me not to work on it,” Pearson added.

“This work is going to require not just patience, but a bit of ingenuity and it’s going to continue to present challenges that I, along with everyone else, need to find solutions to.”

Source: bbc.com

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