Bristol City fan column by Graham Ford: Steve Cotterill has tough decisions to make

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THE season ended with a draw at Crawley and an unbelievable 12th place given where we were when Steve Cotterill took over.

It’s a season to forget but there is much to look forward to next season. The manager has to make some tough decisions and some of them will not be in his own hands. The three loanees, Elliott, Nosworthy and Gillett, made a massive difference but will they be the players to take the club forward?

Maybe they will get bigger and better offers now that they have shown their capabilities. Across the leagues there will be many players out of contract and looking for a fresh challenge.

I think we need to ensure that the defence is where we strengthen and prepare ourselves for a bid from a Championship club for the Golden Boot winner of League One Sam Baldock.

We are told he is happy here but we know all too well that money talks, so while I hope he stays, I fear the worst. I don’t see JET leaving. He is a frustrating player who can win you a game one minute and then not be seen at all in other matches. Not many managers like that type of luxury player.

It’s certainly farewell to Louis Carey. He got the appearance record and I hope he can still serve the club but it won't be as a player after he was released this week. Good luck Louis. I am always optimistic but City will surely be one of the promotion contenders next year.

As a City fan I cannot finish without a mention for our old rivals Bristol Rovers. While many of our travelling fans rejoiced in their demise at Crawley as the news came through, the truth is as football supporters we know the pain they are suffering.

If you had asked me with five minutes of their game to go if I could give them the goal they needed to stay up I would gladly have done so.

It’s going to be tough for them but I really hope they can regroup and one day we will battle it out again in the Football League. Goodnight, but surely not Goodbye Irene in the long run.

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