Bristol City are reportedly no longer recruiting a director of football or head of recruitment, which appears to have split the Ashton Gate faithful.
It looks set to be a summer of major change in Bs3, with new CEO Richard Gould replacing the departed Mark Ashton and Nigel Pearson looking to rebuild his squad.
11 senior players were released at the end of their contracts, marking an end of an era for the Robins and a clear-out that should allow Pearson a chance to make significant changes to the squad.
The Robins boss has indicated that he feels it could take up to six transfer windows to build the squad needed to push for promotion and the summer will be the start of that.
Previous reports had indicated either a director or football or head of recruitment was likely to come in to help the City boss sign players but it seems that is no longer the case.
The Bristol Post has now reported that the club are no longer recruiting for either of those roles this summer.
The report claims that Pearson and head of technical recruitment Sean Gilhespy will take charge of City’s summer transfer business, with Gould’s role not expected to be as all-encompassing as Ashton’s was.
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That decision has drawn a mixed reaction from fans of the South West club, with many taking to Twitter to voice their thoughts…
And there we go the club has set its self up for fail and people wonder why I didn’t want Pearson the mans done nothing to convince me that he’s the right person nor the club has covered itself in glory https://t.co/09u2TC0vCX
— ben (@Bennzky) May 20, 2021
No problem with this at all. Lots of problems with how Ashton did it because we ended up with a lot of dead wood. https://t.co/9FspRMyiHF
— Salvador Deli (@MAPRoberts) May 20, 2021
— Tom Rawle (@tomxrawle) May 20, 2021
Not a positive for me
Huge onus on the manager which, in fairness, was the Old Fashioned Way.
Guessing Gould will handle contract negotiations etc however this looks like good old fashioned cost cutting to me
— Ian Gay (@RealBristolBoy) May 20, 2021
Announce relegation then. Pearson doesn’t like getting involved in negotiations, new CEO is not really a ‘football man’ with contacts, so where does it leave us? Cutting corners again are we?
— Dave Evans (@DaveEvans86) May 20, 2021
Don’t like the sound of this
— Russ Jenner (@russjenner) May 20, 2021
Big Nige getting what he wants, which is good to see
— Scott Thomas (@21790Scott) May 20, 2021
Recruitment takes time. Agree with this approach. Treating team like a startup and rolling sleeves up. Unlikely to be a long term structure
— Rastapopoulos (@HKRob2) May 20, 2021