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Pressure is building on Bristol City boss Dean Holden after his side were hammered 6-0 by Watford on Saturday.
The Robins have now lost five games on the bounce and have won just three of their last 13 Championship games, a run that has seen them drop to 13th in the table.
But is it time for the South West club to sack Holden?
Our FLW writers give their thoughts…
Defeat to Reading in midweek will surely mean that he’s on the brink.
Bristol City haven’t been anywhere near good enough to force themselves into the top-six in the Championship, and they’ll surely be tempted by a change in manager.
The Robins have been unlucky when it comes to injuries in recent weeks, but that shouldn’t mean they’re getting beat 6-0 by promotion rivals Watford. It simply isn’t good enough.
I was unsure whether Holden would be a good enough appointment by Bristol City at the start of the season, and I think his inexperience is starting to show.
They’ve still got enough time to turn this poor run of results around though, but they’ll have to make a decision to stick or twist on Holden’s future sooner rather than later.
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I would say that given the clear ambition of the club and the way they operate, it is time to get rid, yes.
They have fallen so far below what is expected and things don’t seem to be improving.
The squad is more than good enough to be fighting higher up the league standings and for that matter, they underachieved in my book.
It’s a really attractive job, so I don’t think they would be short of potential suitors should they bid Holden farewell.
I’m all about giving managers time and patience – especially when they are rookie bosses – but Holden is only sending Bristol City one way.
Things were all good at the start of the season when his tactics were fresh but unfortunately, injuries and bad results coincided with each other – that’s not to say that injuries were the only reason why the Robins were losing games though.
Teams at the bottom end of the table are now picking up wins and if City’s current four-game losing streak extends in the next few matches, then they could seriously be dragged into a relegation battle.
If it was my decision, I would be parting ways with Holden and seeking out a Nigel Pearson-type manager and Bristol City clearly need someone with more experience to guide them out of the mess that they are currently in.