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Thursday's Press Talk

Posted: Thu 07 Mar 2013
Author: Connor Dicks
A round-up of media stories

A round-up of media stories

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Latest round-up of news from the media.

Matthew Bates was afraid he would be left high and dry without a club when Bristol City sacked Derek McInnes as manager in January. McInnes was dismissed following a humiliating 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Leicester on January 12 – just 48 hours before Bates was due to pen a contract until the end of the season.

The two coaches are connected by Steve Lansdown, who owns both Bristol City and Bristol Rugby - where Robinson was recently named on the backroom staff.
"We want to see if we can open his mind up to a few ideas," O'Driscoll told BBC Radio Bristol.

This Saturday’s npower Championship clash between Bristol City and Middlesbrough represents a classic case of divided loyalties for Matthew Bates’ nearest and dearest. Born in Stockton-on-Tees, the central defender supported Boro as a boy and began his career at the Riverside when signing schoolboy forms for the north east club.

Bristol City head coach Sean O’Driscoll is refusing to throw caution to the wind as the Championship relegation battle enters its crucial final phase. Although the Robins are rooted to the foot of the table with 10 games of the campaign to play, O’Driscoll insists his overriding priority is to make his improving side hard to beat.

Bristolians Lewis Hall and Jack Batten have realised a lifelong ambition to become professional footballers.
The teenagers have signed contracts with Bristol City after impressing in the Championship club’s Academy and Under-21 teams this season.

Bristol City head coach Sean O’Driscoll sees no reason why Cole Skuse and Marvin Elliott cannot forge an effective central midfield partnership in the npower Championship. Quick to write players off when things are not going well, some City fans have questioned whether the pair are compatible, while others have suggested neither is worth his place in the starting line-up.

Post columnist Leroy Rosenior reckons Sean O’Driscoll can keep Bristol City in the npower Championship by being “boring” on the training ground. Now a football pundit for the BBC, former Robins striker and coach Rosenior is convinced head coach O’Driscoll is the right man to lead the club to safety this season.