Banner image

Lansdown's Vision For A Self-Sufficient Future

Steve Lansdown has asked supporters to buy in to his vision of making the football club self-sufficient.

The City owner admitted he fully understood the “fears, worries and annoyance” felt by the fanbase as City continue their fight for survival in the Sky Bet Championship.

He also declared that he would take the ultimate responsibility should the club fail to secure their Championship status come May 7th.

Speaking on BBC Radio Bristol with Geoff Twentyman, Lansdown said: “Nobody appreciates the supporters more than me. I’m always happy to talk to them and have conversations with them. 

“I’ve been around this club long enough now that people know that my heart’s in it and I want it to be successful.

“I made a decision when we got relegated last time that we were going to work this way and that’s the way we’re going.

“If it doesn’t go right this year, then I’ll take the responsibility for that. I love this football club and I want it to be successful so I’m going to keeping working at it until we get it right.

“The fundamental basis of Bristol City Football Club now is to develop our players; to make sure our Academy players coming through have that pathway.

“When we’re out in the recruitment market we’re looking to bring in young players that have value, who are going to improve and blend that with some experience.

“I think we’re generally doing that. Everybody can argue whether you’ve got the right player here or the right player there. However, the principal I want us to work to is…if somebody drops out of our first-team squad, then there’s an under-23 player ready to step up and fill the gap.

“We’re not there yet but it’s work in progress and I feel so encouraged by what we’re doing; I’m just determined we’re going to see it through.

“It’s a tough time, don’t get me wrong. I’m not very happy with what’s going on and, like everybody else, like all the fans, I’m very frustrated.

“What we’re trying to develop is for Bristol City Football Club to start to be self-sufficient. It’s got to develop players to grow. It has never managed to get that system in place over many, many years, so I’m determined that this will be the foundation going forward. I think it’s the right way.”

He added: “All I’d say to the supporters is: I do understand where they’re coming from and their fears and even their annoyance, but just keep with the club.

“Keep the faith because I can tell them within the football club there is 100 per cent support for everything we’re doing. I’ve never experienced that before in all the 20-odd years I’ve been involved with it.

“I want to keep pushing forward…I believe in what we’re doing and I’m going to see it through.”

The interview was carried out ahead of the 3-1 victory over Wolves on Saturday, which moved the club four points clear of the drop zone with five games to play.

Listen back to the interview in full on Geoff Twentyman’s Sound of the City show tonight from 6pm.

 

Sponsored Content:

Related News

Abraham Still Eyes Golden Boot

Abraham Still Eyes Golden Boot

Posted: Monday, April 10th 2017

City Request More Blackburn Tickets

City Request More Blackburn Tickets

Posted: Monday, April 10th 2017

Johnson Hails 'Powerful' City Unity

Johnson Hails 'Powerful' City Unity

Posted: Saturday, April 8th 2017

Report: Bristol City 3-1 Wolves

Report: Bristol City 3-1 Wolves

Posted: Saturday, April 8th 2017

Latest News

🎥 Highlights: City 1-1 Fulham

🎥 Highlights: City 1-1 Fulham

Posted: Sunday, September 26th 2021

🎥 Palmer's delight at instant impact

🎥 Palmer's delight at instant impact

Posted: Saturday, September 25th 2021

🎥 Pearson positive after City earn draw

🎥 Pearson positive after City earn draw

Posted: Saturday, September 25th 2021

Report: Bristol City 1-1 Fulham

Report: Bristol City 1-1 Fulham

Posted: Saturday, September 25th 2021

Also from Bristol Sport

Game Recap » Bristol Flyers 84-75 Plymouth City Patriots
Basketball icon

Game Recap » Bristol Flyers 84-75 Plymouth City Patriots

Bristol Flyers completed a double-winning weekend to open their season, defeating the visiting Plymouth City Patriots 84-75.

Posted: Saturday, September 25th 2021 • Basketball

Report: Wasps 44-8 Bristol Bears
Rugby icon

Report: Wasps 44-8 Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears fell to a second successive Gallagher Premiership defeat as Wasps ran in four tries in a bonus-point win at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Posted: Saturday, September 25th 2021 • Rugby

"This one really hurts" - Sheedy
Rugby icon

"This one really hurts" - Sheedy

Callum Sheedy spoke to Bears TV after Bristol suffered an away-day defeat to Wasps Rugby on Saturday.

Posted: Saturday, September 25th 2021 • Rugby

"This is where we learn about who we are" - Lam
Rugby icon

"This is where we learn about who we are" - Lam

Pat Lam reflected on the round two defeat at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Posted: Saturday, September 25th 2021 • Rugby

LIVE! Wasps vs Bristol Bears
Rugby icon

LIVE! Wasps vs Bristol Bears

Follow all the action LIVE from the Coventry Building Society Arena as Bristol Bears face Wasps in the Gallagher Premiership round two.

Posted: Saturday, September 25th 2021 • Rugby