Ehab Allam was in attendance for City’s 0-0 draw away at Millwall on Tuesday night, with Leonid Slutsky in trouble if he did not get a result.
Attention now turns to today’s game with Bristol City, and you feel anything but the end could spell the end for the Russian. He needs a repeat of the 24th of May 2008! Bristol City though are a different team now, sitting 5th in the Championship table, only 6 points off an automatic promotion spot.
Bristol City have had a dip in form over the last couple of games, coming off the back of a 4 game winning streak, including a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace in the League Cup. The reds have only lost 3 times all season, winning 10 times. That’s over double the amount of wins that Hull City have achieved all season. Just puts it into perspective doesn’t it. City however are unbeaten against Bristol City since May 2011, when the reds won 3-0 at Ashton Gate. Those were the days of Jon Stead and David James! How the times have changed. Bristol City now have an abundance of quality running through the spine of their side, including the main man Mr GIF himself Aden Flint, Bobby Reid (the joint third top goalscorer in the league this year alongside Jarrod Bowen) and the highly rated Jonothan Leko, who is on the books at West Brom. They do however have some injury concerns, with left back Joe Bryan struggling with a hip injury and Milan Djuric struggling for full fitness. For City, Sebastian Larsson returns from suspension, however Jon Toral and Stephen Kingsley are at least a fortnight away from a return from injury.
The best thing about Bristol City though is that their development has come through true grit and a manager who I believe has the capability of becoming a top Premier League manager in the future. Lee Johnson, son of Gary Johnson, has done a fantastic job since taking over at Ashton Gate. Starting his managerial career at Oldham, he went on to manage Barnsley before he took the reigns at Bristol City last year. He has appeared controversial though – he has come out into the media and said he received death threats after signing Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor, so it is fair play to him for carrying on as he does. He has already won Manager of the Month awards this season, and is in line for leading City to a good league finish this season.
So, not only is Saturday an important day for the club, it is even more important for Leonid Slutsky and his career. If City lose, its game over for the Russian.