Many Bristol City fans appear to be growing anxious amid rumours that Bristol City legend and loan manager Brian Tinnion could be set to depart the club.
According to the Bristol Post, Premier League clubs are sniffing around Ashton Gate for the fan favourite. Their sources suggest that Tinnion is ‘considering his future’ and allegedly does not agree with the club’s current transfer policy.
The same story says that many other leading figures within the academy are disappointed that the pathway is being blocked for young, homegrown talent within Bristol.
Reportedly, at least one offer has been tabled by a Premier League club, however, no deal has been agreed by the club. The story also states that “it must be stressed” that according to their sources, it is not about finances but a “difference of opinion”.
Seven academy players have departed on loan to league clubs in England and Scotland this summer while several million was spent on signing under-23 talent from outside Bristol such as Jay Dasilva from Chelsea, Han-Noah Massengo from Monaco and Benfica’s Pedro Pereira on loan.
Tinnion has played a remarkable 466 league games for Bristol City between the years of 1993-2005, and has even managed the side for a stage in 2004-2005.
Many Bristol City fans on Twitter seem understandably concerned about the developments, with people describing him as “Mr Bristol City”, as well as others crying out for him to stay.
Here are some of the responses below…
Understandable but I think @tinnion_brian, who is already a legend at the club, recognises that the great work he and the academy team are doing is helping us become a self-sufficient club capable of challenging for & then hopefully becoming established in the PL. Vital he stays.
— Liam M. (@lpmoffatt) August 13, 2019
Mark Ashton and the management MUST keep Tinman. My all-time hero at the club and a legend. A plus for us is that he loves the club, too.
— Craig Feltham (@CraigJF) August 13, 2019
Massive ramifications if @tinnion_brian leaves – this guy is MR Bristol City
— BCFC Oliver the Dog (@BCFC_OLIVERDOG) August 13, 2019
Could only see him leaving if Newcastle come sniffing
— Biff ⚽️ (@easthope_steven) August 13, 2019
Tin Man IS Bristol city, he must stay!
— Delt (@deltawolf66) August 13, 2019
Noooooooooooooo!!!! Steve you must keep Tins!!
— Wayne Randall #FBPE (@waynerandall65) August 13, 2019
I can understand his frustrations but promotion is the target and players stepping up have to make sure they’re good enough and ready when chance comes along.
— Kevin Wood (@a5kevin) August 14, 2019
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