This is how I see it.
Several new managers at the start of the last few seasons (for what ever reason) does not create stability.
This year on the back of an illustrious career both as a player and manager, expectations have once again soared. However the manager has come into what on paper is a team who with the right guidance and loans are or should be a top 6 team. He only had a short introduction and pre-season. This did not help him both in terms of assessing the team and deciding where we need strengthening, also put him on the back foot with regards the time to find the right replacements. He has inherited new signings that he didn't sanction but has to live and manage that.
Only time and a couple of transfer windows will really tell whether his philosophy works. So he needs time and I hope he is afforded that.
Bristol have had a certain amount of stability and have a manager who has experience in the championship. All this meltdown by certain people after 4 games and our first loss smacks of panic, those who can't look at or see the big picture in life. Heaven forbid you get a position of authority.
Yes there were more than a few poor performances, probably down to getting their heads around a new system and playing style. Some maybe are getting towards the end of their career. There are those who just don't perform regularly. We still have some very good players coming back from injury.
I for one will look back in December and then decide whether it is going to be successful season. Even then, teams have a late burst.