Written by Mitchell Bray:
Imagine the scenario if Blues were to cement a top six place before the hapless EFL reach their decision date on our fate. With this a real possibility, what would they do? Deny the club and pir fabulous supporters the playoff excitement? Punish a very tight squad that has been denied freedom to add to its paltry ranks? Or think sensibly and applaud the remarkable achievement of what true football is about without megabucks?
Yes, the Club has done wrong on various fronts and has acknowledged the fact, but it has also adhered to the constraints dished out by the EFL. Football achievements by the lesser spending clubs always create greater respect by everyone – especially the neutrals. Leicester City on winning the Premier League comes to mind as does Wigan winning the FA Cup a few years ago.
As the weeks fly by, I feel the EFL may rethink their deliberations should we get into serious playoff territory, not because of any massive respect towards our club, but because of the outcry from different sources mainly the national sporting press. Sports pages will have a field day blasting the EFL, BCFC and Garry Monk will be high focus for the footballing world and more importantly, we will be compared to those overspending clubs who have ‘got away with it’ by spending far more.
Many may think this fanciful thinking but the reality is that should we continue our unexpected progress up the league and into the number six spot, would the EFL have the stomach to risk a backlash of prolonged criticism and a summer of national press digging up more serious cases than that of our own. Easy way out of this of course would be a suspended points deduction.