Date: 29th August 2019 at 7:00am
Written by: Mark Day

Is this weekend’s game make or break for Pep Clotet?

That’s the simple question I find myself asking, predominantly off the back of a comment made by WayCoolBlue* on my article yesterday on how the fans thought the start of the season was going. As weird as it may seem, talking about a game in August being as important as that, but I think WayCoolBlue might be onto something here.

Now I want to take this opportunity to say, no I do not want Pep to be gone after this weekend nor do I think he will be gone. Mainly because I think we’re going to win, Stoke just haven’t shown anything to start the season off that would fill me with confidence if I was one of their fans. Even last night when they were 2-0 up against a second-string Leeds side they couldn’t finish the job, and were spared their blushes by virtue of a penalty shootout.

But, we can’t ignore the possibility that he could potentially lose his job if things do go south very quickly.

The owners of Birmingham City haven’t exactly been very patient with managers since they took over the club, and when you factor in the number of short stints that have existed in football, it wouldn’t exactly be a total surprise if they pulled the plug on things if they feel there were better alternatives out there.

Plus, and this is something I’ve spoken about before, the fact that he was given the title of ‘caretaker head coach’, does give the indication that he can be disposed of his job a lot quicker and easier than if he was there permanently, which again, history shows that it’s something the board are quite willing to do.

As I said, I don’t see us losing this game, then with the international break coming up on the other side of it, everything should be a lot more positive for a week or two. However, the fact that we’re even having this debate to start with, shows that there is some legitimate cause for concern.

*By the way, WayCoolBlue, I know we’ve had our differences in the past, but I really do like you, you’re a fine member of this site and your contributions are always welcome, I feel like the whole site and forum is a better place for your input, so keep up the good work.

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