Date: 3rd May 2017 at 2:36pm
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Although this season hasn`t been the most prosperous in Blues` 142 year history, it has been marked with some significant soap-operatic events.

First, Gary Rowett was sacked. Then, before dust had even settled on Rowett`s desk, Gianfranco Zola was appointed. The Italian took the reins with a remit to introduce an expansive style of play. This was said to be a ‘new direction`.

Sadly, for all of Zola`s efforts, a miserable run of form – two wins in 24 games – eventually led to him resigning from the hot seat which could be our saving grace.

Gianfranco Zola`s resignation – 17th April 2017

While I hold no animosity towards Zola, his resignation was exactly the right thing to do. Often described as the most likeable man in football, Zola was unable to convert his vision (an open, expansive, exciting, attacking football team) into reality.

Leeway was given before the January transfer window, a window in which Zola was backed with investment to improve the team.

Unfortunately, results continued to take a downward spiral and Zola pressed the panic button to revert his side back to a defensive set-up. Yet the damage had already been done.

There was clear evidence of the players not playing for their manager. I do not condone a lack of effort in any way shape or form so, for that, the players must shoulder some responsibility. But when guidance was needed, when leadership was craved, none was forthcoming.

Arguably, Zola should have been relieved of his duties long before the bank holiday collapse against Burton Albion – which proved to be his last game. The fact that he resigned rather than being sacked is baffling in itself. Blues` ‘new direction` was south. Rapidly south.

Since Zola resigned, Birmingham City, under Harry Redknapp are showing the green shoots of recovery. After one win and one defeat from his first two at the helm, the main hope is that Redknapp has been given sufficient time to save the sinking ship.

Zola`s resignation could have saved the season.

 
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