Whichever way you greet, or deplore, the decision to upgrade Pep Clotet to Head Coach at Birmingham City, this really is a case of much ado about nothing.
Yes, it gives Pep the encouragement and hopefully the confidence to be a success at Blues. However, the acid test is the results and we all know it. Lose three on the trot and the writings on the wall.
Managers/Head Coaches sign new contracts every day realising the exit door could be opened at any time – failure is more common than success. What this particular piece of news brings is that Clotet has a level of security now and a measure of confidence has been shown by the Board. Also, the cynics might say, is appointing someone on the cheap.
Pep Clotet is basically a Blues Coach who stays under the radar by the sheer nature of his demeanour. Pleasant enough and I am sure is a player’s loyal boss who encourages them in all situations.
Supporters really couldn’t care less, in my view, as to who or what Clotet is or what title he has, we simply want success. Question is whether he can deliver and at what level, leaving fans not sure of either.
We will know fairly soon whether he is a success when it comes to getting a team into a mid-table position or getting a team just clear of the relegation zone. Alternatively, he may be capable of getting a team like Blues into a fighting chance of the play-offs.
I have my own views on why this new upgrade for Clotet has been made but will hold back for a while. Bluenoses wish this elevation from Caretaker to Head Coach works for us all and winning games is the outcome. Reading away could be the turning point for upward travel in the league table and goals as well – but until wins become more common, yesterday’s announcement about Clotet really is much ado about nothing.