Date: 21st June 2017 at 5:09pm
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During pre-season, expectations can get the better of logical thinking. In previous years, I’ve been one of the first to call for calm on the expectations of Blues fans.

But not this year.

Feel free to call me naive if you disagree with what I’m about to say.

The aim for Blues next season has to be a place in the play-offs. Anything less cannot be deemed a success. You may laugh at me but Harry Redknapp has been singing from the same hymn sheet.

I’m fully aware that Blues narrowly avoided relegation last season. But it was a season of two contrasting halves.

Blues were three points off third when Gary Rowett was sacked and replaced by Gianfranco Zola. What happened from there on was a freak run of form overseen by a seemingly clueless manager that put Blues in grave danger.

Let’s pretend Zola was never part of the equation last season – Blues probably end up somewhere between 5th and 10th. Yes, the squad showed their limitations but for half a season, they were competing at the business end of the Championship.

Zola is no longer here, Redknapp is. His experience coupled with an improved squad means a play-off place isn’t out of the realms of possibility.

I’m not suggesting Blues are a shoo-in for a place in the end of season lottery, but that surely has to be the ambition. If it isn’t, we may as well pack up and go home now.

Reading and Huddersfield were tipped for a relegation scrap last year…

When May comes around, you’d be entitled to be a tad disappointed should Blues sit below sixth. I will be.

 
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6 Replies to “Birmingham City’s sixth sense”

  • Plenty of rumour and talk but will it turn into quality signings ?…. Stockdale is a good starting point but the rest is just chat so far

  • Your right , for me we can get up in the top six as we have proved ..but with a team full of action men sooner or later stamina will start to fade …we need to get more passing in the side .I mean why run hundred 100 yards if you can pass it that far accurately ..and save some energy for the second half of the season …Kro

  • I See dead people. lol If we can get the players in I think we will have a good season.

  • Apart from the JT situation,I feel Harry has already done his business. July 1st has always been the date for new contracts and between the 1st and 10th of the month these signings will be known.Crouch is the one that I think will come -but not a favourite of mine.Opening games look tasty with no doubt will have Harry planning a non stop attacking formation during Aa

  • Continuation of above..non stop attacking formation at least through August.No reason why he shouldn’t.

  • Don’t want Crouch don’t really think he is licked with us don’t think Harry wants him ever.

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