Date: 30th May 2019 at 7:07am
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Written by Mitchell Bray

Whilst our rivals across the City enjoy promotion to the Premiership along with Sheffield United and Norwich it occurs to me as to which model our club should adopt for next season’s promotion campaign.

Villa are the biggest of those promoted in terms of support, squad depth and maybe money whereas the other two clubs are similar in support and general player depth. However, it is the Norwich model that draws me in as regards similarities to Blues.

Their close-knit squad with no real stars or pretences of being something they are not, coupled with sound management and very reasonable spending. Top goal scorer Pukki a prime example of shrewd recruiting and the right fit for the club.

Garry Monk is, in my opinion, similar to the successful managers who keep below the radar and simply crack on with getting a football team to compete and play to the players strengths. This is what Daniel Farke of Norwich has done and similarly Chris Wilder at Sheffield United.

Championship clubs must learn from the teams that get promotion and analyse how it’s done. Throwing money at it may work for some who have outstanding players but there are those less inclined to splash the cash and work within their comfort zone and belief in their ability to succeed. Sheffield and Norwich deserve their prize this season and good luck to them.

Blues have the chance next term and with a manager in Garry Monk, perhaps following the Norwich model might be a good thing. Much however will depend on keeping key players such as Adams and Jota. Both these can only get better under GM and although fans are divided when it comes to Jota, there is a class element to him.

Adams should stay another season and despite much speculation, I believe he will want to continue to play for Blues. Let’s hope so.

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