Date: 18th April 2017 at 12:18am
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On Easter Monday evening, Birmingham City manager Gianfranco Zola resigned from his post to leave the club without a leader with just three games left of the Sky Bet Championship season.

Blues have Aston Villa, Huddersfield Town and Bristol City left to play this campaign and they are just three points off Blackburn Rovers who currently occupy the last relegation spot.

Following his resignation, there has been serious talk that veteran defender Paul Robinson is likely to take over the role as caretaker manager until the end of the season, something which would be backed by the players as we understand it here at Vital Birmingham.

However, before there is an official appointment, I believe that the board of Trillion Trophy Asia need to take a leaf out of our rivals book.

Both Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers made the same mistake that Blues made but they acted quicker than we did.

Villa appointed Roberto Di Matteo and sacked him just two months into the season.

Wolves appointed Walter Zenga and after just 87 days in charge of the club, they sacked him as well.

It took Zola, who picked up just two wins in his 24 games in charge, four months to resign and now the owners must look to our rivals success stories if they want to build bridges between the fans.

I don’t believe that the owners will appoint a new manager on a permanent basis until after the end of the season but when they do, a British manager is the way to go.

Villa appointed former Blues manager Steve Bruce and he has turned them into a top half of the table club compared to the bottom eight club when they were under the management of Di Matteo.

Wolves appointed Paul Lambert. Although the ship hasn’t completed sailed straight for them since he has come in, they have steered themselves away from the relegation zone and they are now set for another season in the Championship.

Their owners learnt from their mistakes and Blues’ owners have to do the same or they face yet another season of complete shock.

Blues fans deserve better than what they have been put through in the last four months. They went from hoping for a play-off spot to hoping they stay in the division and all because one man thought he could take on the world with excuses and a formation that didn’t work.

It is time that we took our heads out of the sand and stood tall heading into the game against Villa on Sunday.

This is going to be a huge three weeks for the club and no matter who is in charge for the last three games of the season, they have to understand how much it means to the fans so they have to want is as much as us.

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