After yet another toothless football display against Derby County last Tuesday evening, Birmingham City players, like us supporters, must be dreading the next game in the Championship.
Next up Blackburn Rovers will not be fearing their visit to B9 in any way. When teams lose continually at home for months on end, interrupted by the occasional win or draw, the story of Birmingham City doesn’t take much understanding. Add the fact that season after season we tread the annual relegation quagmire, hoping help is around the corner in the form of three other unfortunates to take the fall. Result being best described at sad.
We are basically a rudderless concern that shows itself up more as each season passes – with top management making the wrong decisions in terms of on-field personnel. This latest experiment of employing yet another manager with ‘past failures’ is coming a cropper big time, with players being brought in performing at an alarming low rate. Each week we appear to be run off the park by bright, relatively unknown opposition with passion, as opposed to leggy, lethargic and badly prepared players who put on our blue shirts.
Aitor Karanka has been supplied with what he wanted for a hideous ill-timed phrase called the three year plan – only to see the start of which crumble and stutter like the players of yesteryear that he decided weren’t needed. Players already at the club in the form of Davis and Kieftenbeld, together with Seddon would have been a better bet.
However, we look forward to 2021 in the hope of ‘something happening‘ at the club that will, at least, get the supporters believing again.
This may incur the dreaded trap door to League One and new ownership or it might be just carrying on depending on others to save our Championship status which appears more likely. Ten years ago we sensed a great new beginning at Wembley when the Carling Cup was held aloft with Birmingham City a name to be proud of and a joy to wear the scarf, almost showing off. Today we see a different club with continual Kamikaze actions by management, and more disturbing the same actions spreading like wildfire to the players. My hope is that the players collectively look at themselves and show personal pride in the New Year and at least give the fans something to be joyful about.
Forget the ‘false huddles’ pre kick-off and man up to the ninety minutes that follow. Not much to ask, or is it.