Things could be better, but they could also be a lot worse.
That seemed to be the message that Pep Clotet was trying to get across in the wake of the defeat to Wigan Athletic, a result that meant the Blues were without a win since the start of December, and with only two wins under their belt since the end of October.
Speaking after the game, Clotet said that although things look bad right now, the club have been in worse positions and that things have the potential to get better once he has a full squad of players to choose from:
“It’s a bad run we’ve been having but we have to put our hands up for it. But there are a lot of things that give me confidence. The Club has been struggling a lot more in the recent past than it is struggling now. It’s about keeping cool heads and recovering from that. We know we have the footballers and it’s about trying to make sure the injured players get back on the pitch as well and then together fight for every point.”
I will admit that the run of form is slightly worrying, but I’m still not going to jump on the bandwagon of fans that think that Clotet should go just yet.
As Clotet said himself, the focus needs to be on next season and trying to push forward then. Provided that the club is still in this division come the summer, that’s really all that should matter, and as I’ve said before, I believe this team and manager have the ability to stay in this division, partly because of the cushion that the club made for themselves after the start of the season.
Not until we are actually in a ‘relegation battle’ will I start to question if he can get us out of it.
Where will the Blues finish this season?
7th - 12th
13th - 21st
As the Spaniard says, he’s very much behind the eight-ball as it stands in regards to injuries, so wait until he has a full squad to pick from before we fully assess whether or not he’s up to the task.