Date: 11th March 2017 at 10:27am
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I’ve said on numerous occasions that managers need time to influence a team and that a team needs time to adapt to a new style of play. Gianfranco Zola has had that time and Blues are still not further down progression road than they were when he took Gary Rowett’s office chair back in December.

For a while, it seemed as if Zola’s mantra was rubbing off on the team. Slowly but surely, the players were taking the new ethos under their belts and were showing small signs of improvement. That improvement has stalled though and the team are heading in the wrong direction.

Ironically, the two games that Blues have won under Zola – Fulham and Wolves – have seen the team dig in and take a more basic, simplified approach that they were previously more accustomed to. That tells you all you need to know about what set-up suits them best.

I’ve heard strong whispers that a defeat at Cardiff City this afternoon will mark the end of the road for Zola. Some claim it was a cul-de-sac from the word go and maybe they were right. But I’ve heard that Zola doesn’t have too many defeats left in his reign as manager and the board are less than impressed.

Saying that, I’m not the sort of supporter who wishes defeat on his side because it will mean the manager scarpering. Today’s game represents a massive opportunity to earn a precious three points towards survival. Yes, that’s how far Blues have declined since shortly before Santa Claus was emptying his sack in households across the world.

As always, Keep Right On!

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3 Replies to “Match day musings #18: Cardiff City v Blues”

  • It’s nice to hear a more understanding comment from you Rob …we have a manager that is trying his hardest to make blues great …he had nothing to do with Rowett ..He has brought some good players in …barring a striker and a Centreback which will cost us that will be in the summer …he has the contacts to do so said he as tried to change too much in to short a Time ..we need Zola to blend more with the players to start our glory trail ..there is not many good managers out there this time we need a few wins ..then in the summer add a top quality striker and centreback …hive us wins blues players ….KRO

  • Win or lose today Zola most GO. He as had time he as had backing but he as no clue how to change things for the good. He plays players out of positions He plays untested formations He is treating our club as a experiment. I do not believe he cares about our club because if he did he would play a style that fits the players we have. The other thing is come on he as no real passion for our club we are just a test run for him he just tells us what we want to hear I am not that gullible and most of our supports ant ever. David why do you think there is not many good managers out there at this time. I think we would have no problem replacing Zola just look at all the managers that have been sacked in the last 3 months out of work good managers that became victims of their own progress any one of them can do a hole lot better than Zola. #WinLoseZola OUT ..

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