Rob Wildey’s Monday Musings on 13 July 2015.
Oh here we are again? Monday. It`s been a less eventful week than its predecessors mainly because the Blues players were on their jolly boys outing in Marbella. But if Gary Rowett`s phone bill was £750 before, it is sure to be in to four figures now.
The amount of calls he must have made to agents to get Raheem Sterling to change his mind and come to St. Andrew`s instead of the Etihad must have been high. Blues weren`t prepared to meet Liverpool`s valuation though and could only table a £100,000 bid. It is understood that throwing Neal Eardley into the equation would have sealed the deal, but Rowett wasn`t willing to play ball. Rowett also didn`t want to ruin Sterling`s career by forcing him to sit on the bench and wait for his chance.
Last week was the same as the rest in terms of people ‘in the know` spouting off rumours on Twitter. Let me make it clear, these people are as ‘in the know` as Joey Essex on Mastermind. The latest revelation to hit the mill this week was Clayton Donaldson`s pending move to West Brom. Apparently, Tony Pulis didn`t agree with Charlie Austin`s price-tag so made a cheeky bid to lure The Don for £1.5m. I`m sorry but in a world where Andy Carroll is worth £35m, Donaldson must be worth at least £25m?
The players are back to reality now in the beautiful wet sunshine of Birmingham-on-Sea. It was a nice surprise to see an ex-Blues manager out in Marbs waiting to greet the squad. My instincts suggested it would be Lee Clark on his summer drinking holiday. But nope, I was wrong. Lying in wait for our Gary was none other than Sir Trevor Francis.
That`s right. Arguably Blues` second best player ever after Barry Horne (that`s Trevor`s words, not mine) was sniffing around. Trevor was on hand to offer Rowett some tips on how to march your players off the pitch in a huff and still lose the resulting penalty shootout. There was nobody better at that! And imagine if it was Clark?! What sort of advice would he offer? How to play your full-back up front, your striker on the wing and turn a 4-0 defeat into a 5-2 defeat. Priceless stuff.
It`s July 13 and we still have not seen a picture of Sergio Ramos holding a Blues scarf aloft. Why is this? He was keen to get the deal done in time to play at Kidderminster on Saturday. It has always been Sergio`s dream to play at Aggborough. Hopefully we will hear something this week.
The Championship season is three weeks (on Saturday) away. While I look forward to the campaign, I still wonder whose bright decision it was to make Blues travel 156 miles to Ipswich on a Friday night in September. Could they not find a game any further away? Because of this ludicrous decision, the Blues following which would have originally been 549 will now be 49. Thanks Sky Sports, you really show that you care about the fans!
Anyway, that`s all for now. Have a good week and Keep Right On!
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