It seems we have an answer.
I’ve spoken a lot in the past about Birmingham fans and their expectations for the season. I did so because I got rather annoyed with fans who were shouting for Pep Clotet to be sacked, when realistically we don’t have any chance of doing anything this season.
Now after a poll was done on Twitter, not the most scientific method of study I know, but still a good indicator, it seems that the majority of Blues fans think the team will finish somewhere in the lower half of the table, and above the relegation zone.
So with this in mind, will fans please stop calling for Pep to be sacked so early in the season? Give the guy a chance to make something happen rather than pushing him out the door before he can even get started. Results haven’t been great I admit, but at the same time they could be a lot worse. Undefeated at home is a great platform to build on, but we have to give him the opportunity.
Do I want to be stuck in the Championship? No of course I don’t, I want to be in the Premier League, but wanting us to get promoted so soon after the Financial Fair Play bombshell that we were hit with last season is just asking too much of both the club and the management.
Use this year as a year of stability, and then push on next season when we have the chance for some proper investment and when the players have adjusted to Pep’s methods. I think there is a good team developing at St Andrew’s, with some good young players like Ivan Sunjic who have already made a mark on the world game, and the up and coming Jude Bellingham who could have a great future. But the keyword there is future, not present.
What do you think? Do you think the fans got their expectations right? Do you think they were too pessimistic or perhaps even too optimistic?