Written by: Mitchell Bray
Blues exile from the Premier League is now getting too long. Since 2011 we have flirted with near trap door jaws into league One with little hope of the upward thrust into the Premiership.
The nearest to a return to the top division was under Chris Hughton in our Europa League season. Since then our turbulent times gathered momentum with possibly last season being the most frustrating of all of them, for obvious reasons.
All that is history as they say and a new beginning starts in early August. We are already under the radar as far as the bookies are concerned with mid-table their favoured odds.
Reality is nobody knows who exactly will come to the fore – surprise packages always emerge, so why not BCFC?
With hopefully a season of calmness off the pitch and no hidden nasty surprises, it could enable Garry Monk to fully operate without shackles.
Monk will have no doubt a plan to make our club competitive throughout the season, hopefully from day one. What we have witnessed from teams such as Sheffield United and Norwich is that they possessed that mental toughness throughout the season to get them over the line. Blues last season had buckets of that in securing our place in the Championship against horrible odds. No team knows better than this squad what survival is about.
Can they, with a few tweaks made by GM, knock on the Premiership door? Championship football is now littered with tough ex-Premier league teams almost making it a second tier, which certainly makes this division fascinating to the point of whether this is better and more enjoyable.
However, we strive for promotion and that’s Garry Monks remit I am sure. Signings will no doubt arrive and a few player exits are inevitable but this season does have that little feeling that should the likes of Che Adams stay and some of our younger talents stake a regular spot in the first team squad then this season could end the exile.