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Opinion: Recently retired Blue could have a major impact on Birmingham City next season

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Right, enough looking towards the past, it’s time that we look towards the future.

And more importantly, how big a role one man is going to play in it all.

Now that we now we are set to have a new man in charge for next season after Pep Clotet’s announcement, there is going to be plenty of speculation as to who is going to take over the role, in fact it seems to have already started.

Whenever a new regime comes in, it’s always important that you keep some elements of the old one the same, you don’t want to make too drastic a change or you risk starting completely from square one. There needs to be that bridge between the past and the future, and this bridge couldn’t have been ‘built’ at a better time given the circumstances.

Craig Gardner I think is going to play a major role in how things look next season whenever the new manager comes in.

Having recently retired from playing to transition into a coach, Gardner is going to be in a great position of having not only worked with some of these players as a coach, but in some cases, playing with some of the veterans like Lukas Jutkiewicz and captain Harlee Dean.

Which Gardner has been the better Blue?





And that key difference gives him an advantage over any other coaches that might be held onto when regimes change, and it could prove vital in ensuring there isn’t total chaos under the new boss.

If there is anyone that you want to help advise the new boss on the pros and cons on the team so that they don’t have to start the whole thing completely blind, there is arguably no better person that you would want to have in that role than the 33-year-old Gardner.

What about you? Do you think that Gardner is going to play a big part in the club going forward?

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