Date: 14th March 2017 at 9:57pm
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The image I used to have about Gianfranco Zola was the way that he was a magician on the field. He could literally control any pass and his finishing is just astonishing. But the same can’t be said for his Birmingham City side who are sliding down the table at a great speed. Something has to give in order to turn the luck around and for me, this means that Zola does not stay as manager. It’s as simple as that.

I usually stick behind managers to be fair. I even gave Lee Clark the benefit of the doubt for most part of the season, even when the Bingo selection jokes were being spun on Twitter. But I still thought that he could turn it around and yet it never materialised. Luckily for us a Paul Caddis header and a Chris Martin penalty against Doncaster Rovers meant that we stayed in the Championship: it had little to do with Clark. But nonetheless with limited budget the did manage to attract some good youth talent such as Jesse Lingard and Emyr Huws. But even after the board has given Zola money to spend, he still hasn’t made the team click. I can forgive Clark of this due to the lack of players he could sign but I’m sorry, Zola does not deserve such sympathy.

I’m writing this article due to the fact that Warren Joyce from Wigan and Steve McClaren from Derby County have both been sacked with better win rates than Zola because their boards noticed that the club was not doing as well as it was capable of. We have slid down the table so drastically that we really need to make a change and somebody at the club needs to put their ego aside and admit that they appointed the wrong man at the wrong time. As fans, it is unbearable to think where the next 3 points will come from. I have heard many people tell me that it’s not a case of whether Newcastle will win on Saturday, but by how many. This is not the club that we know! We fight in every game but it looks as though we have lost direction under the manager.

I don’t like writing articles like this as I love this club. But it is because I love this club but this is the very reason why we have to get a new manager. To keep the club going in the right direction and that is towards the Premier League. I like the team to play good football, yes. But I would rather pick up scrappy 1-0 wins than to play well but not have that drive to really fight for the points. I hope that the board will look into recruiting someone soon. Someone who knows how to get the best out of the existing players rather than trying to change the entire club set-up.

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8 Replies to “Opinion: Zola Has Outstayed His Welcome”

  • Come on blues ,..It’s no good being shrinking vio!Let’s against newcastle ..We are now free the players are free ,,some of us think you can go far ..Paint your noses blue for the match get it in there …Your future begins here ,,,,,,,Stand Up , ,,Stand Up…

  • Panos and TTA will rue the day when after the Wigan game they failed to act. This is a great shame as no matter how we look at our situation it is highly unlikely that our next point will not be until April. Rotherham away is my forecast for an addition to our 44already banked. Our -16 goal is atrocious and under Zola this will get rapidly worse. It is a sickener as we have come through years of Yeung etc only to kill ourselves by this monsterous decision to appoint Zola.After Newcastle then yes a new manager will be in place with 8 games to go. Delay it anymore and the demise of the club will be complete. Negative thinking,well yes and try as I can-i cannot see any chink of light. Never have I felt so angry with the hieracy of our club and my only consolation is that they will feel totally humiliated and regretful that they didn’t act earlier in stopping the rot. If I could see it after QPR home game then why not others. Zola will be paid up and enjoying Italy in the summer whilst dreary goings on at St.Andrews will take place in the close season with lower league players drafted in for a daunting campaign in a lesser division.Shame on the whole Board at Birmingham City.

  • As this will be my last comment,I would like to wish fellow bluenoses well. My apologies for sometimes feeling negative towards our club and my disdain of the hierarchy at Board level. David,Waycool,WhoRya,Gazal,Ijaz plus Rob Wildey all contribute well and although we disagree on many occasions we basically want Blues to do well. My wish is that Panos does act on Saturday evening and get the new man in.Believe it is Nigel Pearson who no doubt has done his homework on the players with a two week break to plan the all important 6points required. Best wishes to you all.

  • I said it from the start and I will say it again. Zola out. Gary rowett should never have been sacked. Shame on u tta. U don’t listern to the fans and that’s very important. We know the club well. U don’t. You’ve brought the club to a very low.

  • Come on Brooklyn once a bLuenose always a bLuenose , looking forward to more of your comments ……..I hear GR is taking his video expert with him …Well that will save the club a fortune in tissues…….

  • Derby telegraph:::Rowett predicted he would be Derby manager over 10 years ago ..And being Derby manager is the right fit at this time in his career ….From being jilted to true love in a flash ..That’s our Gary ..who wants to be Elenore Rigby …Why are you crying …..Come on Blue is the colour …..

  • Zola can still finish spectacularly. He has spectacularly finished us.

    Good luck Brooklyn and thanks for the nice comments.

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