Tomorrow, all Birmingham City fans will be focused on our first league game since football locked down against West Brom.
Eagerly awaited and hopeful for a bit of joy in the manner of points. We need a local derby win and this time around, and behind closed doors, we just could break this barren sequence. What I do feel and obviously is my opinion, is that should Blues flourish and notch up a fair number of wins in these remaining games, then would either the Blues Board want to keep Pep Clotet and try to persuade him to stay, or, would it be Clotet himself who would have a change of heart?
As regards the new appointment, if it definitely goes ahead, it will in my view not be for a while.
With this announcement that our Manager would be leaving at the end of the season, it didn’t feel right and a couple of weeks down the line – it still doesn’t. Time will tell but I am not convinced a new Manager will arrive should Blues come out of the traps tomorrow and start winning games at a fair rate.
Should we get within touching distance of sixth spot after the remaining nine games, then maybe minds on both sides could have a re-think.
There is a universal thread running through the club based on talented youth players and integrating them into first team squad players. Provided they have the talent then fast tracking them is really good and what the supporters buy into. Clotet appears good at this and no doubt enjoys this role of working with the younger players as opposed to recruiting old hands.
Bellingham going is inevitable but understandable, but Clotet has a clutch of players breaking through and with the expected return of Steve Seddon from Portsmouth, then it would be tempting to reconsider leaving at the seasons end.
All depends of course as to how these nine games pan out and what position in the league we finish. Tomorrow The Hawthorns should hold little fear for our players and with five substitutes to actually set foot on the pitch – then let youth play a major role.