It might seem a minor thing, but as the reaction shows, there’s plenty to talk about when it happens.
The Blues released their official club photo today, showcasing the squad ahead of the upcoming season. Although they may need to do a couple of retakes if last night’s news is anything to go by, perhaps that was why it took so long to post the picture, they had to wait for Lakin to go out the door.
The biggest takeaway from squad pictures is that it gives you a chance to spot players that you thought had been and gone, as was the case with these two fans.
Honestly forgot Keita was back.
— Michael Ivory (@mikeivory91) August 23, 2019
Still cant believe grounds is in the squad. The guys slower than my gran!
— Scottym (@ScottyM1993) August 23, 2019
Viva Johnny Grounds ????????????????
— Chris Royston (@MrBrightside_32) August 23, 2019
However, there was one thing that caught a lot of fans attention, and it wasn’t one of the players.
In fact, it was first-team coach James Beattie. Beattie followed ex-Blues boss Garry Monk through his managerial career, having first joined up with him at Swansea City, then making the moves to Leeds United and Middlesbrough, before finally ending up in B9 when Monk took charge back in 2018. Perhaps he’s just missing Monk having been together for so long, but he didn’t seem to be too thrilled to be here.
@1jamesbeattie Christ me mate, a smile wouldn’t hurt you ????
— K (@KCol1875) August 23, 2019
But much like Grounds and Keita, it seemed a lot of people forgot that the former England man was even part of the setup at all.
What is Beattie’s role these days?
— Gary Morgan (@gary_morg84) August 23, 2019
See James bettie on picture don't see him at any of the games ?
— neil jagger (@jaggerneil) August 23, 2019
Surprised Beattie made it there
— Bradley Jones (@Bradley_94) August 23, 2019
— Ikaris The Eternal (@Eternal_Ikaris) August 23, 2019