Learning as we go along.
That seems to be the mantra that Blues boss Pep Clotet is trying to live by as he prepares to take on Middlesbrough at St Andrew’s tonight.
Speaking in his press conference yesterday ahead of tonight’s game, Clotet spoke about how whilst the results have been disappointing, he’s not getting concerned as in his mind, the performances have not been:
“We have not lost confidence because these performances have given us a good step forward for ourselves and for the work that we do – and we know we are on the right track. We know that we come from a very solid start, sitting in a good position, we have three more points than last season and we have a lot of confidence because we made a good start after so many years. But are we happy with our position or happy with the results of the last three games? Of course not. We are not happy at all that those results are not good.”
And this really goes back to what I have been saying for some time now. Given that a large portion of Birmingham fans don’t believe we are set for much this season, and given that we’re still pretty hamstrung after last year’s Financial Fair Play punishment I am amongst them, this season needs to be one of developing, implementing Clotet’s style and then look for taking a step forward next season.
Provided we stay up, and given some of our results this season like against Stoke City and Charlton Athletic, I think we can do enough to stay up, even if it is just a case of three other teams being worse than us. That’s why I’m not prepared to start calling for Clotet to be sacked just yet, if this losing run does continue deep into the season, then it will be time to reassess that stance. Until then though, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt.
What about you? Are you part of the fan base that thinks that both the performances and results have been catastrophic? Or do you think that using these games as a ‘learning curve’ is more beneficial than getting results?