December 2, 2012 by Made In Brum
The win against Middlesbrough on Friday night was vital for Blues. After a shaky first half, the penalty scored by Marlon King was crucial, then the second half saw a determined and much improved performance, and a deserved three points. With Wolves next up at the Molineux, Blues need to carry this performance and confidence in to the Midlands derby.
The “fan” in the Tilton Road, if you can call him that, with the “Clark out” banner, and I make no apologies for saying this, is a moron. They’d be better off down Villa Park, and what was more absurd? The fact that they took the flag down when Blues took the lead. That’s like saying “I’m going to slag the manager off, unless we’re winning”. What a ridiculous attitude that is. I thought overall the backing from the fans was decent. They stuck with the players and didn’t get irate when behind.
Let’s face it, the club is in a mess. We have the owner and chairman trying to sell the club, but rejecting a bid from the only party interested, as it seems this Hong Kong outfit doesn’t exist. If that is the case, it is a very risky game of bluff. If I was Gianni Paladini, I’d invite Blues to accept the “bid” from this Hong Kong consortium, only then will we see that there is no such thing.
Paul Robinson and Papa Bouba Diop are playing for next to nothing, we have several players out of contract in the summer, others on loan, how can a manager plan anything in this climate? Its too easy to pick on Lee Clark and blame him for everything. Many people still haven’t grasped the whole picture, the real problem; the ownership.
The likelihood is that if this current board are still here in January, bids may be accepted for Jack Butland, Curtis Davies and Nathan Redmond, who I’m led to believe, Man City are keen on. I know that even if Blues were financially stable, Premier League clubs may be an attraction for some Championship players. But, even the likes of Paul Caddis, who has been quality since signing on loan from Swindon, we cannot afford to sign permanently.
Adam Rooney was the make-weight in the Caddis deal, and if all went well for him, it could have been a straight swap in May. But Rooney is a bit-part player at best, so cash will have to be stumped up for Caddis.
Clark has plenty of talented young lads from League One and Two lined up as replacements if player sales are needed. Imagine being a youngster and joining Blues from, say, Rochdale. You’d be so proud to wear the shirt, and would run through a brick wall. Obviously, not every signing would work out, but there is players out there capable of making the step up. Remember, Clark signed Anthony Pilkington from Stockport and Jordan Rhodes from the Ipswich reserves during his time as Huddersfield boss.
Since Clark was appointed manager, he hasn’t moaned or complained once, and he’s very complimentary of the Blues faithful. I’m told when he was interviewed, he was the only one who looked genuinely keen, others turned up as if they were doing the club a favour, and didn’t want to be there. But not Clark. He would have walked from Newcastle if need be.
Its easy to support a team when they’re doing well and winning games. Its the true fans who will stick by the team through bad times, like the majority of Bluenoses do. With Wolves approaching on Sunday, if, and its a big if, Blues could muster a win there, going into the Palace home game will be very interesting. Come on Blues. Keep the faith. And Keep Right On!