December 30, 2012 by Made In Brum
“The experienced players let the kids down today”- that was Lee Clark’s frank assessment after the Bolton defeat. He is right- but why has it taken him so long to realise this?
He went on to clarify that age isn’t a factor- he wouldn’t be scared to field eleven teenagers if needs must. Do it then Lee.
Senior players like Steven Caldwell, Chris Burke and Hayden Mullins (there are more of course) haven’t lived up to their billing. Burke especially, is showing why he has never played in the Premier League. Is he a one-season wonder? It certainly seems that way.
Young lads have been flying the flag for Blues of late- Callum Reilly, Mitch Hancox, Rob Hall and Will Packwood have been the face of the promise- albeit very little of it- that Blues fans can hold on to.
Peter Pannu confirmed what we all knew already- players will be sold in January. But why are we all getting irate? These are the players that have led us to the lofty heights of 20th in the Championship, half of them will be lucky to find a club that is willing to take them!
Pannu also said that Clark remains the right man for the job. I don’t see the need to sack him, not with the mess the board have left us in. No other manager would do a better job under the circumstances. However, for him to say that Clark wasn’t hired as the ‘cheap option’ is ludicrous. Does he think us Blues fans have jumped off the last banana boat? Peter, if you had all the money in the world, would you have hired Clark? The manager, in my opinion, deserves credit for even accepting the job, and trying at least, to do it with huge passion.
Now is not the time for shirking big decisions. Clark has to get tough before we are sucked well and truly into the relegation dogfight. As it stands, we’re seven points above the bottom three- but that could be dangerously less unless we beat high flying Cardiff City on New Year’s Day.
I was reading Pannu’s comments on the Birmingham Mail website earlier. Take a look for yourself. The ‘acting’ chairman states that we need a ‘good holding player and a striker’. But then shoots us all down by saying ‘on loan’. Seeing Birmingham City in this situation is not nice.
We need the players to take a look in the mirror- ask themselves if they want to play for this club, if the answer is no, then please close the door on your way out.
Blues fans deserve credit for sticking with the team, they haven’t turned on the players or Clark yet, except for a few boo’s after a bad result and one moron with a flag. But it is time for the players to respect us fans enough to run themselves into the ground. Prove you’re fit to wear the shirt!
By Rob Wildey