January 13, 2013 by Made In Brum
Being a Blues fan is never easy. Looking around Wembley just a couple of years ago ago after the League Cup triumph I just sensed that the next ‘sorrows’ were not going to be far away – not that I thought for one minute we would be relegated – and the rest is very recent history.
Were do you start when talking about the current situation at St Andrews? Well I think we need to look at 3 things:
1. Owners – With a lot of mess around Carson Yeungs financial affairs we can at least say CY bought BCFC for the right reasons but at the wrong price. He is clearly passionate about football and we should be grateful for the brief ‘joys’ that have come our way during his ownership. However, with such a muddled financial empire it was always going to be difficult to keep money issues transparent and his arrest was just like a kick in the nuts to us all. With Peter Pannu as his side kick he has one of the best allies you could have in his situation. I would have PP on my side any day. Unfortunately for Blues fans we can see from his parting comments that his loyalties quite rightly rest with CY – his employer. We are not part of the equation and the priority is to relinquish the BCFC for the greatest return. To be honest, with a minimum of 5 years in prison in China hanging over your head, I think how much they sell Blues for is a minor issue, but business must go on and the best return achieved. Think what your priorities would be – honestly.
We really have no control over what is being discussed in Hong Kong and sometimes the silence is deafening. The snippets we do get are only what they want us to hear/believe anyway.
2. Manager – Who, in there right mind would have taken the job on? Chris Hughton had worked wonders and came so close to an immediate return to the promised land. Who can forget Europe? Lee Clark has had so much to contend with this season that a lesser man would have walked. For this reason he deserves the full support of the fans. His hands have been tied with transfers. Injuries have taken a huge toll. Stupid suspensions haven’t helped matters. All this with a background of financial uncertainty hanging over the club and large sections of fans calling him inept, clueless and out of his depth. Lee has the potential to be a good manager and given time, transfer funds and support that could be at Blues. The young players that have been forced to come through have been a great plus.
3. Players – It would have been nice to carry on where we left off last season, but football isn’t like that. Consistency in performance is what separates the great players from the good players. We are a Championship team because we have good players. With a little consistency we would have 2 or 3 great players in our ranks which in turn would transform our season. This season has seen a levelling out in the Championship. Even with what we consider to be a crap season we are only 10 points off Brighton in 8th place, which can be closed quickly with a good run. Results however are unpredictable (Peterborough winning at Cardiff – Barnsley at Brum!) and I think a mid table finish would be a result. The players are starting to show real promise at times, but many are young and need time to develop.
What I’m saying is that the take over will or won’t happen. We will or won’t go into administration. We have no say on that.
Concentrate efforts on supporting the players and manager and bring back some positivity to the club. It can be hard and frustrating at times but that’s why we all love football and in-particular BCFC!
As ever KRO…..