February 17, 2013 by Made In Brum
I may be jumping the gun slightly as Blues are still in the midst of a relegation scrap, but assuming they survive, a lot has to change in the summer. Whether you like Lee Clark or not, personally I’m undecided, it hasn’t worked for one reason or another.
It’s not entirely his fault, circumstances have been extremely difficult to work under, but he hasn’t helped his own cause. I don’t believe that there is a conspiracy with absolutely everything he says and does, so I’m basing this assessment purely on a football basis.
Over the course of the season I have taken a lot of flack for sticking up for the man that many Blues fans dislike. I’ve been watching closely and breaking everything down so it all makes more sense. Sometimes his decisions are baffling and I am never confident going into any game with him at the helm. Yes, Blues are in financial trouble and yes, the injury list has been freakish, but with the squad we have on paper I’m in no doubt what so ever that Birmingham City should be higher than 17th.
We are firmly out of the play off picture after yesterday’s defeat, if we were ever in it, so all that is left now is to avoid relegation. Winning just five games at home so far is unacceptable, St. Andrews used to be a place where teams feared coming, now opposition teams can’t wait for their Blues away fixture as it presents a good opportunity for three points.
With 19 players out of contract or returning to parent clubs in the summer, someone needs to pick up the pieces and rebuild Blues. With no cash available to spend as things stand, an astute and clever manager is needed to give us half a chance next season. So Lee Clark, please keep us up this season and then be on your way.
I’m not doubting that Clark has the potential to be a good manager, but this job isn’t for a boss whose learning his trade, we need someone to come in and pull no punches, turn this sinking ship around.
Someone asked me who I’d want as a manager so I had a think about it. In an ideal world I’d like to see how Uwe Rosler would do at a higher level, but that defeats the object as he is no more experienced than Clark. Would Owen Coyle be a good appointment? He won promotion with Burnley and then kept Bolton up before their eventual relegation, and he struggled in the Championship with them before getting sacked. But he has the ability. And dare I say it, what about Gary Megson? He certainly knows how to build a team.
It’s a hard choice for a hard job, but I think we’d be surprised at how many managers would want it, especially if we are taken over by new owners.
What if Clark is here next season? Well, I’ll get behind him as I always do. Whoever is the manager next season has a very difficult job but I feel that a summer of change is essential.
By Rob Wildey