July 31, 2018 by Kane Styles.
Here we are, again. We’re just four days away from the beginning of what will be Birmingham City’s eighth consecutive season in the second tier of English football.
86 days ago, Garry Monk’s rejuvenated Blues ended Fulham’s 23 match unbeaten run and secured their own championship status in utterly tremendous fashion.
At that time, I thought to myself, the penny has finally dropped. We’ve got ourselves a manager capable of bringing us to another level again – next season will bring excitement and we can all look forward to a window of fine tuning rather than another summer of reckless business.
Of course, that hasn’t been the case – the fans of Birmingham City football club have been let down, again. It’s not acceptable, and the likes of Ren Xuandong should hang their heads in shame.
It’s time for Ren in particular to hold his hands up and accept that he has failed to deliver and meet the requirements of directing a football club. It’s time for someone else to steer the ship.
Blues have escaped relegation on the final day for the past two seasons, have we not learned anything from that? We’re gearing up for another long campaign with a weaker squad than last last term, you simply couldn’t blame Monk for walking if that’s what he is to do.
Monk was told that FFP wouldn’t be an issue, and has still been assured that he will be able to pursue the targets that he has identified. The EFL laid down their requirements in regards to Blues’ embargo being lifted three weeks ago, and yet the board have still failed to solve the issue with just nine days of the window remaining.
It seems all too familiar. The Zola appointment, the fact the team won just twice in 23, but they were too scared to concede that they made the wrong decision. The chaotic scattergun approach last season. Appointing Darren Dein and Jeff Vetere. Appointing Steve Cotterill as manager and believing that he was the man to bring Blues back to the big time, and now this. Enough is enough.
Another episode of unnecessary, unacceptable and laughable familiarity.
I sincerely hope something changes. After the Carson Young era and the sheer chaos it caused, we don’t deserve this.
Like always, Blues fans deal with adversity like no other. They laugh in the face of it.
But they shouldn’t have to, it’s gone on for too long.