It’s never a good sign for a football club when there is more to discuss off the pitch, rather than on it. As Blues fans we’ve been through the mill several times before and you could even argue we take it in our stride pretty well. One thing we do know though, is that it never just rains.
Away from the glittering lights of the Premier League, Blues’ plight has barely peaked it’s head above the national media parapet.
But this week saw a national reporter do just that, and with less than 280 character’s John Percy caused pandemonium.
A few departures at crisis-hit Birmingham. Understand chief financial officer Roger Lloyd, financial controller Gary Moore and highly respected club secretary Julia Shelton have all left the club #bcfc
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) August 13, 2018
I can’t pretend to know what the real world outcomes of this are or what has caused it, but I do know that having 4 senior officials, with Chris Skudder suggesting Joanne Allsopp may also have left, leave an organisation on the same day probably won’t end well.
Hearing another very long server Jo Allsopp may also have gone from #bcfc too
— Chris Skudder (@chris_skudder) August 13, 2018
It has long been reported online that there has been power struggles within the St. Andrews boardroom, between CEO Xuandong Ren and the day-to-day management team. This suggests that the inexperienced CEO, rather than try to resolve the issues with the senior figures of Lloyd, Moore and Shelton (who have around 60 years service between them) has in-fact decided they are surplus to requirements.
It seems we aren’t out of the woods yet.
The young guns*
*that we can’t fire.
Keeping things of the field, today Blues announced four brand new signings. The news here is that they don’t count towards the ‘5 signings’ permitted by the EFL. The club confirms that:
Under the restrictions the Club have been placed under by the EFL, none of quartet are available to play First Team football. But they fall outside the allocated number of players the Club is allowed to recruit.
It’s common for teams to take on slightly more senior players for the u23’s, what I’ve found interesting is the 10,548 (and the not as impressive) 501 miles that Cameron McGilp and Michael Luyambula have flown respectively to join Blues.
Luyambula, a highly rated stopper, joins from Borussia Dortmund and McGilp joins from A-League champions Melbourne Victory. Whilst neither transfer will cause too many ripples in world football, I do think it’s shows a slightly different approach with Blues trying to be a little smarter and find a few diamonds in the rough, from a little further a field.
Middlesborough 1 – 0 Blues
In probably the most unsurprising result of the campaign, Blues succumbed to defeat at The Riverside.
Which on the surface of it, losing away to a side backed for the top-6 by a deflected goal isn’t all that bad. If Blues had to target points from certain games throughout the year, I think this one would have been listed as a ‘free-hit’ and a loss doesn’t really derail the season too much.
I genuinely think the result was never really in doubt for Pulis’s men, Blues toiled away with plenty of promise on the counter all afternoon having their fair share of chances and probably should have scored, but in that vein of thinking ‘Boro probably should have had a hatful.
We missed, as ever, some control in the middle of the park which would allow Blues to get control of the game and really Maghoma and Jota to have an impact – but in reality, solving that problem is probably the least of all our troubles.
Reading 2 – 0 Blues
Last night saw Blues fall to their 2nd defeat of the season in front of a minnow crowd at the ‘Mad-Stad’. Monk ringed the changes for his starting XI that gave full debut’s to Camp, Gardner, Scarr.
Arguably, with Friday’s game looming and the long season ahead, tonights result probably did us a favour (which is easy to say now we have lost!). The only real positives to come from the night are the fantastic cameo from Lakin, who shone in his 14 minutes and seeing Conor Mahoney’s impetus – though the obvious lack any real final product. He could be a very useful addition to the squad over the remaining 44 games. I’m sure all Blues fan’s also breathed a heavy sigh of relief that Lee Camp didn’t concede 15 goals. He also might just turn out to be useful (as anybody with over 500 games at this level would).