End of Season 2017-18
Blues Trust would like to put on record our sincere appreciation to Garry Monk and his team for a sterling run of results this last couple of months, culminating in Sunday’s excellent performance and Championship survival.
Exactly twelve months ago yesterday, the Trust stated how it was absolutely vital that Birmingham City learned the harsh lessons of the previous season, and the importance of putting long-term measures in place to ensure that Blues were never again left to dice with the prospect of relegation into the Third Division.
We were heartened to hear the manager echo this message in the aftermath of the Fulham win, talking of how Blues must aspire to do better, to look to achieve in a “new era”, and again reiterating that the Board must put the “foundations in place to make sure that the Club is never in this situation again”.
For you cannot build success against the background of vested interests and conflicting agendas. Everybody inside – and connected to – the Club must pull in the same direction, and trust in the manager and players to deliver, just as they did in the season’s final run.
Credit must go to the Blues Board for once more rescuing another disastrous season with a sound managerial appointment. We have got away with it, again, but let this represent the end of short-term thinking. Blues have undergone far, far too much unwanted upheaval over the last year; the last two years, the last five years, the last decade. Now is the time to plan carefully for the future, to allow the manager and his team time to implement their message and put together a squad full of the right sort of characters to give Blues fans a team to be proud of.
However, questions do still linger over the Club’s medium term financial safety, and we hope that the Board will move soon to assuage these fears. There’s also uncertainty as to the owners’ ultimate ambition for Blues. Where are we actually going, and how do we get there?
That’s why over the summer months, the Trust would like to ask the fans what it is we really want from our club. Where do we go? How do we get there? As Garry Monk said, “it’s about planning what you want things to look like and what you need for that”. We believe that the supporters have a vital role in helping to create that vision for Blues, a vision for a Club fit for its 150th Anniversary
milestone. We also believe that the Trust has a responsibility to communicate that.
We will kick things off in due course, and look forward to hearing from you all in the close season.
Keep Right On
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