New Season Post
2019/2020 New Season
Welcome Bluenoses and Blues Trust members to the 2019/20 Championship season for our beloved Blues.
Let’s all hope it is a successful one.
The new ‘caretaker coach’ Pep Clotet now needs our full support. Whatever happened with the previous manager should have no reflection on Pep who has demonstrated a real desire to make us successful and clearly has a closer relationship with the CEO than was previously the case. The move to a more attacking and fluid style of play reflects what the board indicated they want to achieve (although failed miserably when Zola was here!) and Pep seems committed to try and make that work.
We have welcomed to the club a record signing in Sunjic and what seems to be possibly two masterstrokes in Crowley and Villalba. We have yet to see what Gimenez can offer in attack, but he scored 20 goals last season in the Spanish second division, so maybe a player to watch develop.
In many ways it was a shame to see Isaac Vassell leave the club after so long in rehabilitation and just coming back into full contention. Then he scores on his debut for Cardiff City; you couldn’t write the script!
At the time of posting we are 3 games into the new season and have 4 points on the board. Not a bad start, although the result against Forest has possibly taken the shine off a little. It is still a position many would have gladly taken at the end of July. It is worth noting that it took us the first 8 games of last season to get to 6 points, so by comparison this is a better start.
This season we would once again request the BCFC board to become more interactive with the Blues supporters groups and to create a more effective and constructive dialogue so that clearer information and the reasoning behind decisions can be made available. To this end the Trust will continue to be working pro-actively to gain access to the information we believe the supporters are entitled to.
Key information is needed from the directors re the clubs position with EFL FFP rules. With the club still suffering significant financial losses (being subsidised by the owners) will we again breach EFL FFP rules in the coming season(s)? The directors seemed to sleepwalk into the situation which caused the EFL penalty last season – a detailed statement explaining how the club can keep within EFL FFP rules would give some comfort that they have this in hand this season.
So we must keep our hope going and see how this new team develops over the coming weeks. In the meantime the Blues Trust will continue to look for ways to improve the supporters’ relationship with the directors of the club to hopefully improve the supporters understanding of decisions being made by the board.