In the summer the Trust wrote an open letter to the owners bemoaning the state of Birmingham City and urging the owners to implement a sustainable strategy, appoint and support a quality manager and strengthen the senior management at the club or to consider handing over to someone who can.
In the next few months there appeared some more promising signs – the appointment of Aitor Karanka on a three-year contract coupled with a promise to let him manage and give him time, the arrival of several new players and the promise of a strategic committee to formulate plans to develop BCFC and advise the Board. Since then, things have started to slip, culminating on the field with Tuesday’s abject performance against Derby.
After the year Blues have had, it’s perhaps understandable that some fans’ patience with the new management set up has already started to wear thin; although it should be noted that 23 points from 22 league games this season is no worse than the first half of 2020 which saw 21 points from the same number of games. However, changing the manager yet again would further undermine any efforts toward stability and incur careless costs at a time when income is compromised. The current owners have appointed six separate managers over the last four years with a highest league position of 17th. It is abundantly clear that the problems at the club go deeper than the constantly changing manager.
Off the field there are a number of worrying signs: the controversy over the academy review, the closure of two stands for remedial work, more senior level changes in club staff and no visible progress on the set up of the strategic committee. Dialogue between the supporters and the club continues to be virtually non-existent and compares very poorly with most other clubs.As the New Year dawns, the Trust calls on the owners and directors to re-double their efforts to turn the Club around and, without delay, to urgently and openly start engaging with the full range of Blues fan groups to discuss their plans. Failure to do so would further reduce confidence in this current regime.
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