BCFC: Does anyone care?
In a season of almost continuous disappointments, Saturday’s performance…and result…against Luton Town really did plumb the depths. Given the circumstances that the football club now finds itself in, it was truly shocking. One would have expected that falling to 23rd place in the division just a few nights before would have inspired something…anything…to arrest the decline. But no. Absolutely nothing changed.
Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. What we witnessed on Saturday was exactly that.
But of course the problems at our beloved club run much deeper than what happens at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon. So it was no surprise to see the tsunami of criticism that flooded social media in the aftermath of yet another defeat. No one involved with the football club was spared, from the owners (“invisible”, “anonymous”, “unaccountable”) , to the leadership (“incompetent”, “inept”), to the manager (“clueless”, “stubborn”, “scared”, “apathetic”) and even to the players themselves (“uncaring”, “insipid”, “low quality”)
So the question is, does anyone…anyone…associated with the running of Birmingham City football club really care about it? If they do, at times like Saturday it is very hard to see.
But the Blues Trust cares. Our sense of frustration, sadness and utter despair right now is profound. In part that is because of continuing lockdown of course. We are unable to attend matches with our friends and family and to share our joys and sorrows. We feel isolated and helpless as our club implodes before our eyes.
We have no doubt that thousands and thousands of Bluenoses throughout the city and across the world are sharing similar emotions.
So. Can anything be done? In terms of strategic decision making, then no. Only the people pulling the levers at the football club can do that.
We can of course seek explanations for what is happening at the club, and why. And at the Trust we will do that. We cannot be sure that we will receive answers, but we must try. And continue to do so. Those in charge may not want to be held accountable for their actions, but that doesn’t mean that as supporters we should simply accept that. No, we have to challenge them in each and every way that we can. It is still our football club after all. As supporters we may not own it, but our emotional investment is huge.
But what of the players? Whichever way you slice it, it is what they do once they cross the white line that really counts. They have the power to shape the future well being of our club. And we have to hope and believe that they still care. If we were attending matches we all know we would at least have a chance of influencing their performances. Usually…well, hopefully…through raucous encouragement. And yes, occasionally, through sharp tongued criticism. But always trying to drive them on to success, both for themselves and for us.
Current circumstances mean that we can no longer do that, which only adds to the sense of frustration for us all.
But let’s try and motivate them in a different way. Let’s try and do it remotely. Let’s try to get a message direct to the players imploring they play their hearts out for the fans, even if the regime at the club is not all they would desire. Let’s appeal to the players to do it for us #playforthefans.
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