Even though the club still have not confirmed Karanka’s departure, it’s apparent he has gone.
The manager may change once again, but until the fundamental problems at Birmingham City are solved, things will continue to slowly unravel as they have been for the last decade.
Whilst CEO Dong has dithered, Blues have been sucked into their near annual relegation battle, and find themselves in a depressingly familiar and entirely predictable situation of needing a late-season saviour. It becomes increasingly likely that this pattern of management will bring relegation and further decline.
After landing Karanka, Dong Ren offered meaningless platitudes about how he saw the new manager as “a partner… to move forward with”.
It is time for the second partner in this arrangement to follow the first out of the door. Dong Ren has constantly failed to learn from glaring mistakes, overseen mis-step after mis-step, and consistently demonstrated that he does not possess the requisite skills for the job.
He has overseen the dismantling of the club in every conceivable way, and his dismal record cannot be allowed to continue.
There are suitable replacements out there – an obvious one being former Blues Ladies’ CEO Tim Andrews, who understands Birmingham City and has a record which speaks for itself, but quite clearly would require a structure to work within that aligned with the values he wished to restore to the club.
Whoever is appointed next has a big job on their hands, but unless Blues get the right people back into key positions, the slow decline will perpetuate.
The Trust would like to take this opportunity to wish Aitor Karanka all the best for the future.
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