Going For Gold

22 Dec 2022 | 10 comments

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​After getting what we needed and hoped for against Reading last Friday, Blues now look nicely placed. Not just the current league positioning, but the feeling that the second half of the season could be anything we want it to be.

However, for any meaningful success to be achieved a bit of extra help from those in charge at St. Andrew’s is required. Their actions will determine whether we really do intend on going for gold. We all know the need for this extra input and, as with the Lyle Taylor scenario at the same point last season, it is necessary if we mean business.

Starting the second half of our campaign against Burnley at Turf Moor next Tuesday shouldn’t be a daunting prospect with the squad we currently have. But for that extra threat we need an additional bullet or two. My feeling is that unlike the many recent seasons of being in survival mode, this new prospect of finishing in a playoff spot with a real chance of the jackpot will tempt investment.

Nothing requires over complicated thinking, albeit in unfamiliar territory, with the second half of this season providing the very real prospect of upward challenge instead of clutching for survival. Striker power is going to be the key. Selling, or in recent times ‘giving gifts away’, will hopefully be properly addressed this time around with Craig Gardner in situ and the astuteness of our talented manager.

Hope and belief are never far away from followers of our club, which is at last beginning to stir at the prospect of the next twenty three games. Surely the club’s hierarchy will want to grasp this long awaited opportunity? My view is that they will, even with takeover talk still fresh in the memory. Should they decide to pull the trigger and have a real dash for a playoff position then that’s got my approval, even at the expense of delaying any such move in selling the club.

Healthy New Year to everyone.

Mitchell Bray


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  1. David Aldridge

    Enjoy it why you can because it’s a temporary blip. We are going no where as a club on or off the field.

  2. Smithy

    Striker and replacement for Norwich loaner winger may be reasons for optimism. Problem for me is the never-ending fear what’s around the corner for us. Tried to rid this phobia but years of drama of being a BLUES fan takes it’s toll!

  3. tracey tyler

    In a matter of weeks we have gone from euphoria to despair.We are in the same position as we were,No money and the prospect of selling off our talented youngsters to fund any recruitments,very sad.We should be building a team around Hall,Bellingham,James and the others not relying on loan players which is a policy which will lead us nowhere.Couldbsomeone tell me where is Nico Gordon ??? He has not kicked a ball in anger for the first team this season but what l saw of him last season when he is up and running we would have no need to buy Sanderson he is that good.So in all in all a Top Ten finish would suit me because we have not got the player base to make the play offs.

  4. John P

    The present hierarchy are only holding on to Birmingham to reap the finances as and when they sell our starlets and to keep their names on the HKSE. Of course as has been recently said there’s every chance that they don’t wish to sell at present because with league standings as they are at present they may be able to sell for more money at the end of the season, they have no interest in the club or in running it except into the ground.

    In my opinion in our present position of 9th we are probably as high as we will get due to the small squad, there will be injuries that the manager won’t be able to cover, not for the first time this season.

    Let’s not get all misty eyed and dreamy, Birmingham simply can’t afford to be promoted, we have to face up to the fact that the present owners will take the Premiership money and offer very little, if indeed anything, to the squad and we’ll be humiliated and bounce straight back down.

    A final place in the top half of the division and not fighting relegation would make for a pleasant change and quite honestly be a massive victory for the playing side of the club.

    • Ijaz

      On the contrary getting promoted is our best chance of getting new owners. It would instantly wipe our debts and attract worldwide buyers. Even if we get relegated straight away we would still get parachute payments and be much better off financially than we are.

  5. Peter Bates

    The disappointing thing about the present situation is players who are with us on loan ,are becoming better players for other clubs to benefit from ,trusty has said he wants to play premier football with arsenal ,Sanderson will go back to wolves if they get relegated and Hannibal will return to united longelo will be a top player in my opinion but alas I don’t think it will be with blues the big problem his we will get rid of talented players IE Bellingham,hall,James and probably more as for the takeover the listing on the hkse will continue to be a problem to anyone wanting to buy the club but in the meantime let’s enjoy our present position merry Xmas to all and kro

  6. Mitchell

    Going for Gold not going weĺl is it. Totally understand the scepticism and the doubts. This sadly is the result of over a decade of let downs and false dawns. Damaged fans is a little over the top but you know my meaning. We expect zero when nicely placed but someday things have to swing our way. Have a bit more belief as I genuinely believe we could be on the upward thrust particularly under the capable John Eustace.

  7. Ijaz

    Nice thoughts on the club hierarchy but I wish I could share your optimism on them actually ‘going for gold’. The transfers and loans in the last two seasons have actually been good but we all know the ‘borrowed’ players will go back at the end of the season and all this talk of selling our best youngsters doesn’t exactly fill you with hope for the future. I’d much rather you develop them into first team regulars so you don’t need to bring in loan players to fill those positions. You may just about tolerate it if we got say £12m for Hall and used that to sign 3 of the loanees permenantly but you just know the money will not be reinvested this way. This season is our best chance for a long time but I still can’t see these owners backing us and fear the squad will actually be weaker come the end of the window. Apathy and distrust rule. It is up to BSHL to prove us wrong.

    • tracey tyler

      We short changed ourselves selling Bellingham for 25million and we would probably make the same mistake with with Hall.I agree with Ijaz that yes promotion to the Premier would wipe out all the debts but would leave nothing for investment on players although like he said you would have parachute payments but according to reports they are going to end so promotion would have to happen very quickly.

  8. Rob Simpson

    Who’d have thought that as we approach Christmas we’d be still in with a shout of doing something this season. Brilliant and, yes, enjoy it while we can.

    I’d be amazed if our current owners decided to give it another “roll of the dice” but if they do it would have to be a real statement of intent. More Eden Dzeko rather than Lyle Taylor.

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