Winning Mentality

10 Oct 2023 | 6 comments

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Yesterday’s shock announcement regarding the ousting of John Eustace has bemused all of us. My view obviously, but the fact has emerged very quickly that the owners of our club want a winning mentality throughout. Their words, not mine.

Looking at the overall picture, it appears that apart from Leicester City who are the stand out team so far, Blues are on a par with most other sides in the division and quite capable of being in the mix for promotion come the end of the season. Forget about this season being one of stability. The new owners clearly want to bring it on and join the elite.

And who can blame them? With the likes of Ipswich Town and Preston NE challenging, plus the sluggish Southampton and Leeds United unable to take firm grips since relegation, there is no doubt in my mind that the three central figureheads at the club fancy our chances. Failing automatic promotion, then their sights would no doubt shift to blowing all play-off contenders out of the water.

The January transfer window holds the key and my gut feeling is that that is what they are targeting. Exit John Eustace and enter whoever is their strategy. Simple as that and who are we to question?

What appears to many like a repeat of the kamikaze act à la Rowett and Zola in 2016 shouldn’t even be muttered. There really is no comparison. Because unlike previous ownerships, we have the real deal now with trust and faith firmly in our court. Onwards we go.

 Mitchell Bray


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  1. susan allen

    Rooney 26 percent winning mentality as a manager. Backward step not forward step

    • Ijaz

      Just about every blues fan is looking at this in dismay. We all know what is coming next and I don’t think Rooney will last the full season.

  2. Ed Truman

    At a push…and I mean at a push…I can just about understand the thinking behind the decision to let John Eustace go. But if, as seems likely, Wayne Rooney is to take over then I can’t see the logic in that. I agree with Susan that there is nothing on his managerial CV to inspire. A wonderful player of course, but is he really the manager to move us on? We’ll see. I’m prepared to give the new owners the opportunity to prove me wrong because all of their decisions so far have been spot on in my view. And, of course, I’ll give Mr Rooney my backing if he does walk through the door. But I have concerns.

  3. James Tomlins

    And Rooney, will receive the same fate as Eustace very quickly, if the team does not kick on from here. No one is irreplaceable now at St Andrews, and the owners have the funds and ambition, to change tack quickly, and effectively.
    Maybe these guys have identified that with the current squad (and a January transfer window upcoming) that perhaps, they can achieve more this season than first seemed possible, and have decided to take a punt, and “go for it”.
    They haven’t put a foot wrong yet, and the changes have been so far, impressive!

  4. Smithy

    100% agree we should aim for the stars. Stability and safety first out of the window. Love the honesty of the new owners. They are ready and so should we.

  5. Mitchell

    The winning mentality now charged up. Over to Mr. Rooney….stand and deliver from me.

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