Wood From The Trees
By the time Tuesday’s FA Cup replay against Hull City is out of the way, our new Manager will have a fair idea as to what’s required on the playing side. My feeling is that separating the wood from the trees is going to be easier than he might have thought.
Against Swansea City we looked fragile defensively, with the need for two capable centre backs very evident. Add two sensible midfielders with purpose, a la Mark Ward mould, and Tony Mowbray will be getting there in my view. Nineteen games left of this season and the objective surely has to be a clear and unassailable position well away from the relegation boneyard. That’s the reality, with any talk of the play-offs fanciful.
The current problem of conceding goals far too easily is a real concern. Too many regular mistakes are now often requiring a couple of goals at the other end in order just to avoid defeat. The Swansea game highlighted this yet again.
This transfer window has to be seen as a vehicle to prioritise our Championship status. That, in my opinion, cries out for the reliable twin centre backs plus at least one crafted midfielder who can play a decent game without getting yellow cards.
Stoke City away next weekend is an ideal opportunity for Tony Mowbray to show if he has managed to improve the team since the Boxing Day debacle against the same opponents only three short weeks ago. There were welcome signs on Saturday that a more pragmatic approach is being adopted. I have no doubt that TM will be desperately hoping for three points in front of the travelling faithful at the Britannia Stadium to show that things are indeed now beginning to move in a very different direction.
Away from pitch side we are now receiving almost daily reports regarding grandiose development schemes for a future home ground, be that a refurbished St. Andrew’s or, more likely, a new stadium somewhere else. Although none yet from official sources of course. I absolutely welcome the speculation because it suggests very real intent on the part of the owners, consistent with their previously stated aims.
Wherever the club eventually ends up, the very fact that Birmingham City FC is being touted as a ‘class act’ for the next generation of supporters is beyond belief given the negativity and neglect of yesteryear, which is now probably best forgotten. Bring on the dreams and ambitions of our new guardians as far as I am concerned. But first we must back our new manager to sort the wood from the trees, and get us the players required to win football matches.
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