There’ll be Joys and Sorrows too
A season of three managers, a season of takeovers and subsequent bizarre backroom decisions, certainly a season of two halves and Sunday will be the end. It’s been a roller-coaster ride, we looked as though we may have made the play-offs mid-season and at the minimum a top half finish looked on the cards, but Blues hit the self-destruct button and tomorrow we need to ensure we maintain our position in the Championship.
As things were plodding along nicely it did get a bit mundane, there was little in the way of excitement on or off the pitch, the take-over that had dragged its feet for so long, finally came to fruition and it was an odd kind of period. It happened at a period when Blues were sitting in a play-off spot but there was some frustration of sorts from fans, there was lots of hope that there would be a decent injection of cash in the January and this would help give Blues season the push it required to guarantee we were at least there or thereabouts, to me it felt very much like a period of waiting.
Looking back now I guess it wasn’t really that we weren’t happy, it just wasn’t entertaining. It was like one of those programmes on the tele you put on in the background then sit on your phone through the whole episode. Fans didn’t want to pay to come and watch Blues play counter attacking football, sitting back and letting teams come at us was difficult; but it worked. It was definitely a “be careful what you wish for” moment as it seems the board recognised this and upon seeing empty seats and “unattractive” football they decided to switch it up.
Rowett remained at the helm and oversaw one of the best moments of the season as David Davis managed to pull a goal back against the vile to leave both teams sharing the spoils in the first of the season’s main derby. I must admit I love Davis and this goal just proved why as he sent the crowd crazy but Rowett’s days were numbered.
December would prove to be a difficult month as Blues only managed one win, incidentally it came the night before Rowett was sacked. Reaction in football to this decision was a mixture of bemusement and confusion, reaction from Blues fans was much the same with an element of anger but many of us did all we could, wait and see.
An iconic player was then put in charge in the form of Zola but many fans had reservations based on the Italian’s CV. Performances on the pitch mildly improved but results plummeted, money was injected in January as the club were quick to boast “Not Since 2013 have so many senior players added to the ranks, although back then Lee Clark didn’t spend a penny…” It was quickly apparent though that Zola wasn’t the man for the job but the board, for whatever reason, were unwilling to axe the Italian and we freefell down the table. Derby day hero, David Davis managed to restore some pride but it would remain one of only two victories for Zola.
By the time the Italian realised he didn’t have what it takes it was too late, leaving with a mere three games remaining Blues were in a relegation battle that should never have been on the cards. We thought we would see Robbo take over and then the announcement that Harry Redknapp would take on the challenge came and without payment (Other than a keeping us up bonus). Four points he called for, a win, a loss and a draw. So far we have ticked two of the boxes but now we could ideally do with ensuring we get the win.
Bristol will be difficult, their last home game and last game of the season has drawn a crowd which kind of puts them in a position where they will need to perform for the crowd. There’s been talk of a few youngsters potentially being given some time on the pitch for Bristol because they’re safe but I think they will have to put on a show. It’s a massive game for us and in all honesty is probably a fitting end to a topsy-turvy season, it just needs to have the right ending with Blues cementing their place for next season.
No one ever said it was easy being a Blues fan, it’s literally part of our entire philosophy as we sing Keep Right On and talk of both Joys and Sorrows. Survival is essential and with rumours of Redknapp being offered a position on the board too, next season could be just as interesting but for better reasons.