Even for Blues’ standards, I think we can all agree it has been one bizarre season. From playoff ambitions early in the season to ‘scrapping it out’ down at the foot off the table. The jubilant celebrations in the derby’s to the utter despair and misery of the Burton game. I have supported Blues all of my life. I have seen plenty of Joys, and my fair share of sorrows to, but as a blues fan i think i can speak for every single one of us that this is one of the worst ever periods for the club.
Zola came in and tried to stamp his ‘sexy’ passing style of football on a group of average championship players who were hard to beat and well drilled. Meaning Zola was under the pressure as soon as he stepped through the door. Not only did he have to completely change the way how we played as a team, but he had to get an element of squad harmony back, as it was obvious many players felt resentful of Rowett’s sacking. This is how the problems began in my opinion. Shotton and Morrison who both formed possibly one of the most respected partnership in the championship under Rowett and it soon began to crumble under Zola. A sheer lack of belief in the manager from the players was apparent for the whole of Zola’s tenure. He was given money to add to the squad, but I feel this added to the division within the changing room as players came in on more money, which caused conflict within this once committed group.
Our Easter fixtures summed the Zola era up. Slow, drab, pathetic, but inevitable. I have never been to a game where the atmosphere has been so toxic in my life, but it was needed, he needed to go, we needed to make him go. The players made this clear via the scenes on the pitch after the Rotherham game. It was the first signs he had completely lost the dressing room. Don’t get me wrong i wanted Zola to succeed at Blues, but i felt he was given one of the hardest jobs in football by succeeding a manager whom so many fans adored and a manager who had changed the fortunes of the club.
My thoughts on the appointment of Redknapp are mainly positive, but i am confused at why he was not approached instead of Zola in the first place, after Rowett was sacked. Why opt for someone who’s managerial career is inept for the standard of our club , whilst a manager who’s CV linked him with managing England? Redknapp has three games to save blues. Three games to get the passion back into this once never say die team and what a perfect time to start than with them up at B6. I long to see the fight we once had and relive the times where on our day we could beat anyone put in front of us. I feel Redknapp can get that passion back into the team and make us hard to beat and build on the squad we already possess next season if he keeps us up. His wheeling and dealing could potentially be the difference from a playoff chasing side into a respected force.
We are Birmingham City we fight till the end. KRO