BLUES’ OWNERS HAVE TO TAKE THE BLAME
BIRMINGHAM’S new owners showed complete disrespect for Gary Rowett when they replaced him with Gianfranco Zola in December.
They didn’t care about where the club was when he took over from Lee Clark. They didn’t care how hard, or how skilfully, he’d worked to get them into play-off contention. All they cared about was having a big name leading the team out.
Now, with no wins and just three points from six games under the ex-Chelsea striker, that decision has blown up in their faces big time.
If I was a supporter, I’d be furious because everything was in place at Birmingham. A good system. Great spirit. Players who respected their manager.
With the budget he’s had, Gary couldn’t go out and sign ready-made players. He had to find rough gems, then bring the best out of them through good coaching and man-management.
Is Clayton Donaldson as good as Dwight Gayle? No. But he’s done a great job for the Blues, and that’s thanks to the organisation and belief instilled by Rowett. Now it seems that’s all been lost.
And what for? A manager with one playoff final to his name who last worked in the Middle East and is out of touch with the Championship?
They’ve made a massive rick and the playoffs now look miles out of reach. That’s a shame for the fans, but it’s exactly what the Blues’ owners deserve.
UNLUCKY: Gary Rowett