by Alex from the birminghamcityforum.co.uk
I’ve just got back from Elland Road and first hand witnessing of todays latest display and unfathomable tactics of Lee Clark and his Birmingham City team.
Lets be straight for a moment here and say Lee Clark is working under extreme circumstances with no working capital to speak of and a summer revolving door which has seen good players leave the club. No one is under any illusions about that. However Clark in my opinion has a team quite capable of playing in this division, yes some are on loan but these players are professionals
I really believe Lee Clark is making a difficult situation even harder for himself when he has the tools at his disposal to field a team quite capable of playing Leeds or Bolton at home for that matter. I’m not one of these fans that shout from the stands that I want a manager out and I think I would be less likely to do it to a man who is as I have already said working with Loanee players and youngsters. However there comes a time when fans need to start speaking up with valid criticism.
As I travelled up to Leeds today I was filled with some degree of optimism, I mean what fan goes to an away game and has no hope. I wondered if the two week break had given Clark and my boys in Blue time to iron out some of the issues that had reared their ugly head against Bolton Wanderers. My hopes were somewhat given a jolt when I saw the team that Lee Clark was fielding, Spector was out Injured (this I knew), Adeyemi was ill and Clark had opted to once again change the back line with Robinson, Bartley and Dan Burn all included with Murphy and Caddis as the wingbacks. In midfield he had included for a debut Olly Lee. I started thinking what was so special about Leeds away and the sudden inclusion of Olly Lee? Burke and Elliot were in and so was recent four goal hero Jesse Lingard and Lee Novak completing an altogther somewhat light looking side. Left out to keep warm on the bench were Andrew Shinnie, Lovenkrands, Shane Ferguson and Callum Reilly and the one player I believe Blues should be including in a starting line up away from home Nikola Zigic. Yes I’m not a massive fan but he has that annoying knack of scoring goals.
As we took the field I heard some fans start to wonder if we was going to get a right good hiding and within the first five minutes that looked the case. Blues were all over the place. Leeds were cutting us up like a peaky blinder and no mistake. Diagonal balls threaded between Caddis and Dan Burn seem to be the main ploy or floated balls to the far post. Blues were in trouble and most of us expected Blues and Lee Clark to change it but he didn’t and by half time the game was virtually over with a horrendous three-nil scoreline. My Dad started telling me about the 1972 cup game with the Great Don Revie Leeds team of the seventies, trouble was I was to busy thinking this isn’t a great Leeds team and this could end up Five or Six-Nil. To cut a dreadful story even shorter than I care to write about Blues made some impact in the second half with Burke having a few chances, Shinnie hitting the side netting and at fulltime us driving back to Brum with that empty no hope feeling in the pit of my stomach as once again I felt let down.
I could go on all evening about how some of the players didn’t look up for it, some didn’t look like they knew where or what they was supposed to be doing this afternoon, but I won’t. What I will say is this, Lee Clark is somehow making a sows ear worse than need be. His beloved wingback system may have shown in glimpses what it can be like against a second string Swansea or an out of sorts Millwall but when it boils down to it, Birmingham City have not got the players to play it… There I’ve said it, what I have been meaning to say all post. Lee Clark has not got the players to play a wingback formation. Its a luxury and Blues haven’t got luxuries we’ve got run of the mill honest to goodness players who on their day can play. Today could have been their day if they all knew what was required but Caddis is a right back, Paul Robinson is a left back, Dan Burn is a central defender that works alongside one other…not two, can you hear me Clark? Blues have the players, where are Hayden Mullins, Kobi Arthur, Darren Ambrose, Akwasi Asante. Have i mentioned Will Packwood yet? best not he’s on loan.
Lee Clark needs to go back to a clean slate and the basics and pick 4-4-2 home and away, sure you can change it for various situations and tactical ploys but on the whole Blues should be laid out 4-4-2 and let the opposition worry about Niikola Zigic or the blistering skills of Chris Burke, or David Murphys free kicks or dare i say the dried up goal prowess of Jesse Lingard. we have the players to destroy teams but Clark is on a one man mission to carve his name into Blues folklore of possibly being the worst manager we’ve ever had.
Once home dad asked “want a cuppa Alex?” ooh yeah lovely dad go on. as I took a sip he said its Yorkshire tea…he was very nearly wearing it! Keep Right On
I was one of the 400 or so fans last night that made the trip to turf moor. I go to most blues games and usually take the defeats with the wins on the chin, I’m a Bluenose I have to.
I dont usually moan or write about the club but in this instance i feel i need to vent my spleen. Firstly I’m not going to rake over the ownership issue as its been flogged to death but instead focus on the wisdom of Lee Clark. At the tail end of last season blues finished with a flourish with good refreshing football that even had me sitting up and taking notice. Throughout any season you are always going to get wins and defeats that your team doesn’t deserve, that’s football. However last night Blues were back to their old habits of last year when we’d let teams score 2 or 3 before even getting into the game, this season in the main on the way home from most matches I’ve had to stomach Lee Clark giving it the “we didn’t deserve this defeat”. Its become the main theme of all his post match interviews and pre-match program notes, whats sad about these statements in general is the man saying it believes it to be true. Its depressing to listen to or read. Lee Clark might one day become a good manager but it wont be at Birmingham as he seems to have a single tracked mind that his way is better and that’s the end of it.
On the whole Saturday against QPR Blues played well and i fully expected a good performance vs Burnley. Blues were without Paul Robinson but even so i believe Blues to have players that are capable of filling his boots and some. Clark decided that he’d change the system and brought back Ambrose, all good you may think but the team looked like they hadn’t got a clue and Burnley won the games inside three minutes. I had travelled a round 250 miles to watch my team take on a team that was unbeaten at home. No disrespect to Burnley here but I believe Blues to have more than enough talent to go and give Burnley a game, not to be hanging on by their boot laces and chasing shadows.
so to my point of this whole thing, Lee Clark… a manager who I think doesn’t seem to have any worries about the opposition and all he seems to care about is continually swapping and changing our shape and system from his beloved 3-5-2 wing back spouting off crap nonsense he raves about to last nights shambolic attempt at 4-3-3. I wont single out players but when you are continually losing 1-0 or by the odd goal and not scoring but missing chances i think we can all guess where the problem is… upfront. I for one want to see our best team and our best players in a system that fits the players we have at the club, not try and devise some system that players cant or won’t play in. I am almost certain and convinced some of the strange systems he’s tried is to accommodate certain players> he seems unable to grasp certain things staring at him in the face with certain players who have continually been unable to 1) create anything of note or 2) put the ball in the net.
I for one would like to see us get back to what worked last season and bring back certain players that didn’t let us down last season and for god sake drop the fancy formations and pay more attention to the opposition and return to the 4-5-1 and 4-4-2 before we are to far adrift.
all the games previously according to Clark we didn’t get what we deserved, but apparently we did last night?? the mind truly boggles.
by MrToaster (Andy M) from the birminghamcityforum.co.uk
Blogged by Frosties_Tony member of birminghamcityforum.co.uk
being a lifelong Blues supporter you can safely say I have had my ups and downs supporting the Blues but one thing is certain the beginning of any new season brings with it fresh hope and optimism for what awaits us. Over the summer I have had to listen to so called Supporters bellyaching that the club is in financial turmoil and the likes of the Blues Trust tell us that if we don’t get new owners administraton awaits us round every corner. I say to those supporters go and do your doom mongering elsewhere because Blues are a viable club right now and a football club that needs us all to be as vocal as we can at games, to support the players that are turning out in the Blue and white. Tomorrow it must be said we face a pretty good Watford team, a team that has been out and bought 11 new players over the summer from mostly Udinese. Blues will have to be on there metal is we are to get any kind of result against them. As its a new season I think anything but a defeat is a must but I’ll settle for anything but the kind of 0-4 pasting we got last season from them at St Andrews. Tomorrow I will be in the Tilton as usual, I have been going since 1974, a 1-1 home draw with Wolves. I used to stand near the stand support in those days Tomorrow I will be near the same place on the letter ‘S’ in Blues
Over the years I have seen some mixed results on the opening day of the season. I can remember the 1-0 opening defeat at Vicarage Road in 1988, Watford also won the reverse fixture that season 3-2, however since then Watford have only registered 5 wins in 22 meetings, Blues on the other hand 9 times. All in all though out of 37 meetings between the clubs its an even 15 wins each and 7 draw so tomorrow should be interesting.
Whatever the result tomorrow I think Blues have purchased enough to survive which is more than we did that season we started off at Watford, we went down 2nd from bottom to walsall and into the old third divison. Watford made the play off semi finals but were beaten by Blackburn who were then beaten by Crystal Palace in the Final. Tomorrow I hope we give a good account of ourselves and I wish the Blues good luck for the season.#bcfc
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Written by Stephen (Member of birminghamcityforum.co.uk)
Well as we stand on the edge of a new season I thought I’d reopen the blog and ask is anyone thinking of renewing or has already done so? I live in Ireland so getting to Blues is a mammoth task for me, however I still managed 9 games last season and am hoping to go to more this season. I urge all Blues fans to renew this season, its more important now than it ever was as we need to keep the club afloat and debt free for a new buyer. Some of the revenue will hopefully go towards bringing back Ravel Morrison or Shane Ferguson, two players we would all love to see back in a Blues shirt.
A few of my friends in Brum have already renewed and one is doing so today. The club needs its hardcore base of fans to stand with the club despite its financial plight. A club in the black would look more promising to any potential buyer than one in the red. It stands to reason that season ticket holders are the life of any club and with Blues already fighting off the threat of people staying away and voting with their feet it would in the long run make the club look a terrible business proposition for any prospective buyer and this would be something none of us want. The more viable the club the more wealthier the buyer could be.
Member TaityRaveone on the forum said today
Who’s been and renewed? I have. Looking forward to the new season. Just waiting for the new kit to come out and I’ll be there supporting the lads.
It is a sentiment I think echoed across the hardcore of Blues support that they will keep going regardless and hope Yeung and Pannu sort their end out and the club is finally sold.
Its in everyones interests I think to move forward that we continue to support the club we love.
By Alexblues from the forum
Birmingham City have today released details of their season ticketing structure for the 2013 /2014 season Click Here for Details and being a die hard Blues supporter who has been going since I was 10 years old I was thrilled to see a number of new things. The new initiative means 5% off if you renew online, something as a family we will be doing but also there is a family offer which includes a free under 10s season ticket with a full paying adult ANYWHERE in the stadium. This to me is a truly wonderful idea and means I can take my cousin who is 9 years old and do for her what my dad did for me and that’s introduce her to the Blues. It is something I am definitely going to take up as I feel the stadium a safe place to take her, she will love it as she is always asking me to take her.
well done Blues
Today Birmingham International Holdings held their AGM (May 10th 2013) and having already seen the PDF’s and posted them to Facebook and birminghamcityforum.co.uk. It would seem that Peter Pannu has been relected. One thing that is striking about the PDF’s released by BIH is that most of the Ordinary Resolutions were passed by a 92%…to 7% against majority. Something very odd about that or that someone with a major shareholders vote all went one way.
Mr. Peter Pannu as an executive director; For 92.89 % against 7.11% indeed Peter Pannu, Ma Shui Cheong, Cheung Kwai Nang and Carson Wong all received a vote of 92%.
It has to be said that whilst none of us will truly know the in and outs of the AGM or where the votes came from for each candidate. It would seem the main protagonists are truly protected at the top of the company and so any shift in power of BIH is not going to happen in the short term and therefore us Blues fans must hope that they sell the club.
The PDF’s can be viewed here