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Bournemouth Preview in Association with EZE Group

St Andrews sees its first match of the post-Lee Clark era today with the visit of Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. With just one home win in 24, co-caretaker managers Malcolm Crosbie and Richard Beale will know the home fans are desperate for something to cheer about – particularly after last night’s win for Fulham dumped Blues into the drop zone.

Bournemouth

8th placed Bournemouth are riding high in the Championship having taken 21 points from their first thirteen games. They come into the month on the back of three straight wins in October, and have only lost two out of their last eleven games in all competitions.

Eddie Howe could well name an unchanged side with Yann Kermorgant still out suspended; Brett Pitman and Callum Wilson could well lead the line again after both netting in the midweek win over Reading.

Blues

Blues will have to make changes due to Neal Eardley being suspended; the question is if it will be Paul Caddis in the right back slot as expected or if the duo of Crosbie and Beale take note of the Scot’s recent poor performances and try Will Packwood in the role.

There will also be a decision to made on whether to bring back Randolph following his suspension or if to stick with Colin Doyle; David Davis and Stephen Gleeson should both be fit for the game.

This is going to be a tough one for Blues in that I think Bournemouth are going to be a very hard side to get a result against and yet with our horrific home record one has to hope that something will change. Personally, I’d like to see Robinson dumped out of the team for Grant Hall; I’d like to see Mitch Hancox given a run instead of Jonathan Grounds and I would contemplate leaving Gleeson out in favour of Reilly to partner Davis in midfield. I think Beale and Crosbie need to abandon the spirit of Clark and lift the crowds a bit; unfortunately I don’t think it will happen because of the lack of any depth of quality.

If you’re at the game you can meet me and my co-author Will before or after at The George where we’ll be signing books and answering questions.

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150 Responses to “Bournemouth Preview in Association with EZE Group”

  • Kazakblue says:

    Come on you Blues, warm me up, it’s -14c here and snowing, you owe the supporters a good home win, and you will do yourselves a lot of favours with the pending appointment of a new manager to win this game and others to follow.
    For myself, stick with Doyle, but I have to agree with Dan’s point about Robinson.

  • Kazakblue says:

    And to the caretaker management, shrug off the old ways of Lee Clark, stamp your authority and experience, you say you want the job on a full time basis Mr.Crosbie, do yourself a big favour and pick the team that you truly believe can go out and excite the fans and win this game.

  • DoctorD says:

    0-1 defeat.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Forget the caretakers, they’re not going to have that much influence I wouldn’t think. This game is an audition for the players. They’ll be playing for a place against Wolves, probably the new manager’s first game. So let’s see who wants it the most.

  • Mrs Crosby says:

    I really hope they change things round, being in some different players. Isn’t this the team that we were 4-0 down to within 20 minutes last year? What’s there to lose? Fans have no expectations, we’re not expected to get anything from the game, Crosby and Beake aren’t contenders for the managers job. Fans just want something to give us a glimmer of hope today.

  • Chris W says:

    I don’t think MC and RB are any different from LC so I fear much of the same until an announcement is made.
    Doyle
    Packwood, Edgar, Hall, Hancox
    Cotterill, Davis, Reilly Gray
    Arthur
    Novak

    Subs, Truman, Johnstone, Thomas, Grounds, Caddis, Shinnie, Robbo

    Leave Donaldson and Randolph out completely as I think neither have done enough to help our cause this season.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I totally agree with leaving Randolph and Donaldson out. But why not go for something completely different, something Bournemouth won’t be expecting.

      Doyle

      Packwood Edgar Hall

      Caddis Davis Reilly Hancox

      Gray

      Novak Thomas

      If we’re gonna lose, let’s go down attacking.

      • Shirley Blue says:

        Is Novak more likely to score a goal than Donaldson. Personally I don’t think so. I thought Thomas and Donaldon looked like they could forge a decent partnership at the start of the season when we put in some decent home performances against Brighton and Ipswich but a certain someone made sure that did not develop.

        • StaffsBlue says:

          I’m afraid with Donaldson, 2 goals in 12 games doesn’t earn you a place in the team in my book. Time to give someone else a crack at it. Novak, for me, works harder than anyone in the team, he holds the ball up better than anyone else and brings other players into attacks. He doesn’t panic when the ball comes to him. I think we need that up front. He did reach double figures last season too.

          • Shirley Blue says:

            I don’t think Donaldon is suited to playing on his own up front. He needs a partner and IMO Thomas with his pace and stength is more effective than Novak. The only goal I can remember Novak scoring at home was against Swansea in the cup. Clark tended to play him out wide left where he was very ineffective. If Novak does start I hope you are right. Cotterill and Gray wide with Thomas and Donadson up front looks our strongest unit to me.

          • Chris W says:

            That has been tried with very little success, the only time it looked good was at Brentford and LC took them both off against 10 men.
            Donaldson for me is not worth the money we are paying him, he should be taken to the trades description board for false advertising, a striker he definitely is not.
            KRO+DNM

        • Chris W says:

          Novak was leading scorer last season despite playing in a wide roll on the left, so yes he is more likely to score.
          He has a proven track record at this level neither Thomas or Donaldson have.
          Donaldson demanded a higher wage because of his record at Brentford, why did he leave? He has failed miserably and that is not down to LC, we have created chances for both him and Thomas with both of them guilty of missing golden opportunities that a blind man without his stick could put away.
          KRO+DNM

          • StaffsBlue says:

            I agree about Donaldson playing on his own, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that he’s missed some of the easiest chances I’ve seen in a very long time. As a team, and in the position we’re in, we can’t afford to keep throwing away opportunites to take a hold of a game when we’re on top. That’s the single biggest reason we’re in the bottom 3. Wasted chances.

      • Chris W says:

        I would consider Johnstone up front but was thinking more of how MC & RB would be looking for.
        We need to break the mould of LC and we need players to be allowed to express themselves hence Arthur and Gray.
        To be honest I am still not convinced that Cotterill is better than Duffy, I’d like to see him have a run in the team either with or without Cotterill.
        I know Cotterill has scored a couple of goals and fair play has taken his opportunity well, but I do think Duffy has been given a raw deal and that is down to how well Gray has done.
        KRO+DNM

        • Shirley Blue says:

          Putting both Arthur and Gray in last week was a disaster. Arthur in particular got bullied. It doesn’t matter what level you are at if you lose the physical battle you usually get stuffed. Cotterill is probably our best chance of a goal either directly from a free kick or delivery from wide areas.

          • Chris W says:

            My complaint from last week was that both Gray and Arthur were out wide, and so got in each others way, Gray was use to playing there and took the lead leaving Arthur looking lost.
            I would play Arthur in a free role behind a lone striker or in a 4-4-2 as a striker.
            He played both roles at Cheltenham with some success.
            KRO+DNM

          • StaffsBlue says:

            Does anyone know Gray and Arthur’s best/preferred positions? Are either a winger, or a midfielder, or a striker. They never seem to be in one position long enough to know for sure. Personally, I don’t think they should both be in the team at the same time, especially in the position we’re in. Maybe replacing one with the other during a game would be better.

      • Shirley Blue says:

        If that’s the starting line up we might as well not bother turning up. Talk about negative.

  • chudlt says:

    Better get there early today. It should be packed out! Now that Clark, CY and Pannu have gone all the stay aways have no excuse not to turn up.

  • BluesBlues says:

    No pressure on the players or the management just go out and enjoy the game. A solid back four is required for today I would like to see Packwood and Hancock in the back four as left and right back with Davies And Reily in Midfield. Up front it needs to be a two strikers and two wide men. Hoping for a victory today but can not see it, can we as supporters be the twelfth man now Mr Tinkerman Clark has departed.

    KRO Delay No More Get Out Of Our Club

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Wilson and Pitman are quick and mobile, so if we play Robbo at the back, it will be defensive suicide. We’ll see if Crosby has the balls to drop him and bring someone more mobile in like Hall. There might even be a case for 3-5-2, with Caddis and Hancox as wing backs, but not sure the caretakers would have it in them tbh.

  • Tony says:

    Yes go for it wil, be my first game of the season.
    Should have new management team installed next week, that means exit for Crosbie it has to be a completely new setup. The new man will bring his own people in and we start afresh.

  • dave mann says:

    dont know what to expect today so ime not predicting result or formation, just hopeing to see a performance that merrits us supporters going down there and spending the afternoon being entertained and not bored s——s like last week so come on…..looking forward to wolves more next week with new manager in tow…lets have it!!! KRO.

  • tttpaule says:

    Clark has put together a team of lower league players played them in the wrong positions & we were totally unbalanced as a unit, all the new manager can do with what he has is set out his best 11 in the correct positions & try to organise the best he can & try to keep a constant starting 11. Good luck to whoever comes in its going to be hard with what they have at their disposal.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I don’t think we’re anywhere near as bad as people think. If we were, we’d be getting tonked every week.. and we’re not. Teams are only just beating us, by the odd goal most of the time. Actually scoring more than one goal a game would alleviate that. I think all we need is someone who can organise the team and give the players a definite shape to adhere to.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Just had a quick deco at our results in the league this season. Take away the Wigan result and, in the other 12 games, no team has put more than two goals past us. Of the 6 games we’ve lost, we’ve failed to score in 5 of them. The only team to beat us when we’ve scored, is Fulham.

        • Shirley Blue says:

          Third from bottom. Third worst goal difference. Those are the important numbers I am afraid Staffs.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            There’s only Blackpool below us now.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            For me, the most annoying thing about today, was that anyone with any common sense could see that team was in for a belting, even with 11 men. So why, with their so-called experience in football, did Crosby and Beale not see that? They should never be allowed near the first team again.

      • Oldbluenose says:

        Oh for the gift of second sight, —8-0, Anyone join me in a suicide pact,???.

      • steve says:

        what was you saying Staffs :0

    • Oldbluenose says:

      That is what I had hoped that Crosby and Beale would have tried to do against Blackburn,
      Try different players in their, [ best ], positions instead of following a similar format to L,C,?.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Absolutely agree. You can’t throw your hat into the ring, then continue with the same format and tactics that the previous manager used. If you’re going to put yourself up as a candidate, at least have the courage of your own convictions. We’ll see what he does today.

  • Rick says:

    I’d try this:

    Doyle
    Packwood Edgar Hall Hancox
    Shea Davis Reilly Cotterill
    Gray
    Novak

  • tttpaule says:

    I think Lee Clark must have prepared the team ready for the Blackburn game so lets see what the set up is today.I agree StaffsBlue we haven’t been getting hammered but the fact is we ain’t winning enough games,i think we lack quality in important positions which with all his faults wasn’t Clarks fault. I know it sounds negative but unless the board support the new manager we will be around the bottom 3 at the end of the season.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I don’t get today’s line-up at all. Hall at right back, no Davis or Reilly. Caddis and Gleeson centre mids. All my confidence for today has just drained away.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      No neither do I. Is Gray injured – not even on the bench.
      I would never have Novak wide left – no crosses coming in from that side then.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Yes, Gray is out injured.

        He’s playing a centre back at right back, a left back at centre back, two of our weakest players in centre midfield and 3 strikers (albeit Novak on the left.)

        Sorry, I can only see a defeat with a team like that.

        • StaffsBlue says:

          Unless Crosby knows something I don’t.

          • mark says:

            tbh staffs this was accident waiting to happen they were all hoping it was going to be on clarks watch……bournemouth fully deserved their victory, they were ruthless, good luck to them imo

          • mark says:

            maybe the fans can write into the club and get a refund i know Sunderland were up in arms when their team lost to Southampton. Maybe these players need to learn a tough learning curve, and refund the fans out of their wages…….

        • Chas says:

          And what a bloody defeat Staffs, eh.. never mind , mark will be happy, and at least Crosby wont get the Managers job.

          • mark says:

            never happy to see our side get destroy, Bournemouth fully deserved their victory, entertained a thousand of their fans……….

          • StaffsBlue says:

            Thing is chas, I can’t see a single manager on the favourites list who will make a jot of difference. Rowett? Really? Phelan? he’d sh*t himself with the level of player we have. The only man for the job, is Tony Pulis… and we have 2 chances of getting him. A dog’s chance and no chance.

  • mark says:

    hey Tony might need some night nurse after this performance……….let me just check no its not clarks fault plew…….. who going to throw your blame at now no manager no coaches no pp no carson…….i think were very unlucky today……….8-0

  • StaffsBlue says:

    This has been coming for a long long time. It didn’t help with the team that was picked. It had 0-4 written all over it. At the start of the second half, we had the centre midfield we should have started with, but by then, it was much too late… it took a sending off, a goalkeeping cock-up, 3 goals and 2 substitutions to get there.

    There were players out there who shouldn’t be seen in a Blues shirt again. They know who they are. I felt sorry for Grounds, he was trying all game to cover too many areas and even get forward. Predictably, they overran him in the end. Donaldson, Gleeson, Cotterill, Novak.. no fight at all I’m afraid.

    • Chas says:

      I will name one ,Robinson. He is a disaster , and that is without seeing the Match
      .

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Davis and Reilly came on too late, they were trying to fight fires all over the pitch, with no help from anyone, other than Grounds. None of the rest deserve a place against Wolves.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      Gleeson and Caddis as a centre midfield was always asking for trouble. As is an over the hill left back in central defence and I’m sorry but Novak is so slow and useless its a joke. I think we are going down but it doesn’t need to be as bad as this. We are a joke club once again.

    • mark says:

      staffs it could have been 10 or even 12 the points were already won it the first half by Bournemouth……coming out for the second half was more about playing for pride……

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Other than 2 or 3 players, there wasn’t much of that. Most of the players should be hanging their heads in shame at their lack of effort. It’s going to be carnage on the BM’s Rate the Players page later.

        • mark says:

          if anyone get above 3 i will be amazed… not looking forward to the wolves game with any great conviction…….they will double that no doubt

          • StaffsBlue says:

            Grounds, Davis and Reilly will get a 6 from me for their efforts. The rest will get a 1.

          • mark says:

            for me staffs Doyle should have been given the nod today just my opinion….

          • StaffsBlue says:

            Everybody knew that except Crosby. Let’s hope the new manager has more sense. There were a lot of boos around the ground when Randolph gifted them the second goal. Not sure if it was aimed directly at him, although it appeared to be.

        • Chris W says:

          I think the old slide rule should start at minus and work down, I can’t see any player warranting more than a 0+.
          Grounds maybe, it wasn’t his fault he was picked to play centre back, but it does answer one question, a centre back he isn’t.
          I’m still dumbfounded.
          KRO+DNM

  • BlueSteve says:

    These kind of results will probably keep happening for the rest of the season. The owners have been greedy and tried to get more for the club that it is worth. Now they are going to going to have a league 1 club worth £5 million tops. In a perverse way relegation would be a good things as Carson et al will get very little for our poor pilleged club!! KRO to league 1

  • Art says:

    Possibly one of the darkest days in the history of the club.

    The owners and LC should hang their head in shame but they won’t of course because the fans are funding their expensive life style

    As for your disgraceful comments Mark-This team was acquired by Clark..

    Keep to what you do best- writing letters to Father Xmas!

    • mark says:

      art clark was no where near the ground …..you thought getting rid of clark would solve all the problems, and it come back to bite you all on the arse…….with references to my comments no i wont lie down for you or any of the so=call scare mongers…….as for quiet not chance buddy…………..

      • Art says:

        These players were recruited by Clark not the current tempary management-that’s the point I’m making and he was only part of the Cancer running through this great club.Why do you think he was fired when the club couldn’t financially afford to fire him- I gues you will say” he was hounded out of a job by the likes of me”-truth is we are and have been for a long while paying the heavy price of his complete incompetence so wake up Mark.

    • Blue in Spain says:

      Hang on when Birmingham were losing in Clarks early days it was a team acquired by Hughton, yet you still blamed Clark, you cant have it both ways! and you said it wasn’t personal with Clark! Tosh!

      • mark says:

        get in there BIS they sometimes forget…… absent minded on what they have already said……deary me

  • StaffsBlue says:

    It’s hard not to wish for relegation now… just to get rid of the disease that is BIHL. The chinese water torture had nothing on this rabble.

    • bluenoserob says:

      How will getting us relegated speed up a sale? they will just go on slashing the wage bill and we will keep sinking.

  • BlueSteve says:

    Who would want to manage us now? Its it true that even Gary Rowett would prefer to stay at a league 2 club. To be honest I wouldn’t blame him !! Jose Morinho would struggle to save us now. I hate Tom Ross’s mindless optimism. The guy needs to wake up and realise the state we are in. Football is fairly simple. Good players = good results. I don’t agree with peoples assessment that our players are under achieving. We have maybe 1 championship quality player a couple of decent kids and a couple of tryers,

    • mark says:

      clark told all the reality in the BM BUT some saw it as mindless spin

      • BlueSteve says:

        I have to say that wasn’t really a defence of Clarke. I think the truth is that LC had a very tough job given his resources. But he used the resources he was given very poorly indeed.

      • Shirley Blue says:

        If anyone should know about mindless its you mate.

        • mark says:

          try not to be too sour……

          • StaffsBlue says:

            Mark, with all due respect mate, this isn’t the time to be winding people up. Supporters are hurting bad after a performance like that and we all need a few days to get it out of our system. No offence intended.

          • mark says:

            none intended but the same shit different day spring to mind…..the continual insults towards clark is below their age range……vented towards clark day in day out before his sacking…yes the genuine supporters of course.. the constant mickey takers can go jump who dont mind dish it out, when some comes their way they cannot take it…… staffs this was a result most of them on here would loved to have wrapped clark up in a little ball, and continued their hell bent dislike for him.

            imo the players totally missed clark today because i believe this result would have probably never happened under clark….

    • Shirley Blue says:

      Too right. We finished last season with only four genuine Championship quality players -Zigic, Macheda, Burke and Huws. Now for me we have one – Gray and he will be off.

  • RichardM says:

    Rowett now please (that’s if he still wants to come!). New manager has a massive obstacle to deal with now, if he didn’t have enough already. Ccan’t see Phelan having ever experienced anything like this before with the kind of player’s he’s used to dealing with. My concern now is that today’s result might mean they’re both having second thoughts.

    • BlueSteve says:

      Have to agree. I very much doubt Phelan could handle this mess. Maybe Gary Rowett who is more used to dealing with liitedp layerscan ignite a bit of passion in this lot. So I would be happy to back him. I have ti say though. If he saves us the man would be a genius in my eyes. Thats how difficult ajob this is now.

  • Blue lizard says:

    Bloody disgrace…….IF ever proof that an experienced manager was. Needed then that was it.Although it’s all very well giving young managers a “got to start somewhere” this isn’t the time a tough attitude and no nonsense is needed….tonight I’m ashamed of that team and my beer tastes s..t

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Whoever comes in has to go right back to basics and teach players how to receive and control the ball and how to pass to a team mate.

    As daft as it sounds, Bournemouth weren’t fantastic, but they didn’t have to be. Their biggest strength is that they can pass to each other and not lose the ball. If you can do that, the other team won’t see much of the ball.. and we didn’t. The rest is easy…. and it was for Bournemouth.

    • mark says:

      imo staffs they were more ruthless…..shocking really when a sub comes on, and gets a goal, and then gets another two for his hat-trick all in the same half…………

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Tbh mark, I think there’s only Blackpool who wouldn’t have strolled through us with ease today… and even then I’m not so sure. Bournemouth didn’t have to be ruthless, every goal was handed to them on a plate.

        • mark says:

          Bournemouth hit the post twice, they need to regroup, only there can remove the bitter taste left in supporters mouths starting with wolves……

  • bcfc1975 says:

    well mark got to agreed with you there matey

  • Atahualpa is a BlueNose says:

    Today should act as a warning of what will happen if positive and decisive action is not taken with regards to the management, funding of the team/players and the ownership issue.

    It really is quite unbelievable how far we have regressed as a club, team and set of supporters in the last few, crappy years.

    Rowett is probably not the right fit for us at this stage. We have a team with limited capabilities, no money and fans who are stopping their attendance for various reasons. What we need is a manager who has experience of working in this harsh division, will command instant respect and total focus from the team and can and who will remain in control regardless of the shite flying in his direction – be it from HK, the players, the media or even us, the fans. Neither Rowett or Phelan have ever had to deal with such hostile and limiting factors. If the decision-makers have any judgment and wish to try and steady our fast sinking ship, they will try and get someone who can hopefully make a sudden impact and placate things until at least the end of the current campaign. They should use any funds, however limited, to recruit someone who wants or needs a short-term contract and might wish to review the situation next summer. With a fairly inexperienced manager such as Rowett possibly coming in, will the players take to him considering his age and previous post?
    Will he be able to make an immediate assessment and identify the weak links (of which there is many)?
    Can he then rectify the situation under the ridiculous constraints?

    Those arseholes in HK really have ripped apart what was once a club that had finally managed to make others sit-up and take notice, and given its fans something to really be proud of.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Absolutely agree with every word. Trouble is, how many managers can you think of that could do the job? Pulis I think is way beyond us.. the only other one.. and we’d have to find the compensation etc from somewhere, would be Mad Mick. Scratching my head, I truly can’t think of another manager good enough, or affordable enough, to take this job on.

      • Atahualpa is a BlueNose says:

        Pulis would’ve been an ideal fit, but we can forget about him.

        I really don’t know the answer. What I do know is, anyone who comes in will have to be a resolute so and so, with no time for bullshit and will have to hit the ground running whilst having the ability to shake things up with the team who are currently deficient in so many ways.

  • Harbsbleu says:

    If anyone said to me a few days after winning the carling cup, we would concede 12? Goals at home to Bournemouth in 2014, I would have laughed. As our famous club faces extinction, we have ourselves to blame. We should have protested, rioted, civil disobedience, anything to oust these odious owners out. Sadly it is all too late and I am kicking myself for parting with hard earned dosh and renewing season tickets. KRO.

  • BluesBlues says:

    I’m convinced that Crosby wrang his mate before selecting the team because the selection had all the trade marks of playing players out of position.

    I left when the forth goal went in something I have never done in fifty years of supporting my beloved team.

    When we get a new manager perhaps the FA can appoint a referee who knows the rules of the game, we have had the most awful referring decisions of late although this is no excuse for today’s none performance KRO

  • Tony says:

    Well Well what a shocking lamentable display, If Crosby has thrown his hat ito the ring for the managers job I hope somone threw it out again and quick, when I heard the name Crosby I thought it was a football man I didnt realise they had actually dug Bing up.
    Clarks prints were all over this, it was his team and his backroom staff, playing two ballet dacers in midfield was errrrrrrr brilliant where were Reilly, davis? I can play better than Robbo now.
    These are dark days we are now desperate for a new manager, a clean sweep of everything and anything ever touched by that charlatan Clark has to be gone by monday morning that includes the recentlye exhumed Bing andd his mate. let them f— off and quick

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I absolutely have to agree that a totally clean slate is needed throughout. There’s something fundamentally bad throughout the club for a display like this to happen. I’m not defending anyone in all this, but maybe the previous manager was just about holding it all together by the skin of his teeth… by luck or judgement I don’t know.

      But, that’s in the past now. Let’s concentrate on the Wolves game and hope to God that we bring in a manager who knows what he’s doing. If not, I don’t have a scoobies where we’ll end up.

      • mark says:

        sadly that’s not going to happen any time soon, maybe if a new manager can hold back the free-fall we are now in until January, the likes of gray will probably be used to generate money in January, maybe with a couple of decent loans who knows…….definately gonna need a bigger plug…..

        • StaffsBlue says:

          Well, it’s obvious we’re going to need 3 or 4 better quality players to even have a chance. If Gray has to be sacrificed for the good of the team, then so be it.

        • Tony says:

          Mark get back to your day job looking after those poor kids I thought your disibility was physical looks like it is mental too.

  • Blue in Spain says:

    Can you believe Leeds have just sacked their manager! Only 3 more managers to Christmas!

  • Marky mark says:

    Predictable very predictable, it’s going to take a while for the club to rid itself of the disease Lee Clark and his cronies have infected us with, be in no doubt if Clark had been there today the score would still read 0-8, there will be some dark days ahead and further pain to come I’m sure, but for now we need to wait for the filth that run the club to sell out.

    League one beckons, and I don’t care because we will be there with a new manager, New owners and
    The real fans who will never walk away KRO

  • StaffsBlue says:

    For me, the only managers who can sort this out, are Pulis and McCarthy. If Rowet gets it, I’m afraid he’ll be on a hiding to nothing. Does he really want to damage his career so early?

  • Tony says:

    That display was little to do with ability, and everything to do with character they were to a man an utter disgrace .
    There is something fudametally wrong at the club, every one of the old guard must go for too long they have been milking the club dry and not just the hk brigade.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      That result and performance would have shamed the Conference, let alone the Championship.

      • mark says:

        Sunderland took a tonking off Southampton going back though previous seasons with blues many years ago you would get funny results win 4-0 at home same players lose 6-0 away, same players lose 3-0 at home, same players win 5-3 away……what we must not forget this what makes football never dull…….. i can say for sure but if blues went to wolves, and won 3-0 say…..

  • BlueSteve says:

    I do kind of agree that an experienced manager would be the safest bet. However nobody can give me a name of an experienced manager who would come. Therefore if no experienced manager is available I feel like we have to go for Rowett. He can be appointed quickly (which is essential) and with his Blues connection I think the fans will get behind him.

  • Marky mark says:

    No manager in there right mind is gonna want this job, doomed I tell you, doomed

    Calling Barry Fry we need You mate, if only to cheer us up

  • Mark fewtrell says:

    I can not support hong Kong United any longer I believe it is time for fans to turn their backs on the club as it currently exists. This is not Birmingham CIty and the financial starvation of the club by fans is the only tool we have to get rid of these bloodsuckers . One day when they have gone and the blues return I will be there to support them no matter what league they are in. I would rather our great club cease to exist than for it to rot under this corrupt ownership

  • This was an accident waiting to happen.no investment,never will be under….whoever it is who owns/ runs the club. Who knows,but we need clarity,answers from somebody within the club about where our future lies,if in fact we he have one. I am sick of my football club being torn to pieces and being run into the ground by people who it appears have no love or interest in our football club. Our football club is dying a very slow death and something has got to happen soon or we will not have a football club to support. FED UP TO THE BACK TEETH with this lot.

  • BluesBlues says:

    How to kill a football club

    Sell it to people who have no affinity to the club

    Sell all your players at knock down prices

    Employ a manager and his mates who do not have a clue

    Fail to engage with your supporters

    Invest in third rate players

    Fail to win or play well at home for three years

    Can we be saved only time will tell but we will be back

  • BangBang!! says:

    Where have the Football League been through all of this? They passed the HK joker as fit to own our club. Now I fear I won’t have a team to support by next season. There’s been some ups and downs in the past 40 years of support but this is just getting stupid now!

    • StaffsBlue says:

      The Football League wouldn’t even pass their own fit & proper test… and that’s saying something.

  • peter says:

    Billy Davies anyone?

  • Where is it all gonna end guys,ladies. ? We”re staring into the abyss.

  • DoctorD says:

    I hate to go one about this but I still blame the Golds and Sullivan for selling us to this dodgy owner Carson Yeung. For £80m. They just had greed in their eyes and now look where we are.

    • Harbsbleu says:

      And look where they are 4th in the premiership with Karen prancing around with Sugar in the apprentice !!!

      • Mr_Crosby says:

        They will do exactly the same with West Ham, just wait till they get their hands on the Olympic Stadium.

  • Bluenosesol says:

    As I said yesterday, it doesnt matter who we get in as manager and none of the arguments about how we got to where we are today matter. The fact is that until there are a bunch of people thousands of miles away who dont give a toss for BCFC. They are hanging on to the club for dear life as we are their final throw of the dice. Until they are mortally wounded, they will not let go of their grip. The only weapon that can mortally wound this enemy of ours is administration. Roll on!!

  • BluesBlues says:

    Where does it end , today I hope it ends with the last of Lee Clark and his mates nightmare of football tactics, I’m sure Crosby spoke to Lee Clark before today’s game.

    I welcome the new manager and perhaps some common sense in team selections, players played in there correct positions, players that want to play for the club, the end of favourites, the end of discrimination against players that don’t agrre with the manger, the end of loan players making up the numbers in our reserve team

    KRO

  • AussieBlue says:

    It’s heartbreaking to see us lose something that is the most valuable asset in football…pride. BCFC (who I still love and support) is now officially a zombie club. Walking dead. Zombie performance, zombie no-manager, zombie owners.

    Grit your teeth lads, the rest of the season is going to be like the Somme. Only when we have gotten rid of BIH will things even look like turning around. That is where the problem lies; lock stock and stinking, festering, putrid barrel.

    The 0-8 Bournemouth loss was not football…it wasn’t ‘just’ a bad performance; it wasn’t a mere shambles. It was an abject capitulation by a dejected, managerless, down-trodden football club that threw all the rules of professional-level soccer out of the window.
    KRO all the same mates.

  • Darren wise says:

    Dan,

    We need to target the HK stock exchange… And make it embarrassing for them. You said the real value to BIHL is the HK stock market listing… Threatening that will / might get the club sold quicker!!

    Boycotting the team, shouting at the players.. Is not the answer. My son was in tears yesterday, he supports the blues because I do, and I support them because my dad does…. I love the club.

    I think we ‘fans’ can do something, and targeting the listing is the first thing. Maybe a petition (www.change.org) is a starting point… Lobbying MP’s ?? To raise the plight of our club in questions… / ambassador level.

    If we can make HK feel like BIHL are damaging their reputation… Might help? Reading the comments above for months now, it seems people want to do something…they just do not know what

    • almajir says:

      I hate to say this as well, but the HKSE don’t care. They really, really, really don’t care.

      The ones to target are the FL.


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