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The Bigger Malaise Surrounding Blues
Judging by the comments on here many of the people who read this blog felt as badly as I did after the game. There are some very unhappy people on this side of Birmingham right now – a feeling I can empathise with as I wasn’t best pleased either – yet I fear that there is a bigger malaise that people are only just becoming aware of.
I’m not in the Clark Out camp. We’ve played nine competitive games under Clark, or just over 14 hours of football. In my mind that’s not enough time to decide that someone should get the Spanish Archer – but I will confess my alarm and concern about how Blues have played this season. I don’t subscribe to some of the more bizarre conspiracies out there and I never really go for looking at “body language” of him, the players or the coaches – but I will profess my worry that Blues look so clueless at times, that players who played well last season look so average this year.
However badly we’ve played this season though, the absolute stone cold fact is right now Blues can’t afford to sack Clark and his coaching staff. It’s not as simple as giving them their p45s and directions to the local jobcentre – there has to be negotiated settlements which would be a minimum of three, probably six months pay – and that would run in to the hundreds of thousands of pounds if not millions. If Blues can’t afford to sign anyone to cover injuries, what makes people think that they can afford to sack a coaching setup and bring in a new load? It’s not going to happen. The only way for Blues to break their contracts would be for the staff to resign… and right now I don’t see that happening either.
The fact is right now Blues are in a bad place. We’ve got a team full of injuries – only two fit senior defenders, three if you count Ben Gordon – and I’ve heard talk that Blues need to shift someone else out to bring in cover. The low gates are not helping the situation either as the club is making lower than expected monies on ticket sales, which impacts what they can spend money on… and the club are in a bind there because they cannot drop the match day prices for more than four games because of football league rules.
What Peter Pannu who was sat in the Director’s area for his first game this season made of all this is anyone’s guess. The newly appointed Executive Director, MD, and CEO of BIH will have seen the team taken apart in front of a dwindling crowd – half of which were roaring their disapproval of his boss and good friend Carson Yeung as the goals rained in. It’s my hope that the lack of money through the gate and the performance on the pitch will cause him to pick the phone to Hong Kong to tell Carson that maybe it’s time to cut his losses and to sell for what he can get for the club.
Because as much as it pains me to say this, this malaise surrounding the club won’t be lifted until the current regime have gone. The money has run out, the club is slowly dying as fans drift away and as results go against it and the longer it goes on, the less chance Blues will have of reaching the big time in the near future and it’s value will drop further.
I know people want things fixed quickly but it’s not going to happen. Any sale would require shareholder approval and even if a price was agreed today I don’t think it could be completed until the start of November at the earliest. Right now, we have no choice but to grin and bear it until things can change. It’s going to be painful, it’s going to be unpleasant and until an offer for the club is accepted, it’s not going to change any time soon. I used to think that the future would be Blue – especially after winning the Carling Cup but right now it looks very black to me.