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Breaking the Vicious Circle
Here’s a question for you, dear reader. If Blues were say in the top six of the Championship rather than the bottom six, do you think Blues fans would be as angry about the current situation as the current trends on social media seem to portray?
It’s not a massive stretch of insight to see the malaise that surrounds Birmingham City at the moment. One can easily feel it on the terraces – there is a tension in the air and it feels like that there is a lot of pent-up anger and frustration. In the last two games I’ve seen two arguments on the terraces between fans on the terraces that had the potential to turn ugly – and this is in the family stand. It’s almost as if people are expecting a poor performance, goals to be conceded and another three dropped points and that tension is causing ill feeling to flow.
Bearing in mind the way we have played this season it’s not hard to understand why people would think that would happen either. The team seems to lack confidence – one can visibly see heads drop when a goal is conceded and the team has sunk to the all-time low of having a pre-match huddle to try to whip up the necessary enthusiasm and spirit to try to win a game. The manager cuts a lone figure in the technical area, shouting at the players whilst taking the brickbats from the fans telling him to foxtrot oscar. It’s like the whole club is in this vicious circle – they have no money to sign good players, so they are stuck with what they have and they can’t cut it, meaning we play worse and gates become lower, meaning we have even less money… and again, it’s easy to visualise this as a death spiral into oblivion.
I want you to imagine though that instead of that, Blues were playing with some of the vim of vigour (and dare I say it luck) of last year. Imagine Stephen Carr and David Murphy hadn’t broken down with injury; that Keith Fahey hadn’t had to return home and that Darren Ambrose’s knee hadn’t turned to mush. Imagine if a few of the games Blues have lost due to not being able to hang on they had clung on; that some of the downright abominations like Barnsley hadn’t happened. Would the anger still be there? Would people feel so frustrated, so helpless and so annoyed sitting in the stands?
I think we wouldn’t be. I think that like last season, people would be behind the team (despite adversity) and that whilst the songs against Carson would continue (as they did last year) it wouldn’t be in the same manner of hate and vitriol but more triumph despite the crap that had gone on.
I think we’ve all lost hope. I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to work that out, but I believe that people need to understand that the reason we feel so bad is because our hopes of getting out of this mess via promotion have all but evaporated. Rather than believing in the team, in the club, the players and the manager we’ve lost faith in them all and now people are looking for someone to blame for this loss of hope.
As much as blaming someone and wanting them to feel one’s righteous wrath feels like the right thing to do, I don’t think it helps. I think right now as fans we need to break this vicious circle of despair, of frustration and of faithlessness. As hard as it is to believe in the team or the manager right now I think we have to try to give them our backing so that maybe they’ll continue to believe in themselves and maybe, just maybe they’ll be able to affect the situation by pulling us out of the relegation mire.
Blues have been in this situation before – worse even, in fairness – and they’ve come through it. If we get relegated and/or put into administration it’ll be hard to take and we’ll have to deal with those challenges if and when they present themselves. However, right now it’s my belief that until the opportunity arises that we can do more to aid the club, right now the best way to make the club an inviting prospect to new owners is to try to support our team.