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When the highlight of the game is watching Lee Novak in goal…

Birmingham City slipped to another home defeat against Bolton Wanderers yesterday. The Trotters, playing their first game under new manager Neil Lennon took the lead in the first half thanks to a Matt Mills header at a corner and despite missing a penalty held it until the end.

I’ll be honest and say that line is unfair on Dimmi Gray who I thought was a bright creative spark but the truth is as a game it was awful. I can’t remember a time during the game when I felt we were on top and were going to get anything out of it; equally I don’t remember thinking at any point that Bolton were any great shakes either.

The sending off was always going to happen; the comical back pass from Paul Caddis (who had a game to forget), Darren Randolph not coming out quickly enough and then when he did come out, there was only going to be one ending. The upshot was seeing Lee Novak pull on the keepers shirt (is that every position in the park he’s played now?) followed by Craig Davies showing that he’d watched Chris Waddle’s masterclass on penalty taking.

It also means Colin Doyle will be in goal for his first league appearance since the Blackpool playoff games in 2012 due to Randolph’s suspension – that is unless Novak’s short spell between the sticks has convinced Clark that he’s the answer there. You wouldn’t be surprised would you?

I’ve always liked to think I’m reasonable but I’m at a loss to understand why Clark is still employed by the club. It’s one thing to have poor players – I accept ours are limited – but as a manager it’s Clark’s job to get the most out of them and I don’t believe he does. His substitutions smacked of desperation yesterday – when Thomas came on it reminded me of being at school and seeing the whole team converge on the ball on the playground because we were that shapeless. Players didn’t know their roles and it was only due to the profligacy and frankly ineptitude of the Bolton attack that they didn’t bury us – they were breaking four on one at least twice.

As I understand it, there are political issues within the club – apparently Panos can’t do anything like talk to the fans or change staff because Pannu is hanging around like a bad smell and refusing to go quietly – as if any of us thought he would – and he would veto/be litigious about anything. As much as I can see that it takes delicate steps I’m sick of it; for just once I wish someone at BIH would actually take the bull by the horns and get on with it. Since Carson’s arrest in 2011 the holding company has been rudderless, leaderless and lurching from one crisis to the next. Sometimes there is a time for being delicate and not making waves – and sometimes you’ve just got to jump in where it hurts and deal with the consequences. This is one of those times.

Tom Ross spoke on the Goalzone after the game about the danger of apathy setting in and Blues fans accepting the situation – I fear that has already happened. Blues fans have never been the most unified anyway – we’re all fiercely independent and proud of having our own views on things – but that lack of unity means that when the going gets tough we just grumble. The moment anyone sticks their head above the parapet to try and do something they get shot at – “you don’t speak on my behalf”, “who put you in charge”, accusations of cliques and whatnot – and what happens is people decide it would be nicer to have a quiet life instead.

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97 Responses to “When the highlight of the game is watching Lee Novak in goal…”

  • rjw says:

    Gray? I didn’t notice he was on the pitch until his little bit of skill late in 2nd half. For me, he produces nothing unless coming off the bench to run at tired legs

  • DoctorD says:

    I remember seeing us beat Bristol City and send them down at the end of the 2012-13 season. They looked absolutley awful but now, after a mediocre season last year, they are roaring to the top of League One. My point is: with a decent manager and a bit of oomph about the place, winning football games can come easily. BIHL bought us when we were riding high and there was so much cash sloshing around that it was hard to do much wrong. They are absolutely the wrong owners for a club in our position.

  • Tms blues says:

    It’s all very sad. Surely Bihl will see that they cannot afford to stick with this twerp in charge of team matters. As long as he is there we are heading down the leagues and towards nil value to the owners! So if they think they have share price issues now wait till we face relegation. Clark is the worst manager I have ever known at blues I reckon. He has the worst home record ever yet still talks utter rubbish after each match trying to explain his decisions and results. What a plonker… Sack him now !

  • Kaje says:

    Another great article!

    I really don’t know what we have to do for Clark to finally be sacked. One home win in over 365 days is a record no other club in the country (or dare I say world) would tolerate.

    The fans need to start vocalising their dissatisfaction at games. There simply has to be chants of Clark Out – but I fear the majority are far too apathetic to bother, or have been conned into thinking our on-field issues are solely based on financials.

    I wager there are more of the latter than the former.

    Clark is a lovely man, but a terrible manager. He has to go, and soon. Any longer and the BIH share price will have plummeted to an unsaleable position and Blues will be beyond salvation in terms of league position.

    Let’s stop the rot and bring someone else in. Who? Absolutely anyone. It’s statistically improbable for anyone to do any worse.

    • Kaje says:

      Just to add re: financials – we had a better home record when the Kumars were in charge…

    • DoctorD says:

      Statistically impossible? Not quite…that would involve losing every single game. We play ok now and then, just not consistently enough and look rudderless.

      • Kaje says:

        Did I say impossible? No. I said improbable, as in it is highly unlikely that anybody would do a worse job.

        Lee Clark is a terrible manager, and is failing this club. He simply has to go.

    • Tms blues says:

      Just so right. There will soon be no one present at matches to chant anything. He’s killed the crowd and the team too. Any management change would be an improvement…. First home game we will win once Clark is gone he’s a nightmare. MalkyMcKay will be one decent manager desperate enough to sign up for us despite our ownership and financial issues. Sack Clark for goodness sake!

      • Chris W says:

        I think we should relieve LC of his duties, but him on gardening leave if necessary,it can only be good for team, club and supporters morale.
        Worry about the consequences afterwards, even if it means going to a tribunal.

        • StaffsBlue says:

          At the start of the season, I said I’d give Clark until Xmas, to see if we were in or around the bottom 3. I think it was (correct me if I’m wrong) yourself and dave mann who said 10-12 games would be enough, so I duly acquiesced and went with along that.

          We’re now on 12 games and we’re around the bottom 3…. so I’m big enough to say, it’s time for a change. Probably the sooner the better, but, no matter how much we wish it, BIHL are a law unto themselves, so it’s a case of wait and see. Until then, I’ll fully support the team, no matter who’s in charge. I can’t say fairer than that.

          • Chris W says:

            Call me a glutton for punishment but I will carry on with my 100 mile round journey plus some away games, (Many are in Yorkshire so less travelling) and as always will get behind the team. I think that merits me the right to bitch and moan about both players and management alike.
            Even in the dark Wheldon days I never turned on the team and as I am heading towards my twilight years I am not about to start.
            Yes it was me and Dave that said 10 to 12 games and here we are, out of one cup and floundering in the basement of the Championship and time to re-assess.
            We are a quarter of the season played and although we have seen some better football and created sack loads of chances, even Saturday we had 15 shots (5 on target) and 7 corners, we don’t look as if the team are playing for each other in any strength or depth, we need someone to galvanise them into a unit both defensively and when attacking and I’m sorry to say LC has had enough time to do that or at least show some improvement, especially at home where we seem to be worse than last season.
            So I think now is the time to bring in fresh ideas before the winter sets in and the pitches become heavy, this bunch seem to tire too quickly, so are the fitness levels too low?

  • Nigel block 9 says:

    why is lc still in a job the worse home record in history of the club formations out of this world, plays 4411 at home to the team at the bottom without a league away win this season. Should have been sack at the end of last season, hopefully it will happen on Monday. Also can someone tell me when was the last time we won back to back league games.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      He should have been sacked after the 0-5 against Barnsley two years ago when I started saying he should have gone. Clark has just made a bad situation worse with his ineptness.

      • ian g says:

        Absolutely agree with this comment, it was clear two years ago he was out of his depth and yet so many on here thought he would come good. Even at the end of last season too many were saying give him till xmas, for what reason? , pig headed loyalty serves no reason when it leads you to disaster
        When you look at the fixtures coming up unless he goes now Blackpool and us will be goners by xmas. Get Steve Clarke in, get Mackay in , whilst I think about it get almost anyone in but him. I feel his a passionate man who probably a good youth coach , but a manager do me a favour
        Mark still professing blind loyalty ?? if so I presume you wish for third tier football

        • mark says:

          you have every right to vent your disagreement mate……again we were unlucky in a match that we had 15 shots on goal, and to lose by goal because we should have defended better imo…..no opinion has not changed……….

  • alex hurley says:

    I didn’t go yest but have seen all our other home games. Now I’m not a Clark apologist, and I agree his position should now be untenable. However, like you Daniel, I see myself as a reasonable man and would like to point out 2 things.

    1. Clark has the lowest budget in the league. That us not his fault.

    2. In order for sacking him to be a good idea, we have to replace him with better. Who is there who is available, affordable & amenable who meets this criteria? I am unsure.

    I will be there next sat and fully expect to see another defeat.

    • steve says:

      You don’t know who wants the job until it’s advertised. despite our financial problems i still think it’s a job a few would want.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        I think there may be plenty, but there wasn’t exactly a queue around the block last time. The trouble is, the good ones might well be out of our reach financially.. and most of the ones we could afford probably wouldn’t be suitable. One thing’s for certain, whoever decides on the next manager, better get it right.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      That is the major factor for me. Who would be available/suitable/affordable to bring in. To say anyone is just asking for trouble. It has to be the right man for the job and, at the moment, I doubt you’d need one hand to count the sensible options. One man who would have been ideal was alluded to by DoctorD earlier, Steve Cotterill. He has enough experience and he thinks differently to most other managers. Although he’s not an option, that’s the kind of man we should be looking for.

      My choice? It wouldn’t be popular, but I’d give Gary Megson a call. He has bags of experience, he can organise a team pretty quickly and he knows the area. Even if it’s just until the end of the season.

    • Tms blues says:

      You just don’t understand ….. Anyone would be better…. Or no one would be better!

    • Shirley Blue says:

      £300k pa I have heard he is on. We will have plenty of good applicants. You have to be an MD of a PLC to get that kind of money in the real world. It makes me puke to think he has been getting that over the last couple of years

  • GoodyBlueShoes says:

    Did the 400 mile round trip yet again from my home in North Yorkshire to watch the team I have supported for 44 years. I won’t be doing it again until something changes. Given that we cannot afford new players we have to have a manager that is a) Tactically aware b) That has the man-management skills to get the best out of the players we have. Clark has consistently shown that he is clueless when it comes to setting out a team and I get the feeling that the players do not have the greatest respect for the guy. There are managers out there in lower leagues that could offer a whole lot more.

  • Tightlines says:

    4 points against Milwall and Charlton keeping the same team… great, there is light at the end of the tunnel. So what does LC do.. changes the team. Not only that he more or less tells Neil Lennon in an article in the Birmingham mail that he possibly could be playing Koby and Demarai together. Well there is nothing like telling the opposition your plans.
    I’ve been very patient with LC but enough is enough. LC, you are making too many mistakes. Regretfully us fans appear to be powerless to do anything about it.

  • Peter Bates says:

    Have we not long ago stopped paying peter pannu one million pound a year give some of that to a new manager Clark has to go and if he loved the club as much has he says he should resign

  • Oldbluenose says:

    Daniel;, It is understood that Pavlakis, is in Hong Kong at present,?. do you think that is perhaps trying to clarify the present situation that prevails at St,Andrews, with a view of ” actually ” being in charge, therefore actually being allowed to run the club properly, ??.

    • almajir says:

      I think he was at the game yesterday ;)

      • Tony says:

        I have been saying for quite a while now that people have to get vociferous in their condemnation of Clark, I’m fully aware that is difficult for some people who find it alien to their nature, but it is the only way he might respond.
        Sitting there in silence with glum faces will not work, even I am beginning to feel sorry for the poor wretch he has not got a clue what to do next.
        Everyone should respond to leave him in no doubt what the fans think of him, maybe then honour may prevail and he will fall on his sword.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    For me, the best thing that came out of yesterday’s game, is that Doyle will be given a chance. I hope to God that he does well.

    • Kaje says:

      Of our last four managers, only one has seen Colin Doyle has having enough talent to start matches – that lasted a single season, and a few cup matches since. That should speak volumes about his ability, when every manager he has played under has looked to bring in someone else as soon as humanly possible.

      • steve says:

        Tbf to Doyle,look at the competition he’s had over the years.Three England goalkeepers for a start and an international in Taylor.

        • Kaje says:

          The fact remains that managers actively sought replacements for him. If they thought he was good enough, they wouldn’t have bothered.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            So you’d prefer to persist with Randolph? For me, he’s clearly been responsible for a lot of the goals conceded this year. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t have any competition and knows, however badly he plays, he’ll be kept in for the next game. Why should he be any different to the other players? Robinson for instance.

          • steve says:

            You don’t turn down England goalkeepers when they become available.

          • Kaje says:

            Yes, I’d persist with Randolph. He has been nowhere near as bad as people think – he’s playing behind a defence that includes the likes of the shortest centre half in the country. He’s saved us quite a few goals so far this season, and was superb last season despite a leaky defence. He’s the best we have.

          • Chris W says:

            I’d argue the contrary, he flaps at crosses, his punches are weak, his wall building and positioning leave a lot to be desired and he is easily beaten on his near post, add to that his ball distribution is very poor and he likes the big boot up field even knowing our forwards are being beaten time after time.
            He is a good shot stopper and, yes he saved a few goals last season but then add that to the ones he conceded, the goal at Bolton was a classic and almost sent us down.
            I’m not saying Doyle is the absolute answer but he deserves the opportunity to make the job his, it will be up to him now.
            Be interesting to see if Townsend will be called back or will Novak kept in reserve, I have noticed one or two teams lately not naming a GK on the bench, I think Ipswich have done it a couple of ties this season already

          • Tony says:

            Steve point is a good one,three England keepers and an Irish international were in front of Doyle , he deserves his chance, Randolph has been poor ever since he arrived.

          • RichardM says:

            Kaje, like anyone he needs a run of games. I remember him playing really well in the 06-07 promotion team when he had a run of 15 or so games, he started the next season as first choice in the Premier, made one bad mistake against West Ham that cost us the game and was seemingly never forgiven by Steve Bruce. Personally I’d give him a chance, Randolph has not (IMO) done enough to justify he’s continued selection. My only question mark over Doyle is his ambition, why has he been happy to play second fiddle for the past 7 years?

        • Shirley Blue says:

          Doyle isn’t that great. Don’t forget the play off semi finals against Blackpool. He was hopeless.

  • Alex moss says:

    This was so surreal on my fifa game…I had no spare keeper and Randolf go off only to put Novak in goal on the morning before the Bolton game…..

  • BlueSteve says:

    After a recent slump in the BIHL share price as I understand it the company is now worth about £20 million. Is there not an opportunity for someone to mount an aggressive takeover by purchasing a few shares? I guess this is not being considered as not enough shares are in the public domain. Maybe if one of the larger shareholders agreed to sell a buyer could just purchase BIHL and this nightmare will be over.

  • Chris W says:

    I think any half decent parks team manager could do the job just as well if not better than LC, I would defy anyone to do worse.
    Someone somewhere needs to take the gloves off and stop this pussy-footing around. We keep hearing the argument “We can’t afford to sack him”, well can we afford to keep him?
    Not only is there no fight on the pitch there is nothing from the stands either, no atmosphere, we are constantly out voiced by the opposing supporters and as Dan stated, anyone willing to put their heads above the parapet is shot down.
    We see glimpses of what we are capable of, we see it away form home so why is it so dreadful at home, has the gypsies curse returned, should the players paint their soles red again, play in our away kit at home, like everyone else I am at a loss as to the problem to our home record, but the buck has to stop somewhere and that lies with the manager.

  • edd77 says:

    It’s all a bit predictable, I think thats enough for me I’ll go for tf thing against forest
    But I’m done until new owners, and of course that means administration because these shower wont sell ,what a mess! I used to really look forward to match day, the beer before and watching us always compete at st Andrews, now football ruins my and I’m sure your weekends

  • Daz says:

    To be honest most people can not be bothered to go to the games these days and the reasons for this are that Clark is a very poor manager,I have seen some of the Clark denfenders on blues forums saying we have the cheapest team in the division bar one team which is Rotherham which is complete and utter rubbish because there are teams which worth less or a similar amount of money to our team baring Blackpool are all doing better than us because they have a better manager.

    Full details here

    Also what the parent company are doing I don’t know, no new information in the press for fans, they are not even communicating with us, they would rather have the quiet life. They do not care how the team are performing , their only interests are to keep the parent company in business, so their shareholders do not question them.

    Now, with that said above, this is not knocking at the season ticket holders fair play if you paid between £250-400 to watch Clarks rubbish football week in week out. But Clark will not go until International holdings have gone, and that will not happen when there is around 10,000 people purchasing season tickets, because that is enough to keep them a float because the players are only on low wages in the proffession of a footballer, but this doesn’t give them excuses to be inept. They will never go when they can take between £2-3 million quid a year out of the club excluding “consultancy fees”

    They will not go until people stop providing them with money, they mug us of time after time with statements saying the sale of the club is ongoing which it obviously is not, Carson is holding on to his shares in the club so he has some income when he gets out of jail for money laundering, he has an appeal but it is my opinion he is guilty, hopefully that will be sorted soon so the club and all his other assests can be seized and auctioned off. I have also read things about an hostile takeover this will never happen how are the fans going to raise the £20 million needed. Question with the value of the parent company dropping to £20M quid do they still expect £32 M quid for BCFC?

  • lazwal says:

    There was a very morbid atmosphere in the ground yesterday, like every home game for a long time. It is weird it is as if we have all given up and just accept the situation.In the 58 years I have been a blues supporter I have never experienced such lethargy. The only time that we all came to life was at the sending off and when Novak went in goal and for five minutes their was fight in the crowd, then back to lethargy.We are all now conditioned.

  • Richard Granfield says:

    I never thought I would suggest this, but the present situation is perfect for the club to go into Administration.
    There are not 3 poorer teams than Blues and relegation is more than likely. Take a 10 point penalty, get new owners and regroup in League 1.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      If that would definitely get rid of BIHL completely I would take it. Only Blackpool are really worse than us so the writing is on the wall anyway. Anything has got to be better than trying to stay in this division with a squad and manager that are not good enough to compete in it. Didn’t do Wolves any harm going down a division.

  • Blue tsunami says:

    If Lennon went to Bolton who are financially make Blues look like Man City then there will be managers out there who want the job and are able to do it better

    • Tms blues says:

      Any one with half a brain would do better…..

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Be careful what you wish for.

      • Agent McLeish says:

        And then when a half brained manager is appointed you’ll be moaning again. Until these BIHL tw@ts are gone we’ll just keep sliding down.
        There is always a root cause to every problem.

        • StaffsBlue says:

          A valid point. We’ve been floundering ever since we were relegated and, if we’re ever going to improve the situation, we have to bring the right man in. But, I don’t have the confidence that anyone connected with BIHL is competent enough to make that choice, do you? So where that leaves us I don’t know. In the brown stuff most likely.

        • Shirley Blue says:

          He has made a bad situation worse. We need someone who just simply applies logic and common sense in his team selections, tactics and substitutions. Clark has proved over two and a bit years he is incapable of doing that. His two assistants and buddies didn’t walk out on him for nothing – they had enought of it too.

        • Shirley Blue says:

          BIHL don’t pick the wrong bl**dy team, adopt the wrong tactics and make bad substitutions. Clark does. He would still do that with better players.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            You picked on the wrong point again. I wasn’t referring to Clark, he’s all but gone. I was talking about the owners picking the next manager. So, which member of the board do you trust to make that choice.. considering none of them know their ar$e from their elbow where football is concerned?

          • Chris W says:

            Do a Fulham, have a committee of say, Mike Wiseman, Trevor Francis, Jasper Carrot, Maik Taylor and Ziggy.
            Could even ask TF to step in as interim until a successor is found, he would be under little pressure in the same way as Sir Alf stepped in.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            I think they have to consider something like that. As Clark has been named as the worst manager in our history… we all need to remember who appointed him in the first place and why. There has to be at least one person who knows what they’re doing.

  • raymondo says:

    All I can think of to do is to turn up at the next home game with a benner saying “Clark and BHL Ou Delay No Moret”. I have never been so disenchanted with the club in all my 72 years!

  • Digger says:

    Recent managerial changes at Fulham and Bolton were reflected and supported in their local press print and radio medium – supporters campaign and voice.

    Sadly our representatives Mr Ross and Mr Tattum basically must have splinters in their backsides through continually sitting on the fence when debating Clarks woeful managerial record.

    Agree yesterday was flat no atmosphere I won’t moan again about my family 150 mile round trip after reading fans other trips today.

    Support for the team will nver wain but whatever the results at Blackburn and Bournemouth it is time for a change.

  • Ali Duncan says:

    Not sure why Robbo is still being picked. At fault for the goal (just as he was at Charlton). Clark clearly has his favourite and won’t drop them. can’t understand why Packwood isn’t getting a game.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      Packwood looked out of his depth last season. Halls is better. Robinson should not be in the team – he isn’t even a proper centre back. He was ok with Curtis Davis a couple of seasons ago but Davis was one of the best in the division.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        I saw highlights of a development game a few weeks ago (can’t remember who against) but I think we lost 3-1, and Packwood was responsible for two of the goals. He looked very leaden-footed… didn’t or couldn’t track back either. I think he’s a better right back tbh… or maybe in a back 3 for his height.

  • nuneatin says:

    I wish for a manager with a better record than 1 win every 12 months. Which is anyone at all in all 4 divisions other than Clarke.

  • nicko says:

    lot of you lads are wrong kevin broadhurst would do the job now and you would not have to pay him much he loves the club i am not saying he is the new savior but he would put the passion back in to our team steve clark was at the leeds game he said he would like to manage blues i do agree with some of you there are not 3 worse teams than us at the moment.i know how you all feel i am depressed every time we play at home

  • glosblue says:

    If LC had any decency he would resign after losing at home in consecutive games against the bottom clubs in the division.Maybe TF could take over when he comes for the Forest game. I too have supported Clark on the basis that he only has very limited resources but to have only 1 recognised Striker for most of a ‘must-win’ game is inexcusable. The 2 youngsters Gray & Arthur were bullied off the ball by Bolton’s thuggish defence for most of the match and had no time or freedom on the ball. I don’t think he should pick them both in the same team, they are both skillful players but are no match for tough defenders. Once Bolton scored there was only ever going to be one result.

  • LuBlue says:

    What I think we should be asking ourselves is, is there anything we can do? This article talks about blues fans not being “unified” and people would rather just stay away than speak out!! I’m not talking about mass riots on the streets or even boycotting games but I really think there must be something blues fans can do to make the board address our management problems or maybe even push Clark into resigning? I don’t think blues would be able to get anyone better at the moment but I’m sad to say at this point I don’t think it matters! A new manger would freshen it up and give blues fans a bit of hope that something is changing!

  • Roy Smith says:

    In the long run Clark may be doing us all a favour, after all if we get relegated BIHL may have more pressure on them to sell.

  • Bluenosesol says:

    People assume we cannot afford to get rid of LC, but they used to say the same about his 2 hoppos. Turned out we could afford to get rid of them. So who do we get in? Somoene who is young. Someone who is a lively character with disciplined fire in his belly. Somoene who has completed a decent apprenticeship in management in this country. Who fits the bill then??

    Gareth Ainsworth at Wycombe – Go get him!!!!

  • chazk21 says:

    Gary Rowett. Someone who knows the club, the fans and acknowledges when he is wrong instead of bringing out the Kingfisher Big Book of Excuses every week.

    • BlueSteve says:

      Gary Rowett would be an excellent choice!

      • StaffsBlue says:

        I’m far from convinced he’d have the necessary experience at this level. But, if I’m honest, I think that it’s extremely likely it will be him. With the majority of fans calling for Rowett, and with BIHL having little or no experience at this kind of thing… what better way to appease the fans than installing ‘The Chosen One.’

  • Texas Pete says:

    At this point, we should turn to inject positve things into the club. As we have chinese owners, feng shui provides the answers:
    1. Make the strip more auspicious with added gold and slight purple tint to the blue.
    2. Erect two giant Beau Brummies FU DOGS at the main entrance as protective luck.
    3.Hang chimes and mirrors behind the defending goal to deflect the negative chi of the opponents.
    If any masters of feng shui have other solutions please add.
    I always thought the strip is drab and BB is a great symbol of the club. That leaves chimes and mirrors as the only material thing that positive suppoters can supply.

  • Zuludave says:

    The group of players we have are good enough to finish above the bottom three, to hope for admin is giving up. Clark must go asap and an older hard manager bought in. The Chinese bunch raping and pillaging our club are a disgrace to their country, greedy and corrupt, rot in hell. Kro

  • Rob78 says:

    Demari wooooa demari wooooa he comes from our academy he will be sold in January

  • Max Rogers says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with what you have written there. Probably the only blog where i can not even come up with one point I disagree on. Put in simple 21st century text…… #clarkout

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    To come out of Admin would need a CVA. This would mean that it would be current and former shareholders, to whom the loans are owed, would need to agree to it. Now if they are aggrieved about fans attitude to them maybe they would be bloody-minded enough to sell us down the river (as some would say the previous board did for the same reason. The new major shareholder is a property developer remember

  • John says:

    It was a very poor game, played by two teams, of very poor players. I think it was a clown named Davis, who summed up the standard of the “football”” ? , when he totally missed the goals, from 12 yards. They should have taken whatever the players were paid (certainly not earned) and returned it to the spectators. Clark is a poor manager, but let us not forget, this is a club, who have been ripped apart by a bunch of directors, who have not the slightest interest in football and certainly not B.C.F.C.. The protests of all bluenoses must, ultimately, be aimed at these leeches ! While they still own the club, we will continue on a downward spiral.

  • Dave76 says:

    Difficult for me to express an opinion along with you guys as I have only gone to a smattering of games in the last few years. I was previously a season ticket holder and away traveller – season after season from the tender age of 7. It was my life. Every time I’ve decide to kick start it all and join my old man and uncle down there (fair play to the old goats for persisting!) I come away with the stark reminder of exactly why I stopped going down. From the top down the club I love is being eroded beyond a point I honestly cannot see us recovering from. Why are the owners doing this to us? Why can LC not just select the best players for the right positions? Why do the league not have any power to look into what is happening – which from any angle looks like a slow asset stripping exercise. I just don’t know where this story ends, what happens when we run out of kids to sell to balance the books? The ground? Then what else is left? We’re in a real mess and I think the only thing that can be changed at present (while the Chinese contingent have their talons in the club) is the manager. Now that isn’t to be mean to LC, I do have sympathy, but if he has any self pride and thinks anything of the club he should step down. He’s done his best, but he has to acknowledge his best just isn’t good enough – which is fine, we can’t all be the best eh!…. or he needs to acknowledge that he’s got it wrong and starts just playing 11 players in the positions they are comfortable with, that way at least the fans would be a little more understanding and the players wouldn’t be as confused… never know, we might actually win a few. I think he’s gone so far down the line with tinkering and not knowing his team that he’s struggling to see the wood through the trees. And let’s get more of the Brummie lads on there, at least you know they will put everything into it. Sad days, wish I could be more upbeat…. sorry for being a no show everyone. Berate away.

  • paulo_bcfc says:

    Pretty much 99% of what you wrote is 100% of what I was thinking yesterday, the day before, and for some time to come. Apathy is all around anyway, I’ve never known a time without it, but lately, with every excuse and positive spin from Clarky, it’s fast becoming more like anger. If it wasn’t for those useless, pathetic, stubborn, heartless and distant Neanderthals in Hong Kong, we would have a chance at being something better. But we have to accept what we have, regardless of the potential on the pitch. I don’t think a movement (for the fans interests at heart) would be shot down in flames really, if it was done in a campaign fashion. We’ve all got the same worries for the bigger picture, and we still argue about the little things, that’s us. But Clarky should have walked after the last game of the season at Bolton ..on a high(?) note at least. Not stuck around.

  • Pete says:

    Many, many points on here, that I share most views. The one thing I have to comment on though is how come the fans can boo the players. I swear many are itching to boo them, if we are losing. The players could not be questioned or effort yesterday. They hit the crossbar twice and had more chances. They were still going for it when down to 10 men and a potential headache in goal. I am not saying the performance was good enough and the result was fine- but the effort was not in question to me. Poor players are what we have, but I wont slate them for effort. I do not see what booing the team at half time when 1-0 down to a set piece is meant to help a young side…..

  • AussieBlue says:

    Sadly, we have now become a Zombie club, owned by a Zombie Hong Kong company. The only things not Zombie about us are the supporters and one or two players.

    Fair breaks my heart it does…..

  • chaz2k1 says:

    As much as BIHL and LC are to blame for the current predicament, I think the FA needs to take a hard look at themselves and a serious look at the criteria for their Unfit and Improper Persons test when it comes to club purchases. It’s a pipe dream I know because the FA have never had any time for our club.

  • mark says:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29579621 a very very unlucky match to lose by blues, unfair title there Daniel…..again its all about taking those chances when they come 15 shots on goal, you can only make the other team pay if you score……Gray is turning out to be a exciting player that what clark said he would be …..unlucky with his shots on goal….
    I agree with staffs Doyle is worthy of his chance now needs to take this with both hands, this his great opportunity……than constantly being a understudy to other goalkeepers…..

  • mark says:

    https://www.clubcall.com/birmingham-city/clark-vows-to-fight-on-1744454.html? What a like about a manager is never say die attitude maybe some on here could take a leaf out of his book…..kro

  • mark says:

    “And if there are any people out there – and there are those kicking up a fuss – come and see me, I am open. Where you go Daniel open invitation by clark for a one on one…….. who said clark does not read OP LOL………..Look forward to your feedback Daniel?/

  • Auld Bertie says:

    Clark & Watson sacked

  • Chris W says:

    “I’m not walking away… fans need a reality check….”
    Ooops…. Reality check Mr Clark “Your performances are not to the required standard therefore You are fired….”
    Can’t say I am surprised, it had to come and nice to see that the new PP has been allowed to make that decision.
    What we have to be careful of is making a rush replacement, choose wisely and we will prosper, a rash decision will see us flounder.
    Can we afford to go for Gary Rowett either financially or technically as he hasn’t the experience at this level, if we can financially it is a sign that BIHL have got an interest in BCFC and listen to the supporters.
    Thank you Mr Clark, maybe you didn’t get a fair deal, but you knew the situation.
    Now all we need is for BIHL to do the honourable thing and relinquish their control of the club to someone who knows football and cares.

  • Wingman Blue says:

    I see two positives. Clark sacked and decisive, necessary action by PP2.
    Things will only get better.

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