Often Partisan

500,000 reasons

In all the discussions about who Blues should take on as manager – both on here and elsewhere I sense that there is this undercurrent as to why anyone would take on the Blues job. I mean, there is an embargo against new registrations in force, we appear to be as skint as the Greek national economy and things don’t look like improving massively at any rate. Is it really that bad?

The quick answer is that of course it is not. You don’t have to look far back into football history to see a precedent where a promising coach took on a job at a “crisis club” despite all the shenanigans around it – Michael Appleton at Portsmouth immediately springs to mind. There are only 92 league managers jobs in football, and only 44 of them are in the Championship and higher. On the other hand, there are more managers than that who would like to manage at this level – which means there is always going to be someone out there out of work who might like the job.

There’s half a million reasons that an out of work manager might fancy the St Andrews job too – well, if the rumours are to be believed that was what Hughton was on at the club. Whilst it might be relaxing doing some punditry once in a while to brighten up a solid routine around the golf clubs and after-dinner circuits, managing a football club brings in a solid wage. In addition you’d have to believe that there would be bonuses if you achieved miracles like promotion – and not just in status and kudos as well.

Managing Blues might also be seen as a bit of a no-lose situation too. Should someone take on the job and not do very well, then it’ll be “well, he had both hands tied behind his back, no money to spend etc etc” and people will blame the constraints put on the boss rather than the actual performance on the pitch. However, should a manager come in and do well – well, you only have to look at how highly rated Chris Hughton was this summer to see how that will go down. It’s easy to create a “backs to the wall” mentality, a unity with the fans because you’re doing the best in a crap situation and I reckon that will appeal to prospective bosses.

With a shortlist having now been established within the media at least it’ll be interesting to see how much longer this appointment takes. With it being the close season and most people in the football world being on holiday I’m quite relaxed about it; ideally I’d like to see someone appointed by the end of the month but that is still two weeks away – plenty of time to do proper interviews and to take soundings from people “in the know” as to the suitability of candidates.

I will admit to almost being ambivalent about who is appointed; barring two or three people who would really disappoint me, I think the field of available candidates is a much of a muchness and I’m willing to see how whoever is chosen will work out. I keep saying it, but que sera sera…


114 Responses to “500,000 reasons”

  • Macc lad says:

    If Pannu still reads this, anyone but Brown please.

  • Chris says:

    Nikola Zigic player manager?

  • joking says:

    I think if I was to offer anyone playe/manager it would have to be Carr. Club capatain, good player a leader on and off the pitch but I’m not sure if he has his coaching badges.

  • Martin says:

    How about “Harry”? A fresh challenge for him, he plays football the right way. A very long shot maybe, but hope springs eternal. I don’t fancy any of the four mentioned really, but I suppose we’ll have to settle for one of them. Another good choice would be Holloway. If you think back to his comments on the Blues fans after the playoff match at home. But, again I don’t think we will pay the compensation needed even if he was interested.

  • will says:


    If Zigic was going to be a player manager, he’d have to become a player first.

  • jazzzy786 says:

    Harry could probably teach CY a few things about hiding money. Do we need another dodgy person on board.

  • nicky wicky says:

    Oh God having read the news today it seems that PP has totally lost touch with the fans of Blues. If it is true it seems he is leaning towards Eck Mrk 2. Clark wasted a lot of money gaining a long string of draws,before he was sacked. most of the fans have been asking for an attack minded manager. it would be great to see Holloway but like Harry he is not on the shortlist apparently!

  • Evesham Blue says:

    If the shortlist is to be believed then I’m glad they have at least shortened it to eliminate managers who are not fitting for a club of our stature e.g. Ince and some of the lower league managers mentioned. Also, I am pleased it is not managers on the perenial merry go around.

    We were never going to get another CH but it is a good opportunity once again for someone to make a name for themselves. Win win situation. However, it is probably too much to ask that should they do well again that they would want to stay…CH did pretty well out of the job after all. The more I think about it the more I am thinking Clarke or Curbishley even. Brown I dont want as he is a prima donna. Keane I think is more CY choice and would probably not be a good fit for a club in need of stability.

    • Richard M says:

      Please no, having seen Keane’s latest moronic criticisms of the Irish national team I’m convinced the guy is a jerk-off who still believes his own hype. Can’t believe he would do anything to instill confidence in the Blues players – they would probably get lambasted each and every week for not being able to play to Manchester United standards. If Mark Robbins, Karl Robinson and Mark Yates are not in the frame (which we’re lead to believe they’re not) then for me Lee Clark is the best of the bunch.

  • Paulo says:

    McJudas did us the favour of going to B6. Although his failure to win the important matches of that season cannot be fully his fault …it was just as much the ‘big’ names on the pitch not doing their job.
    Hughton gave us solidarity and showed what can be achieved, I just hope that we don’t get someone who plays safely and brings the boredom back.
    Perhaps it would be good to have Stevie Carr in the mix for backroom staff, and to get his coaching badges here at blues.

    Let’s hope this shortlist narrows down to someone decent this week.

  • tony says:

    If its Keane or Brown then i won’t be renewing my season ticket.Whilst Clarke is untried at this level at least he has a point to prove and curbs is out of touch as far as i;m concerned although i prefer him to Keane who was a failure at ipswich and brown who is a poor man manager.

  • Evesham Blue says:

    I think we need someone who is pretty down to earth i.e. we need a manager who epitomises the fans. We all have a pretty down to earth “life kicks you in the teeth more often than not” dry humour. So we mock our situation when the crap is hitting the fan. I also think most Blues fans want to see atrtactive attacking footy come what may. I would prefer us to have a go come what may and have realistic expectations.

  • andy says:

    Carson Yeung wants Roy Keane and i think its a case of, if Keane wants the job, its his. I cant see Keane wanting the job tho, therfore Lee Clark looks to be in pole position. I think it will be out of those two.

  • Blueboy88 says:

    Trevor Francis is 25/1 to get the job…..now there’s a thought , the second coming..

    Also Mark Robins continues to be a solid 2nd Favourite , but not in the presumed shortlist o 4.
    So the presumption is there is money for him….but why ?

  • nicky wicky says:

    If it’s Keane or Clarke then I’m not renewing because they would bore us all rigid with ultra defensive football going backwards,and we would probbaly finish lower than this season! So i won’tbe renewing if they are picked. I’d like to see them go for Holloway,but Brown and Curbs have both taken teams from the Champiooship to the top flight and kept them there, even though Brown got csacked the second year in the Prem!

    • Blueboy88 says:

      Nicky Wicky – Brown’s last stab at football management was with Preston NE
      where he achieved a relegation from the Championship , & was finally sacked for only winning one of his last 11 league games in League One……..
      Why on earth would we want to even entertain the prospect of bringing this perma-tanned man to manage our great football club…?

      • nicky wicky says:

        Well Preston didn’t have that many decent players did they? He had some decent players at Hull, although the defence was crap, and they scored a lot ofgoals in the Prem. at one point they were 4th. I’m not sure you can read too much into what happed at Preston. Clark on the other hand was given lots of money to build a team,but still could only manage to get draws,and keane was also given money. They’re not gonna get much to spend at Blues and can they work on a low budget? Wereapparently not going for Holloway,McInnes or the guy at MK Dons so theres my reason.Keane and Clark would bore everyone rigid!

  • skareggae72 says:

    With all the trouble `arrys` been in,he would be crazy to get mixed up with this lot,besides,he wouldn`t go north of the M4,its a non starter.

  • Quokkasskip says:

    250000 reasons to get Clark. He would be a lot cheaper in wages than any of the others! That said I think him or Curbs would be decent.

  • Thomas Hallberg says:

    I do hope the manager appointment will happen as soon as possible. I’m from Sweden so I don’t know very much about some of the names on the “shortlist”. But a former player like Keene is of course someone you know about but I don’t think he’s the right man for this job. I think Curbishley is a better manager. But we need a manager that can keep up the good work CH started. It’s also important that the questionmarks around the economy is sorted out. I think we’ve waited long enough in that matter.

    Let’s keep our fingers crossed that things are solved soon and that we can start looking forward to the next season.

  • Ad says:

    No one has even mentioned his name but there is a man available who has brought silver ware and European football back to Liverpool who had been sacked and is now available, mr dalglish has a proven record and enjoys working with young British home born players. I think he would bring the club together. Senior players, youth players and coaches would be inspired to work with such a passionate manager. People keep mentioning red knapp, unfortunately we don’t have 3 million in the bank never mind 3 million to cover his yearly wage, holloway and poyet will cost us money we don’t have. Every penny we have needs to be utilised on our thinking squad not a manager. Dalglish would bring an attacking style of football to Birmingham and would attract good players via loan or signings.

    • almajir says:

      Ad, I think you have more chance of being hired by Blues than Mr Dalglish

      • DoctorD says:

        Ad, you’re in la-la land if you think Dalglish is even remotely interested.

        • James Black says:

          Personally wouldn’t want Dalgleish as to me he is the most over rated manager in football. Success at Blackburn yes, but was bankrolled massively by jack walker at a time even Man Utd wasn’t spending and the top flight as it was then was not strong.
          Liverpool he took over the strongest team in Europe got success with that team and did make 2 inspired signings in Barnes and Beardsley, but every other player he added to replace the greatest team in Europe that he inherited turned out to be a disaster and by time he walked out Liverpool was the poorest they had been in around 30 years and Souness took it over and got the blame for it. Then he went to Celtic, had to be a real manager as wasn’t bank rolled and he proved he was well out of his depth and failed miserably. Then Liverpool mark 2 and i think that tells its own story. So for me no to Dalgleish.

  • Ad says:

    I couldn’t agree with u more, might not be a bad shout compared to the names what are flying around!!!

    I only mentioned it due to stupid names being put out here like redknapp or holloway, at least he wouldnt cost us money!

    • James Black says:

      Sorry Ad its just this King Kenny shit has always got to me and has done as i watched him systematically destroy Liverpool and all the scousers calling him God for doing it. Then they blamed Souness and never noticed it was Dalgleish’s nightmare team he took over from and they forgot he walked because it was falling apart. Just a personal nark of mine forgive my comment.

  • gibbo says:

    Id love to see the club give mark yates a go,,i think hed jump at it as well,,but it will be lee clark IMO. keano wouldnt come to Blues under the current plight, probably the one bloke on the list who dont need mayors 50000 reasons

  • Ted says:

    Hughton’s appointment last Summer, suggests that perhaps Peter Pannu is wiser than many seem to think. Despite all the speculation, as far as I am aware, he is playing his cards very close to his chest.

    Perhaps the REAL shortlist is:

    1. Holloway
    2. Rednapp
    3. Curbishley
    4. Robinson
    5. McInnes

    • almajir says:


      Do you honestly think Harry Redknapp would come to Blues?

    • viperblue says:

      Noel Blake should be top of list
      Blues to the core ,well respected inthe game,loads of good contacts
      …and cheap!!!!!!
      For me best choice of all

      • TR7 says:

        That’s a decent call actually viperblue. I had the pleasure of meeting the big man at a party a couple of years ago , and I can confirm he is blue through and through. He’s very well respected ( as you say ) and could very well galvanise what is now basically a rag tag and bob tail outfit into perhaps a bunch of leftovers that somehow might punch above their weight . It could even induce a level of ‘ interest ‘ into the next few seasons of our (not so) slow decline into the next tier . I’ve just renewed all of the season tickets ( as usual ) but I have to say , my ambivalence regarding the next ‘ boss ‘ along with his own personal agenda ( As pointed out by some of the above comments ) is overwhelming.

  • Pete says:

    Billy Davies is the man. Ignore the stereotype miserable moaning scot and you’ve got a very experienced manager there. Just ask Forest fans if they are happy he was sacked. 12 months on and they want him back.

  • Jason says:

    The media shortlist is very worrying in my opinion but the idea of Phil Brown as our manager brings on a fit of convulsions.

    Whether it’s realistic or not i’m no judge but I would be looking at Sean O’Driscoll at Crawley, Eddie Howie at Burnley or at a push Paulo Di Canio at Swindon.

    Obviously these guys would come with a compo package required.

  • abbotsbromley blue says:

    What about Mark Yates? A Brummie, played for Blues, young (only 42), down to earth with a decent record in Management so far.

  • marky says:

    like most fans i would like Holloway and think it would be a match made in heaven him and blues, but it don’t look like it going to happen out of the shortlist it has to be curbishley for me if he would come that is, maybe zola might be a good shout as cy wanted him last time, dont think much of the others on the list but whoever it is lets get behind him like we did ch i think that was a big reason why he did as well as he did

  • Dave Smith says:

    I mentioned it to you all last week ………….Mick McCarthy – no compensation required, got Sunderland and Wolves promoted from the Championship on small budgets, international experience – even had to deal with Mr. Keane when he walked out on his own country at a world cup and he still lives locally! I reckon he would jump at the job – go out and get him Mr. Pannu. What do you all think? – and don’t mention his personality, it is irrelevant. KRO.

    • Pete says:

      I would be happy with my no 1 choice Billy Davies or Mad Mick. I don’t want to take a punt on a young unproven guy, this is not the time for experiments.

    • Dirty Bertie says:

      As you say Dave, he has the track record for promotion and CY is desperate for it. PP can take the flak and, as Mick has not been so good in the prem, the 12 month contract doesn’t have to roll.

  • AR says:

    As a bloke, I like Mick McCarthy because I see him as honest; but he has too much failure to carry with him. He does like attacking wingers & bought both flanks at Wolves for little dosh. His defence was never up to much & he was unlucky that Johnson didn’t perform for him. However I’d prefer Clarke or Curbishley of those who don’t carry compensation.

  • ant says:

    Another new manager who admittingly has been out the game a long time, George Graham, intelligent,articulate and respected in the game, or another name, Joe Jordan.

  • Paul Carter - The Voice Of Reason says:

    Fixtures out Monday, no money, no manager, banned from signing anyone, dodgy accounts, owner still grounded abroad on serious criminal charges

    I weep

  • Oldbluenose says:

    Almijir,!!. This suposed 4 man List, — Is it from a Blues source, or emanating from newspapers,?.

    • nicky wicky says:

      Of course almijr it’s come from a report done by that brian dick in the mail/. don’t know how how true it is it could be a load of rubbish!

    • James Black says:

      Oldbluenose ive asked the same question as well it just seems to be a media account for all we know they talking to others too. So lets wait and see. whatever they are doing they cant say much till they have reviewed and spoke to all they are considering and for me, i dont want them to rush a very important appointment.

      • Oldbluenose says:

        I am in complete aggrement James;, I think until BIH, get their act together and release the Audit, therefor getting the transfer Embargo lifted, [ We hope ], Then any prospective manager will know the score,!!!!.

  • Bluenosesol; says:

    Season Ticket sales are abysmal because no one can make any sense of what is going on.The deadline for initial sales is 12 days away. If we do not appoint a manager who has the backing of the supporters within the next few days, then the outlook for next season will be bleak. Supporters who miss the early deals will be less likely to renew at the hiigher rates. PP for goodness sake open up NOW!!

    • Paul Carter - The Voice Of Reason says:

      Given all that is going on it is nothing short of disgustng that PeePee won’t communicate with us fans

      Never been so fed up and teetering on the brink of knocking it all on the head

      Through all our history of previous crisises I’ve never once thought like this. Think I’m having the piss took out of me now.

      • James Black says:

        Paul if you dont mind me saying old chap on defence of PPs silence. If in the middle of talking to candidates and you make public comment, it could cause quite a few problems with negotiations. Think of it as if you was on a short-list for a job and before you have even had your interview the employer talks aloud about those his interviewed. You would be pissed and you would say hey interview us all before you make statments quite rightly. Well it wouldn’t happen in a factory for that reason and with football being a media interest thingy then he would be crazy to say anything. Say he said his approaching Holloway but then Holloway says no then he says Alan i wanna talk to u as a second choice. Well it would cause damage i think and not professional at all.

        • Paul Carter - The Voice Of Reason says:

          OK I accept that but what about the whole of last season then?

          Or are you one of those cranks who think that the club doesn’t have to communicate with the fans but still ask for our money?

          • James Black says:

            Well Paul on this occasion im simply referring to reasons why tight lipped over manager appointment. Yer i am a bit of a crank sometimes :)

          • Oldbluenose says:

            The voice of reason,??. Paul;, you do not sound reasonaable to me,!!!. Why call others Cranks,?.

  • honest blue says:

    Mick McCarthy’s the man. Experienced in getting promotion and a good motivator. Short term he would do a great job.

  • bluenose08 says:

    we need to get a manager in for when the players return from their summer break so that they can get to work together straight away. Whoever the manager is he will need to bring players and fans together for bcfc as this was what ch managed to do everyone was pulling together for the club and we hadnt seen that for some time players,manager and fans as a team. k.ro.

  • andy says:

    Its pointless keep goin on about managers names. Its a two horse race between Keane and Clark. Carson wants Keane so its down to whether he wants the job or not.

  • Rathater says:

    Am I the only one who wants Pesch??

  • olympicblue says:

    I think now carson carson has all the time in the world on his hands he can come up with another cunning plan on how to wreck our loyal club. Sullivan I really don’t know how you sleep at night. Sold down the river to bent hairdresser mr vidal cowloon with a track record of meddling . Who will want to come and manage us. Supprised turnip head aint thrown his name in the hat.

    • James Black says:

      Well Olympic Blue as everyone was screaming for his early demise and shouting abuse at him week after week, i dont think Sullivan cared who he sold it too. He will feel he owes us nothing.

  • GoodyBlueShoes says:


  • Poppa999 says:

    Mat Kendrick at the B’am Mail says “Lee Clark is among the favourites with the former Huddersfield boss on a shortlist also including Roy Keane, Phil Brown and Alan Curbishley.” Do you think the Mail are so close to the Birmingham City board that they know this for certain?

    • nicky wicky says:

      Who knows they don’t tell us anything, and you can’t beleive half the stories that come out of the mail. If you beleived them all most of ouor first team would be sold off! Maybe PPhas given them a list of namesto gauge the fans opinions?

  • hudson says:

    It sad to see how many people on here say they won’t renew season ticket if this person or that person is hired. Supporting Birmingham city is about the team not what manager we have.

  • James Black says:

    As your all looking for good news i will try and lift the spirit of you all. Two of our leading youth players are staying put at the club Jervis and Calium (excuse my spelling cant be bothered to check) And this from the Birmingham mail which i know is just another media account, but many seem to be taking in every line the media print so why not believe this.

    Davies is grateful to Blues for reviving his career and although Norwich offer Premier League football, he is in no rush to turn his back on the club.

    He still has two years left on his contract with the option of a further year and has become a popular and respected member of the St Andrew’s dressing room.

    Despite Blues’ financial woes, there is not believed to be the need for a firesale and there would be no pressure to sell Davies on the cheap.

    Read More http://www.birminghammail.net/birmingham-sport/birmingham-city-fc/birmingham-city-fc-news/2012/06/17/birmingham-city-chris-hughton-could-struggle-to-sign-curtis-davies-for-norwich-city-97319-31199831/?#ixzz1y3B2bgiX

    • nicky wicky says:

      All the more reason to have the right manager in place,and hopefully come the start of theseasonthe football league are impressed enough to lift the embargo so they can get some decent loans in, and stimulate interest from the fans of course. At the moment there is just an air of doom and gloom,and worry about what sort of team we will have next year!

  • nicky wicky says:

    If todays reportsare to be believed then there is no need for Blues to have a firesale this year. This shortlist that has been put out looks uncannily like a question from millionaire. Do we get 3 lifelinlines, and a switch if we reach £50000. it seems that theres 3 wrong names and one right name and were supposed to guess!

  • Euston 9.18 says:

    Read in the people today,C`H gave a good word to the BLUES board about L.Clarke before he left.

  • steve g says:

    OK so he gave a good word to the blues board etc cos he will do, it sounded like him and pannu had a good relationship. But good relationships wont keep up out of the deep crap we are likely to be in unless there is something being kept from us like a knight in shining Armour – which i doubt. CH is too nice to fire off any parting shots. I’m really worried about blues keeping their heads above water this season – can any one give me some real reasons to be upbeat? I’m usually the hopeless optimist and my new season ticket came in the post yesterday. Cant believe all this horrible uncertainty and being kept in the dark for so long. Its not at all the way to treat fans. It has been a joke since the new board have taken over from day one FFS!!!!!!!!

    • nicky wicky says:

      The report above hughton could struggle to sign davies says that there is no need for Blues to have a firesale this season , so thats gives some reason for hope.There could or couldn’t be a new investor but we need to find a manager who is going to galvanise the squad and encourage the football leaague to lift the embargo so blues can get some decent loans in and get the fans to renew!

  • steve g says:

    ps can you send me a link to that article ta…….

  • steve g says:

    So – Despite Blues’ financial woes, there is not believed to be the need for a firesale and there would be no pressure to sell Davies on the cheap.

    So why is that believed? Who has said that?

    • nicky wicky says:

      I think that’s journo talk for saying that he’s spoken to PP or someone aat the club and they’ve asked for their name not to be quoted!

    • James Black says:

      Steve i posted it just to put a little sunshine into our hearts. But yes of course its just yest another media account. did hope it would cheer you up though :)

  • james says:

    Heard it all before. “There will be no fire sale” – Goodbye to our best players. ” We fought hard to keep Chris Hughton” No you didn’t. West Brom would not pay the compo, Norwich did. End of. ” We will release the accounts in Sept/Dec/March/June/July zzzzzzzzzzzzz. ” The accounts will mean the transfer embargo will be lifted” Really?

    PP/CY have fed us spin/lies and silence since relegation. The fact that Davies is settled in The Midlands means nothing. If Norwich improve his wages what do you think the outcome will be? “Its alright lads I’m really settled in Birmingham and I owe them one for improving my career” NO FOOTBALLER IN THE LAST 30 YEARS HAS EVER SHOWN ANY LOYALTY OR TURNED DOWN AN IMPROVED CONTRACT.

    The fact that we have signed up on better contracts on our best youth players? So what! It mean we can charge more of a fee for them should bigger clubs come knocking; which they will do once administration kicks in, this season or next.

    We will end up with some garbage manager who has achieved very little because he’s cost us nothing. Oh I’m sorry, I forgot, Peter Pannu is amazing and is the best thing since sliced bread. If it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t have won the Carling Cup………..


    • Oldbluenose says:

      James, mate,!!. Tut-tut,!!. You also are getting carried away, Have faith mate, It’s all we have got at the moment, P,P, only arrived back last week, and despite rumours from the papers or from some of us,!!. Let us save the slating until we KNOW exactly what is happening, — o-k,?.

    • James Black says:

      James, or of course you could take the more optimistic view. I only added this story as it had a little more optimism in it than most of the comments here i did state that its only a newspaper story and i simply was trying to lift a little gloom.. Some people just love to be doom merchants and are at there happiest pulling everything and everyone to pieces and don’t consider that just maybe there may be another reason. Well whatever happens happens but it just makes me laugh when people think that people invest millions lose millions and do it all just to piss them off. Some people are orgasmic in the gloom. Just wait and see cuz probably none of us are right.

    • James Black says:

      And another point James. If PP had said no Chris you cant talk to Norwich, your staying here. Do you really think everything would be ok thereafter. So Chris would of said ok bus ill just go back to my desk and continue another year. just keep a sense of reality i beg you.
      Some people after the end of world war2 celebrated as war was over. But others started moaning that there will be world war 3 next. Things aint great but constant moaning only makes it worse. Always have to have people to blame and jab at. If any of it is helping or even accurate then id say nothing, but with some every comment they make just drags everything and everyone down. I dont think for one minute that the board got in this situation just to piss you off. feels like some enjoy the gloom and wouldnt want good news anyway would ruin there day.

    • nicky wicky says:

      Well James according to aljmir we can buy if we sell even with the embargo in place but there haven’t been any sales yet so theres no need to be so gloomy as they could have sold these players at anytime and replaced them with cheaper or bosmans. You can get good players on bosmans I mean Parnaby and Carter were available last season on Bosmans so there are players out there!

  • Dirty Bertie says:

    Who predicted Hughton last year? Let’s ask them.

  • keith says:

    lets stop mucking about!!! season ticket holder lets use the money from ch and go and get Ian hollaway! He loves the blues from his comments and i think he would jump at the chance to manage us! come on PP and smell the roses! KRO .PS we need some on with kowhow with wheeling and dealing, freebee’s ect and hollaway’s our man just look who he got for blackpool? ince philips fergi and also super kev! 17 goal’s enough said!

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    PP’s shortlist wont have been ‘leaked’ to anyone so anything in the media is just speculation. It serves PP purposed for media speculation to keep all the candidates in the dark.

    The firesale requirements were quoted in the 2011 and related to the to the end of the 11/12 season. Subject to reasonable ST sales we are now operating above break even, however we need CY’s money to make any player purchases.

    We are not skint otherwise we wouldn’t be paying a six figure sum to have the pitch relaid.

  • james says:

    Fair enough lads, writing after a few beers always makes me a tad negative.

    Had the accounts of been released on time and CH had stayed then Pannu would have got my backing; but due to the reasons I stated earlier I just don’t believe a word he says.

    Appreciate he is under orders from CY and whilst it’s not an enviable job, he can communicate better with fans. The takeover talk and spin over CH not leaving could have been handled better; I honestly believe any other manager would have walked a lot quicker given the circumstances and he knew just how dire the situation was.

    I want to be positive and certainly would not advise fans to boycott ST sales etc, after all the club needs our money and support more than ever.

    I hope I am proved wrong and Pannu is indeed the Messiah; who, through fantastic football knowledge/contacts and bags of business acumen will bring together a great manager and a new investor with tons of cash………….


  • Oldbluenose says:

    almajir, Which point were you meaning,?. In your reply to Julian,!!.

  • nicky wicky says:

    I have been thinking about the Blues situation. If what you said about embargoe’s is right ,and the reports are to be beleived PP could have sold half the Blues squad by now if he’d wanted to,but he doesn’t seem in any hurry to take the first offer. The club seems to be on a better financial footing this year it seems they are not going to sell unless they get the right offer, so all this talk about an exodus,and admin is just pure pannick. Also there seems to be an opinion amongst fans that players are only interested in the Premier League and big bucks,but that seems not to be true as we’ve had one report of a player turning down a move for better money cause hes prefers Blues.I would also like to question whether Zigic is still on the big money that has been bandied about in the media. Would the club still be keeping him in the chamionshipif he was on this money? he has said that he genuinely enjoys playing for Blues,and wants to do well for the fans! We need now to get the right manager in who will generate interest,, and give the fans confidence for the new season.

  • Tom says:

    I don’t want to see any more of the likes of Mccarthy,Mcleish,Bruce,Megson etc… the same “old” names they normally pull out of the sack. Hughton was part of the “new breed” (along with Rogers, martinez etc…) and we want to continue on that path. Someone that spends his time on the training pitch as opposed to in his office. We want someone to bring a philosophy to the club; not just a tactics board.

  • Tom says:

    Personally, I don’t want to see any more of the likes of Mccarthy,Mcleish, Curbishley, Megson etc… the same “old” names they normally pull out of the sack and band across the media whenever theres a position open. Hughton was part of the “new breed” (along with Rogers, martinez etc…) and we want to continue on that path. Someone that spends his time on the training pitch as opposed to in his office. We want someone to bring a philosophy to the club; not just a tactics board.

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