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Green Shoots of Recovery

As March begins we enter into a month when the long overdue BIH accounts are (apparently) finally going to be published. Will the publication of the accounts signal an end to the uncertainty and move Blues one step closer to being sold?

Whilst the signs are there that the accounts will indeed by published within the next two weeks or so I have to admit the inbuilt scepticism I have towards BIH doing anything when they say they will means I will only believe they are coming out when they actually have done so. It appears I’m not alone in feeling this way – judging by the comments on the article yesterday with reference to the last BIH announcement people are weary of the delays and just want to see an end to them.

There is a feeling in some quarters online that the publication of the accounts will mean that a sale will definitely start moving; that bidders will come out of the woodwork and an offer will be made publicly for the club. Whilst it’s true that the accounts are definitely a problem and a deal cannot happen without them I fear it may be jumping the gun slightly to assume that the sale of the club will be sped up by their publication. My understanding is that the sale still proves to be problematic and that there is as yet still no concrete offers on the table or anything even close to one.

However, whilst I don’t believe that the sale of the club will happen any time soon I don’t think that this is a reason to be upset or unhappy. As we enter March Blues have shown a marked improvement in form (barring the aberration that was the Watford game) and whilst I’m still not utterly convinced of Lee Clark’s managerial talents I’m now starting to believe that he will not relegate us as I have previously feared. Indeed; a few good results this month could see Blues to a level whereby they will feel that they have done enough to ensure relegation will not be a possibility – hopefully this will begin with something against Hull City tomorrow.

It’s also worth remembering that whilst the situation isn’t brilliant, it is better than last year. This time last year Blues went into a transfer embargo due to the non-filing of the club accounts and were thus hamstrung from bringing in any further players. Whilst Blues potentially may not be able to afford to bring in anyone else the fact remains that this year if we need someone and the money is there we can continue to do so until the deadline on March 22 – one only has to look at our fellow embargo-sufferers of last year Coventry City (who have once again been placed under transfer embargo today) to see that Blues have at least improved in some areas.

This time of year is seen as a time of renewal, when green buds break through the ground and the first signs of life re-emerge from the darkness of winter in the trees and the plants. It’s the same for Blues – whilst it might not be fully complete or even close to completion it seems to me that the green shoots of recovery are there and maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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48 Responses to “Green Shoots of Recovery”

  • Paul Carter - The Voice Of Reason says:

    BIH are just one big joke. A nothing company and laws should be passed to stop companies like this

    Ulike Hughton who walked and in the absence of Pannu, Lee is the figurehead of our club and in times of adversity I for one look to a leader.

    KRO Lee

    • Staffordshire Blue Nose says:

      actually agree with you, shame he is a poor leader.

      • SolblueDean says:


        A serious question and not intended to wind you up and my apologies if you have already been asked and answered this. Under different circumstances, with proper ownership and some funds to play with, would you really still want LC to be at the helm?

        Just interested.

  • Art Watson says:

    Omg Paul,

    I actually agree with the first line of your post but not the last paragraph.

    • marky mark says:

      Art, how can you not agree ?

      Who is the figurehead of the club then ?

      Who should we look to for leadership ?

      As i see it we dont have any choice, and should support LC to the end of season

      • SirHarry1875 says:

        Well said Fella!

      • Art Watson says:

        Marky Mark,

        Some will disagree but I don’t think Clark is a leader.

        • Staffordshire Blue Nose says:

          We may disagree about a couple of things but I agree with on this. Clark isn’t a leader, there a two things that make a good leader and the most improtant one is the people you bring in to help you…. So can anybody defend his choice of “helpers”??? The second one is to have “something about you”. Foe his good points and yes he has some but LC doesn’t have that something, IMHO. I actually want to be proved wrong

          • Art Watson says:

            Very good point about his helpers and a good leader would have addressed this issue months ago following poor results.

            I lived in Great Haywood for 15 years. -Do you live in Stafford?

  • Ernie says:

    Clark is on a hiding to nothing from a board who don’t care and fans who haven’t got a clue

  • Blueboy 88 says:

    While Pannu is in HK , does anybody know who is his go to person in Birmingham ?

  • ForevertheOptimist says:

    Lee Clarks learning curve has been massive since coming to Blues.
    He said himself that all the coaching badges in the world couldnt have prepared him for the rollercoaster of currently managing Blues.
    Saying all that he seems to have the players more on board and some of the resilience we were known for last season is starting to surface again.
    He’s learning, he’ll make managerial decisions that confuse or bemuse – us fans or the team, but at the end of the day he’s our Manager.
    Love him or loathe him,understand him or cant make out a word he’s saying , he deserves respect for taking on a situation most would turn their noses up and walk away from.
    Like Almajir, I’m feeling optimistic for a bit of stability and green shoots of recovery for the first time in a good while.
    KRO Blues

    • Oldbluenose says:

      I, also echo your sentiments, Forever/Optimist;,

      L,C. Has done well for surviving in this ” leaderless ” situation, [ which he could not have forseen ].
      So I, for one, — Wish him, [ and us ] more power to his elbow, !!!!.

      • Staffordshire Blue Nose says:

        some sense…. The problem is that LC didn’t have the experience to manage a club like ours, saying that there aren’t o many about….. But he is to young to be managing a rudderless company, we got lucky with CH last year. The blame starts at Peter Pan for giving him the job but he has shown on numerous occasions he is out of his depth and has no visible support from his team of helpers!!!!

        • bluenose 11 says:

          so who else was banging down the door to take the job then? as i see it the bloke took on a crap job and has been severely hamstrung from day one that coupled with the injury list we have had and i think hes not doing too badly ok some of his decissions are questionable but hes young give the bloke a break


  • DoctorD says:

    come out of the woodwork
    green shoots of recovery
    light at the end of the tunnel

    Any more cliches you can work in Dan?

  • Inkyblue says:

    Green shoots?

    April is the cruelest month breeding
    Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    Memory and desire, stirring
    Dull roots with spring rain…


  • BND says:

    What worries me about the sale of the club is the apparent reluctance of CY to cut his ties with Blues completly.
    Reported to be encouraging a take over by his friends I feel CY still feels a not guilty verdict is possible leading to him carry on either directly or indirectly with Blues.
    If we are taken over by a independant owner/consortium with the relevant funds then happy days but the waters could get murkier still.
    I still think we are still in danger of relegation so until it is mathematically impossible I will not be looking for anything else.
    We don’t need green shoots of recovery we need great big trees!

  • Euston 9.18 says:

    Think what was wrote by C`Tattum in the E`Mail today,say’s a lot about BLUES plight at the moment.

    Since being relegated from the Prem in 2011.
    BLUES have brought in 30 players.
    27 have been frees,loans or short term deals.

  • Grizzly says:

    One thing I can’t get my head around is why previously Pannu blamed the fans negativity for buyers backing out when there was no way a sale could have gone through without the publication of accounts.

  • marky mark says:

    Green shoots of recovery indeed,

    Lets hope the negativity is keep under raps even if we lose tomorrow, which is possible given they are a tough side at home, and are having a decent season under Brucie.

    Message to all the LC doubters

    Its .Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.

    • Mjt says:

      That is a pointless message, no one is accusing LC of doing nothing. The reason people don’t like him is because most of what he has done up to now, he has done very badly and incompetently.

  • ed77 says:

    Very tough game 2moz,would be a fantastic result to come away with anything,but saying that im going to back the boys to pick up a battling draw 1-1,callum reilly to score for us.KRO

  • andy says:

    The Anti Clark Brigade should just shut up until the guy can manage without his hands tied behind his back. Its total nonsense to critisise the manager when the club is in such a mess.

  • Blooflame says:

    Sorry Almajir but I fear you are a little too optimistic. Don’t want to turn into a Mark Lawrenceson but..”I see nothing but gloom…..” The green shoots will wilt in the frost of indifference shown by the teams’ inconsistency. We have a manager who doesn’t really have a tactical mind. He knows he’s in a win win situation money if he stays money if he goes. Thing is, we really do have talented players who have much to offer. Lets survive this season, go into administration post season and get some money men in. We’ll survive 10 point deduction next year.

    [comment edited – be careful what you say, Libel and Defamation laws do apply online…]

  • BobBobandTrev says:

    Well said Andy, negheads need not reply,everyone has their opinion,that’s true,but don’t turn a (slightly)optimistic thread into a depressingly boring rant just to score cheap points.
    Let’s give LC more a chance,we can all judge at the seasons end.

    To the end of the road.

    • Mjt says:

      Bobbobtrev and Andy, we live in a democracy where everyone is entitled to voice their opinion, just because an opinion is different to yours doesn’t make it wrong. In my opinion people are fools for believing in a man who time and time again has shown himself to be incapable, uninspiring inarticulate and incompetent. The state of the club has nothing to do with it.

  • sutton apex says:

    we must back clark to end of season – then see what happens. no parachute etc – must sell otherwise no one will want blues job ??

  • Tony says:

    Pannu is to blame I and many others wanted Holloway for god sake 500k would have got him ,we coudnt do it so we end up with Clark, Im sorry but the guy has not got a clue. Its not being wise after the event nothing on his cv suggested he could do it and he has proved he cant.
    Its too late now for this season anyhow, we just have to hope there are three worse teams than us I think that maybe there are.
    In my opiniom Clarks interested in the money as has been said hes in a win win situation hes on a years pay whatever happens unless he walks and he aint gonna do that anytime soon

  • Cornish Bluenose says:

    I cannot see LC jumping ship at the moment he has got his reputation at stake and needs to do a good job at Blues in difficult circumstances. I don’t think it is a case of the money, he needs to do well for himself and the club. When you look at his background he has come up the hard way and has made something of his career as a player and a manager even if he is not popular with some of the fans. We have him as our manager, and we need to concentrate on talking about the football and supporting the team. Slagging LC off is not helping anyone at the moment it just seems to pitch the fans against each other and divide the support for the club. Unite and move forward in a positive way….

  • Aussiebrum says:

    Another distinctly possible reason for Pannu needing the accounts complete is BIHL will undertake a capital raising: enabling them to have one more shot at serious promotion next season.

    The logic could be that is the way of best maximising the BIHL shareholder returns. I dont think this will happen as it will dilute CY’s holding but it must be a possibility.

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