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The Rise of Ravel

Former on-loan midfielder Ravel Morrison hit the headlines at the weekend for all the right reasons with a great goal against Spurs after running with the ball from inside his own half. However, in the clamour to proclaim the return to grace of the former Manchester United player, Blues have been recognised as the club where he got his act together.

In the midst of some of the gloom recently it’s nice to read stories of stuff that Birmingham City does right. I particularly enjoyed Jacob Steinberg‘s piece in the Guardian, which had Blues first team coach Derek Fazackerley describe how Morrison wanted to play football 24/7 to the extent of playing at Wast Hills late into the afternoon the day before a league game.

Morrison had a troubled start to his Blues career but as Jack Pitt-Brooke writes in the Independent, showdown talks with Lee Clark in October helped Morrison knuckle down in training and start to show the prodigious talent he possesses. I remember the time well; Clark got dogs abuse in some quarters for not playing Morrison and I think in retrospect he deserves massive credit for turning the youngster around – a player that Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the best managers ever, couldn’t get on to the straight and narrow.

I guess what hurts most is that it’s West Ham United who are now benefitting from this turnaround in Morrison. Blues put in a lot of time with the youngster and can rightly say that they turned him from being a bad boy of football who could well have lost his way altogether into a player who is back in the England u21 squad and who is being spoken of as potential for the full team. Of course, we only ever had the player on loan – and we would only have ever got Morrison on loan because of the issues he had last summer – but it still gripes with me that at this moment in time all we can do is nurture players and watch them bloom elsewhere.

Another case in point is Nathan Redmond; last season was up and down for him but as it went on he cemented his place in the team and built on ever-improving performances. Now in the Premier League with Norwich, he’s being noticed more as a talent and has made the move to the u21s and for me if he can continue his meteoric rise he’s an outside bet for Rio in 2014 should England make it.

I don’t want to turn this into a piece bemoaning our current station in the scheme of things so I want to re-emphasise a point that some of the manager’s detractors seem to have lost. Whilst Blues are undoubtedly a team in transition, and there have been erratic selections and poor results there is absolutely no doubt in my mind Clark has massively improved how we bring through young players. Clark has given debuts to eight academy players – Jack Butland, Will Packwood, Mitch Hancox, Callum Reilly, Reece Hales, Koby Arthur, Reece Brown and Demarai Gray – and of those two are firmly in first team thoughts, one would have been but for a horrific injury and the remainder (bar Butland who of course was moved on in financial necessity) are all pushing to be involved again.

Whilst there is an argument that some of that has been forced upon him I think there is a counter argument that previous managers have been in the position where they could have brought in youth and decided to use older players out of position instead; for me Clark has shown more faith in the youngsters than any manager I can remember.

Morrison may well make it to the big stage – and I hope he does, as he genuinely seems to have grown into the talent he has – but he owes a massive debt of gratitude to Lee Clark and his staff. I hope Clark can do it again – for a player who will remain with us longer than a season or two.

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112 Responses to “The Rise of Ravel”

  • Mark1875 says:

    Erractic selections? Just what the average stay at home keyboard warrior may say. Clark picks his teams for reasons. Morrison and Redmond were both dropped because they were not pulling their weight. Both learnt from it and became better. Good man management

    • Graingergod says:

      The one saving grace of our predicament is that Clark has had to turn to youth with some refreshing consequences. He is doing a magnificent job under the most difficult circumstances imaginable.

  • kirkus says:

    bloody hell,hes had one good game and hes a world beater. now redmond he is going to be good but norwich isnt in london is it

  • bluenose08 says:

    I remember we did a good job with joe hart and i think he would benefit from the goalkeeping coach he had at blues to get him through the sticky patch he is having now.

  • jim says:

    judge Morrison at the end of the season

  • Bham Terrier says:

    Jesus Clark can’t help himself. He’s the reason Morrison is now where he is apparently. More superlicious bollocks. If he was a chocolate bar he’d eat himself. If he’s so good a coach he’ll have no problem turning the other players at the club into stars.

    • almajir says:

      Hello Mr Huddersfield fan.

      He actually is

    • Blue in Spain says:

      You do realise it wasn’t Clark that wrote the articles don’t you! And credit where it is due, he did drop Morrison, to dogs abuse from the usual detractors, and Morrison did come back a better player.

  • ken says:

    You can not make a silk purse from a sows ear

  • Richard Granfield says:

    The fact is that Lee Clark has had no alternative other than to blood youngsters due to the financial situation. All the Academy graduates who have been given first team experience have yet to show the consistency of performance required for Championship football.
    I am reminded of the situation of the late eighties/early nineties when we blooded youngsters like Frain, Peer, Yates, Clarkson, Sturridge et al.

  • mark says:

    Glad blues and clark are getting recognition because they bloody deserve it. Kro

  • dave mann says:

    clarks got a good track record with the young loanees weve had, morrison, rerguson,lingard,
    burn( exept saturday) and bartley so premier teams wont have a problem letting us have there
    young players as long as hes manager, but for how long, because if the rumours are true about
    palladini, he will go ans he will be manager as well as owner/ part owner, chairman, president
    and whatever other titles he wants to give himself! KRO.

  • mark says:

    Totally agree with you regarding our young players you mentioned in your blog, it might take this season and next before you start to bear fruit. Championship is where I believe you can learn your trade…… We have some quailty young players, and what been in instilled in them is to take their level up a few more notches……..it horrible when we are feeders to other clubs………

  • des says:

    Yes well done lee clark, thing is with morrison all that goal has done is shown that sir alex was right, now he has to go on and contribute to winning matches week in week out, I watched him closely at blues and would have to say overall he only gave cameo performances. as they used to say at school MUST WORK HARDER!!

    KRO

    • The horrid truth of football these days is, if your not in the Champions league your feeder club. This is only going to get worse with the new TV deals being drawn up for the champions league.

  • Ali Duncan says:

    It was a joy watching Morrison progress as the season went on. At Palace he was awesome and the pull back for the first goal at Leicester was majestic. A real talent and pleasing that he is doing well and that has come off the back of his time at the Blues.

    I for one have always saluted Lee Clark’s yout policy. Maybe he had to do it but so what, he has done it well and with many of them local kids wanting to play for their local club. However I think it’s important to remember that it goes a lot deeper that LC and huge respect and admiration must go to all at the Academy who work with these boys for years before they get anywhere near the first team manager.

  • Enckelman says:

    The first couple of games ravel played he was by far one of our better players and then he got dropped. This story may look good for clark but what about us? we had to watch awful players like mullins or ambrose whenever he played. Clark benefited from this not us, we needed Ravel in our team at all times since the other midfielders he brought in were useless.

    • JohnR200 says:

      I think you should read eveything that has been written about Morrison and why he was dropped after three games. Off the field issues were the problem and Clark sorted him out. Stop belittling Clark for the good things he does.

      • Enckelman says:

        Yes I would like to congratulate clark on focusing his energy on a loan player we will never see again. Ravel started 23 games, we needed a player who could play all 46. West Ham and Clark benefited from this not us. Fact is those off the field problems didn’t seem to be affecting his play so why drop him it’s not like we have squad full of talent.

        • Staffordshire Blue Nose says:

          I’ve kept my ink dry so far this season because clark has had to do a job without the materials he can’t use…. i.e. buying players, so which of the players he has bought in on fee’s or free’s has worked out? At the moment its one, Robbo, loans he has bought in a few stars and improved them well done Lee but for the club that is rubbish. Yes he has played the kids BUT ONLY BECAUSE HE HAD TO….. We had that many injuries he had to play them… And to say Butland was his pick, for crying out load he played for GB and England before he played for us so he had to play him…. I’m fed up of the back slappers saying Clark has done great things for this club because he hasn’t. KRO p.s. how many goals has B’ham contracted players scored this year…

          • Blue in Spain says:

            Well done you for keeping your ink dry. we had all been waiting with baited breath for you valuable opinion. Which of the players that Clark brought in did you say wouldn’t work at the time? Most people thought Ambrose Lovenkrands and Mullens were good signings at the time. More people actually whinged about Robinson, because of his history with Damien Johnson!

          • Staffordshire Blue Nose says:

            Spanish Blue, I admit I was impressed with the Ambrose signing but the rest were un-ispiring signings at best for me, never really cared about the Robbo/Johnson spat because Damien was never a first choice and when he did get in the team he made Paul Scholes look like a great tackler anyway…. I also admit he has got it right with Tom Adeyemi but as Terrier fans told us he gets 1 in 10 signings right, at this level that isn’t good enough. We can’t afford to get rid of him so I’ll have to put up with him and his change of formation every two games….

  • Pete says:

    Think Scott Allan is the new Ravel, in terms of ability he has bag loads. I think he would be perfect in that front 3 role behind the striker as he can shoot, pass and beat a man. But Clark has ot make him what he thinks he needs.

    As for being chocolate he would eat himself- I saw the late Gary Ablett aptly describe T.F. as this, and he is quite possibly the most arrogant man I have ever met. Yet fans think he could do no wrong as a manager for us…. Shows- people will not use football management as a barromter for whether they are good or not.

    • BhamCityJulian says:

      I agree Pete. Never meet your heroes. TF plus GP
      putting BCFC first? In there minds, yes but the reality will be different

  • Tony says:

    wooowwww hold your horses Clarks input has been minimal ,you can go, back 40 years this club has always had players that needed sorting ie Burns,Dennis, Pennant, and many more.
    The mention of Peer, Clarkson, Yates, Frain as youngters who made the breakthrough is laughable join them all together you wouldnt make one good player they were always second rate.
    BCFC Are a very special club, we have always sorted players and made them better, Clark blooded the kids because he had to there was no one else cant give him much credit im afraid.

    • JohnR200 says:

      Obviously another Lee Clark fan !! Cannot give credit where it’s due.

    • AlexT says:

      Frain was my favourite player in the early 90s…. He was ok wasn’t he?

      • Pete says:

        Alex- Tony, is just someone who likes to slag off the manager. Don’t worry about it, he will never give him credit. He shows no appreciation of the difficulties the manager has had or the fact that we now have a side which is competing in games, despite having brought the average age down.

  • Lee says:

    Ravel Morrison was without doubt the best footballer at the club last season, besides Redmond his natural ability shone out above everyone else by a mile, he’s got a massive future ahead of him, good luck to the lad, one of the best young players to ever pull a blues shirt on

  • StevieW says:

    As I work in the East End with quite a few spammers I always make sure they thank me as a Bluenose for the efforts of the club in turning around what they all thought was a waste of time. They will never forget who got him playing good footy in the right frame of mind even if Allardyce does.

    Tried to get them to do a rendition of KRO but they are useless they just keep blowing bubbles.

  • Tony says:

    Why does he always have to make these self praise statements? why cant he just shut up and be grateful he has a job, you can bank on three or four of these comments a day from Mr Clark

    • Pete says:

      Tony-we can bank on 3 or 4 slagings off about him per day from you. To be fair here Tony, will it ever make any difference what he does? Really, will it ever make any difference?

  • DoctorD says:

    A nice bit of good news for Birmingham from both the Independent and Guardian articles. I think Lee Clark deserves a massive pat on the back. If he — and the club — gets a good reputation for bringing on young players, that can only be good news for us long-term.

  • Bham Terrier says:

    Hi Almajir, actually is what, a chocolate bar or turning youngsters into stars ? If you need anymore of Clarkys classics you can archive the Huddersfield Examiner. Two of my all time favourites are ‘Lee Novak will get 20 goals in Div3’ and ‘ Oscar Gobern is going to be a premiership player’, despite the fact the bloke can trap it further than I can kick it. If you want to see some of his skills type in ‘Oscar Gobern kung fu kick’ on you tube. Anyway,Good luck with the takeover, hope it happens sooner rather than later.

  • Gianni says:

    I’m under no illusions that with a healthier bank balance and stronger squad Clark would not have given half of those youngsters their debuts, his hand has been forced by the situation that this club is in.

    That being said, Clark deserves some plaudits for having the balls to do so and at the same time actually trying to communicate what he is trying to do, which is something else he is lambasted for.

    For me, we could be doing a lot worse if it wasn’t for the work that Clark and his staff are putting in, so let him have his moment in the sun, after all, managers need a bit of confidence boosting too.

  • Frankie says:

    THink Clark has done a stellar job, since he walked through the door.
    He is working under near impossible constraints.
    Glad that some of our fans are now realising the job Lee Clark has done.
    Personally am happy to leave formations, player selection and tactics to him, in the knowledge that he knows more about the game than myself or any other of our fans.

    • Enckelman says:

      Last season was definitely not a stellar job. That team should of been attempting for a play-off spot we only lost Mutch and he brought in some players that he thought would make an impact but in fact most were awful. Not to mention the way he treated Zigic was a disgrace. But there has definitely been improvements this season with a much weakened squad.

      • Pete says:

        Mutch, lost a quality loan signing like Townsend, bedded ina rookie keeper who made quite few errors in the begining, lost Marlon King for the last 3 months, the loan signing of N’Daw was no longer affordable (where as Ipswich could afford him), Stevie Caldwell through no fault of Clark had clearly lost his legs, Stevie Carr was ruled injusred after 2 minutes in the league. Lower season ticket holders under Clark before a ball was even kicked meaning less support.

        Otherwise no impact whatsoever….

  • Blueboy 88 says:

    Credit to Clark for the way he handled Morrison last season.

    In general his handling of the younger players has been very good.
    Coaching & developing youngsters is where his future lies in football.

  • dave mann says:

    what amazes me that lee picks a team and formation for millwall, we wipe the floor with them
    after they had won three in a row, then picks the same team and formation for bolton who
    had not won all season and we get turned over, i blame live tv and early kick off but some
    would say including jimmy greaves that its a funny old game but seriously lee clark has done
    as well as any other manager could have done in the circumstances and is reputation for
    bringing young players through is improving by the day so long may it continue if the new
    owners give him that chance.kro.

  • Tony says:

    Its doubtful Morrison has been sorted out his type rarely are,thats why they can do outrageous things on the ball
    George best and Gazza are examples of this they were both completely nuts they never were sorted but thats why they were genius. Arrogance has been mentioned but arrogance is a prerequisite of greatness for this type of player the creative outrageus player who can make others look stupid.
    Below them were the likes of Stan Bowles , Alan Hudson, Rodney Marsh,all of them had problems of the pitch they all had that arrogance that set them apart.
    Opposite to them were Bobby Moore ,Bobby Charlton ,great players too but different, they did not have that special ingredient that got people of their seats in anticipation. Arrogance should never be discouraged and natural ability should never be coached out of the entertainers.

  • Chris W says:

    What annoyed me about the weekend match reports and interviews from the managers, neither Allydyce or Chris Hughton acknowledged BCFC’s involvement in helping the development of either player.
    As some comments have said, credit where credit is due and LC along with the academy staff deserve all the credit for Redmond and LC for the way he handled Morrison.
    Well done all, pity the owners don’t sell them for what they are worth, or better still find the money to keep them.
    KRO

  • bluenoserob says:

    OK so Morrison is a special case . but how often do clubs that bring on loan players get much credit,we can’t expect the press to make a big deal about our part in ravels development ,I think west ham know how we helped the lad,maybe that we make it easier to get good loan players in the future

  • TONY says:

    Dan still nothing on HKSE Regarding take over?.

  • TONY says:

    you said it would appear quickly

  • Art Watson says:

    I actually agree that Clark got the best out of a very temperamental but talented player so perhaps that’s his forte-running the youth team and developing the youngsters.

  • trueblue says:

    Mutch doing well at Cardiff too though all down to them apparently.

  • Blooflame says:

    Clark should be getting nothing…just the bullet. Morrison must’ve thought…”if I don’t buck my ideas up, I’ll be stuck in a dead end club with a dead end manager like this”. When This club is bought by businessmen and run at a profit, Clark will be a mere memory! He’s a joke and those here lauding him should really set their sights higher,this club deserves better.

    • Staffordshire Blue Nose says:

      Best post for ages on this site.

    • Pete says:

      Why does the club deserve a better manager. Be specific- what is the issue with him? You can insult the man but give some factual issues that says he is worse that another manager, taking into account his situation. If you are too ‘thick’ to realise he is doing a job with one hand tied behind his back, there is no hope looking for a sensible response.

      Are you a fan that goes by the way?

  • Tony says:

    Maybe your right Art, or the colliery second eleven.

  • Tony says:

    Hear Hear Bloo

  • Phil says:

    Clark deserves a lot of credit for Morrison and speaking to Jessie Lingard’s uncle before the Sheffield game, was one of the main reasons for him (Lingard) choosing to come to Birmingham.
    Apparently Lingard and Morrison grew up together in the United academy and Lingards family were impressed with the way Clark helped Morrison and knew if Lingard was to come to Blues he would be looked after also.
    Well done Blues, now do the same for our own.

    • Pete says:

      Phil You are bang out of order. How dare you give the manager any credit! It sticks in the throats of so many on here. You really need to find any opportunity to slag the bloke off who is improving the side from last season, despite having a worse squad.

  • Euston 9.18 says:

    So we get rid of CLARK.

    Who in there right mind would want to be BLUES manager.

    But thinking about it we have no chairman so why not throw the manager in as’well !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    While I’m here may I ask again …

    Why was the Sunday People & the Mirror newspapers allowed to comment about potential BLUES new owners NAMES PUBLISHED but the local media still hide behind “We can’t upset the Hong Kong stock exchange publishing names” ??

    BLUES have always been a “BAD BOY” club,plenty of articles about Saunders hardest 11.
    Now that team enjoyed & played for the shirt,didn’t always win mind you but I think you know what I mean.

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    Lee Clark appears to be a very divisive figure amongst us Bluenoses. I personally think that he is doing a great job against the odds…one that few would have taken. A lot of fans continue to give plaudits to Chris Hughton a manager that had a much stronger squad and bottled it when the big occasion beckoned, then what did he? Stay and fight? Not on your life he fled to Norwich and then came sniffing around our players like a canary in vultures clothing! Give me Elsie anytime, he understands the meaning of hard work and loyalty.

    • Chris W says:

      I agree Steve, and if the reports are true, Curbishley, Roy Keane and Mick Mccarthy all turned the job down when they saw the all the ropes they had to wear. I was anti Clark last season, however, I can see what he is trying to do with very limited, almost non-existent resources. He could walk away and will get another job tomorrow, maybe he is using Blues as a learning curve, but I am sure he will be a successful manager somewhere with the right resources.
      KRO

  • P.J.Nicholls says:

    Do the supporters of Birmingham think Pannu came on Saturday to watch Blues play ???
    Not on your life IMHO he came to see what other assets he can sell.
    We only have a few more these people in Hong Kong can filch,before they realise their actions are lowering the gate every game.

    • mark says:

      pp actually came over to speak to and congratulate Clark…………

      • Art Watson says:

        Mark,

        Are you serious?

        • Chris W says:

          Can anyone think of any other logical reason following his statement that nothing is happening and no talks or change in ownership is imminent.
          He just wanted to watch a couple of games and speak to HIS manager…. tell him he is now going to chop his legs off.
          Obviously he was delighted, as he received a fairly cordial welcome from the Birmingham supporters, especially Saturday, no hostilities, no banners, no vocal remonstrations, no abusive chanting and no demonstrations.
          KRO

      • Staffordshire Blue Nose says:

        and you know that do you???

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    I thought filching had something to do with hamsters!?

    • Chris W says:

      From the definition, look it up at Urban Dictionary: filching, it sounds disgusting and totally inappropriate to anything football let alone Blues.
      KRO

  • Tony says:

    Clark expects the sack if Paladini takes over bring it on,one things certain Paladini will bring TF and Atkinson with him in some capacity.

    • Chris W says:

      And the a new manager has to start re educating the players with a new system, he can’t buy anyone till January. What will TF do, he is recovering from a heart attack so he won’t play, though he could probably do better than Lovenkraands has, Atkinson is a Vile man through and through so he will just be in it for what he can get out of us…
      I personally would keep LC and sign the current loans, that would enable him to bring in other loans, maybe bigger names as we could finance the deals, see where we are come January, then make major changes or even buy our way out of trouble. LC has earned the chance to operate without shackles.
      KRO

    • Pete says:

      More stupid tripe. T.F.? He was given more money than other managers (except Keegan with Fulham) but he failed over 4 years. Yet, you rate him as as a manager? Why the hell is he better, bearing in mind T.F. as spending several players over a million got us nowhere near automatic promotion. Clark had a huge result in being able to sign a right back for £150k, whilst the rest of his side are loans, youth players and free signings.

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    I cannot think of a more innapropriate person to head Blues than Ron Atkinson, his recent history only confirms what everyone already knows, this man is a dinosaur of the worst kind. Considering the cosmopolitan make up of our support not to mention that of the players, we cannot let him anywhere St Andrews! Was the suggestion that TF would manage the team??? Keep Elsie, he deserves a real shot at it if/when we are eventually taken over. Chris W…that definition re Filching is truly disgusting!!

    • Chris W says:

      Totally agree on all counts, LC has earned the chance to build HIS squad with players who WANT to fight for the shirt and badge..KRO

    • Chris W says:

      Totally agree on all counts, LC has earned the chance to build HIS squad with players who WANT to fight for the shirt and badge..KRO

  • Tony says:

    Would most certainly not give Clark a budget.

    • Dean BCFC says:

      Tony – I know a couple of likable Blues fans called Tony and am getting worried in case they are you and I’m therefore a really bad judge of character. Please take your lack of knowledge and one-eyed views elsewhere

      Thanks

    • Pete says:

      Tony you wont give him the time of day. To be honest you are just a pathetic individual anyway.

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    Why? Because he has done so well without one?

  • dave mann says:

    if he can get the players in hes already got without spending hardly anything why not give
    him a budget to spend, ime sure with a few million to spend he could make us playoff
    contenders or even automatic promotion, give the guy a chance before making
    judgement on what he could or cant do with money to spend, hes done ok without it,
    if you think about it!!!KRO.

    • Staffordshire Blue Nose says:

      As I’ve said before hs only 2 good signings are Robbo &Tom Adeyemi (forgot Ruddolph as well so that’s 3..)) the rest have been rubbish AND why buy Caddis for the only money he has AND NOT PLAY HIM…. That money could have been spent on a loan for another striker. So I would trust him with the weekly house keeping.

      • Pete says:

        So he signs a player to create competition and he gets Spector playing superbly. Is this a fault of his or something to be congratulated on- creating competition? So Burn has not been a good signing or Lingard? Also, he has not got Burke playing his best football again?

        Also, how on earth can you say his signing of Matt Green has been a failure. Mansfield were offering more money than us, and he has managed to come in a do a decent job for us? Is Caddis a bad signing for £150k, even if he has got to fight to get his place back?

        I really think some people have lost site of where we are in the transfer market and expect far too much.

        • Staffordshire Blue Nose says:

          Pete loan signings don’t count in my eyes, we couldn’t afford to buy them even if we had money. Green will be judged on the goals he scores because he doesn’t do a lot else, I agree Clark has had to shop at “Aldi” for players but even at Aldi’s you find some real bargins, I don’t see the bargins coming through. I really want Clark to work out but I think he looses the plot to often and he actually doesn’t know his best team or best formation and scrapes it when we get one bad result.

  • bluenoserob says:

    Agree that LC has done OK will zero money,I can’t see how a few million would make us a promotion outfit however , maybe 20m when u include wages ,it would be nice to see us actually in the proper transfer market come January ,we can dream I guess.

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    Lets take a look at who I think are quality signings added by Elsie. Randolph, Burn, Caddis, Robinson,Furgusson, Lingard, Bartley, Eardley, Novak, Green. I can almost hear the gasps at the addition of Novak, Eardley and Green. Novak is a good player to have on the bench and bring on to hold the ball up, he grafts like Horsefield used to and has had really bad treatment from some Blues fans, Eardley is a good solid right back in a back 4 and adds quality numbers to the squad and Green is quick and yet to find his feet, alongside Lingard he will terrorise some of the slower defenders in this league. What an absurd view of the signing of Caddis, for starters what type of striker would 250k buy and secondly do you seriously think that the team should be exactly the same every week irrespective of the opposition or formation……this isnt 1956! I think we can sneak into the play offs this season and im not afraid to say so, we are showing promise and have been exciting to watch in recent weeks. Remember Reading a few seasons ago?

    • Staffordshire Blue Nose says:

      I get the irony Steve…. or perhaps your dealer has sold you one to many uppers… As for his replacement, they are at the club, ask Kevan Broadhurst who was his 1st choice before Clark was given ONE OF THE BEST JOBS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP, Clarks words btw.. Clark only promoted youth when he had to because of injuries and reality struck that he’d bought on reputations five years earleir. I actually hope I’m wrong because we can’t afford to sack Clark at the moment and he wont resign from the best job he will ever get…..

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    Oh and Adeyemi too!

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    And Shinnie and Allan! My god what a squad!

  • Art Watson says:

    Sneak in to the play offs?

    Dream on Dream on!

    • Pete says:

      Art I agree we probably will get nowhere near the play offs. Mind you if you get your way we will get relegated and you can enjoy the moment of slagging the manager off even more! Just think you could enjoy that so much!

  • Tony says:

    Out of every 100Clark signings you may get 10 half decent ones, dont take my word ask Huddersfield fans

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    Dreaming on is what keeps Blues fans going, ive been dreaming on for many years and hope for many years of dreaming on ahead!

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    I just named 14 so by your reconing he’s signed 140 players?

    • Staffordshire Blue Nose says:

      thats your opinion Steve, 3 at best for me, Robbo, Rudolph and Tom A, last years buys are not close to the 1st team and you can’t count loan signings, although don’t forget Hall and the left back from Chelsea who couldn’t pass water or tackle treacle…

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    I would like everyone who thinks that Elsie should go to suggest a realistic immediate replacement. Someone that we can afford and who is available and that will offer the club something that it hasnt got with the current management team..

  • Tony says:

    I think he should go and I nominate Zig and Zag as his assistant ,may as well have proffesional clowns as have Terry Mac.

    • Pete says:

      Could have a bigger clown and opt for you. You know naff all about football anyway. Got any precise evidence of facts about Terry McDermott being inadequate or just going to slag somebody off with no foundation.

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    Very constructive. Its easy to slag him off but it seems you don’t have an answer to my question? I’m beig totally honest with my question, you cannot sack a management team and replace it with nothing! Please don’t reply with the predictable answer “nothing is better than them”.

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    The silence is deafening!

  • smudge says:

    I would say for what its worth, if Palladini is the new owner by January then give LC a small transfer budget (think he’s earned it) and reassess the situation in the summer. That gives the new owners a few months to get the full picture of what needs doing and the direction they want to take the club. Also greater wealth of talent (managers included) during the summer.

  • Tony says:

    Steve Im getting a bit worried about one of your good players (Novak) I predicted he would not score 7 goals this season, the dubious goals panel have credited him with the one against Bolton, that makes two.
    They have it seems cited a diving shoulder volley from 1&half inches, that together with his mazzy if unopposed dribble at Yeovil shows the mans class.

  • Steve Aerobic says:

    Fully agree Pete, im still waiting for the proposed incoming manager……as I said, the silence is deafening.

    • Chris W says:

      And some sections of supporters say he is a bad manager, I admit to not rating him at first, I also checked out his record at Huddersfield which wasn’t great, though he did have a club record unbeaten run.
      I think he had a lot of dressing room issues as well as the financial restraints and I can see now what he is trying to do, still with financial restraints, but he has a group who have desire and passion and want to play for the Badge.
      He has earned the chance to carry on that work.
      KRO

  • mark says:

    It great to see the normal moaning brigade are out in force……. Must have returned from their holidays.lol ………fact pp spoke to clark ….and thanked him for all his hardwork…….believe or not could give a flying pink pig if you believe me. Or. Not …sbn


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