Alex McLeish returns to Blues at the weekend for the first time since his controversial exit of the club in the summer of 2011. (I’m sure Mike will do a proper preview soon.)
He was described as the Ginger Judas and the Rat by many fans, who were angry over the manner of his exit and the fact that he crossed the city. (It has to be said, not as angry as our near neighbours – but I won’t go there!)
At the time I was pretty annoyed about the MANNER he left, and it was obvious that Villa tapped him up while he was still employed by Blues, against the Premier League rules.
BUT and this is a BIG but! At the time, many Blues fans wanted him out. After winning the cup, we ended up going down – although a major contributing factor was the injury list that we had. However the big issue for me, was the manner of the style of play. It was pretty poor on the whole, and I hated it. I was happy that he left, and I don’t really understand why people got so upset about it.
Having said all of that, McLeish was responsible for one of the best, if not the best, day of supporting Blues since the mid 1970’s. That day at Wembley will never be forgotten, and I for one will always be grateful to McLeish for bringing back our 1st major trophy 40 years.
So come Saturday will I boo him? Absolutely not – partly because I won’t be there, but mainly because for me – that one day in February 2011 is enough for me to just about outweigh the negative football and the fact that he left us in the way he did. I urge you Blues fans, not to boo him – save your voices to get behind the team and roar them to a much needed victory.