Steve Bruce – We’re Sorry?

Posted on May 3, 2007 
Filed Under Bruce-O-Meter

Argh… I’ve been putting writing something about Steve Bruce off for days now.

There seems to be a massive swell of admiration, adulation and apologies for the man since promotion was achieved on Sunday. You hear people ringing up Tom Ross and see people posting on message boards about how sorry they are that they ever doubted him and how the board were right to stick by him and how he’s definitely the right man for the job.

And why not?

At the beginning of the season, Bruce made a concious decision to sell off all the over the hill stars, players he’d become too reliant on and those who spent more time in the physio’s room than the training pitch. He vowed that he would bring in young and hungry players who were capable of scoring goals.

Out went too many to mention, in came too many to mention. Some we agreed with, some we didn’t. Some we shrugged our shoulders at and wondered just who they were.

Now we find ourselves one game away from the end of the season with promotion secured and just a matched result away from being crowned Champions. If we beat Preston North End on Sunday afternoon, this will be our joint highest ever season as far as point scoring goes – our highest ever in the top two leagues (including if you convert all previous seasons where a win was only worth 2 points.)

Steve Bruce’s vision at the beginning of the season has paid off. For the majority of the season, we haven’t had a full up physio’s room, we haven’t had players who simply look like they can’t be bothered, we haven’t had a team run out of steam in the last 15 minutes of a game, we haven’t looked resigned to anything. The current crop have got bottle, guts and determination in abundance.

Therefore, Steve Bruce’s ideas at the start of the season have paid off and delivered us what we were all so hungry for. Well, what we all demanded if we’re being honest. Promotion back to Premiership. And what a journey it has been. It’s typical of a Steve Bruce team.

When I look back throughout the season, I can’t quite believe that it’s happened. I can’t quite believe that we’re there. It’s finally been done. After lurching from crisis to crisis, the promised land is back in sight. Well done to everyone involved.

On the surface, I’m pleased for Steve Bruce. First of all, he is a bloke who cares. You can tell that doing well – for us, the club and the players he represents – means a lot to him. He has a genuine desire to turn Birmingham City into a force. I believe that about the man. I also believe he’s a genuinely nice fella, a bloke who keeps it simple and says what he needs to say to the right people in order to get certain jobs done.

I, for one, will be satisfied to start next season with Steve Bruce as manager of Birmingham City FC. I want to say that before anything else here. This is not a blog against Steve Bruce in any way. I’m grateful for the job he’s done this term and I think he’s earnt another crack at leading us in the Premiership.

But I have doubts… and Bruce might think of me as unintelligent and Tom Ross might think of me as “evil” but in a true reflective piece on our season and the abilities of our current manager, these doubts have to be questioned.

I have been fairly anti-Bruce all season. I still perhaps believe that if we’d had a more tactically astute coach in charge of this magnificently assembled squad, we’d have won the title already this season.

I’ll ask one question to those currently lauding Brucey. If Lenny Kenny Lunt’s shot had been two inches lower on Saturday and we’d gone on to lose 1-0, how would you be assessing the current boss now? Ringing up saying sorry on local radio or posting about how you love the friendly, bouncy Geordie? Probably not.

Our season has largely depended on the wonderful talents of players such as Nicklas Bendtner and Gary McSheffrey. Players who are worth millions of pounds. Simon Jordan claims that we’ve bought pretty much every striker we could! It’s not far wrong in all honesty. We’ve been allowed to spent a fortune compared to some of our rivals and the individual skill and abilities of some of these players have shone through.

I suppose in some roundabout way, I’m suggesting that individuals allowed by our oversized budget have won us promotion as opposed to the abilities of Steve Bruce. I can’t think of too many occasions this season when I’ve thought to myself “Yeah, that’s a cracking decision by Brucey.” I’ve more often than not been left confused / bemused by decisions.

We’ve often been predictable, as has team selection, and when different games have called for different methods and tactics, Bruce has failed to notice and adapt. How on Earth we can be so lacklustre against the likes of Norwich City, Southend United and Burnley at home beggars belief.

On occasions when we’ve needed that extra spark or bit of creativity to break a resolute side down, Bruce has failed to provide it. He’ll overload the bench with attacking threat but only utilize it when it’s getting nervy with half an hour to go.

Lower half sides must’ve gone away from St Andrew’s chuckling this season such was the lack of action required by the goalkeeper hiding behind his two banks of four. When this happens, we need to see someone who can play.

I’m not going to be one of those who immediately calls for Neil Kilkenny to be put in the side but what about a Neil Danns? Or a more daring 3 at the back formation with an extra man in behind the front two? There’s been hardly any of that this season. There’s been quite a bit of hoof ball when we quickly realise that the midfield’s not quite creative enough for the job at hand. It gives possession to the opposition and sees us under pressure.

What worries me is going back into the Premiership and Bruce being seemingly paralysed by this fear of getting beat. I’m not one of those who believes that losing a game 3-2 is better than drawing a game 0-0 but at times, games literally cry out for someone who can put his foot on the ball and play it. No hoofing, no shovelling it out to the wing at every given opportunity because no-one else is capable.  At times, even on Saturday, we didn’t look like we knew how to pass to a bloke in a blue shirt.

A lot has been made of the fact that this side is very young, very inexperienced and was put together rather quickly. Up until now, I’ve underestimated just what a job that can be for a manager. He definitely deserves credit for that. He also deserves credit for admitting that he’s made mistakes and trying to correct them (the three strikers thing springs immediately to mind.)

Bruce has endured some terrible stick this season, some deserved, some not. I’ll have my say if I think he’s not doing the business, but equally I’ll defend him (and have done) if I think he’s done a good job of something and others decide to slate him.

At the moment, he is, in my opinion, on an upward curve and the players that he’s brought in will hopefully be more at home in the Premiership than in the Championship – we’ve been hearing all season about how ‘x’ and ‘x’ are finding adjusting to life in the Championship difficult. Let’s hope it doesn’t take time to reacclimatize! After all, we have a good record in the cups against Prem sides this term.

6/10

And so… with all this said, I’ll be giving Bruce a 6/10 on the Bruce-O-Meter today.

He’s gone up three spots for coming through some tough spots this season. I think we’ve all underestimated how difficult it’s been at times and how hard the Championship is as a league.

At the beginning of the season, he had a vision. He’s gone about that and brought what was expected. For that, he deserves credit and a definite second chance at the Premiership as manager of Birmingham City.

Comments

32 Responses to “Steve Bruce – We’re Sorry?”

  1. fingles on May 3rd, 2007 5:06 pm

    Top post.

    Encapsulates my feeling exactly.

    Well written.

  2. lister on May 3rd, 2007 5:10 pm

    He got promotion, which for some means freedom of StAns – fine, and well done to him. But do we really want to bounce straight back down? I remain to be convinced that he has learnt his lessons. Still too many strange decisions for me, and by the sound of it Big Sam is open to offers. Time for the board to take a good long look at their ambitions.

  3. martin smith on May 3rd, 2007 6:13 pm

    Read your articles quite regularly and on the whole you have a pretty negative outlook.Sure we have more money than most in the championship but then isn’t the same true of chelsea in the premiership, the chosen one seems to be acknowledged as a very good manager yet Chelsea haven’t won the league.Sure Bruce has made some decisions a lot of us have failed to understand but on other occasions they have worked and secured us valuable points. I think now is a time to focus on what we have achieved and look forward to the Premiership

  4. Matthew Edwards on May 3rd, 2007 6:15 pm

    Leave the man alone, we’ve done great. Will you lot never be happy? You do know we’re Birmingham right?

  5. davew on May 3rd, 2007 6:25 pm

    Bruce is a lot better manager than he is being given credit for. Words like “simple” and “nice fella” are used all the time to describe his attributes. But that’s unfair. He is far more astute and clever than that. Twice he has succeeded in getting us into the Prem at the first attempt. That is no fluke.

    I have just one worry about Bruce. And that is that in the eyes of the fans his reputation has been tarnished. The first bad run we have next season, and fans will be calling for his head again. And just maybe he will walk away this time.

    For me, he would have been successful this year even if we had narrowly missed a top two slot. But for many, he is a failure waiting to happen even though he got us back up.

    I urge the fans to back Bruce next year – I fear they won’t.

  6. Peter R on May 3rd, 2007 6:26 pm

    Martin, you are looking at this season only. Chelsea have won the league twice by a mile and despite all their injuries thi sseason were fightin on all four fronts until this week.

    It is not a case of being negative, all this season has achieved is righting a percieved wrong – buying too many older, injury hit players for our last twos easons in the Premiership.

    Matthew, this is the same man who was oblivious to the slide of the team after a great first two seasons in the premiership. Most managers would not have survived to be here now and while it ids to the managers credit for obtaining promotion with a “new team” (like Sunderland and Derby I note) many fans seem to be unsure as to his managerial skills in the highest league. The new signings, including the timing of them, will be the first indication of the manager’s ambition and plans. fans have been through all this PR before and will not be fooled as easy over the next twelve months

  7. Matthew Edwards on May 3rd, 2007 7:08 pm

    Fooled? Its football man, enjoy it. You’ll give yourself a heart attack.

    If you wanna win all the time support Man Utd. I love being pissed off at losing and I love the elation of winning. I for one will cheer on Bruce forever until he’s pushed out by our own ‘fans’ who obviously have all the answers, the same fans who wanted to hang Damien Johnson and Steven Clemence before voting for them for player of the season in the last two seasons. Get over yerselves and lets get behind our boys.

  8. Fred on May 3rd, 2007 7:16 pm

    Best thing you have ever written by a mile. You combined your personal experiences with some analytical and thoughtful insights. This is far better than the Post or Evening Mail have produced all season.

    Negative? Nope just analysis: any analysis has to be even handed, able to grasp the good and bad. For example, my view is that our tactics under Bruce have rarely changed, and when we did change in early season we couldn’t get the results. So back to his persistent back to basics tactics until the end of the season, where creativity in the middle was distrusted, Dunn sold and a more muscular, tougher team created again. Succesful too, as it was when we first got promoted, and in our first year in the premiership, but two and half years of decline followed from early 2004 playing the same old tactics.

    We can get away with predictability with three of the best players in the Championship up front (McSheffrey, Bendtner, Cole)this season, but will it work in the premiership where more imagination will be required. I hope so, or even better Bruce will begin to build a different kind of team who can compete and create (like Reading).

  9. Peter R on May 3rd, 2007 7:31 pm

    Matthew, if I wanted to win all the time I wouldn’t follow Blues ! However my opinion is just as valid as yours. It was naviety that cost us a place in the Premiership after the hard work of the first three years.Steve Bruce has proved he will go when he wants to and not by the fans. The fans may not have all the answers, they are entitled to ask questions though when things were going downhill over a course of time as acknowledged by the very man you choose to cheer on. Blind faith does always not constitue good support.Look at the booing at the Norwich game – it woke the board and the manager up. Likewise David Sullivans comments in the Stoke programme. We may not agree with what awsa said but it certainly had a desired effect on both occassions. Steve Bruce has earned the right to have another go. The proof will be in the pudding

  10. Matthew Edwards on May 3rd, 2007 7:55 pm

    It certainly will. I’ve never been a big ASWAD fan though.

  11. Peter R on May 3rd, 2007 10:02 pm

    I has you more down as a Manfred Mann’s Earth Band fan !

  12. oldburyblue on May 3rd, 2007 10:10 pm

    I knew it..the main suspects STILL moaning!! Yes, last Season WAS a disaster but what was the most important thing to achieve this year? In my view the end justifies the means. Promotion was the be-all and end-all requirement this year. Yes, fancy football would’ve been nice..but only as a bonus. If we can’t all just enjoy things when we have SUCCEEDED..what chance have we when we fail??

    Steve Bruce DID make mistakes last year..but are you saying Ferguson, Mourinho, Wenger, Benitez or any other manager DIDN’T also make some mistakes? Our Road WAS tired & weary..but we kept right on and got to the End. Job done. A new Road starts in August. Till then..enjoy the scenery after this years travels!

  13. Bruce and Bradyfan on May 3rd, 2007 10:24 pm

    Well you haven’t changed your stance on Bruce even if he did send us back up in one season. We haven’t had as much excitement in our game for five years. To say that we rattled in the jaws a few times would be an understatement. In the Premiership we will be making up the numbers for a while.

    If you think he can bring us into the Premiership and start pushing the top four around then you haven’t thought it through.

    Even if Bruce was offered Chelsea and left us in good shape with 32 million to spend before the window shuts. Who could do better?

    Any Manager Sam Sven Jose, any one of them would find it difficult to make us a force in the Premiership next season. We haven’t got enough seats to sell to create the revenue we need to meet the costs – even if we have got the best MD in football.

    Even if Abramovich fancied a challenge – his billions wouldn’t guarantee that the right players would come. We have no history even if we have got great supporters.

    So Kaka wouldn’t want to come for a start.

    Clem said that this will be the best medal he’s earnt in his entire career(if we win Saturday) So you won’t get Rooney to play for a team that won’t have him in three competitions per annum with a cance at three gongs of stature. Stars want medals and money comes with them.

    BCFC is what it is and maybe one day it will be something else if we get a >50,000 seat stadium but it won’t be tomorrow maybe three years time? Bruce has learnt and just like excalibur has been hammered on the anvil by fans, players and press. Now he’s harder and keener and we’ll see a better season than the one before last that’s for sure.

    Like you, i can’t stand the hoofball, the poor passing and weak set pieces, but if Cameron leaves a back four for dead like he left them at the Molineux we’ll have something to shout about at least :-) KRO

  14. BIXSY on May 3rd, 2007 10:39 pm

    Just managed to get tickets for the Preston game. Unfortunately I could only get them in the Preston End.

    Its going to be a nervy prospect sitting with the Home supporters who need their team to win to keep alive any hope of reaching the play offs.

    No doubt many other Blues fans who couldnt get tickets will probably do the same as I have and bump up the attendance for this match.

    I just hope everybody who attends this match remains well behaved as I have already had a massive row with my Dad for going to this one because he has deemed the match unsafe, and what has made it worse is the fact the game will be shown on Sky.

    Anybody in a similar predicament?

    Blues to win 2-1!

    KRO!!!

  15. mole56 on May 4th, 2007 12:04 am

    Predictable but sad, still so negative only thing we really agree on is we are both Blue noses, I think? Maybe, you should support a one of the big four teams as I don’t think you will ever be happy with BCFC whatever you say, from a blue who maybe understands what being a blue really is

  16. Dudleydog on May 4th, 2007 7:59 am

    So you think that if you criticise Bruce then you cannot be a bluenose, wrong, I have seen the likes of Freddie Goodwin and Jim Smith criticised in their time, and they knew what they were doing.
    I thought that the article was well balanced, there is no doubt in my mind that a more astute Manager would have got us promoted much earlier, but we will obviously never know, and by more astute it doesn’t have to be the big names previously mentioned, look what Steve Coppell has done over the last 2 years.
    SB is a genuine man who cares for the club, for that he is worth persevering with

  17. dave on May 4th, 2007 8:44 am

    Any manager in any walk of life needs to prove he learns by mistakes and errors of judgement.

    Applaud this seasons achievements, but the jury is out until this time next year.

  18. Craig Sykes on May 4th, 2007 9:19 am

    I’m delighted we’ve been promoted and winning the title will be the icing on the cake. It’s been a hard season (a long, long road with joys and sorrows!!) but we’ve achieved what we set out to achieve. Congratulations to Steve Bruce and his coaching team and the players.

    Plenty of work to do between now and August. Premiership survival is more than achievable. It’s really a 3-tier league – the top four, the remaining teams who didn’t go down and the promoted teams. The main questions are which of those last two will be competing for Europe, which will be in mid-table and which will be struggling against relegation.

    Craig

  19. Bruce and Bradyfan on May 4th, 2007 9:37 am

    Mole has a point if you want repeated success imediately you can support the big 4 instead – come back when BCFC come good.

    Supporting BCFC is such sweet sorrow but we’ve done nothing in 100 yesr and some want it all in the morning.

    Reading have done great – great team , great manager but 7th or 14th POSITION it doesn’t matter he has won no more than blues did in the prem.

    It will be nice to see Stevei G at St Andrews and Henry! It will be better than gEtting another lesson IN FOOTBALL off Huckerby and Earnshaw. The results the same i just prefer the teachers.

    Next year i’m going to be happy to celebrate 12th position averaging about 2 mpoints a game or thereabouts. I’d like a decent cup run – semi’s or something. If any better than that comes along – I’LL BE HAPPY KRO

  20. lister on May 4th, 2007 9:37 am

    Learning, and improving, is the real challenge. English football in general, and fans in my club in particular (including me) are fickle and demanding of success. And Bruce is the focus of that mindset.

    But I suspect it matters little. The board have said there is no “Bruce” question – his position is assured, and we will now suffer the trials and tribulations of the English close season – lots of mindless speculation, some transfers in and out, and pre season games.

    And then the season will start, and we will see what we will see.

    As fans the best we can hope for is some inspired signings and a pre season that puts together a team capable of maintaining survival in the big money league – and at least the opportunity for those of us unable to get to games to see more of our team on Sky!

  21. merseypete on May 4th, 2007 11:00 am

    I think Aff’s points are realistic and balanced but there’s no doubt in my mind that there are plenty of people who won’t give Bruce any credit and will start the whole Bruce Out thing again as soon as things go a bit wrong next season. I admit I called for Bruce’s head after the Norwich fiasco, but hey, I’m a football fan, that’s what we’re like. The fact is, he proved me wrong and deserves credit and a fair wind next season.

  22. Bluebird on May 4th, 2007 11:17 am

    Great Blog Aff….
    Felt like I was writing that myself!
    Didn’t appreciate your “Lenny” slip though….
    You are way better than relying on that for humour….
    Isn’t that part of the reason why you changed the login process on this website?

  23. Aff on May 4th, 2007 11:25 am

    I changed the logging in thing because I was being personally abused just for having an opinion.

    Lunt’s name is a brilliant spoonerism and I must admit that it makes me chuckle each time a commentator says it. It makes me immature, I do not mind.

    I take your point though.

    Been interested reading all the comments here. Feel free to write me an article and I’ll happily post it, people. I don’t think anything I’ve written here is particularly negative. I certainly won’t be on SB’s back 2-3 games into next season, he’s earnt a fair crack of the whip and I’ll give him that.

    I think those who criticise me for daring to constructively criticise Steve Bruce lump me into the ‘Criticise Bruce for anything under the sun regardless of whether it’s his fault or not!’ brigade. That’s not me.

    As for the people going on about supporting the big four… how you made the jump from this article to that sort of thing is beyond me. In fact just two days ago I stated that I thought we’d be battling to establish ourselves in the Prem for the next five years. I’ve also stated that this season has been far more enjoyable than any of the previous 2-3.

    *Shrug*

    Opinions, wonderful things.

    Thanks to everyone for commenting and the very kind words of some. The critical and those in agreement are interesting to read.

  24. Bill Molloy on May 4th, 2007 11:50 am

    Great to hear a bit of praise at last for what Steve has achieved this season. Having been a bluenose since 1948, yes 1948, I have waited a lifetime for some real success and I am still waiting. However, that frustration does not prevent me from acknowledging that Steve has put together the most exciting, committed squad of players this club has seen for decades.

    The boo boys have made me ashamed to call myself a Bluenose in recent weeks but the real achievement of this group of players is that they have been able to keep their motivation despite the appalling abuse. Like some others, I also believe we could have been promoted earlier, not with a different coach but with a crowd that would lift the players instead of trying to demoralise them.

    Steve made some terrible decisions last season and was lucky to keep his job, but he has learned from those howlers and is a much better manager for that. Let us give him credit and keep our fingers crossed that he will stay at St Andrews.

    Bill Molloy

  25. B1uenose on May 4th, 2007 12:48 pm

    Excellent point by Bill…..we’ve all wondered why we struggle against the poorer teams at home…maybe if the ground didnt feel like a funeral parlour for those games we might have had better results….
    When teams visit tough grounds they often talk about quieting the crowd in the first twenty minutes or so…
    When Bluenoses (myself included) turn up expecting/demanding the win by 4 clear goals, we’ve already done the job for the away team by being so quiet…they get a lift and we all know what happens from there on in.
    It’s funny that as the seaosn got nearer and nearer the tickly end, the corwd got into it and the results improved…
    We have just as much a part to play…and as much blame/credit as Bruce and the board…
    Remember when we were playing better away form home due to the pressure at home games….?? As fans, we should never let that situation happen again….

    Bring on the Prem!!

  26. Carl on May 4th, 2007 2:21 pm

    If we’d played different football or had a different manager in charge then we may be where WBA are now so the idea that the lge would have been wrapped up long ago with a ‘better’ manager is purely speculative, bordering on fantasy – ‘hey, why didn’t we beat everyone 5-0?’ As for us doing well because we have some expensive players and it’s their quality that has shone through (and not down to Bruce), well, we wouldn’t have had those players here if Bruce made the decision to sign them. Yes, there’s room for improvement but who cares, we’ve just won the lottery! Let’s see how Bruce does in the summer and thereafter with his experience of getting it wrong last time. Thanks Bruce – you’ve cheered me up this season.

  27. cappy on May 4th, 2007 3:32 pm

    yeah we may have gone up, but every fan i have spoken is not exactly overjoyed, its strange. the only thing we can all put it down to is brucey. the man has some of the worst tatics i have ever seen. never seems to want to bring a sub on, even though 30000 blues fans can see we need a change. i hate to say this but i personally think we were very lucky this season. the standard of football has been appauling in the league, we are just the best of a really bad bunch. i also hate to say it but i have not seen us play well since our man savage did the dirty on us. i hope the bloke walks or newcastle put a offer on the table for him because he wont turn that job down twice, trust me. rumour has it mark bowen is ready for the job. fantastic i say. but u know who his number 2 would be dont you. ha

  28. David Moley on May 4th, 2007 8:43 pm

    Aff is entitled to an opinion. Love him or loathe him?

    PS: I’m not his biggest fan I’m first to admit it!

  29. Aff on May 4th, 2007 9:51 pm

    How dare you not love me ;-)

    Feel free to contribute an article or two, mate. That’s what this blog is all about. In fact, the more people who offer up opinions different to mine, the better.

  30. Matthew Edwards on May 5th, 2007 11:11 am

    This thread is ace.

    Bruce and Bradyfan – “The results will be the same, I just prefer the teachers.”

    Brilliant.

  31. Aff on May 5th, 2007 11:34 am

    You lot need to get yourself onto the forum : http://www.joysandsorrows.co.uk/forum

  32. Russ on May 6th, 2007 3:52 am

    I’ve been fortunate enough to meet Aff in the flesh, so to speak, and know for a FACT that – whilst at times critical of Bruce – he has been able to be positive about Blues and Bruce, and his negative comments are ALWAYS backed up with evidence. I’ve always supported Bruce, and always felt positive about this season (often to the merriment of others) yet have never felt Aff has been negative ‘for the sake of it’ (wish I could say the same for ALL fans…..).

    These are Aff’s comments, taken directly from the above blog. Pretty positive aren’t they? Yes, I HAVE removed the negatives to prove my ‘argument’ but if you can acknowledge how much positivity there is in here, you can therefore acknowledge his blog was ‘balanced’ not ‘negative’.

    Now we find ourselves one game away from the end of the season with promotion secured and just a matched result away from being crowned Champions. If we beat Preston North End on Sunday afternoon, this will be our joint highest ever season as far as point scoring goes – our highest ever in the top two leagues (including if you convert all previous seasons where a win was only worth 2 points.)

    Steve Bruce’s vision at the beginning of the season has paid off. For the majority of the season, we haven’t had a full up physio’s room, we haven’t had players who simply look like they can’t be bothered, we haven’t had a team run out of steam in the last 15 minutes of a game, we haven’t looked resigned to anything. The current crop have got bottle, guts and determination in abundance.

    Therefore, Steve Bruce’s ideas at the start of the season have paid off and delivered us what we were all so hungry for. Well, what we all demanded if we’re being honest. Promotion back to Premiership. And what a journey it has been. It’s typical of a Steve Bruce team.

    When I look back throughout the season, I can’t quite believe that it’s happened. I can’t quite believe that we’re there. It’s finally been done. After lurching from crisis to crisis, the promised land is back in sight. Well done to everyone involved.

    On the surface, I’m pleased for Steve Bruce. First of all, he is a bloke who cares. You can tell that doing well – for us, the club and the players he represents – means a lot to him. He has a genuine desire to turn Birmingham City into a force. I believe that about the man. I also believe he’s a genuinely nice fella, a bloke who keeps it simple and says what he needs to say to the right people in order to get certain jobs done.

    I, for one, will be satisfied to start next season with Steve Bruce as manager of Birmingham City FC. I want to say that before anything else here. This is not a blog against Steve Bruce in any way. I’m grateful for the job he’s done this term and I think he’s earnt another crack at leading us in the Premiership.

    At the beginning of the season, he had a vision. He’s gone about that and brought what was expected. For that, he deserves credit and a definite second chance at the Premiership as manager of Birmingham City.

    Great post, Aff. Keep it up, and I look forward to writing AND reading blogs on here in the Prem next season!!!!!

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