Bruce, The Forss & David Dunn – By SkyDaz

Posted on October 11, 2006 
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Joys & Sorrows columnist Kym Smith has swindled columnist for every other Blues publication in the world and former Blues PA-guy SkyDaz into writing for Joys & Sorrows. I’m not sure how often Daz will get time to post something but as I’m sure most of you know, he’s always got something interesting to say.

Should he stay or should he go? As Joe Strummer almost asked. The Bruce Out camp claim to have overwhelming support, but then again so do the Bruce In camp. The Bruce In camp is led by Capital Gold’s Tom Ross and the Bruce Out camp is led by a horde of season ticket holders without access to public broadcasting. It’s a bit of an unfair fight.

Personally I have seen that many managers in the years that I have been following the Blues that I have given up caring whether they sack him or not. In the past we have fired managers who have done ok and kept those who have been useless. There’s not much rhyme or reason to the timing connected to dismissing the gaffer. Seriously if you were going to sack the manager it should have been at the end of the season so that the new person would have time to sort out who he wanted to keep and who he wanted to get rid of, eh West Brom?

There is much to gain and much to lose from getting rid of Bruce now. A new manager usually arrives with fresh impetus and ideas, eh Villa? However surely after all this time no one knows our players as well as Bruce does?

We have the collection of individual talent to romp this division but they do not gel as a team. Due to a lack of cohesion the opposition stroll into gaps and holes and render any good work as impotent. The players feel the frustration of the glaring dearth of team play and this is reflected in the dismissals. Birmingham City players are frustrated. Forssell wants to move. Why would a player who has no form and nothing current to stick on his CV feel he would be better off by moving?

If Forssell had scored twenty goals last season and four or five this season and then found himself on the bench for a few games he could rightly believe that he deserved his starting berth and demand a move away. However looking overweight, slow, disinterested and a pale shadow of his former self it makes you wonder who he is going to convince to sign him. And this is the crux of it. I guess most managers in the Premiership would snap him up given half a chance. Why? Because they know given half a chance Forssell would score!

The simple truth is that Forssell is struggling to get into a struggling team. I don’t wish to imply that the team are languishing in the league, I want to make it clear that as a team they are simply poor to watch, a little dull, one dimensional and as attractive as John Prescott in a thong.

Whilst all of us fans would give up a night of passion with Angelina Jolie to play for the Blues (wouldn’t you? You wouldn’t?) it looks like a lot of the team can’t be that bothered. I guess for their money and lifestyle that enthusiasm drifts off after a bit especially playing in a team that can’t string two passes together. As a footballer it must get demoralising.

The same can be said for David Dunn. Why would any Premiership club consider bidding for Dunn? What do they believe they can get out of him that we can’t? What would your scouting report on Dunn and Forssell say? Don’t misunderstand, in their prime I would have crawled over broken glass to watch them parade their wares but at the moment I wouldn’t watch them if they were in my back garden. So why are they considering leaving and why are clubs trying to buy them? I don’t get it. How, as a manager, do you sell them to your board? Blues fans would feel, quite rightly, that both players owed us an oath of allegiance but unfortunately loyalty is a one way street these days.

I feel desperately sorry for the injuries suffered by both lads but how much time do you give them to recover? In case no one noticed we got relegated waiting for them both to get fit! I have been fortunate to meet both Dunn and Forssell and they are two of the nicest players, they always have time for fans and interviews, but I want them fit, on the pitch and repaying the wages they have barely earned over the last few years. Shoot us back to the Premier League and then go with our blessing, I am sure all the Blues fans will applaud you both if you ever return to St Andrews. Just don’t go until you have paid your debt. Thanks.

So can Bruce survive? I should think so, my opinion could well be the death of him. ‘Bloody hell Sully even SkyDaz thinks Bruce can survive, best get rid’.

Wins over Luton and Norwich and he will win manager of the month and everyone will say they never wanted him to leave anyway. Defeats will be accompanied by ‘Luton is a tough place to go’, ‘Norwich were always going to bounce back after getting rid of Worthy’ and ‘give me to the end of December and judge me then’.

December will drift into February and then into May. I have always said that a manager should be judged on the whole campaign rather than a piece of it. Hence the reason I am surprised that last May Bruce neither resigned nor got sacked. Having not executed either action I am prepared to bow to Sully’s better judgement, he can certainly point to having earned more money than me as an example of his business prowess. I offer to take some of his hard earned cash if he is looking to dispose of some in a charitable donation.

Over to you then Mr Bruce. You’ve kept the gig, you’ve got some new players, spent a lot of cash, got some rousing classical rubbish and a stay of execution. Use your time wisely for the Grim Reaper is on the Tilton, Block 13 row 66 seat 6 and he has a P45 with your name on it.

Good luck, love the St Andrews Faithful.


12 Responses to “Bruce, The Forss & David Dunn – By SkyDaz”

  1. Kym Smith on October 11th, 2006 10:44 am

    Welcome Skydaz!!

    Excellent piece. I have to admit that I’ll be the one that passes on the night out (or in) with Angelina Jolie (I have one or two nice young men in mind instead…), but I’ll be keeping an eye out for the Grim Reaper at the next couple of games.

    I’m sure he’ll be dressed for the occasion.

  2. Jackoblue on October 11th, 2006 11:13 am

    Good piece Daz.

    There’s something drastically wrong with the Club at the moment. The whole place is lacking drive and direction from the very top. The team is reflecting this; drifting along and hoping something will happen when what it needs is for it’s leader, Bruce, to MAKE something happen.

    He didn’t do it last year despite a 7-0 hammering and he’s unlikely to do it this year. Bruce is a man floundering in the supermarket of football. While others are going about there business with a purpose knowing what they want and going directly to the right shelves our manager is ambling up and down in the middle of the aisles.


  3. JOHN LONGMAN on October 11th, 2006 11:20 am

    yes great article and very
    much the truth.first point
    we all know why brucie was
    not given the elbow at the
    end of last season and it was
    obviously the compensation,
    if it was up to me i would
    have got rid of him,the reasons for that have been
    discussed over and over again,
    i dont think he motivates
    the players and he protects
    them too much.i also think
    that the players are wrapped
    up in cotton wool too much,i
    was always under the impression that to get match
    fitness and form you should
    play more often,in the case
    of dunn & forssell they have
    seemed to play less!for gods
    sake bruce make them play more if its for the reserves
    or 3rd teams make them play.
    also as i said yesterday i
    think modern day footballers
    are on easy street,our board
    pride themselves on being a
    ultra modern club so why not
    cut the basic wages to a
    realistic figure and introduce generous bonus pay
    based on results,either on
    a monthly basis or at the end
    of the season,surely that
    would bring back pride and
    passion and wanting to play
    for the club back.i know it
    would be a revolutionary move
    but i think its whats needed

  4. Steve D on October 11th, 2006 11:32 am

    It is generally perceived that we have the best squad on paper in the championship. I read blogs from Norwich and Leeds fans who said pre-season that there is no point bidding for newly available players, as all the best ones are snapped up by Birmingham!. OK so we have the squad. Take a look at Cardiff. There squad is suffocating with mediocrity. So what’s the difference then in performance between Birmingham and Cardiff.
    Well then it has to be motivation? (Doesn’t it??). Cardiff come out of the blocks like starving dogs in a butcher’s shop. Blues come out to classical renditions of codswallop and duly tiptoe thorugh the tulips. So what or who has the objective of Mr Motivator??..Hmmmm Bring on the Grim Reaper!!!!.

  5. blueshnoz on October 11th, 2006 11:34 am

    Angelina or play for the Blues…
    i’d only last 3 minutes whichever i chose.

  6. Mr G on October 11th, 2006 11:58 am

    It was Mick Jones who sang the song. Joe (and Joe Ely) sang backing vocals mainly in Ecuadorian Spanish.
    Just thought you’d like to know.

  7. lister on October 11th, 2006 12:48 pm

    I am expecting nightmares over the Prescott image!

    Don’t get the loyalty thing – how many players has Bruce junked over the years? Or are sold just (before) as they hit peak form Loyalty is a two way street. The players sign for the club and turn up as required. Its not Forsells fault that he gets no support. Its not Dunns fault that Campbell can’t hit a barn door from two feet, or that Jerome is struggling to settle, or that Forsell gets marked by three bruisers every time he gets near the box.

    People get wound up by the wages, but that is what top players command – and the club are happy to sign the contracts (they don’t have to!). The wages are irrelevant.

    Everyone seems to agree that we have the best squad in the division (a couple of full backs apart, and perhaps a goalkeeper?) but the sums just don’t add up, and there is only one other man to blame.

  8. Paul on October 11th, 2006 1:29 pm


    if only you had put so much effort into your BA (Hons) Government essays while at Birmingham Polytechnic, you wouldn’t be languishing in the current doldrum you call a career.
    cheers mate

    Paul (Dago).

  9. SkyDaz on October 11th, 2006 3:22 pm

    I had a bad set of peers who failed to show me the light!

    Thank to the other folks for their kind words.

  10. Daveyryan on October 11th, 2006 3:29 pm

    It’s clear that Forssell is past it. His knee is in a very, very bad state. That’s why he is ’struggling’ and can’t get into the team and rightly so. Clubs might want to buy him but only on the cheap. Same as Dunn, who has to prove he can stay fit for a season before he’s anywhere near getting a big move. Blackburn wanted him back, but that’s it. Dunn is a great talent but PL clubs aren’t daft, they know they would not be able to cut it at that level again. Bruce knows they are not what they once were. That’s the real nub of the argument, not ‘the why aren’t they playing?’ tack.

  11. Phil on October 12th, 2006 10:54 pm

    Bad set of peers …. the year before you was great Daz ….
    ps: I thought Mick Jones played up front for Leeds in the early 70’s…

  12. Bluesbot on October 18th, 2006 9:13 pm

    mick jones is a legend – Big Audio Dynamite, superb 80’s band, oh welcome to Joys and Sorrows SkyDaz, do you have a legion of clones – you are everywhere lol

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