Bruce, The Forss & David Dunn – By SkyDaz
Posted on October 11, 2006
Filed Under Articles By SkyDaz
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.