A New Era – By Tired & Weary

Posted on February 7, 2007 
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We were supposed to be in a new era, a new team, full of new promise. This may be so. However, a leopard never changes its spots. I’m not just talking about Steve Bruce, who has reverted to the old negative, defence minded tactics that got us into this division in the first place. I am also referring largely to the board.

If I had a penny for every time I and Blues fans around me started a sentence by saying ‘I’m grateful to the board for what they’ve done, but…’ I could probably afford a season ticket. How long does our gratitude have to last for, when do we stop thinking, well they did save our bacon when no-one else was going to, but I’m now fed up with the underachievement?

I think that time has come. The time for our over expired gratitude to stop. If Sullivan doesn’t want to be here, then please leave. Like Upson, if someone doesn’t want to be here, then it’s best they go. Unlike Upson, just get us back in the Premiership first and make us an attractive proposition for a foreign investor with bucket loads of Roubles, Shekels, Dollars or Krona. Make yourselves a handsome profit if you like for years of service. I always believed that we were right to do things within the clubs’ resources, and not having a Whelan, Abramovic, or a Lerner using their finances to finance my hobby.

But now (especially after Upson leaving) it appears that to keep the disloyal, selfish, self-obsessed breed of Premiership footballers happy you have to pay them top money, as that’s all most of them are really interested in. Why else would Upson, sorry Whooo?, have left a club looking like achieving promotion, to join one who appears to be facing certain relegation? Simple – Money!

I want to die having witnessed Blues win something other than the Leyland DAF or the Auto Windscreens Cups. I want to watch Blues play abroad in something other than the Anglo-Italian Cup. Are we going to do this with Bruce – No! Are we going to do this with our board – No! Are we going to do this with the players we have at our club – No! This club doesn’t need a make over, it needs a full face lift, boob job, tummy tuck, and a colonic irrigation thrown in for good measure.

The club is as stale and bland as the food, and as flat as the beer it serves. I personally can’t swallow any more of it. It hasn’t worked, it hasn’t achieved its goals. Allow someone else to take up the baton, and try and catch up those in front of us. I know this club has potential, but I’m sick of it being just potential, and not making some of the potential become history.

We’ve had plenty of Bruce In and Bruce Out votes. Now it’s about time for a board In, board Out discussion.

Let me start it off with a 1-0 advantage to the outs.


28 Responses to “A New Era – By Tired & Weary”

  1. cliff on February 7th, 2007 1:27 pm

    Good work Aff, loving it. I fully agree.

  2. sprigglet on February 7th, 2007 1:38 pm

    Bloody hell Aff you get out the wrong side this morning?
    Totally agree though. Lets see how it goes on Sunday.

  3. fingles on February 7th, 2007 1:45 pm

    I actually do believe that IF we get promoted, the club will be sold.

    All of the body language is that of a group of people who have had enough.

    I just wish they would keep quiet and get on with the job of getting us back up.

  4. Tired and Weary on February 7th, 2007 1:45 pm


    You can’t have been supporting Blues for very long. I have been on the terraces 40 years, my dad for 30 years before that and his dad 30 years before that. Our entire record is one of underachievement and I am sure that Sully and the board have been our most successful administration. We have won nothing major in 132 years of trying but we have come close with Bruce and the board. they want success and this sniping from the sidelines does not help. I do not think we will be an attractive proposition for foreign investment and there are plenty of clubs that have done much worse think of Wimbledons Norwegian owners or Stokes Icelandic. My vote is for Bruce and the board to carry on and deliver the promised glory.



  5. Aff on February 7th, 2007 1:48 pm

    I suggest you people look at who wrote it! It wasn’t me!

  6. corey on February 7th, 2007 1:55 pm

    i agree mate’ but i hope sunday will be the turning point for us to get back in the top 2

  7. El Mayor on February 7th, 2007 1:58 pm

    It’s easy enough to talk about the board leaving or selling up, but someone has to buy the club, and I am still to see the queues of interested businessmen wanting to invest in our club.

  8. IAN on February 7th, 2007 2:21 pm

    My view is that we should all get behind the team, board and manager now ………as there`s still all to play for, and review the situation in the summer dependant on whether we get promoted or not.
    This next stage of the season will show what the team and Bruce are really made of and capable of achieving.
    Don`t moan now…save it for later……..but hopefully non of this will be necessary as we WILL get promoted automatically!

  9. Llansteffan Bluenose on February 7th, 2007 2:44 pm

    But who is going to take us over?

    are we an attractive proposition?

    I guess we think we are but we have a very coloured (blue) view on this.

    I suspect most foreign investors have never heard of us, which is why we need to get back in the Premiership this year. no question!!!

  10. Tired and Weary on February 7th, 2007 4:09 pm

    I put it to you all, would you like another 5 years like the last, or for that matter 10 years like the last.

    Why couldn’t we become a bigger club? I’m not saying a Manchester United or a Liverpool. I think the likes of them, and their huge fan bases abroad, have a massive head start on the others.

    Look at Pompey, going nowhere, new owner comes in, and whether your a fan of him Redknapp has worked wonders. Where are they now? Top 5 or 6 I believe?

    I think we could put ourselves in the 3rd tier of British clubs, but I believe a promotion, a better manager, and investment in better players, and we could get amongst the Newcastles, Tottenhams and Boltons of this world.

    We still live in a world of fear of the Kumars and Wheldon.

  11. Tired and Weary on February 7th, 2007 6:11 pm

    Do we have two Tired and Weary here?

  12. lister on February 7th, 2007 6:21 pm

    The board are there by choice, and the manager is there by the combined choices of him and the board. I am sure they make decisions based on a complex set of principles – wonder how much of this takes into account what the fans want, even if this was something they could know?.

    There is a school of thought that clubs are not run for commercial benefit (Gold made such a statement recently) but with the emergence of commercial backers (Moan U and The scouse reds are done deals, and there are others in the pipeline) looking to make money out of their investments surely this is changing.

    The position of the fans is entirely different, and they will moan, and moan loadly, when they see their club being abused. There is nothing wrong with that. It is no different to moaning about the quality of play, the poor catering, or the fact that the referees glasses don’t appear to work.

    Money men and managers, and players, come and go. The only difference between today and yesterday is that today the money men includes the players. Gone are the days when the chaps wearing the blue shirts have empathy with the club. Matthew Upson is hardly an isolated incident. Sure – some handle it better, but the Upson struggle was about money, pure and simple.

    I have been a Birmingham City supported for some 40 years, and my dad has for 21 years longer – he even has uncles that played for the club! That gives me no more rights than anyone else, but I am entitled to express my frustrations and I will do so to anyone who will listen (which is probably not many!). This board have made some shocking decisions, and I am offended by the cavalier and overly commercial attitude of the club, even if I like some of the stuff they have done. Extra time sponsored by the West Bromwich Building Society anyone? I am also offended to see some shocking team selections from what is a good squad – and some of that frustration must be evident in the players. I know many did not like Cunningham slagging off Bruce, but I wonder to what extent Upson had similar frustrations – Bruce is clearly not such a detail man as Curbishley (and apparently Black).

    I’m not with the outs, although I would like to see a new manager, and ideally one who has a footballing brain – but equally I am not with the ins. As long as the Board want to stay, individually or collectively then please let them, and hope they make few mistakes, but I look forward to being able to moan about them for a good few years yet, whoever they are. I hope I am wrong about Bruce, but I think he has very little more to gain from an association with Birmingham. Ideally he will get us promoted, and then will cash in on his increased worth.

  13. Luintious on February 7th, 2007 6:55 pm

    Are you telling me that there are not Birmingham buisness men out there who cannot afford David Sullivan’s shares? What a joke! Liverpool were sold for £450 million that’s relativley cheap look at were they are. I’d predict that our club may be around the £20 million mark if that. Sullivan’s shares would be no more than £3- 4 million and there are buisness men in Birmingham who can afford that and love the club to bits.

    The stakeholding is fine however not a problem what I doubt is that are these buisness men going to put money back into the club? If their spending £3- 4 million pounds on shares then there hardly likely to invest much money into the team. Like it’s been mentioned we are not an attrcative club [at the moment] even if we were to be in the Premiership we would still have too establish ourselves before anyone would be interested.

    I was proud to say that my club is owned by British buisness men PROUD I don’t want my club run by the likes of Vendula Gates who owns a buiscuit chain in South Africa or werever.

  14. oldburyblue on February 7th, 2007 7:01 pm

    Keep right on to the END of the Road. Don’t give up halfway..we may have broken the back of the journey, and that corner up ahead might just be the start of an easier path. Keep the faith. If we come to a dead-end in May we may have to re-consider the route we take in future..but lets see where this Road takes us to first, eh?!

  15. Chris G on February 7th, 2007 7:04 pm

    Hard words from most – I guess some of you people don’t recall the Kumar & Ken Wheldon years………..I’m disappointed by boards apparent money focused attitude but these days football is a business – I hate being ripped off just like the rest of you but if we want to be involved that is the price (literally!) we must pay. Bruce has learned some hard lessons this year and last but at core I think he’s an honest guy and I’d rather have that than some of the egomaniacs who’ll swap clubs like their shirts if need be. And Tired & Weary……..your choice of aspirational club is Pompey!!?? – run by a shady Russian and managed by a bloke who jumped ship to their cut-throat rivals only to jump ship back within 12 months – give me our lot any day of the week!

  16. merseypete on February 7th, 2007 8:19 pm

    If there were all these Brummie businessmen out there wanting to buy Blues then they’d have bought us. And forget about rich Americans; Liverpool, we ain’t – even Everton fans (well, the sane ones, anyway) have come round to understanding that. Liverpool get a bidding war between groups of multi billionaires; Everton get a playwright. In the competition for lentgth of service as a fan I’ve put in over 50 years and in terms of owners I fear that Sulivan and Gold are as good as it gets for Blues.

  17. Eamonn Canadablue on February 8th, 2007 5:39 am

    Well look at the bright side. The Blues could be in Europe in 2 years………IF THERE IS A WAR???

  18. Luintious on February 8th, 2007 10:05 am

    What a stupid comment to make merseypete Blues are not for sale so how can they have new Brummie owners. At least thinkk before you type!

  19. Aff on February 8th, 2007 10:24 am

    Luin, do be quiet. There’s a good chap. And learn to spell ;-)

  20. philip griffiths on February 8th, 2007 1:12 pm

    liverpool 80 million in debt wiped away by new owners
    blues solvent
    who needs the new owners
    you do the maths

  21. Luintious on February 8th, 2007 4:34 pm

    It’s a good job you have articles written every day Aff otherwise you’d get no hits. :P.

  22. Aff on February 8th, 2007 4:40 pm

    I thought people would still come for the witty repartee!

  23. Soton Blue on February 8th, 2007 5:11 pm

    If 30,000 blues fans were willing to put an average of £1000 in a kitty, you would have £30,000,000 to buy the club. It would then be our club?

  24. lister on February 8th, 2007 6:05 pm

    a fans consortium would be a nightmare. At least with a board you get decisions made, and they don’t tinker too much with team selections!

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  26. Signmaker on February 8th, 2007 8:15 pm

    I was just thinking back to a time before the current board took over the running of the club which was tottering closer and closer to oblivion, we were just happy to survive from day to day. The fans didn,t rant on at the board to spend money because they knew that the Kumars and Coomes didn’t have the resources needed to push the club forward.

    Then came the current board, and all of a sudden we had money to spend, we were being funded to a level way above our expectations and as time went on, we the fans became more and more vocal in our views on how and how much of their money they should spend.

    The current board who while they are sports fans, are first and formost hardnose businessmen who bought our club because we were in the cr*p and they were able pick it up for a song, they were looking at what they could make if and when they came to sell it.

    i am sorry to say but the time when profesional clubs operated as somebodies play thing has long past into legend, about the time that Sky came on the scene and clubs started paying vast sums for players.

    Clubs are now run as any business is, which in the case of those on the stockmarket, to make a profit for the shareholders. The current board stated at the outcome that they would not allow the club to go massivly into debt and to this end they have done a reasonable good job.

    Yes there are times over the past couple of years that I have moaned about the perceived lack of investment but then, I think, would I like it running a business and having all and sundry constantly telling me how they could do far better so long as it was my money they were spending.

    Before you all start telling me that you the fans spend your hard earned cash by going to matches and buying season tickets therefore you should have a say and the board should sell out to other investors I don’t see to many of those around at the moment. The fans of any club buying tickets today, equates in hard business terms the same as purcasing almost any other commodity, realisticly their only recourse is,if you don’t like what you get go elseware and I realise that is not normally possible once you have been bitten by the Blues bug thereis no cure.

    I for one think the board have done OK and untill the Yankee $ or a Sheik rides into ST Andrews on his camel we will have to do things the hard way as ever.
    The board could of course invest another £5 million to tide us over, but then again it’s easy to spend other peoples money.

    Keep Right On

  27. merseypete on February 9th, 2007 3:32 pm

    Luintious – it was you who suggested that some Birmingham businessmen could buy the club. If there were they’d have asked Sullivan about it – he’s always moaning he wants out.

  28. Ian on February 9th, 2007 10:47 pm

    I not sure if any of the current crop of moaners above even goes to a match, if we are so bad how did we end up top, eight points clear less than a month and a half ago?
    I agree match ticket prices are too high, I should know I’m a season ticket holder; many of the floating supporters are staying away at the moment mainly because money has become tighter with the higher interest rates and big job losses in and around Birmingham. The whole game needs a shake up where ticket prices are concerned otherwise they will all end up playing to empty stadiums apart from the ManU’s, Chelsea’s etc who currently dominate the TV, Radio & press.
    The draw last week at Colchester should act as a catalyst and put us back on the winning track, we look so much better with Clem in the middle with the young Loanee alongside him to do the running around.
    I have supported Blues since the mid 1970’s and have seen our fortunes wax and wane I still believe we are on an upward cycle despite all the current doom and gloom.

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