So Aston Villa want Alex McLeish? They're welcome to his turgid football. This Birmingham City fans wishes them all the success he brought us: two relegations and the Carling Cup.
So what did Birmingham City fans expect of this close season? Well I suppose a few players leaving and a few players joining and a build up to attempt an immediate return to the top flight. What I didn’t expect, was the pantomime season starting early!
Let’s start with the resignation. Talk about a lack of respect for the club that has backed him. Sending an email is pretty poor show in my book, maybe he couldn’t look Peter Pannu in the eyes – actually now I think about it…
Having said all of that, it would be fair to say that he was well on the way to losing the fans just a few weeks after winning our first major trophy since 1962/3. The style of football we have played much of this season has been pretty poor. Actually using the work pretty is completely wrong! Yes we tapped it across the park to each other, plenty of possession, but no penetration.
So here Villa are fighting to take a manager that plays turgid football and has two Premier League relegations under his belt.
Unfortunately it wasn’t just this season. Our promotion season was one of the most boring seasons I’ve suffered except for the odd game. Even last season when we finished 9th, our results were “ground out” rather than anything else. I would say it was about 50/50 among the fans of whether he should be sacked or not. So his resignation in itself actually wasn’t a huge issue, it was how he resigned that was.
We then find out that Aston Villa would like him as manager. I guess some Blues fans will be annoyed, but I reckon most won’t be that bothered. We have had to suffer Villa's Billy Big Boots thing again and again – so here they are fighting to take a manager that plays turgid football and has two Premier League relegations under his belt. Of course we’re not bothered actually we are delighted - hoping he can continue his rich vein of form with the Villa!
Of course the Blues board have to fight for compensation, up to £6 million apparently. Brilliant, not only taking him, but paying us too! It gets better!
The Villa message boards are going into meltdown, quite rightly in my opinion, not because he is an ex-Blues manager (something that has never happened in my lifetime), but because he isn’t that good. There are some comments on twitter and Facebook from Bluenoses about McLeish being a Judas. I don’t think that – however this whole business will affect how the Blues fans see him.
Despite my critical comments, which may seem churlish – I’m just being honest, he has managed one of most successful periods in recent history. All of that will be tarnished not because he is moving across the City, (assuming he does), but because he bottled the opportunity to get us back up after a relegation that his tactical ineptitude produced. The thought that he is moving over to the other side of the city, probably to play the same type of football, and possibly have the same level of success, (I’ll let them have a cup for two relegations!), AND they may be paying us for it – is just too brilliant to comprehend!
What about us? Well in a funny way, when all is done and dusted, this could really help us. It gives us the opportunity to start afresh with a new manager and hopefully win a few games, score a few goals – and you never know, an immediate return to the top flight.
Who should we get I hear you cry?! Well in a straw poll on my blog Joys and Sorrows, Chris Hughton’s name probably edges the list but Roberto Di Matteo and Dave Jones are also regular mentions. Zola has also been name checked.
Whoever it is, can we have some attacking football if it’s not too much to ask?
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