Birmingham City’s Clueless Owners

Harry Redknapp has been appointed as Birmingham City manager until the end of the season. Gianfranco Zola resigned after a dismal 2-0 defeat to Burton Albion, a defeat that left City just three points above the relegation zone. Zola only won twice out of 22 league games, after he replaced Gary Rowett in December.

When Rowett was surprisingly sacked, City were in contention for the play-off places, they were playing well and the possibility of promotion looked more realistic under Rowett. However, it seems Birmingham’s owners had other ideas – They replaced Rowett with a manager of whom had little success at his previous clubs. The term “Great players do not always make great managers” is apt when it comes to Zola.

Birmingham should not be in this mess, the owners clearly lack vision and the understanding of their loyal fan-base. The owners must take all of the responsibility, it is their decisions that have landed Birmingham in the position they are in today. The Birmingham fans deserve a lot better than to have owners that seem utterly clueless. The club were making great strides under Gary Rowett and the majority of fans were happy with where things were heading. The communication from Trillion Trophy Asia is non-existent, the fans deserve to know what is going on with their club, if an owner makes a decision that impacts on the club, the fans have a right to know. The fans are the ones that pay their hard earned money to watch the club every week, the fans are the ones who have that affinity with the club, the fans are the club’s identity – Without the fans no club would exist. Owners who do not understand what the club means to its fans should not be in football. The owners that do not understand the meaning of the club, they are the ones who generally fail and take the club down with them. While the new owners rescued Birmingham from the abyss, it is clear that they do not have the correct understanding of the game.

Football is turning in to a business in the modern era, that does not mean successful businessmen can become successful owners. A core understanding of football is needed, an understanding of the club the potential owner is buying. It’s all well and good throwing a bucket load of money at a club – It has to be invested correctly in order to succeed.

Birmingham fans will be hoping that Harry Redknapp can steer the club to safety. Redknapp has vast managerial experience, something that will help the over the next few games. The problem is, has this all come too late? With three games left, it does not give Redknapp much time to rescue the Blues. Their final three games aren’t easy ones either. Redknapp’s first game in charge will be Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday, followed by a home game against Huddersfield Town and finishing away to Bristol City. Tough games, it remains to be seen whether Harry Redknapp has enough time to inject some confidence, belief and fight into the players.

There are massive clubs fighting for their lives in the Championship, one of them will ultimately go down as a result of their failings this season. Blackburn Rovers, Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City are all set for a tense and nervous final few weeks of the season. It is of no surprise that the three clubs mentioned have troublesome owners.

It is about time that Birmingham fans received some much needed answers from Trillion Trophy Asia, it is the least they deserve.

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