Saturday saw the first victory for Birmingham City under the stewardship of Gianfranco Zola. A solitary goal by Lukas Jutkiewicz was enough to see Blues beat 10 man Fulham and finally get the winless monkey off Zola’s back.
Last night’s defeat to Reading left Gianfranco Zola winless in ten games since taking the hotseat at St Andrew’s. Predictably, it’s added fuel to the fire in the bellies of those who want the Italian removed. Where do we go from here?
The Birmingham Mail published an article today about the relative wealth of the Chinese owners of the four west midlands clubs. All four featured in the Birmingham Post Rich List which calculates the net wealth of people connected to the West Midlands.
Another weekend has gone by and another game without a win. As to be expected, there are fans on social media who are already calling for the head of Gianfranco Zola. TTA made a ballsy decision replacing Gary Rowett with Zola – will they be forced to make another one soon?
Birmingham City have had a busy week in the transfer window, securing three players on permanent deals to bolster their squad. Equatoguinean international right-back Emilio Nsue has been joined by Turkey international winger Kerim Frei and talented left-back Cheick Keita as Blues have gone continental in their purchases. Excitement levels have risen considerably – no small thanks to nature of these signings.
It’s sixteen days into January and Birmingham City are still winless under Gianfranco Zola. That fact coupled with a lack of action in the transfer market has seemingly amplified the continued grumblings since the Rowett sacking. Is this the winter of our discontent?
An accusation that has been levelled oft times at the respective boards of Birmingham City and Birmingham International Holdings has been a lack of communication towards the fans of the club. Since he has been involved Panos Pavlakis has been the face of the board and the task of talking to the fans has fallen on him.
It looks like the transfer window is kicking into life at St Andrews with purported deals for Rene Krhin from Granada CF and Craig Gardner from West Bromwich Albion edging close to completion. While these transfers and more will be discussed ad nauseum on the internet, I wanted to look at the Krhin deal in particular as a change in focus at Blues.
The first inklings of what Blues will do in the transfer window were revealed today as news broke that Blues were bidding for Bakary Sako. The 28-year-old Crystal Palace winger is allegedly the subject of a £4million bid – an amount which dwarves anything paid for a player since Nikola Zigic in 2010.
I think it’s safe to say 2016 has been a controversial year in all walks of life. The sacking of Gary Rowett and the subsequent immediate appointment of Gianfranco Zola has been one of the biggest things to divide fans since the arrest of Carson Yeung on suspicion of money laundering.