BCFC: Division and Change

Birmingham City sank further into the mire on Good Friday, conceding a late equaliser to Rotherham pulling them closer to the relegation mix. The match was marred by fights between fans in the stand and between players on the pitch after the final whistle. Surely, surely, something has to change?

Gianfranco Zola

I’m not going to lie, this is not an easy piece to write.

I hate that my club has become something of a laughing stock; that one decision has cost us so much.

Moreover, I hate the feeling of frustration that nothing can or will change.

Gianfranco Zola is going nowhere. The noises from the club have been consistent for months – that they back him 100%.

Furthermore, the word I’ve heard from inside the club is that he will be given money to spend in the summer and a chance to make things work in the new season.

Even with the fans turning on the club demanding his sacking at the New York Stadium, I believe nothing will happen.

Panos Pavlakis isn’t going anywhere at the moment either. I know people are ranting at him online exhorting him to leave and take Zola with him but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

I will admit I’m curious if Panos is unwilling or unable to make a managerial change.

If he’s unwilling, then I’m at a loss. While it is late in the day to change things I think things are genuinely that bad anything would be better – even if it meant Paul Robinson stepping up for a couple of weeks.

If he’s unable… then I think he’s a fool for sticking around. If I was in the position he is in, taking the flak he is, and I couldn’t do anything about it, I’d walk.

Then there is the ownership of the club.

I’ve seen people demanding new owners. For me, this is pissing in the wind – Paul Suen can’t legally sell the club for another 18 months… and even if he could, I don’t see a queue of people lining up to pay the going rate for the club.

Sure, when things had gone to pieces and the club was available for a pittance there were a few interested parties. Now the club has had an influx of cash and isn’t looking administration in the face, it’s a seller’s market.

What’s more – people are complaining that Suen has “ruined the club”. Sure, he’s made a decision which has turned out to be as unwise as it was unpopular in some quarters – but he’s put his money where his mouth was.

I sometimes get the impression all people want from an owner is a walking wallet – someone to put bottomless amounts of money in and to keep quiet while doing it. That is not going to happen.

I’ve said it before, division is killing the club – and it is killing it from top to bottom. It’s not just in the stands; there’s evidently something not right in the dressing room either. I don’t think I’d surprise many people if I said that there are divides behind the scenes too.

Something has to change to end this division.

How – I don’t know.

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