The best of times, the worst of times?

Birmingham City reminds me of the opening line from A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens. It is the best of times on the pitch, the team is unbeaten in the last 11 games and has won the last 4. Off the pitch, it doesn’t seem so good.

Garry Monk remained positive during the first 8 games of this season, when Birmingham City didn’t win a game. He kept stressing that the players were working incredibly hard and putting in good performances and that they would, in time, get good results.  He was right; the goals and good results came. And Monk has changed his message. He is no longer encouraging us to be patient and wait for good results; he’s telling us to be realistic and be prepared for bumps in the road. He really does get Blues, including our joys and sorrows rollercoaster journey.

The situation off the pitch is less clear and rather worrying. We don’t know when the Disciplinary Commission will meet or what sanction they will choose. If they decide to deduct points, we don’t know how many or in which season.  The silence surrounding the departure of 4 members of the senior management team suggests that there is some kind of dispute about that. The place doesn’t seem to run quite as smoothly as it has in the past.

If you are one of the fans who only cares about what happens on the pitch, then enjoy the good times while they last.  If you are like me and want reassurance that our club is being run in a sustainable way, you probably should be a member of Blues Trust.  And if you are a member, come to our AGM and let us know what you think.

Here’s the quote from A Tale of Two Cities, click here for the whole chapter.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way–in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

4 thoughts on “The best of times, the worst of times?

  1. Alan Watton

    The better we do the harder it will be to sanction us further. If the FFP are trying to keep us out of financial difficulties it makes no sense to cripple us by docking us points. If we were to finish in the top 6 would they deny us the opportunity to dip our snouts in the Premier League. Equally would they deliberately relegate us and cause a cataclysm that would take 20 years to rectify.

    You are right to concern yourself with off field tribulations but the only currency we have to fight with is on the pitch. KRO

  2. joebradfordsgoals

    Why the negativity? The club has constantly said it is working with the EFL and abiding by their business plan. It is the EFL regulations that need looking at they are farcical and the EFL seem to be making things up as they go. The people who left or were sacked, so what? the club is still being run fine without them and don’t forget they were overseeing the financials that got us into this mess. from what we keep hearing fresh blood was needed. Garry Monk is doing a fantastic job and the owners are letting him get on with it.

    1. Puddleglum Post author

      I think of it as curiousity rather than negativity. People are different. Some want to know what is going on and others don’t mind not knowing.

  3. RUSS

    For me, true justice can only exist when the punishment is known before the crime takes place. Waiting indefinitely for the disciplinary panel to meet could lead to accusations the EFL were waiting to see how we fare before they “invent” a punishment. Told in advance there’s a twelve point deduction before the season started we may not be complaining but if we found out NOW it was ten, conspiracy theorists could have us believing it should only be three but we’re being punished for the audacity of four wins in the spin. To not even give us a date is ridiculous. If it’s because we’re asking for an extension, why not say so? My instinct is that if we were in for Draconian punishment they wouldn’t have allowed us to sign ANY more players. Points deduction voids competitive games played and so nullifies their own competition. A fine can help other EFL teams. If we’re to be punished it should be with a fine. That way the owners – whose naivety caused the problems – are punished, and the team – who are blameless – keep the fruits of their labour. KRO.

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