The Blues

I didn’t realise how much I’d been affected by the uncertainty about Birmingham City’s sanction until it was over and we found out we would be docked 9 points.  My main feeling was one of relief, that I knew the decision and it wasn’t as bad as I had feared. That made me wonder how the uncertainty might have affected the players and hope that they now feel ready to ensure we won’t be relegated. The calm confidence displayed by Garry Monk in his press conference yesterday helped me feel that we could get a result against WBA this evening.

I also started to think about the contrast between us and another Blues. Birmingham City doesn’t have enough first team players and had to promote some Academy players to the first team. Chelsea has the opposite problem. It has too many talented players to fit into the first team and loans them out to play for other teams. While checking on their players I came across a list of 29 loaned out this season. Callum Hudson-Odoi started for England before he had started a Premier League game for Chelsea. One article I read said that he had “excelled in pre-season only to be consigned to the subs bench once the real action began.”

Another article said, if young players get a chance to go to Chelsea they should take it because they will get excellent training. But they shouldn’t “stay beyond their 16th birthday” because they need to play games and Chelsea doesn’t have a good record for promoting Academy players into the first team.

I think that Birmingham is a good place for young players. Those that are good enough are given a chance in the first team.  And I’ve heard, that young players who don’t get contracts are given help in finding somewhere else to go.  On a recent We Are Birmingham podcast, Chris, Matthew and Daniel talked about Reece Brown, who was released by Birmingham but is now doing well at Forest Green Rovers, and talked about how with some young players it takes time for the penny to drop and for them to put in the necessary effort to succeed. It was an interesting podcast and well worth a listen.  I was also encouraged that all three of them thought Blues would get a draw this evening. Made me feel I wasn’t being completely crazy to hope for a win.

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5 thoughts on “The Blues

  1. R Smith

    My main concern is whether the other overspending teams get punished or not. More importantly do the FL actually want a fair football competition or a league where only the three teams relegated have the financial clout to make a sustained promotion bid. Seems to me that a team like Villa who couldn’t pay their tax bill at the start of the season, Wednesday whose owner admitted ages ago that they had breached the rules and Bolton who haven’t paid their players and staff are getting away with it this season. Surely if you pay your bills and your owner is solvent then you should not be penalised. Let’s admit it the FL couldn’t run a Subbuteo league properly so what can you expect when it is real football.

    1. Puddleglum Post author

      I believe that it would be better to have an independent regulator for the football business and let the EFL just be a competition organiser.

  2. WayCoolBlue

    I am waiting to see what will happen to the other 11 clubs that was in the same situation as us I want to know why he was brought to the foreground and they’ve been put in the background it is quite obvious that their spending is higher than ours we are not one of the highest spending clubs. Why are we being punished for something we did but they’re not being punished for something they did which in my eyes is a whole lot more look at Bolton not paying their players not paying their taxes insolvent look at villa can’t afford to pay their tax bill overspent I’m players over spent on wages broke the same rules as we did changed owners got away with it. Leeds exactly the same it’s unfair and inconsistent. And it’s extremely easy to see why our supporters feel that we are hated and picked on. People are saying we are lucky it was only 9 pints I don’t think we should have been be deducted any points we was put under a transfer embargo a double transferring Embargo we couldn’t buy players we had to play with what we had we had her transfer budget it was the Embargo that stopped us from buying players a club is not insolvent. Yes club should be punished if they break the rules but why should they be deducted points and why should we be lucky to only be deducted 9 points how do we renew deducted 9 points and only been 9 points off the relegation zone it would be a different story we wouldn’t be saying we are lucky would be outraged but as Birmingham City fans we put up with it because we used to the heartache.

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