It hurts when hopes are dashed so I try not to hope for too much from Birmingham City. But I haven’t managed to suppress a little bit of hope after watching Lee Carsley’s press conference and reading reports of what he has said. He seems to be a man who cares more about the club than he cares about his own ego and that’s refreshing.
So, I’ll be going to Derby today “with hope in my heart”, as it says in the song, and I won’t be going alone because the away tickets sold out. I’m hoping to add to my good memories of Pride Park. I saw Blues lose there in August 2011 and November 2012 but I also saw the 2-2 draw that felt like a win because both of our goals came in time added on at the end of the game. As I wrote then, I smiled all the way home. And I saw Blues get a 0-3 win there in January 2016 on a very good day out.
As I was looking over my old posts about Derby, I came across something that seems worth repeating:
An article discussing the rapid turnover of managers in the Championship said Derby’s owner “gobbles up managers faster than Pacman.” It also quoted Richard Bevan, chief executive of the League Managers Association, who said, “The statistics prove the clubs that are successful are careful in the appointment of their managers and then provide them with time to achieve the long-term objectives of the club . . . Time is the rarest commodity in the game. [Managers are] simply not being given the time to deliver.”
As well as hoping for a good performance today, I am also hoping that Birmingham City’s power brokers who have travelled to the UK will be careful in their appointment of our next manager.