Recently, in a bookshop, I saw a notice that said, “Ancient Chinese Curse: May you live in interesting times.” I wonder if that’s the curse the gypsies used when the club expelled them from the land that became St Andrew’s.
I read that Birmingham have been relegated/promoted 28 times and that’s always interesting. We have also won the League Cup twice and had an owner convicted of money laundering. Of course, there have been boring times as well but they never seem to last for very long. We finished 10th in 2015 and 2016, which was nowhere near as exciting as the 2-2 draw that meant we escaped relegation in May 2014. But things became more interesting in December 2016 when our owners brought in Gianfranco Zola to manage the team. As I said at the time, the change of manager felt “like a gamble” and it didn’t pay off. So, the owners gambled again and brought in Harry Redknapp and that worked. He kept us up.
And there’s been lots of excitement this season. Our manager could sing Keep right on and he brought in lots of new players and some of them look like very good players. They hadn’t gelled together into a team that could win games but it looked like they might. Then they sacked Redknapp.
Maybe it’s because I’m old but I would much prefer boring, sustainable, steady progress than all this excitement.