This seems like a good time to repeat something I’ve said before on this blog: “There are more important things in life than football”. I believe that it’s good for managers, players and fans to be grounded in the world outside football, with family, friends and values that keep them from being crushed by what happens on the pitch.
I don’t think like that while I’m watching Birmingham City play. When I am at the game this afternoon, I will care desperately about what happens on the pitch. I hope the players care too, but not as desperately as I do. Desperate players tend to make mistakes.
If Blues lose and our relegation rivals win then it will feel like a disaster at first but it won’t be the end of the world. My faith is one of the things that keeps me going. This Easter, I’ve been encouraged by contemplating the journey from death to resurrection and from despair to joy. I don’t know what you value in life but I hope you have something besides football because, at present, the football is pretty grim for Blues fans.