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.”