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Birmingham City: “There are worse teams than us.”

Could a tumultuous summer be Birmingham City's undoing as they look to avoid relegation from the Championship? We caught up with Adam from Blues Focus to find out how the fanbase feels on the eve of 2022/23.

Graham Ruthven

It’s been a challenging and eventful summer for Birmingham City.

Lee Bowyer left the club amid reports of an imminent takeover, but with pre-season already underway, this only added to the sense of uncertainty around St Andrew’s.

Now, John Eustace is in charge at the request of the previous prospective ownership bid and, with no guarantees around his future, many fans still expect the Blues to face another relegation scrap.

However, all going well, Maxi Lopez and Paul Richardson’s takeover of Birmingham City will be completed shortly with fans pleased to see the back of the club’s current owners.

Birmingham Sports Holdings have overseen a calamitous disastrous period in the Blues’ recent history, according to Adam of Blues Focus.

“I think Blues fans will echo me in saying, the sooner they are gone the better.

“The club has been in a downward spiral since they came in and the lack of communication and them not fixing the stands during the COVID season proves they don’t have the interest of the fans to heart.

“Constantly flirting with relegation for the past six seasons is mainly due to their incompetence as owners and the constant sacking of managers.”

Despite the Birmingham City job being his first senior managerial role, Eustace is highly rated as a coach.

He is experienced – as a player and a coach if not as a manager in his own right – at Championship level and has started to piece together a team capable of competing in the English second tier.

“Bowyer’s departure was expected as it seemed that he lost the dressing room when we lost 6-1 to Blackpool and he sat on his own in the dugout during halftime like that Pablo Escobar meme,” said Adam.

“I think his dismissal was a bit late, but I believe the powers that be were waiting for Eustace to be relieved of his duties at QPR.

“A young manager with a lot to prove is a huge weight on anyone’s shoulders but he seems confident and has a clear plan moving forward.”

The transfer business conducted this season will be crucial to Birmingham’s success or failure this season.

A number of loan deals have been secured with Przemyslaw Placheta joining from Norwich City, Dion Sanderson arriving from Wolves and Auston Trusty pitching up from Arsenal.

Lee Bowyer

John Ruddy has also been added to Eustace’s squad as a free agent, but more additions might be required before the summer window closes.

“I think the backline has been strengthened, which is good to see, so I don’t think we will concede as many goals as we did last season,” says Adam, assessing the transfer business done by Birmingham over the summer.

“However, with the departures of Kristian Pedersen and Jeremie Bela, that leaves us very short on the left-hand side.

“Placheta from Norwich is expected to play wing back but I think with the new substitution allowance our squad depth is nowhere near what it should be to compete higher in the division.

“I would like to see Blues go in for one or two wingers and another striker with pace. I think we have one of the oldest sides in the division this season and that could prove to be a problem.”

Adam is realistic and expects Birmingham to face another fight to stay in the Championship this season.

“I think we will finish just outside the bottom three again,” he said.

“I can’t see us going down like everyone is saying as I do think there are worse teams than us.

“That being said, it will be yet another nervy season and until new owners can stamp their mark on the club I don’t see our fortunes changing, unfortunately.”

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