Q&A With Birmingham City

  • May 02, 2014 | By Chris Mann
  • URL Short URL: http://b-ac.es/03e13

Ahead of the 124th meeting between Bolton and Birmingham City, we have got the views of a Blues supporter.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 3-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, while City were beaten 1-0 by Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have spoken to David Brown (@DavoBirmingham) - the host of Davo's Diary on Birmingham's official club website, who has had videos featured on the BBC, Sky Sports and talkSPORT.

Ahead of Saturday's game, David shares his views on the prospect of relegation into League One, why former Wanderers defender Paul Robinson has been their Player of the Season and why 3,800 travelling fans may be leaving the Reebok Stadium disappointed by mid-afternoon.

Q: It's do or die time for Birmingham, with the daunting prospect of relegation into League One looming large. Without a win at home since October, what has gone so wrong for City this season?

A: Most things. There's been continued turmoil off the pitch, with owner Carson Yeung locked up, no money available to strengthen the squad and questions over the potential sale of the club. But the buck must ultimately stop with manager Lee Clark, who has turned the fans off and mismanaged his players.

He seems to pick his starting eleven out of a hat: will Peter Lovenkrands be out of the squad or will he be starting up front? One can never tell until the dreaded team news is announced.

Q: Four years after achieving the club's best top-flight finish in 51 years and three years after a League Cup success, what long-term problems exist?

A: There is no stability on or off the pitch. Very few, if any, of the current players will remain here next season, regardless of whether we stay up. Lee Clark is in over his head and should be replaced. Most importantly, there is only so long we can go on with a never-present board that offers no financial backing.

Fans are staying away in their droves, some because Championship football just doesn't grab them after several years in the Premier League and a League Cup win.

There needs to be an overhaul of the club to bring in some cash, bring back some hope and reinvigorate the fans and it needs to happen fast because, otherwise, there's no reason why we wouldn't just languish in League One for years.

Q: All but two teams have left St Andrew's with at least a point this season, but who performed the best?

A: We make most teams look like Brazil at home, but, predictably, it was Leicester City who looked a real class above the rest. They toyed with us and looked likely to score every time they got the ball - though the 2-1 scoreline following a last minute Lovenkrands goal flattered us.

Blackburn Rovers were also impressive, in taking a 4-0 half-time lead on Easter Monday, but that was against one of Lee Clark's particularly special team selections.

Q: It's always difficult to pick one out of a struggling team, but who has been Birmingham's Player of the Season this year?

A: Indeed, it is slim pickings. Winger Chris Burke was in the Championship Team of the Season two years ago, but his soul seems to have been broken this season.

Nikola Zigic is a cult hero and always a thread to score, but for Lee Clark reasons doesn't spend enough time on the pitch.

Keeper Darren Randolph has kept us in a few games, but the answer might just be the subject of the next question...

Q: Former Bolton defender Paul Robinson is currently on the Blues payroll. What is the general opinion of 'Robbo' from your fans?

A: Our Player of the Season! Robbo was not the most popular signing but has become one of our favourites - a player with limitations but who plays with obvious passion and never shirks a tackle.

In a team full of short-team loanees and youngsters wet behind the ears, his pride and veteran leadership has been valued and he has started a mammoth 45 games for us this season.

Q: If you could sign any player from the current Wanderers squad, who would it be and why?

A: Tough one, that. Zat Knight, as a former Aston Villa player, wouldn't go down well. Neil Danns seems to have found a home with you, but is a former Blues player whose return wouldn't excite any of our fans, and I'll always hate Lee Chung-Yong for scoring the winner against us in the 2011 FA Cup quarter-final that Alex McLeish refused to take seriously two weeks after winning the League Cup.

That said, all three would immediately walk into our starting lineup - under any sane manager. Get 'em in!

Q: Finally, will Birmingham get the win they desperately need on Saturday; What is your score prediction?

A: I'm not confident, but we've been much better away from home this season. Anything can happen in football and when the sound of 3,800 mental Blues away fans fills the air, I will feel slightly better about things.

If Doncaster Rovers lose at Leicester, all we have to do is get a point to be safe. It's doable; 1-1!

Burnden Aces would like to thank David for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @DavoBirmingham.

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