It’s fair to say it’s been a demoralising time to be a Birmingham City fan so far this season.
The Midlands outfit currently languish in 22nd spot in the Sky Bet Championship table, which has seen them pick up just eight points from 11 league games so far.
The Blues are owned by the Trillion Trophy Asia group, and it’s fair to say they’ve made some controversial decisions during their tenure in charge of the club.
The writers here at Football League World have issued their verdicts on Birmingham’s elusive owners….
An utter circus.
Birmingham’s Chinese owners have left the club’s supporters confused over the last year, making some baffling managerial decisions.
Gianfranco Zola’s appointment as manager was a huge mistake, and after Harry Redknapp rescued Birmingham from relegation last season, the decision to sack him after such a short time at the start of this year seemed harsh.
Birmingham’s owners have decided to appoint Steve Cotterill as Redknapp’s replacement, and although he is yet to manage his first game, it does not seem like an appointment that will take the Blues back to the Premier League.
Can they be trusted?
The Blues owners have pumped lots of money into the club but managerial wise they’ve made mistake after mistake.
They’ve looked to stand by their managers but the way Harry Redknapp was binned makes you wonder whether they actually mean what they say?
How they deal with Steve Cotterill if form doesn’t pick up will only shed light on the situation more.
Finally, we have heard from Birmingham’s owners! Despite their low media profile, the Blues owners haven’t been shy in making decisions.
The ludicrous decision to sack Gary Rowett almost ended in catastrophe and they were equally quick to dump Redknapp. The managerial decisions they’ve made have been disastrous.
Yet, you can’t really doubt their intentions after the big summer spending spree and I get the feeling things could pick up at St. Andrew’s over the next few seasons.
My only criticism is the Redknapp situation.
They gave the former Spurs boss as much money as he needed to bring the personnel he felt could lead the Blues to a promotion push, but perhaps acted too hastily in removing the manager from his role.
They have adopted a very conservative approach with the appointment of Cotterill as manager, and only time will tell if this appointment works out.
Fans will be delighted with what they have done for the club so far, however.