This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Birmingham City manager is currently under growing pressure at Birmingham City, as per a report on Sunday from Football Insider.
Then, yesterday, the Blues were thrashed 6-1 by Blackpool, adding even more problems for the former Charlton Athletic boss.
Sitting on 45 points, Birmingham are currently 20th in the Championship, however, their 11 point advantage over Peterborough United in 22nd means that they have already ensured their second-tier status for another year.
The Blues have lost their last three matches, conceding 12 goals in the process, with only Reading and Peterborough conceding more than Birmingham’s 70 this season.
Three of our writers here at FLW have shared their thoughts regarding Bowyer’s position at St Andrew’s…
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Birmingham would be third bottom in the Championship if it was not for the points deductions of Reading and Derby County, but that blame does not go to Bowyer.
The former League Cup winner kept the team up almost single handedly last season after arriving in March with the team in a worrying position.
In most cases, a manager can only perform as well as the board at the club allow him to, and judging him on that basis, Bowyer has done well since arriving at St Andrew’s.
It has seemed clear for a few years now, that the Blues are destined for relegation to League One under their current ownership, Jude Bellingham’s emergence has delayed that inevitable occurrence, and Bowyer could be a good manager to take the club down next season with a League One promotion already on his CV.
It is hard to think of someone who the Blues could attract to arrest their long term slide under the current ownership.
It’s a difficult one.
The Blues would be in the relegation zone right now if it wasn’t for Derby and Reading’s point deductions, so that tells you everything you need to know about their decline since the start of the campaign.
They have the players at their disposal to be performing much better so Bowyer’s job has to be up for consideration.
However, if the last few years have taught us anything, the manager isn’t the only problem at St Andrew’s with the team consistently underperforming.
This is why it’s hard to measure the success of his tenure – but one thing is for certain and that’s the fact he or his successor needs to be backed by the board to make radical changes in the summer.
It does seem as though now may not be a bad time for Birmingham and Bowyer to go their separate ways.
Despite the initial signs of promise when he first took over, there have been little signs of progress from the Blues this season, and it is only points deductions for Reading and Derby keeping them out of a relegation battle.
That does not feel like a risk that the club can afford to take again next season, meaning a change in the dugout could make sense, given it would allow Bowyer a fresh start after what has surely been a stressful period back at St Andrew’s.
Indeed, with a number of players set to leave the club when their contracts or loans come to an end in the summer, there is the need for recruitment at Birmingham in the summer, meaning this may not be a bad time to bring a new manager in to put his mark on the squad.