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Birmingham have had a poor season this year and currently sit 20th in the league.
With 12 points separating them from the relegation zone, they are safe this season but having won only two of their eight games in the last two months, pressure is mounting considerably on manager Lee Bowyer.
Yesterday they travelled to 16th placed Blackpool and came away with a 6-1 loss which has left serious question marks over the future of manager Lee Bowyer.
Bowyer became Blues manager towards the end of last season but unfortunately his first full season hasn’t gone the way he would have hoped.
We asked FLW’s Birmingham City fan pundit Tom Oxland whether he believes it’s time for Bowyer to be sacked and he said: “I think Bowyer’s time at Blues is coming to an end now sadly.
“Football being a results business, these things happen. He’ll always be very highly regarded by Blues fans as a legend, as a player really, but we have to act quickly because this Blues team needs to rebuild in the summer otherwise we probably will be facing the drop zone next season if we don’t rebuild fast. He’s clearly not getting enough out the players.
“However, what frustrates me is that I don’t feel this is all on Bowyer. I think the players have to take a large amount of the blame but at the end of the day the real shadow, the real weight upon the club is the ownership and if that doesn’t change then I think we’ll continue to plummet.”
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Given Birmingham’s current league position, current form and then the 6-1 loss against Blackpool yesterday, it’s hard to make a case in Bowyer’s favour.
It’s clear the club need a rebuild this summer if they hope to be pushing higher up the table next season so it would probably make sense to sack him now giving enough time to appoint someone else to rebuild their own side over summer.
However as Tom said, you can’t help but feel sorry for Bowyer somewhat as he is not the only person to blame for Birmingham’s lack of success this year. The Blues fans have made no secret of their disliking for their current ownership and it is clear that they have to take responsibility for the way the club looks right now.
Blues fans will be hoping they can try and put things right this summer but that will come through investment and making sure the right person is in charge.