April 30, 2006 at 12:03 #3829LingfieldMember
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Good to see Bruce’s desperately dull toilers down and out.<br>The dullest team in the league, dull kit, dull ground, don’t score.<br>Unlucky with some injuries but those these became laughable e.g. Matthew Upson injured in the warm up!<br>Top scorer was Chelsea loanee Jarosic with 5 from midfield.<br>Disastrous recent buys- Sutton, Campbell, Butt and Heskey.<br>Let’s hope they and their near neighbours, the perenially struggling WBA ,have to have a fire sale of assets and don’t come back
(Edited by Lingfield at 1:05 pm on April 30, 2006)April 30, 2006 at 19:40 #89264Andrew HughesMember
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Agree with you that Blues have been dull this year and deserved relegation. Bruce should be sacked but won’t.
Not sure why you describe WBA as perenially struggling. They’ve struggled the last two years, so bi-annually struggling might have been better.
And its a small point, but WBA and Blues are not ‘near neighbours’. WBA are in the Black Country and Blues are the far side of Birmingham. Villa are closer geographically to WBA, and historically, this was the biggest West Midlands rivalry. Blues have very little history, whereas WBA, Villa (and unfortunately Wolves) were founder members of the football league and have all enjoyed periods of success.
As a Walsall fan, this is all taking place on another planet. There is no doubt though, that this has been a shocking season for West Midlands football. Personally, I blame the managers. Robson, Bruce and O’Leary have been unrelentingly negative in their tactics and pessimistic in their pronouncements. All three should be sacked, but none will be.
In particular, the way Albion have played football this year is a sad reflection on a team with a tradition for exciting football, which reached its peak with the Ron Atkinson team of the late 1970s. But frankly, they deserved to go, as did Blues and to be honest, if it wasn’t for Sunderland, Villa might have been sucked into it to, which would have served them right.
Anyway, I’m just bitter.May 1, 2006 at 16:10 #89265LingfieldMember
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Thanks for the geography lesson!<br>To us southerners they are all in the West Midlands!<br>Agree that the managers should take most of the rap although the boards and chairman have hardly helped:-
BIRMINGHAM <br>Hilarious to see Bruce relegated after he himself walked out on clubs like Huddersfield, Palace, Wigan and Sheff. Utd when he got a better offer. Butt’s tantrum over Bruce’s son getting the nod over him just about summed things up.
WALSALL <br>Went with a glamorous ex player untested as a manager in Merson who also has the baggage of his well publicised personal problems. Pressed the panic button and sacked him but the incomer couldn’t turn things around.
WBA<br>Chairman won’t commit funds. Writing was on the wall at the end of last season’s miraculous escape that the team wasn’t good enough and needed strengthening but nothing happened and this lack of ambition cost them dearly.<br>Where is Robson’s track record as a manager. Did OK but no more with Boro with generous funds then had to be helped out by Venables to escape relegation which made his position untenable. More misery followed at Bradford. Top player, rubbish manager.
VILLA<br>The W. Mids. alleged top team but seems an age when they won the Euro Cup. Elderly chairman Ellis runs an allegedly tight ship with finances in good shape but consequently no great ambition. The sell out to the Irish consortium is prolonged and boring.<br>As for O’Leary did OK at Leeds taking them to the Champs League semi final but must takes responsibilty alongside Risdale for catastrophic wages and transfer dealings which brought the club to its knees.Too many excuses now for his "babies" and rumour is Curbs will take over.
Will these teams get back? Depends who is out of contract, relegation clauses in contracts etc. Rumour is Brum may have to hold a fire sale. That said the Championship is not the strongest and they only have to compete with the play off failures plus Norwich, Sunderland and Wolves (another alleged big club- Hoddle for the chop?)May 2, 2006 at 11:20 #89266Andrew HughesMember
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A pretty fair analysis of the situation at all those clubs.
Blues, Albion, Villa all played negative football, all three bought into the 5 in midfield approach and all three deserved to go down, though only two have.
Totally agree about Robson, vastly overrated manager, who changed the team every week, picked out of form players and totally failed to motivate them.
Hoddle will be gone before the month is out, probably to Charlton, if they can stomach him. The arrogance of the man was only matched by the arrogance of the Wolves fans. He told them he would get them up which he didn’t. They believe they are entitled to go up which they aren’t.
Walsall tried to replace Merson on the cheap, ended up with another inexperienced coach who promptly took them down. I feel some sympathy for Merse – for most of his reign, he had no coach or assistant manager. But then again, he had the biggest squad in League One.
My hunch is that Blues will lose most of their players and struggle, Albion will keep all of theirs, apart from Curtis Davis and probably Inamoto and may go up again. Oh and Villa will go down next year, no question.
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