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What Next for Birmingham City?

Thursday 7th June 2012
As a Birmingham City supporter, the news of Chris Hughton leaving for Norwich City was hard to swallow, despite it not being a surprise. When you analyse it, the job he did in his time here was remarkable.

He took over last summer shortly after what was practically a car boot sale of our entire squad. What already would have been a difficult job was made even harder with the clubs dire financial state, meaning Hughton only had free transfers and loan players to look at bringing in, other than Pablo Ibanez and Wade Elliott who cost just over a million pound combined.

The football the Blues played was attractive and positive and most of all, the players worked very hard. He did a remarkable job, yes and his exit is a massive blow, but not the end of the world.

On the plus side, the accounts which the board have failed to file three times with the consequence of a transfer embargo being placed upon the club have finally been filed. That means, despite the fact there is no money available to splash out with, at least the new manager, whoever it may be, can bring in free transfers and loan's just like Hughton did.

Are Blues an attraction for managers? Well, to some, yes. It's a challenge, that's for sure. But it is also a great opportunity for a manager with a point to prove. Do a good job at St Andrews and you could make a great career for yourself, not that I'm suggesting we should be used as a stepping stone. Hughton's boots are very big to fill it should be said; he was adored by the fans who took him to their hearts almost instantly.

So, the search for his successor begins, reading supporters comments today, it seems Lee Clark is a popular choice. The former Huddersfield boss has been out of a job since being axed from the Galpharm Stadium where he was replaced by Simon Grayson, who luckily for the club's board that took a lot of flak for sacking Clark, got them promoted to the Championship.

Some bookmakers have made Blackpool's Ian Holloway favourite, but it's thought that Swansea also fancy him as Brendan Rodgers' replacement despite not asking for permission to speak to him yet. Personally, I think Holloway's loyalties remain to the Seasiders as he feels he has unfinished business with them after missing out on promotion at Wembley at the end of the last campaign.

According to Free Radio's Tom Ross, ex managers and ex players of the club have spoke of their interest in the post. This is intriguing but also scary, especially when you consider that Alex McLeish is out of work. The club wouldn't go back down that route, surely? Other former managers and players out of work include Steve Bruce and Alan Curbishley. The former is on the verge on taking the hot seat at Hull, the latter has expressed an interest in the job previously; he could be an option.

Then you've got Derek McInnes, Gianfranco Zola, Paulo di Canio and Gus Poyet who some fans have mentioned. It will be, as is always the case, an interesting summer on the rollercoaster that is BCFC.

Things like this seem to happen at our beloved club far too often. At the time, it always feels like the beginning of the end, but as the songs goes, “though you're tired and weary, still journey on, til you come to your happy abode. “ Never truer words spoken.
Rob Wildey

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