Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What Next For Birmingham City?

Besides the likes of Man United, Birmingham City have been making the most headlines over the past couple of days and weeks. With the much focused managerial saga over and done with, we now turn our attention to the coming and goings of many players.

All Birmingham fans were surely shocked when they heard the news that Alex McLeish had decided to call it a day and leave St Andrews, especially less than a month since he had brought the club down to the Championship.

More horrifically for Birmingham and Villa fans alike, he decided to move to the club in which he wouldn't have to worry about being in a different house next season, none other than Birmingham's biggest rivals, Aston Villa. I'm not McLeish's estate agent but I'm sure that's the least of his worries at the moment.

It is fair to say that Birmingham did have a squad fit to play in the Premier League and I honestly don't know where it went wrong. Obviously the lack of victories in the latter stages of the campaign didn't help but what led this to happen? Birmingham's playmaker last season, Sebastian Larsson has departed and he is now making his way up north to play his football with Sunderland next season.

There have been many reports surrounding Scott Dann who is the subject of a bid from Stoke City and Cameron Jermome is also believed to be involved. Birmingham are having none of it for the moment and rejected both bids respectively. Birmingham have looked into bringing new players in and we are led to believe that Inverness striker Adam Rooney is a potential target.

The Birmingham board have since resolved the vacant managerial position at St Andrews by appointing Chris Hughton as their manager. Hughton has proved that he can get a team straight back into the top flight, as he did with Newcastle. After a shaky run of form, Hughton was very harshly removed as manager at St James' Park but has been given the opportunity to prove himself once more.

What do make of the recent developments surrounding Birmingham City? Will Hughton be a success?

I would love to hear any comments you may have.

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