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t has been a funny few weeks at Birmingham City. Following 3 early transfers, the transfer window seems unusually quiet and we seem to be linked with players who are knocking us back.

Yesterday saw Aitken leave his post as part of the coaching staff to join David O’Dreary in Dubai, whilst our physio has left the club as well. At the back end of the season we also saw the departure of Michael Dunford.

This mornings Birmingham headline is about the contract of Alex McLeish, with a deal still not being finalised.

A lot of scare mongerers will say all of this adds up to something not being quite right at the club. Why are these departures happening, why can’t we tie McLeish to a new deal and why aren’t we having any more new faces joining the club?

I’m trying to be realistic at the minute, and I think all events are entirely separately but unfortunately put together look like trouble for the club.

Aitken’s departure for Blues was a shock for me, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. Aitken will be leaving to work with his old friend in a country and league which can probably offer him more money than Birmingham can do in the Premier League, whilst living the rich lifestyle that Dubai offers. Dubai also offers an unknown challenge for a man who I am sure still wants to further his knowledge and it appears to be a fantastic opportunity.

The unfortunate part of this tale is the timing. It is now July, and I would imagine McLeish and his coaching staff would have begun to lay plans as to how they see the season going. Now McLeish needs to go through the process of bringing in a new right hand man, alongside bringing the new appointment up to speed with the club and the way it works.

McLeish’s contract is slightly worrying in the fact it seems to have been a long, ongoing saga. The positive points to remember however, is the fact that McLeish has reiterated that he wants to stay at the club and be a part of the future for the club. McLeish has given us Premier League football for another season, and he’ll be keen to seal a reputation as a good Premier League manager. Unless the board have a temporary lapse of sanity, they’ll sign up McLeish before the season starts and we’ll forget any of these worries.

The lack of transfers doesn’t seem exclusive to Blues either. Everything in the Premier league seems to be quiet. There have been a few transfers go through for the likes of Man City, and we’ve had our 2 main signings come in but other than that, nothing seems to be moving. Our rivals across the city have done no business so far, and that’s the story across most of the clubs. The World Cup still needs to wind down and players need to resume training before any major movements go through. We’re still over a month away from the first match so there isn’t a massive urgency at the moment to bring people in.

As fans of a club, I think it is highly important to monitor situations at any football club with caution. The situation which now faces Portsmouth was actually begun 21 months ago by massive overspends and I’m sure a few fans questioned what was happening then. Beyond a few minor rumbles, there seems very little to worry about at the moment. Be vigilant and watchful, but don’t worry yourselves to death yet.

My mate Kev, from JoysandSorrows, has republished this on their blog. Their website and forum is well worth a visit for any Blues fan.

It has been a funny few weeks at Birmingham City.

Following 3 early transfers, the transfer window seems unusually quiet and we seem to be linked with players who are knocking us back.

Yesterday saw Aitken leave his post as part of the coaching staff to join David O’Dreary in Dubai, whilst our physio has left the club as well. At the back end of the season we also saw the departure of Michael Dunford.

This mornings Birmingham headline is about the contract of Alex McLeish, with a deal still not being finalised.

A lot of scare mongerers will say all of this adds up to something not being quite right at the club. Why are these departures happening, why can’t we tie McLeish to a new deal and why aren’t we having any more new faces joining the club?

I’m trying to be realistic at the minute, and I think all events are entirely separately but unfortunately put together look like trouble for the club.

Aitken’s departure for Blues was a shock for me, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. Aitken will be leaving to work with his old friend in a country and league which can probably offer him more money than Birmingham can do in the Premier League, whilst living the rich lifestyle that Dubai offers. Dubai also offers an unknown challenge for a man who I am sure still wants to further his knowledge and it appears to be a fantastic opportunity.

The unfortunate part of this tale is the timing. It is now July, and I would imagine McLeish and his coaching staff would have begun to lay plans as to how they see the season going. Now McLeish needs to go through the process of bringing in a new right hand man, alongside bringing the new appointment up to speed with the club and the way it works.

McLeish’s contract is slightly worrying in the fact it seems to have been a long, ongoing saga. The positive points to remember however, is the fact that McLeish has reiterated that he wants to stay at the club and be a part of the future for the club. McLeish has given us Premier League football for another season, and he’ll be keen to seal a reputation as a good Premier League manager. Unless the board have a temporary lapse of sanity, they’ll sign up McLeish before the season starts and we’ll forget any of these worries.

The lack of transfers doesn’t seem exclusive to Blues either. Everything in the Premier league seems to be quiet. There have been a few transfers go through for the likes of Man City, and we’ve had our 2 main signings come in but other than that, nothing seems to be moving. Our rivals across the city have done no business so far, and that’s the story across most of the clubs. The World Cup still needs to wind down and players need to resume training before any major movements go through. We’re still over a month away from the first match so there isn’t a massive urgency at the moment to bring people in.

As fans of a club, I think it is highly important to monitor situations at any football club with caution. The situation which now faces Portsmouth was actually begun 21 months ago by massive overspends and I’m sure a few fans questioned what was happening then. Beyond a few minor rumbles, there seems very little to worry about at the moment. Be vigilant and watchful, but don’t worry yourselves to death yet.

My mate Kev, from JoysandSorrows, has republished this on their blog. Their website and forum is well worth a visit for any Blues fan.

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  1. Do not fret; it will all be fine.

    almajir

    July 8, 2010 at 10:22 am

  2. Looking at Aitken’s photo, I (cruelly) thought he would be more likely to retire than move elsewhere. As for our lack of transfer activity, Colin Tattum, in the Birmingham Mail seems to hint that N’Zogbia will still be coming. He’s not been linked with many other teams, and he’s reportedly keen to leave, so I won’t be worrying too much about the winger problem. What does bother me is ;leaks’ about potential strikers who don’t end up at Blues. Surely the theory stood that we should only be naming names when they were signed up, or at least on the way to a medical? Keane may well end up at Villa, Cacau changed his mind, Miccolli either failed his medical, or turned us down, dpending on what side of the fence you look at the transfer from. Either way, we didn’t come out of that one smelling of roses. I just hope it’s another ‘under the radar’ job…

    Great blog.

    Russell Dempsey

    July 8, 2010 at 10:23 am

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