Vital Birmingham City Editor Christopher Handy helps us preview tonight’s visit from the Blues
Vital Birmingham City Editor Christopher Handy helps us preview tonight’s visit from the Blues…
How has the season panned out compared to your expectations?
In terms of expectations Blues are pretty much where I expected them to be.
With a team built heavily on loan players I predicted a slow start and an improvement late on, which did happen.
I expect much more of the same with regards to a stronger finish to the season than the winless January we had in terms of league games.
Considering the budgetary constraints & the ownership situation, has Lee Clark done a better job than many suggest?
Lee Clark doesn`t often get the credit he deserves.
With the ever-shifting environment around him, the one thing that is toughest is to get the players to believe in his cause.
Who is going to put in 100% every week when they know that for the right money all their best players are shipped out of the door?
Clark does that really well; Jesse Lingard, Ravel Morrison and other players like Dan Burn have all left it all out their on the pitch for a team they don`t even permanently player for.
Can you summarise Birmingham’s ownership situation (without getting in legal difficulties)?!
Birmingham`s ownership situation is largely the same despite the recent media coverage.
The club is owned by Birmingham International Holdings Limited, which is a company which is now again trading on the Hong Kong Stock exchange.
Carson Yeung owns the majority of shares in the parent company but no longer sits on the board of either the club or the parent company; pending his trial decision on February 28th.
As a result of Yeung no longer sitting on the board, the parent company has now begun trading again and will sell off a new section of shares in the interest of obtaining running capital for the parent company.
It is unclear when the football club itself will be receiving any money to aid with the development of the club.
How did the January Transfer Window go for Birmingham?
The window was very much mixed for Blues.
Dan Burn, Kyle Bartley and Jesse Lingard were all huge losses to Birmingham and really did leave us short.
But, having seen the influx of players on deadline which include Welsh Under-21 midfielder Emyr Huws and Federico Macheda up front, the side has fortunately retained a good balance of numbers across the pitch.
Macheda (although this view is not shared by Vital QPR) has very much given us a great outlet, the ball stays up front with him and it is really allowing us to play more.
Who will be your key man on Tuesday?
The key man on Tuesday is going to be goalkeeper Darren Randolph. He is northing short of magnificent at times and Blues owe many points to his heroics in goal. Beat him and you beat Blues.
Any injuries or suspensions?
Matt Green (knee), David Murphy (knee), Akwasi Asante (hamstring), Amari’i Bell (knee) and Neal Eardley (knee) are all out.
Jonathan Spector is back in full training but misses out.
Blues are coming on well but I do think its too soon for us to be getting ahead of ourselves, I would be happy with a well earned draw; nevertheless unsurprised if you take all three points.
Thanks to Christopher.