Birmingham City has conceded more than 29 goals in their past 16 league matches and their recent streak of negative results has left them sitting in the bottom few spots of the Championship league with the relegation zone being only a few points away.
The head coach of the club, Lee Clark has been struggling trying to find players that can consistently play at a high level in the defence and things are even tougher now that they have lost Bartley and Burn with injuries.
“I don’t think you need to be a rocket scientist to realize that the goals are coming from down the wide areas of the team, but, you know, we lost two important players in Bartley and Burn,”
“They were magnificent for us in the first half of the season and it was no coincidence that they played together in that 10-game unbeaten run when we took 20 points from 30 and we were on the fringes, seven points from the play-offs,” Lee Clark said.
Birmingham City rescued 3 points by overcoming Doncaster Rovers but is still in need of a few more positive results in order to maintain themselves safe away from the dangerous relegation spots.
Following Birmingham City’s victory against Doncaster Rovers, Lee Clark announced that his players made a terrific performance in the 2nd half which turned things around.
“I think that’s four games away from home since the turn of the year, Blackpool, Millwall, Charlton and Doncaster, where we needed to take maximum points and we did,”
“It wasn’t looking likely at half-time. We were 1-0 down and other results were going against us. But the players put in a terrific second-half performance, in all aspects of the game.” Clark added on.
Manchester United striker Federico Macheda scored two goals for Birmingham City, where his playing on loan until the end of the season, to help the club record a 3-3 draw with Burnley at home.
It has been a tough few weeks for the club, as their owner has been found guilty of tax evasion and will now spend the next few years in jail. Further, they have been slipping down the table and are now closer to the relegation zone. Hence, three points was the need of the hour for Birmingham from their home match against Burnley.
The pulsating encounter looked to be heading for a defeat for Birmingham as they trailed Burnley with only minutes remaining after a goal from Sam Vokes in the 86th minute. However, Macheda, who had scored an equaliser earlier in the match, stepped up once again to find the back of the net in injury time to send the home fans in ecstatic mood. Manager Lee Clark said after the encounter that there was no doubt that Birmingham deserved this point after the effort they have put into the match.
The brilliant result against a team chasing automatic promotion will certainly help them perform well in the coming matches. The club, though, have had just one win in the last five league matches.
“Without a doubt we deserved that. That’s why the emotion was there at the end, I was celebrating like I was, for the fans, for the players. If they had come off that pitch losing the game, it would have been criminal for their efforts. We were brave, we created chances. They stuck to the game plan. There was nothing in the first-half. We made half an error and got punished to go 1-0 down,” said Clark. Birmingham’s next match will be against Sheffield Wednesday away from home.
The Championship club Birmingham City has struggled in this season trying to keep their head above water as they scrape the lower section of the league and after not being able to pick up positive results in their home turf, it has been officially announced that the assistant manager and the first team coach of the club have been sacked.
Terry McDermott and Derek Fazackerley was the duo in charge of implementing the formation and tactics for Birmingham City but after not being able to win in their home stadium after 11 matches it was only a matter of time until the club went through a few changes of their own.
The former Everton player Steve Watson is being linked as the man to be the next assistant manager of Birmingham City and he is expected to be joined along with Richard Beale and John Vaughan.
The manager of the club, Lee Clark has denied saying that anybody has been sacked although confirmation from the media has been announced.
Clark stated: “We had a discussion at the weekend, a debriefing of the game with players and staff. As I said, no one has been sacked. We had a discussion. And, as you know in employment, once that happens, it has to go down the legal route and that is where we are at the moment. For legal reasons I can’t divulge much more we are discussions with the two guys.”
John Vaughan will remain being the club’s goalkeeper coach while Richard Beale is expected to retain his position as development squad manager.
“John has always been in that position in the dugout, but the two other lads move into those roles and it will be of great help and great support to us,” Clark added.
The manager of Birmingham City, Lee Clark, has said that his players are immensely frustrated after not being able to get better of Barnsley the other day on their home ground St Andrew’s.
The Blues had put themselves in a position to win that match, but, they seemed to slow down a little bit in the latter half of the game and that cost them a couple of points. The visitors managed to neutralise their lead and the game eventually finished in the form of a draw.
Birmingham City’s performance at their home venue this season hasn’t been the greatest and that’s a worry for them. If you want to be at a decent position in the points table at the end of the season, the first thing that you need to make sure is that you secure as many points as possible from your home games, but, that hasn’t quite happened for the Blues so far.
Talking to the reporters after the match against Barnsley, Clark said, “Our start was quite good, but, unfortunately, we couldn’t keep the momentum going for the full 90 minutes. We gave Barnsley the opportunity to come back into the game and with the amount of talent they have got; they were never going to waste that opportunity. They played some eye pleasing football in the later stages of the game.”
“You definitely get frustrated when you don’t win a match after being in a position to do that, but, it’s vital to learn from each and every match.”
Birmingham City’s recent performances have been great. They have been undefeated since the last 2 and half months. Out of their last 10 games, they have won 4, while, in the rest 6, they have shared points.
Kyle Bartley told that the Blues need to get some momentum when Blackpool comes to St Andrew’s on Saturday. Birmingham City is looking forward to this match as a springboard for the rest of the season.
Lee Clark’s team is looking for their very first consecutive wins in the season since April when Blackpool come St Andrew’s. With matches against Bournemouth, Middlesbrough, Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers and to follow, this is a good scope for Birmingham City to finally rise up Championship.
At present, they are at 18th, with fourteen points from fifteen matches. Quite interestingly, last year during the same stage, Birmingham City was also on 18th spot in the Championship, with nineteen points.
Kyle Bartley told that he thinks it is the Championship. He heard Steve McClaren talking after Derby performance speaking about consistency. Sheffield Wednesday registered a 5 2 win and after that got beaten 3 – 0 by them. If you look across the whole league, maybe except the top two or three, then everyone has been inconsistent.
He added that this is about getting that level of consistency – going forward to play well, and the results come after hat. This is something that they have not managed to do till now. They have played quite well, but they did not strung together the results. They have been very up and down. If the team could continue to play as a team, work hard, the team would go on a good run for wins.
Birmingham city have made a poor start to the season under the management of Lee Clark, who has come under pressure in recent weeks. However, the manager has said that he is not prepared to look at the table right now because it is still early in the season.
He is only prepared to win football matches as it comes. When asked about how he would judge the start of the season, Clark said that it would be a success if the club managed to beat Sheffield Wednesday in the next league match. This is because he was seeing the season as just one game and not worrying about the past results.
It would be interesting to see if the Birmingham board accept to this viewpoint especially given the poor start they have made. Birmingham are close to the relegation zone after having won only one match from the opening seven encounters. A win against Sheffield Wednesday, though, will change the entire perspective because it would get them clear out of the relegation zone. Birmingham have been selling a number of their top players over the last few years, and it is beginning to show the effect on the team.
This summer has seen yet another several arrivals and departures.
“It’s a success just to beat Sheffield Wednesday Saturday and then I will look to the next game. There’s no targets been set, it’s just about doing the best I can for a great club and moving forward that way, trying to develop the young players we have, add value to the squad by doing that and going from there. I am working for a huge club. I am the manager of a huge club,” said the manager ahead of the match with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. Birmingham have not won in the last three matches.
Birmingham have had a tough start to the new season after they have won only one match so far. As a result, they are closer to the relegation zone, and no longer one of the online betting market’s favourites for promotion.
Despite their financial difficulties, the club was expected to challenge for promotion spot this season. Due to this difficult start, pressure is certainly a manager Lee Clark. He has said that the team needs to have more self-belief in order to get results. The 1-0 victory over Yeovil town has given Birmingham the three points that they have taken so far.
In other two matches, they have been defeated by the same score. Clark has a special said that the first half against Brighton and Hove Albion clearly demonstrated a lack of self-belief amongst the players. However, this improved significantly in the second half after he had spoken to them about the same during the half-time break. Birmingham were unlikely to come away with something out of the match, as they hit the crossbar twice. It was Brighton’s goal scored by Andy Crofts that disappointed Clark the most, as he felt that it was too easy for the opposition to score.
Birmingham will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they take on Leicester City in yet another difficult match for the team.
“I felt we had some great situations in the first-half where we didn’t show enough belief. At least we showed a bit more belief in the second-half, in attacking third, after we spoke about it at half-time. I felt we were just a little bit nervous in the first-half, for some strange reason. There was no conviction in our shots and passes and crosses in the first-half. So we just stepped it up and did things properly,” said Clark after the match. Leicester City are also chasing promotion this season.
Birmingham City recently managed a 2-1 win from their first friendly match of the pre-season against Hull City. The Premier league outfit have spent a lot of money in strengthening their team, but they were not a match for the Championship outfit that finished mid-table last season.
Birmingham looked enthusiastic and were full of vigour in the match. This helped them secured a win over their former Championship opponents. After this victory, manager Lee Clark has said that he cannot wait for the start of the new campaign.
Birmingham were one of the favourites to get promoted into the Premier league a few years ago, but they have since fallen into a lot of financial difficulties. Despite this, Clark has been able to get the best out of players in the last few months. It was only recently that they suffered a defeat against Shrewsbury Town, which was demoralising for the players, and prompted one fan to change his allegiance to Man Utd and buy a massive man utd canvas.
Birmingham will be facing Watford on the opening day of the season. It will be one of the biggest tests for Lee Clark and his men because Watford were almost promoted into the Premier league through the play-offs.
They were defeated by Crystal Palace in the final of the play-offs. Despite this, they are expected to be strong once again this season.
“The good thing is, as a manager, they are listening and taking on board what we are trying to be. Saturday they were a lot more like how I want us to be when we haven’t got the ball, against good players as well. That was the most pleasing aspect for me and why I was a little bit frustrated that they didn’t get the clean sheet. The formation, without a doubt,” said the Birmingham manager, said that he was happy to play against the 3-5-2 formation.
Birmingham City only recently sold defender Curtis Davies to Hull City and they could be set for another major departure from St Andrews after manager Lee Clark has said that striker Nathan Redmond could be sold between now and the end of the transfer window.
The financial difficulties at the West Midlands club are well documented. Hence, they have been selling a number of their better players in order to raise enough money in such a way to ward off their financial troubles. Curtis Davies was one of the impressive players for the club last season as they finished mid-table.
It looks like the club will be unlikely to challenge for a play-off position in the coming season after selling one of the influential defenders, while one of their best strikers also looks set to leave the club. A number of Premier league clubs like Swansea and Norwich are thought to be interested in securing his services. He could cost in the region of £ 2 million. Clark has said that there are almost 8 clubs interested in signing him, but he believes that he will ultimately end in the Premier league.
Redmond made 38 appearances for Birmingham last season. He scored two goals and created six in these matches. Birmingham struggled with the prospect of relegation in the first half, but recovered in the second half of the season.
“The truth, me being transparent and not speaking out of line, is that there are six to eight Premier League clubs interested in Nathan. That’s in various different ways.
Sometimes you get a call from an agent, then get a call from the player’s agent, sometimes you get an inquiry from a fellow manager. Now what we’ve had are three bids, two that have been accepted and one that hasn’t been accepted,” said Clark.
Birmingham manager Lee Clark has been fielding one of the youngest teams in the Championship this season. As a result, they have looked lacking experience at times.
Clark has admitted to naivety from his team on occasions, but he is confident that they will be able to finish the season strongly. He has said that the team only needs to develop a ruthless streak before they can push for a play-off position next season. Clark voiced his opinions after the recent match against Millwall. Even though the home team were in complete control of the match, Birmingham failed to take advantage of it.
They paid a heavy price for not taking their opportunities after Millwall managed to get back into the match. As a result of the dropped points, Birmingham remain in the 13th position in the table. They are almost 10 points behind the final play-off position with only a few matches remaining in the season. It took only a few weeks ago that Birmingham would be able to mount an unlikely push for the play-offs. However, the team has taken just one point from the last two matches. Clark has said that it was extremely frustrating after the Millwall match knowing that his team had handed the advantage to the opposition after being in control.
“Millwall was frustrating as we handed the initiative back to them. We’ve let them cause us problems. We’ve got be more ruthless and more professional. I think at times you could see we were a bit young and naive because of their power and physicality they just brushed us aside, so we have to look at that. The youngsters are doing really well. We’re really proud of them and what they have given us and these experiences will stand them in good stead,” said Clark.