Birmingham City sack Lee Clark

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Lee Clark today told the Birmingham Mail he would not walk away from his job at Birmingham City. A few hours later that stance didn't matter. The disappointing home defeat to Bolton proved to be the final straw for the Blues board.

The fans didn't drive the manager out of the club he made his own position untenable. Saturdays loss was greeted with apathy not anger. Ultimately the results at St. Andrews have done for Clark. One home win in a calendar year is unacceptable at any level of professional football and in my opinion the Geordie has paid the price for his own failings.

It would be naive to think that the financial problems and the ongoing ownership scenario have not played a part in Clark's dismissal. He's continually seen his best players sold to prop up ailing parent company Birmingham International Holdings yet I have little sympathy for the departed gaffer. It has simply been too much of a bad run to look for excuses. Last season City amassed a total of 44 points in the Championship which is the lowest total to not be relegated in recent years. In fact if Doncaster's game at Charlton had not been called off due to a waterlogged pitch with the visitors leading 3-1 then Brum would be in the third tier already. Instead Paul Caddis 94th minute equaliser at the Reebok Stadium preserved Championship status against the odds for Clark's men.

And that's where I believe his tenure should have ended but Clark was allowed to bring in 12 new players in an attempt to re-model the squad once more. It simply hasn't worked another battle against relegation already looks on the cards and with Birmingham seemingly no closer to getting new owners the new man faces the same challenges as his predecessor.

The local paper has former Birmingham boss Chris Hughton as the fans choice and the bookies favour Burton manager and former Blues defender Garry Rowett but I'd like to see the board turn to ex-Reading and Leeds boss Brian McDermott. He has experience working to a tight budget and knows the Championship well.

Whoever does take up the reigns at St. Andrews will not find life easy but at this club it rarely is.

KRO
 

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