10:49, Mon 6 Dec
El Mayor
David Xavis
Cracking piece again Dan.

Re the lower tiers, I was under the impression work had been ongoing on those whilst we were sorting the upper tiers out? Was this false? Or did it get shelved?

I spoke to someone at the club last week, the word they have been given is nothing will be started now until the summer. My suspicion is access is an issue but I do not know that for certain.

There's been pictures taken by fans on twitter showing building work going on inside the lower tier I thought?
“Oh Nikola Zigic”
10:56, Mon 6 Dec
Nikola Zigic
El Mayor
David Xavis
Cracking piece again Dan.

Re the lower tiers, I was under the impression work had been ongoing on those whilst we were sorting the upper tiers out? Was this false? Or did it get shelved?

I spoke to someone at the club last week, the word they have been given is nothing will be started now until the summer. My suspicion is access is an issue but I do not know that for certain.

There's been pictures taken by fans on twitter showing building work going on inside the lower tier I thought?

No, they were old. Its like Rags says, access
10:57, Mon 6 Dec
I'm a season ticket holder and have been most of my life. Recently, there have been complications in my immediate family which take priority over Blues.

I've been to one game this season (Reading) and the matchday experience was rubbish, sitting in GM as opposed to my lower Tilton seat, not enough stewards outside the ground ,hand towels in the toilets and so many more things Dan picked up on in the piece really put me off contemplating going again this season.

I'm beyond my usual "ah well, it's Blues" rhetoric that has seen me through the last 34 years. It's just not the same club right now and it hasn't been since 2012.

If it wasn't for the playing and coaching staff plugging away as well as they can(regardless of their quality I can see they are at least trying), then i'd just look out for the results which is shocking considering how much I love the club and I wonder how many fans feel the same way.

The piece i've read this morning saddens me for many reasons and two things that are seriously wrong are points 10 and 16 on the graph.

A complete disregard for the local area (I wonder what The Blues Trust and or Blues 4 All think)

[www.bcfc.com]

Their mission statement reads "

Our Mission

We the trust want to take a lead role in the club’s success off the field by taking the club closer to the heart of the community. We will use the power and passion of sport and the brand of BCFC, to make a difference to those who face daily challenges and to create a diverse and accessible range of programmes and activities to care for and educate our local people."

What I take from the graph is the club are willing to engage with the local community but are unwilling to invest in it. Ridiculous.

What's the point? What's the actual point of that? Considering the local area is pretty run-down ironically akin to the condition of the stadium, we'd do well if we can invest in the local community and provide people with opportunites.

Talent attraction and retention is the lowest one? What's the point in me giving the club my time and money when the club has no ambition?

The club has me over a barrel because of my blind tribal loyalty I have to this club.

The whole point of football is to win a game of it. To do that you need to be as best equipped as possible. Is any fan realistically happy with constant relegation battles in the championship?

Someone like Ren must have created this graph as he seriously must have thought the playing staff available would gain promotion and that's why it's the lowest option.

When are we actually going to be good if talent attraction and retention is our lowest priority?

I have ran out of patience with saying "Classic Blues/Proper Blues/Only Blues" to every ridiculous thing this club has done and continues to do under this regime.

We get told after every managerial appointment that "things are going to change" or "we've listened and learned" - i'm fed up of their lies.

In Deeney's post match interview he said "with the greatest of respect, it's Millwall not Man United" and I agree. I'm frustrated with seeing a fixture like Millwall/QPR/Hull/Reading away and thinking i'd be happy with a draw there. I know there is an air of entitlement there, I see that but it's more of an admission that our standards have dropped.

It's been a tough decade and i'm hoping what we have in terms of talent and the plans Gardner has for January/next summer are more in line with Deeney's ambitions.

I've ran out ranting at my desk whilst I should be working so i'll just summarise with, yeah Dan, I agree. Shocking. Proper shite.
11:16, Mon 6 Dec
Excellent article Dan. The whole situation at Blues really is depressing. Its faceless owners and their lackeys are destroying the club. We have to start to do something to highlight what’s going on at Blues before it’s too late and the club either ends up in league 2 or folds. I have contacted the MP for Bordesley, Shabana Mahmood, and included a link to Dan’s article. Her website address is [www.shabanamahmood.org]
Her constituency also covers the lot from Witton and there are articles on her website about work she has done with them. Hopefully, if enough people contact her, she will get involved with what’s going on at Blues.
11:21, Mon 6 Dec
A good but grim snapshot of the state of our club.
Grim!! matches the weather, our stadium and it's surrounding area, the football that we play, the match day experience and the future prospects of Birmingham city.
11:23, Mon 6 Dec
Thanks for another informative piece.

Do you have any sense of how the senior management at the club feel about all of this stuff e.g. are they trying to do something about these issues but getting constantly knocked back on expenditure requests? Also, is the training ground being similarly neglected? There are rumours that the undersoil heating for the main pitch needs repairing but the owners refuse to pay for it.
11:28, Mon 6 Dec
B76bluenose
Thanks for another informative piece.

Do you have any sense of how the senior management at the club feel about all of this stuff e.g. are they trying to do something about these issues but getting constantly knocked back on expenditure requests? Also, is the training ground being similarly neglected? There are rumours that the undersoil heating for the main pitch needs repairing but the owners refuse to pay for it.

My feelings towards the current senior management team are somewhat biased as many of them were Dong acolytes.
11:33, Mon 6 Dec
Cheers.
11:43, Mon 6 Dec
Next two pieces are planned to be:

Refresher piece on who owns what regarding BCFC, St Andrew's, BSH
Elusive Mr King Pt X

grateful for any feedback on any other stuff you'd like me to cover.
11:45, Mon 6 Dec
Sounds good.

However, personally, I would continue to go after the club on the stadium. I don't know what you do next but a refresher on Mr King/Owners etc whilst interesting and may make someone uncomfortable at Blues, I think the pressure has to be on the club to update fans on repair works, the state of the stadium and the pretty negative inferences you've made in your last piece.

They have to acknowledge this purely due to PR. Maybe get the Trust involved as the official vehicle for fan communication- I think they are duty bound as per the league rules to reply to them? I may be wrong.

This stuff is great, it's about time they started treating us with a bit of respect.
“Oh Nikola Zigic”
11:47, Mon 6 Dec
I'd be interested in reading something around the structure of our academy as it seems to be one aspect of the club we're actually getting right. Apologies if you've already covered this.
@stevanderman
11:55, Mon 6 Dec
Nikola Zigic
Sounds good.

However, personally, I would continue to go after the club on the stadium. I don't know what you do next but a refresher on Mr King/Owners etc whilst interesting and may make someone uncomfortable at Blues, I think the pressure has to be on the club to update fans on repair works, the state of the stadium and the pretty negative inferences you've made in your last piece.

They have to acknowledge this purely due to PR. Maybe get the Trust involved as the official vehicle for fan communication- I think they are duty bound as per the league rules to reply to them? I may be wrong.

This stuff is great, it's about time they started treating us with a bit of respect.

Or…

The trust could pick up the cudgels and use my piece as a starting point on it. Not being funny but I can’t do it all.
11:56, Mon 6 Dec
jefflynneshair
I'd be interested in reading something around the structure of our academy as it seems to be one aspect of the club we're actually getting right. Apologies if you've already covered this.

That’s tricky, cos it’s being revamped right now. There is also a hornets nest of politics involved I am trying to stay the hell away from.
11:57, Mon 6 Dec
El Mayor
Nikola Zigic
Sounds good.

However, personally, I would continue to go after the club on the stadium. I don't know what you do next but a refresher on Mr King/Owners etc whilst interesting and may make someone uncomfortable at Blues, I think the pressure has to be on the club to update fans on repair works, the state of the stadium and the pretty negative inferences you've made in your last piece.

They have to acknowledge this purely due to PR. Maybe get the Trust involved as the official vehicle for fan communication- I think they are duty bound as per the league rules to reply to them? I may be wrong.

This stuff is great, it's about time they started treating us with a bit of respect.

Or…

The trust could pick up the cudgels and use my piece as a starting point on it. Not being funny but I can’t do it all.

This.

The digging Daniel does on all of this stuff is such important information and literally perfect for the Trust to take on and move with.
11:57, Mon 6 Dec
Great work as ever. I’d expect nothing less.

I’d like to see a piece on what we can do as a fanbase to show we aren’t happy or if there’s any point in doing so and why. Cheers Dan.