My column from Weds Birmingham Mail
Blues surprisingly finished a healthy 5 points above the relegation trapdoor on what was an amazing exciting emotional day at St Andrews. However to continually flirt with relegation and leave it to the last day is without doubt a danger to your health.
It was a brilliant result against the inform Fulham who arrived with 18 wins and 5 draws from their last 23 league games. Fans will talk about the goals but form me I will always remember a watching a young inexperienced Wes Harding seeing off the much talked about and highly rated Fulham star Ryan Sessegnon. Wes did not give him a kick and played with a maturity that belied his years and experience-remember he has only played 9 games since Garry Monk gave him his debut in March.
Scouts from Bayern Munich, Dortmund and other top European clubs were at the games to watch Sessegnon-what a waste of a trip that turned out to be. Seriously though Sessegnon is a top player but I bet he has not had a harder opponent this season than Harding. Well done to Wes who to cap off the season also won the Young Player of the Season award at the ICC on Monday.
Garry Monk was absolutely spot on when he said after the Fulham game that the culture at Birmingham City has to change from continually fighting for survival into a winning one. It was music to the supporter’s ears especially when he added that anyone who did not want to be part of that or did not buy into it would not be at the club.
He now has to be given the tools and wherewithal to ensure that change of culture takes place. He made it clear that his talks with the board were positive.
I have noticed a change in the mood around St Andrews since the appointment of Garry Monk! It’s now one of positivity despite the league position. This comes from having a manager that knows exactly what he wants to do and what is needed for him to achieve it.
At the Player awards dinner at the ICC on Monday evening the 700 fans showed they believe in the manager by giving him a standing ovation as he spoke.
What on earth will we have to talk about without the nerve wracking, gut wrenching last day drama? Hopefully the playoffs. I am off to get rid of the Valium.