Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer is ‘on the brink’ of leaving the club after Easter Monday’s horrific 6-1 defeat to Blackpool.
That’s according to well respected freelance football journalist Pete O’Rourke who tweeted out almost immediately after the defeat to the Seasiders claiming that the former midfielder is now close to an exit from St Andrew’s.
It’s news that comes as far from a shock for many fans of the Blues with performances on the pitch showing little to no signs of improvement from previous campaigns.
After doing brilliantly to keep City in the Championship last season, there was optimism going into this one of a much more respectable campaign.
But things have turned out anything but and had it not been for the points deductions of Reading and Derby County respectively, it would be the Blues sat in the division’s bottom three and almost certainly - at this point - be heading to League One.
Speaking after Monday’s defeat, Bowyer admitted that he fully expects his future to be on the line now.
“What we have just seen, especially today is not acceptable and I stand there in front of the players and take full responsibility - full responsibility,” he said.
“So if the owners want to have a conversation with me and tell me to move on then I will move on.
“I never associate myself as a quitter, that will never change, that’s the person I am. You have to remember I have played for this club and everybody knows me. Those fans know who I am and what I am, I am a winner and a fighter and that will never change.”
It’s a real shame for all involved as you can’t fault Bowyer’s commitment to the cause and his love for the club but those things don’t automatically equal success.
The issue Blues now have is the atmosphere around the place which has largely been caused by the non-relationship with the owners.
Whilst the decision to change manager is more than likely the correct one, the problem lies much deeper and it’s hard to see the bigger picture taking a turn for the better without a change upstairs.
Toxicity runs deep in football and St Andrew’s right now is at the heart of it.
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