In the build-up Saturday between Blackpool and Birmingham City there has been much discussion about who will come out on come match day and whether or not there is any bad blood between Lee Clark and his successor Gary Rowett.
The Blues have been in fine form as of late, which is a very rare treat indeed for the club and its fans, given with all the commotion behind the scenes and the lack of funds available.
Rowett is entering his second month in charge of the Blues and is currently unbeaten in five matches, conceding only two goals in that time. These results include the unlikely 2-1 win over promotion contenders Watford, a 0-0 draw against vicious rivals Wolves (away), a 0-0 against Cardiff, a 0-1 win at Rotherham and 2-1 victory over play-off pushers Nottingham Forrest last Saturday.
So it is fair to say that since the new leadership there has been a major turnaround in the quality of performances and of course the all-important results that were most desperately needed.
After barley surviving relegation on the last day of last season there seems very little that can surprise the Blues fans at this point, however, there seems to be somewhat of a buzz around St Andrew's and a real togetherness amongst the players, staff and the fans. It proves what an excellent job Rowett has performed under the extremely tough restrictions.
Now Rowett will face the man he replaced as Blues boss. Over the past week, the media have been keen to find out the perspective of both managers. A key subject for discussion has been the sacking of Clark a couple of months prior, and it was something he was asked about during his pre-game briefings.
To his credit, Clark had nothing but good things to say about his former club and touched on how he wished things were different when he was in charge, in particular the lack of result.
He went on to speak highly of Rowett, the people behind the scenes and the fans. However he reiterated the fact that he is there to do a job and beat his former team come match day.
Rowett on the other hand has told his players to remain focused on getting the three points and urged his team to not allow themselves to get distracted over facing their former manager. He feels it is important to remain unbeaten and keep the positive vibe around the club going.
Blues need to keep moving up the table and stay clear of the drop – Rowett and his team of players and backroom staff are doing a fantastic job as of late and fans hope it will continue.
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