They have just two matches to save their Premier League bacon, and if Birmingham fail to get anything from Saturday’s match at Fulham, it’s possible that relegation will be out of their hands. Alex McLeish saw his Blues team storm into a two-goal lead against Liverpool on Saturday, before being pegged back to a 2-2 draw, a result which keeps them in the bottom three.
According to Liverpool and ex-Brum winger Jermaine Pennant, it didn’t have to be this way. The Daily Mail reports that he reckons City would be safe if they had kept hold of Steve Bruce as manager. After all, the Wigan boss has done extremely well at the JJB Stadium instead, steering the Latics away from the drop zone with several games to spare.
Pennant said: “If they go to Fulham and get a result I am sure they will get out of it, but without a shadow of a doubt they have missed Steve Bruce.
“He got the club up and did well for Birmingham. Now he is doing it for Wigan because they have scrapped their way out of it.
“Birmingham miss him and it will prove costly because getting a new manager halfway through the season when you are in a tight spot is a massive upheaval.”
After Bruce left the club, Blues co-ower David Sullivan stated that they were better off with McLeish at the helm and had done very well for themselves. These words could come back to haunt him, especially with the public spat that has ensued between the Birmingham board and their former manager in recent months.