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It’s all well and good saying what might be ‘the right thing’, but eventually those words are going to have to produce results.
That’s the problem that is facing Pep Clotet right now at St Andrew’s.
We have spoken before on FFC about the fact Clotet doesn’t seem to quite value results away from home as he does those in Birmingham, and how him viewing them as a ‘bonus’ rather than something that you can use as a foundation for the team through the rest of the season strikes a rather worrying tone.
Well, it looks as if he’s changed his mind, and not a moment too soon.
Speaking after the latest game, Clotet spoke about how his side have ever so slightly improved away from home, and that it should hopefully lead to further points further down the road:
“Obviously we have won more at home – we have won two games away – and the performances we put in away from home now give me much more confidence than we had at the beginning (away from home).”
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As we’ve also pointed out on FFC before, there seems to be a bit of a contrast in how the players and the head coach seemed to view how to look at away games, with Lukas Jutkiewicz more or less demanding that the side start picking up results on the road, and those demands so far haven’t been kept.
However, it looks as if Clotet has finally learned his lesson, saying that the performances when playing as the visitors are improving. Yet, sooner or later those words are going to have to start turning into results.
We have seen that the board at Birmingham aren’t scared to pull the trigger when it comes to their managers, having gone through so many in the past few years, even when they are doing well. Gary Rowett is a prime example after he was sacked when they were seventh in the table.
It would be a really big shame if Clotet were to lose his job simply because of how limited their points were on the road. This is precisely why the team needs to pounce on his words.