Bruce To Prove Doubters Wrong
Since the first release of the Ic Brum survey which showed unsurprisingly that most fans were against Bruce, I've got to admit he hasn't done too bad.
His transfer dealings have removed the contented element of players and brought in those who at the very least will be hungry and want to improve to make a name for themselves. He sales have been to the benefit of the club, as well as those who have been released.
His dealings also point towards plugging the errors that were much to blame for our downfall last season. Signing good cover players for suspension and injuries, making sure we have various options on the bench and so on.
Ultimately it appears Bruce is learning from his mistakes and trying to right the wrongs that led to our relegation. Although most fans would still prefer another manager, I think we can all see that he at least deserves the opportunity to prove us wrong in doubting him and his ability to gain us promotion in the coming campaign.
The results of the IC Brum survey aren't really that surprising, but here they are for the statisticians amongst you.
Q1 Are you happy with the way your club is being run?
Q2 Does the Blues board have your backing?
Q3 Is Steve Bruce the right man for the job?
Q4 Do you think next season will be better or worse than the season just finished?
Q5 Do you think your club is ambitious enough?
Q6 What do you think of the club's youth policy?
Q7 Your prediction for next season?
Automatic Promotion 27.1%
Play-off Contenders 44.2%
Relegation Battle 3.9%
Q8 Which of the domestic cups do you think your team can win next season?
FA Cup 5.4%
League Cup 18.6%
Q9 What areas of the team do you think need strengthening?
Q10 How much do you think Blues need to realistically spend on transfers in the summer?
Under £10m 23.3%
Over £15m 21.7%
Q11 If you could buy three players for Blues who would they (realistically) be?
Lee Trundle 6.0%
Stephen Kelly 5.3% - signed
Andy Johnson 4.7%
Jason Koumas 4.7%
Joleon Lescott 4.3%
Cameron Jerome 4.0% - signed
Danny Mills 4.0%
Lee Hendrie 3.7%
John Hartson 2.7%
Darren Purse 2.3%
Geoff Horsfield 2.3%
Robert Earnshaw 2.0%
Anthony Gardner 1.7%
Darren Carter 1.7%
Jiri Jarosik 1.7%
Michael Owen 1.7%
Neil Danns 1.7% - signed
Sol Campbell 1.7%
Jason Euell 1.3%
Zoltan Gera 1.3%
Q12 How do you rate the way Steve Bruce has spent in the transfer market?
Q13 How do you rate the club's communication with fans?
Q14 How do you rate the Blues' treatment of their fans?
Q15 How do you rate your ground (toilets, catering facilities, ease of access, cleanliness, parking etc)?
Q16 How does your club and its facilities generally compare with other grounds you have visited?
Q17 How do you rate the family facilities at the club (ie family friendly, are children better catered for)?
Q18 How do you rate the disabled facilities?
Q19 What do you think of the security and standard of stewards at St Andrew's?
Good, feel safe 49.6%
Could be better 45.7%
Poor, feel intimidated 3.9%
Q20 How do you rate the service provided by your ticket office?
Q21 Do you think match-day tickets:
Cost too much? 89.9%
Are about right? 10.1%
Q22 Do you think season tickets:
Cost too much? 92.2%
Are about right? 6.2%
Q23 Are you happy with the range of merchandise at the club?
Q24 Who was your Blues player of the year for 2005/2006?
Damien Johnson 45.7%
Jermaine Pennant 21.7%
Maik Taylor 7.8%
Kenny Cunningham 3.9%
Jiri Jarosik 3.9%
Mikael Forssell 3.1%
Mathew Sadler 2.3%
David Dunn 1.6%
Emile Heskey 0.8%
Matthew Upson 0.8%
Alex Bruce 0.8%
Q25 Who is the player to watch next season?
DJ Campbell 23.3%
Mathew Sadler 17.1%
Cameron Jerome 16.3%
Mikael Forssell 10.1%
Neil Kilkenny 7.8%
Jermaine Pennant 7.0%
David Dunn 1.6%
Maik Taylor 1.6%
Damien Johnson 1.6%
Matthew Upson 0.8%