Blues must be a better version of themselves
At a time when Wolves and Aston Villa are flying high in the Championship, Birmingham City are lingering precariously above the danger zone.
In the Black Country, the fans are drooling over the expansive style of football delivered by their foreign legion who have led them to the Championship summit. Meanwhile, the punters in B6 are refreshed by a resurgence that has seen their side suffer only one defeat in ten games.
Things couldn't be more different in B9, however.
Steve Cotterill, Blues' fifth manager in less than a year, came came crashing back down to earth after a apathetic performance at Millwall which ended with defeat on Saturday evening.
The Blues fans have been as patient as saints. They'd be forgiven for becoming twitchy when look up the league table to see their two fierce rivals sitting pretty at the business end of the division.
Yet Blues shouldn't strive to be a carbon copy of Wolves or Villa. They're a completely different animal. What Blues have to be is a better version of themselves.
If Cotterill can oversee a steadying of the ship and slowly move Blues up the table, that'll be a solid starting point.
Inconsistency is a big obstacle for Cotterill to overcome. In their last four fixtures, Blues have won two at home and lost two away. Clean sheets against Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff City were undone by the eight goals shipped at Hull and Millwall.
Jekyll and Hyde stuff.
For every win, we read about our promotion chances. With every defeat, we resign ourselves to relegation. Realistically, Birmingham City should be somewhere in between.
The last couple of years has seen a high turnover of players and managers. Even the owners have changed. Stability is what the club needs now more than anything else.
Cotterill has a difficult job. He's working with players signed by Gary Rowett, Gianfranco Zola and Harry Redknapp - three contrasting groups of players.
It's utter madness.
But there a firm benefit within the club that Blues have a squad capable of climbing the league table. That won't happen by fluently passing team off the park or dominating games week in week out. Sticking to what we do best is where Cotterill must get us back to.