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Bruce may have axed Blues players

Outgoing Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce was apparently set to make a number of changes after errors allowed Aston Villa to secure an undeserved win at St Andrews last weekend.

It has been claimed that Bruce, who will reportedly treble his earnings by moving to Wigan at the start of next week, was set to punt Liam Ridgewell, Johan Djourou and Maik Taylor from the starting XI after schoolboy defending allowed Villa's schoolboy attack to secure all three points.

Bruce, in what was his last interview before Wigan approached, told the Birmingham Mail: "The own goal - that should have been dealt with. The second goal - that should have been bread and butter.

"We didn't clear, didn't stop the cross and we were sitting too deep. As he came back on his right-hand side, we should have been up around the penalty spot.

"These are the sort of things you learn from and grow into. I am going to analyse that area of the pitch very hard."

While we are unlikely to ever know what Bruce would have done ahead of the next game, it's now arguably more likely that the current crop of players will retain their places to ensure a sense of continuity - at least until a new manager is officially installed.

But, as Bruce rightly claimed, there is a fine line between success and failure in the Premier League and, although there are far worse teams than Birmingham and a mid-table finish is realistic, it only takes a few lapses to raise the prospect of another relegation.

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Writer: Jasper's Parrot Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 17 2007

Time: 4:41PM

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good thing for you guys that he is going or ???? Who in now?
The Fear
A good question. A very good question. Who knows what will happen a few days down the line?
Jasper's Parrot
Yeung gets the final say as majority shareholder and that could cause a massive delay.
St Andrews Blue
Jasper P, best membership name ive seen in a while, well done.
The problem is the complete lack of management quality available, or at least quality with Prem exp, making both a foriegn coach or a lower league manager a gamble. Lets be honest if there was any true quality around Bolton and Wigan wouldnt have sniffed around Bruce in the first place and Bolton certainly wouldnt have appointed Megson in the end. I'd be very surprised if it isnt a foriegn coach though.
why the feck is Bruce contemplating going to Villa? Backward step or what?
It would be, but I assume you mean Wigan? Well, it's been assumed he'll go as soon as the takeover goes through. If it doesn't, it's all just a mess.
St Andrews Blue
infant school boy defenders...senior schoolboy attack...get over it you bunch of two bob scratchers...never have been and never will be....bunch of scum pretenders that live in bitter bitter land
The tone of the articles on this site does make me laugh. Its thinly veiled jealousy, plain for all to see. Your sole ambition is survival. We have a decent shot at Uefa cup. Who's laughing now? What i want to know is what happens if Yeung delays his takeover til february, you've postponed putting a manager in, and then the takeover doesn't happen? You'd have to get a manager in without the opportunity to make transfers for the rest of the season! You'd really be in trouble.
The Usual Suspect
A manager who can't make transfers? I won't mention who I'm thinking of...
St Andrews Blue
What happened to your pre-Villa article saying that Potato Head has made better signings than O'Neill? Ridgewell was held as a good example. This article is juvenile in its attempts to bellitle Villa. It was an even game that could have gone either way but you can't get past your bitterness and pride!
Are you that deluded that you think that you have a shot at the UEFA Cup are you that deluded that last Sunday you thought the games was even Villa fans are as thick as they come. Look at the Stats look what the so called pundits said and even look at the body language of your players when the game were over they knew that they were very lucky. We also learnt that your Villa hero is actually a Blues fan. Who's laughing now? Yep it's Blues!
simone, the only deluded fans on this site are birmingham city's. Not one of your players would even make our bench. Good luck without a manger or a backroom staff.
The Usual Suspect
I thought Ridgewell had a very good game apart from the own goal!!
allowed villa an undeserved win haha. What are you on mate? I wouldn't mind smoking some of that.
Simone: That's a girlie name and her post proved what we all know, women should stick to knitting coz they know FA about footie, then again, what would any blue nose know about it?
the championship beckons already? very odd goings on down at the sty this week, bruce has been treated badly and he doesnt deserve it.
...oh and dont forget, your captain couldnt even get in the villa squad last season. hilarious. bcfc laughing stock of the football world as usual
"Look at the Stats look what the so called pundits said and even look at the body language of your players when the game were over." LOOK AT THE SCORE AND THE TABLE SIMONE
well well well MON was right to say that it would be a local lad that would give villa that extra edge to kill you's off lol 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 -2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 thats just incase you wanted to know the score once again, how were you all feelin when ya seen GABBY head that ball right bang in the back a the net lol cause im tellin ya it felt great lol VILLA !!! VILLA!! VILLA !! VILLA !! VILLA !! VILLA !! VILLA !!
"These are the sort of things you learn from and grow into. I am going to analyse that area of the pitch very hard." I think he will find that area of the pitch is Green Grassy and has wodden posts sticking out of the ground.
And Bruce has gone...
The Usual Suspect
can you bring anybody in until this takeover has been finalised? What is Carson Yung playing at? Thank god he went to you and not us!!!
will it ever happen
I note someone claiming Gabby is a Blues fan? I don't think so! On that subject, good to see both Everton's late goals were scored by Villa fans, Lee Carsley and James Vaughan. Try stop being so bitter about Villa, and look at the wider picture, you might get a life. It was a tight, even game although England's No 1 had virtually nothing to do. A draw was probably the fairest result, but IMO if either team deserved to win it was Villa because we had the extra class in areas when it mattered. If you think I am biased, look at the League Table, that doesn't lie.
answer me this - how is a supposed billionaire not able to raise 50m for a takeover? If he has to scrape together the funds to buy the club, don't bank on there being any big money signings if he completes... but of course chinese players probably come 3 for 5.
The Usual Suspect
Poor article writing, but then what can we expect. Will be interesting to see what happens to blues over next few weeks, football is full of ups and downs, you win some, you loose some, at the moment its villa doing the better job of winning.
Undeserved win? You having a laugh, we fully deserved the 3 points over the course of 90 minutes no matter how much you bitches whinge about a couple of extremely dodgy penalty appeals.
so on that basis he will not be nipping back in the january sales...
hopefully he would have given Niel Danns a chance. Come back to Colchester...Plz...
StevieG Col U

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