The ever revolving transfer door at St. Andrew’s has produced nine new signings so far this summer, which seems to have turned people’s attentions away from the takeover saga. It is generally accepted now that Lee Clark will be in charge of the team next season as he is plugging away working within the parameters set out to him.
I read a comment on a social media site today which read- “Clark made some great signings last summer but spent a year mismanaging them”. Whilst I agree that some of his tactical decisions and team selections were strange, sometimes farcical, I question whether the signings were ‘great’. Were they ‘great signings’ or were the best Blues could do in the current circumstances?
My optimism levels have slightly risen for next season after seeing some of the players bought in. I would rate most of the new players as better signings on paper than the players we bought in a year ago, and bar one, they are all permanent transfers. The acquisitions of Clayton Donaldson and Stephen Gleeson, in particular, offer me hope. But don’t mistake my hope for levels of unrealistic expectation. If offered to me now, I would snap your hand off for a safe mid-table finish. None of the last minute dramas that followed 46 games of despair. I would like to think I will have finger nails left come May 2015.