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Survey results see Blues fans send board demand
Despite Aitor Karanka’s appointment, the questions and doubts remain at Birmingham City.
Two EFL charges in as many seasons, perennial struggles against the drop to League One, with boardroom discontent coming closer and closer to spilling over.
The final game of Blues’ Championship season, was played amidst an air of tension, despite St Andrew’s remaining unoccupied for the defeat to Derby County.
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Increasingly frustrated fans protested outside of the stadium, while events on the pitch followed the wretched pattern that had set in post lockdown.
Ultimately Blues remain a Championship team. But that hasn’t stopped another summer of confusion and concern.
Before Karanka’s appointment at the end of July, BirminghamLive asked almost 4,500 loyal fans to answer the all-important question…what is it going wrong at Birmingham City?
Here are the results
Duo put in the yards
City midfielders Dan Crowley and Gary Gardner have been getting themselves ahead of the game as they carry out training drills ahead of Blues’ return to pre-season training.
The squad, who will be overseen by new boss Aitor Karanka, are set to report for pre-season training later this month after a break, following the long-winded 2019-20 campaign that was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
And Crowley and Gardner plan on returning in ship shape after the lay-off judging by the training drills they’ve been taking part in and sharing via social media.
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Toral hoping for another shot
Jon Toral is a free agent, looking for his next move – and the former Blues loanee would love another crack at the Championship.
Spaniard Toral, who spent the 2015-16 campaign on loan at St Andrew’s where he shone under Gary Rowett in the number ten role, scored eight goals in 36 league appearances for Blues, while borrowed from Arsenal.
For the last three years, he’s been at Hull City, who recently suffered relegation to League One; it coincided with the end of Toral’s contract in East Yorkshire and he was released along with a number of other senior players as the Tigers sought to trim the wage bill.
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Toral, who has also had loan spells with Rangers and Granada since he last ran out for Blues, is now eyeing another shot in the English second tier having returned, for the time being, to Barcelona.
Still just 25 years old, Toral hopes the difficult challenges he’s faced at Hull will prepare him well for whatever lies ahead.
“This is football, you never know,” Toral told HullLive, when asked about his future. “I am open to anything. I am a free agent now so I am open to anything in the world.”