Rowett uses interesting Aston Villa analogy when summing up Birmingham’s season

Birmingham City are to meet Aston Villa in the Championship next season.

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett says the club’s supporters should look at Aston Villa and assess which team would be prouder after all-but missing out on a top six spot, Birmingham Mail report.

The Blues were well-placed in February to make a charge for the playoffs but a disappointing run of form has all-but ended their chances with only a handful of matches remaining.

Rowett’s side are ten points of Sheffield Wednesday in sixth with four games left, a situation which has prompted supporters to question whether this season has been one of success or not.

But former Burton Albion boss Rowett has urged supporters to look at rivals Aston Villa, and question themselves which club has had the prouder season and which club is heading in the right direction.

“If you are a Birmingham fan, do you look at our recent run of form and the disappointment of perhaps not making the play-offs,” Rowett told the Birmingham Mail.

“Or do you look at which team in our city would be the prouder of the season and which team would be the prouder of where we hope we are going.”

“Yes we are disappointed, yes we are frustrated because we couldn’t make more of the great position we were in in February - but at the same time we are still doing pretty well and we are still pretty proud of what we have done so far.”

Birmingham have endured plenty of off-field problems in recent seasons, yet Rowett has done a great job in cutting down the wage bill while at the same time improving the performances on the pitch.

The Blues can have every reason to feel they are heading in the right direction, while neighbours Villa on the other hand are facing the prospect of potentially spiralling out of control.

The Villains have endured relegation for the first time since the eighties and with a bloated squad full of high-earners and unmotivated players, things could ultimately get worse before they get better.

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