Birmingham City fan Q&A: Sack Zola or we are doomed

Birmingham City manager Gianfranco Zola during the press conference

HITC Sport speaks to Birmingham City fan Marvin Grounds, who has been a supporter for 30 years.

General view of St Andrews stadium

Q: What have you made of your team’s start to the season?

A: All looked to be going well this season under Gary Rowett. Promotion might have been on the cards but it's all fallen away since then thanks to our daft ownership.

Q: What are your opinions on your manager?

A: Seems like a really nice bloke and I can see what he's trying to do with us but we just haven't got the squad for beautiful football. If we don't sack him I think we'll be doomed to get relegated. The club need to act now. 

Birmingham manager Gianfranco Zola

Q: What are your views on the board?

A: Not a fan at all. They haven't got the best interests of the club at heart I don't think and are more interested in getting a manager in that they can have a selfie with, rather than one that will get the best out of this team.

Q: Who is your favourite current player?

A: David Davis for me.

David Davis celebrates scoring the first goal for Birmingham City

Q: Who is your favourite ever player?

A: Michael Johnson for me. Great player and a leader.

Q: What has been your best memory of the club?

A: 2011 League Cup final. Will remember that Obafemi Martins goal forever.

Q: What has been your most disappointing moment?

A: Possibly relegation or the season under Lee Clark. We were awful. 

Q: What has been your most shocking moment?

A: Sacking Gary Rowett. Worst decisions this club has made in years. And there's been a few to choose from.

Birmingham City Manager Gary Rowett ahead of the match

Q: Describe the best goal you ever saw at your club’s home ground

A: Seb Larsson's goal where he ran from the halfway line. Beat about four or five players and slotted it into the net. 

Q: Which ground is your favourite away day?

A: Villa Park (Aston Villa).

Q: Who do you consider to be the club’s biggest rival and why?

A: Aston Villa. No question. Davis' goal against them was my moment of the season. 

David Davis celebrates scoring the first goal for Birmingham City

Q: Who do you feel has been the club’s best and worst summer signing?

A: Best has been Jutkiewicz. Worst has been Fabbrini. 

Q: Who is your one player to watch out for this season?

A: Kieftenbeld probably our most important player.

Q: Is there a particular youth player that excites you, and why?

A: Koby Arthur looks talented. As does young Dacres-Cogley. 

Blackburn Rovers' Sam Gallagher in action with Birmingham City's Josh Dacres-Cogley

Q: Where do you think the club will look to strengthen in the summer?

A: All over the shop but only if we get the money.

Q: Finally, what are your aims for this season, and where do you think your club will finish?

A: To stay up. Hurts to say that considering the start we had.

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