News that Birmingham will be deducted nine points as punishment for their breach of the Financial Fair Play rules, is a bitter-sweet pill for Blues fans.
The deduction will see Garry Monk’s side drop from the mid-table security of 13th, to 18th and a mere five points above Rotherham who occupy the last relegation spot.
Had the rumoured 12 points been taken away, the St Andrew’s side would have been just 2 points above safety, and as such, the punishment will be, bizarrely, something of a relief to supporters.
BBC Sport report that their understanding is that the transfer embargo will be lifted, and no fine will be imposed, a claim that is backed up by the Birmingham Mail and will be a relief to Monk, knowing that — should they avoid dropping into League One — he can wheel and deal in the summer to rebuild a squad to take the club forward.
With only eight games remaining, the five point cushion should be enough to see the Blues stay in the Championship, but with their next three games being a derby at fourth placed West Brom on Friday, followed by back-to-back home games against third placed Leeds and second placed Sheffield United, it still looks a perilous position.
On the plus side, however, after the upcoming daunting run, they still have struggling Ipswich, Rotherham, Wigan, and Reading to play — all of who still sit below them in the table, even after the deduction is imposed.
Many fans will feel as though they have been made an example of, and will question why the likes of several big-spending Premier League and other Championship sides, seem to escape similar punishments.
But when looking at the big picture for Birmingham, it is time for the players and manager to take a deep breath, unite together and move on.
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