Birmingham City fans have a brilliant new chant – and it involves Harry Redknapp
Birmingham City fans have conjured up a new chant to salute St Andrew’s saviour Garry Monk – and have a cheeky pop at his predecessors.
Blues’ misery continued last night when they twice blew a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
It was a fifth Championship defeat in a row and came after the cub were deducted nine points for breaking financial rules.
Even so, the travelling Bluenoses who made the short trip to Sandwell were in fine voice in the Smethwick End.
And they enjoyed a rendition of a new chant which pays tribute to Monk, and aims a dig at Harry Redknapp and Steve Cotterill.
It references the spending spree Blues went on under Redknapp’s management in the summer of 2017 and the struggles they had when Cotterill took over as boss months later.
Monk has come in and brought renewed belief to Blues, who were challenging for the play-offs until the recent dip in form and points penalty.
To the tune of Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus, the Blues fans chanted: ‘We’ve got Garry Monk, Super Garry Monk, I just don’t think you understand. Harry spent the lot, Cotterill lost the plot, we’ve got Super Garry Monk.’
Last night’s painful derby defeat leaves Blues five points above the Championship relegation zone ahead of today’s fixtures.
MINI MATCH REPORT
Albion twice came from behind to take a thrilling local derby against Birmingham City.
Blues went ahead through Gary Gardner and Lukas Jutkiewicz – but were pegged back by Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez.
And it was a Jake Livermore piledriver, his second of the season which won the day.
Garry Monk made two changes to the team which lost to Preston.
Maxime Colin was recalled after injury while David Davis stepped in for Maikel Kieftenbeld.
James Shan opted to bring in Livermore for Stefan Johansen in the Baggies midfield.
And it was the visitors who struck first, ending a six hour wait for a goal when Gardner headed home Connor Mahoney’s seventh minute corner.
Gayle had Albion’s best chance of the opening period – seconds before the end but he misjudged Chris Brunt’s corner and nodded on to the roof of the net.
The West Brom striker made no mistake with his next chance though – just two minutes after the restart.
Holgate won a free kick on the right, Brunt flighted it perfectly and Gayle glanced home his 17th of the season.
Blues restored their lead just before the hour when Mahoney sent over another corner which Jutkiewicz converted for his first since November.
The advantage lasted mere minutes though as Mahoney tripped Conor Townsend on the left of the area and Rodriguez stepped up to send Lee Camp the wrong way.
And the Baggies were head when Livermore hammered a half-volley from the edge of the area straight through Camp with a quarter of an hour to go.