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  • I find it hard to comprehend the number of people that defend Jerome, he is supposed to be a striker, strikers score goals. During the 2010/11 season he scored 11 goals.
    The reason we were relegated was our lack of goals scored, a draw would have been enough to keep us up if we had scored more goals.
    Jerome was a pathetic excuse for a striker and I think the £5 million being mentioned is what we have to pay to get rid of him.
    Yes he should have been dropped around November and January we should have bought in a recognised striker, but alas this is The Blues and once again we have owners who are scared to speculate.
    They keep saying we have lost £25 million from being relegated, we get parachute payments, we are in the Europa Cup, if we progress (means spending) we will get TV money, so our revenue is better than some Premier teams.
    Ultimately the blame is with McLeish and his stubbornness to stick with Jerome.

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    • Nige, I'm with you,
      But here's the but again. . .
      But who played him there?
      But who told him his job was to chase into corners?
      But who told him to flick on to no-one?
      As we were really struggling to score Ek decided not to concede. 4-5-1.
      Because of injuries to our back line, it failed.
      When we played 4-4-2 we looked dangerous.
      With 4-5-1 we looked shite.
      Want to know what bothered me the most last season?
      When we played away against most teams we looked . . . how shall I put it . . . we looked scared to death. We really looked out of our depth which, as it turned out, we were.
      I want us to go away next season and attack. Go to win. Fcuk the 4-5-1 and have a go.
      Perhaps BigEck should employ a new advisor.
      Barry Fry comes to mind.
      They score four and we'll score five mentality.

    • The problem still remains, Steve, Jerome was bought as a goalscorer, after he scored 20 in a season at Cardiff. I thought we should have gone for Chopra instead at the time, but he went to Sunderland, and that was that...Jerome was SUPPOSED to score the goals, if not who was going to do that difficult task .? Ridgewell is more consistant and hes a centre back ! Phillips, Derbyshire and Martins didnt play anywhere near the same amount of games Jerome did, yet Philips was averaging a goal a game, Martins hardly played same as Derbyshire. Jerome converted 5 out of about 60 chances over the season. Andy Cole needed 5 shots per goal, but still managed to put a load away. Jerome needs 10-15 to score even one, and even then can somehow manage to put the ball over when a wide open net beckons as often proven.

      Jerome was never bought to be this link man, to lay off to others, because there was no others. Only Zigic proved his worth...Phillips kept the bench warm, Derbyshire was left at home, and Martins was on a meal ticket (IMO). Jerome was bought as a striker Steve, and Cardiff should be sued under the Trades Description Act, for selling an article not fit for the purpose. !

    • I agree that Jerome does not score any where near enough goals to be considered a "striker" Anybody can "work hard" but there has to be an end product.Many other strikers play lone roles up front and still score. Ecks persistence with him is unbelieveable he must see something we dont! £5m is a great offer and we should snap there hands off.
      He has gone as far as he can with us and needs to move on.


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      • Yes, the lone strikers do score,
        When they receive the correct service.
        Did anyone really expect him to suddenly start banging goals left right and centre?
        McLeish gave him a job, he did the job.
        As I said, even Rooney would struggle with a ball pinged in the air and no-one to play to or play off. Or a long ball down the channels and the next player still in their own half.
        Add the imminent signing of Mr King (reserved judgement) I feel those two would make a good Fizzy Pop pairing.

      • As far as I'm concerned, Cameron Jerome has been the reason we have gone down. He was supposed to score goals but hasn't a clue. Six months without a goal is THE reason we fell from the top division, keeping em out is one thing, but unless you rattle in a couple, then one point agame spells relegation. Marlon King ? Oh no.!..frying pan into fire springs to mind. Lock up you daughters too ! Im begining to think its a Birmingham thing, any good player has to lower his game to fit in with the Brum culture of snatching a defeat from the jaws of victory, But King ? He's 31...what was wrong with Kev P ??? One season contract would have seen him score enough goals in the NP to give us a realistic chance...Jerome or no Jerome.

        What a waste of time again !

    • BD,
      While I fully respect your views I still find it hard that you blame Jerome for our downfall.
      CJ was scoring the season before, as you rightly point out. The difference this season was McLeish never replaced Chucho. Those two formed a very good partnership.
      Eck's problem was failing to find a suitable replacement. Jerome is not prolific, his record since his first tentative steps onto a football pitch back that up. He is a link-up player. He will not score 15-20 a season.
      CJ is good at holding the ball up, flick-ons, and occasionally scoring a goal.
      Your second part of the post hits the nail on the head. McLeish's failure to see the blatantly obvious. Jerome up front on his own or chasing lost causes into corners will not reap goals. Even Wayne Rooney would fail to score from similar positions.
      I would not say McLeish was stubborn for playing Jerome, he had no other choice, he was however stubborn for not investing nearly enough on the attacking front.
      The Buck ultimately stops with BigEck. We refused to pay a bit extra for N'Zogbia's wages, we refused to find an extra million or two for Pavlyuchenko. We signed Derbyshire instead.
      In hindsight the board MUST take a shite load of the blame too, for not investing those few extra millions. It has probably cost them a £100 million instead.
      Our cloth is already being cut for life in the Fizzy Pop. Most of the top earners have already left, Phillips, Bowyer etc and McFadden is in talks.
      As for parachute payments, we get £48M over four years.
      We received £39,836,792 from TV rights (Manure got over £61M and Blackpool £24M). This drops to £3M.
      The three promoted sides received just over £15M each from placings and TV combined.
      If we do not get promotion in the first season I can see us being there for the next five or six years.