Chatting to the Birmingham Mail after losing 1-0 at home to struggling Wigan Athletic, Birmingham City manager Gianfranco Zola expressed his anger towards his under-performing group of players. The usual calm Italian also said he was ‘p***** off with everybody’ after their dreadful run of form continued.
Zola had hoped the recent away victory at local rivals Wolves would reignite their season once again, but they have lost their next two games since then, most recently to lowly Wigan on Tuesday night. The Blues have now only won three matches since November 2016, leaving Birmingham just seven points above the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone.
The former Watford and West Ham United boss once again applauded the supporters and understood their frustrations during this time, but directed all of his anger towards his team, who are not doing enough in his opinion,
“I have got a lot of anger inside. I hope the players have the same because we need to perform better. If we want to play for this club we need to be better.
“This club is not going to wait for me, it’s not going to wait for the players if they don’t want to stand up to the situation. We need to change, otherwise they are going to change us.
“If some of the supporters feel the manager needs to change I understand that. I totally understand that. They are staying behind us, they are staying behind me and so far I haven’t given them what I promised to give them.
“I feel sorry for that because to be honest they have always been very supportive. I can only be appreciative to them considering the situation and I feel we have to give something more than we do.
“I am p****d off with everybody. I cannot point the finger at one player, a lot of players didn’t play to their standard.”
Birmingham travel to the Cardiff City Stadium to face Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City on Saturday as they look to turnaround their fortunes. Zola said it was ‘too early to say something like that’ when asked if he was considering resigning as manager but accepts his responsibility for results.