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INTERVIEW: "Thank You For Your Support Wholeheartedly.”

The manager talks St Andrew's and the supporters...

2 August 2019

The Sky Blues begin their 2019/20 League One campaign this weekend, as they take on Southend United at St Andrew’s.

The fixture will be the first for City at St Andrew’s following the groundshare agreement for the upcoming campaign.


Sky Blues boss, Mark Robins spoke about the mindset of playing at Birmingham and ensuring his side will be competitive this season.

He said: “The challenges we’ve been given have been unprecedented and there are significant challenges for me as a manager and for us as a football club trying to get people to watch us and be interested in what we’re doing.

“If we can stick together in adversity, I think we can have a really good season this year.

“Alongside that we have to look at what other teams are doing - there’s a lot of money which has been spent in this division and teams are looking to get up to the next level.

“We enter the season still not finished in terms of the squad I want, and we have to adjust our sights and move forward, but ultimately it’s about tomorrow and that challenge against Southend.

“We will be competitive there’s no doubt about it, it’s just where we can finish and develop throughout the season.

“We can let it be a disadvantage playing at Birmingham if we let it be, but it’s all about mindset, because we can just get on with it because we have a patch of grass we want to go out and perform on.”

The Sky Blues have currently sold 3,000 season tickets for the new season which gets underway on Saturday against Southend United.

Including ticket sales elsewhere, the attendance currently stands at just under 5,000, with more than 24 hours still remaining.

Robins admitted he understands the situation supporters are in, in terms of travelling to St Andrew’s, but is thankful to all those making the trip.

“I think people make their own decisions whether they’re going to come and support the players, myself and the staff or not.

“I understand the logistical challenges that people have, but at this moment we’re at 3,000 season ticket holders, which is down on last year which has a negative impact on turnover, which limits what we can do compared to last year and what we can do with the squad.

“However, that’s the hand we’ve been dealt, if people want to come watch us then brilliant and whoever is coming tomorrow - fantastic and thank you for your support whole heartedly.”

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