Blues left reeling by another break-up

By Chris Quinn on Jun 7, 12 07:39 PM in Birmingham City FC

As Chris Hughton sat in the Carrow Road press conference room this afternoon being unveiled as Norwich City's new manager, it all felt a little surreal. His blue-and-white striped tie had been replaced by the Canaries' gold shimmer and he was talking about his new club with an excitement and sense of purpose.

To me, it felt like seeing your wife with her new man - having left you the day before.

She retained the class she had shown throughout your relationship, praising your time together and wishing you all the best now she had moved on. Your whirlwind year was over. Your heart had been broken and now you had to sit through the anguish of seeing her alongside her new partner.

It is a feeling Blues fans have got used to in the past couple of years. Indeed, it was only last summer that your last marriage had collapsed. It had been a turbulent three years, full of ups-and-downs, but she had given you the best day of your life in London in February 2011. That was the day you connected the most, the day you were most appreciative of what you had. It was the football version of your wedding day.

However, it was not long before things started to turn sour. You did not even get chance to go on your honeymoon across Europe, booked in the aftermath of that day in February. You battled through to the summer, but it all ended in tears, ironically, in London. Then came the hammer blow. Not only had she left you, but she had moved in with that bloke down the road just to rub it in your face. (You know the one? He who dated that really attractive girl over 30 years ago now - yet continues to throw it in your face at every given opportunity? Well yeah, it was him.)

You replaced her with a girl you had met up in Newcastle. She had been unfairly dumped by her ex and you took her in - unsure of what to fully expect. You took her away on the European honeymoon you had already booked and had one of the best nights of your life in Belgium. It was a whirlwind romance and you could not believe someone had managed to make such an impact in your life in just one year.

'Him down the road' (HDTR) on the other hand was finding out that all was not rosy with your first wife. It had turned sour and he admitted it was not what he had anticipated. They split up after just a year together and she scampered back to her homeland of Scotland. This was your turn to be smug, you spent the summer mocking HDTR, claiming you had got the better deal from the outset.

However, it was not long before he bagged another Scottish partner. Apparently, he had been away down in Norfolk when they met and he brought her back to Birmingham - stealing her from her partner in East Anglia. You looked on with admiration, he had done well to have attracted such a partner - but you were always happy with what you had back home.

Unfortunately, déjà vu was lurking around the corner. The new single man in East Anglia had taken a shine to your partner. He was of a higher class than you and you feared that your partner could be tempted to stray. You had financial difficulties, meaning that she was not sure whether she was secure with you. You had problems with commitment and she was beginning to get itchy feet. Therefore, it was no surprise when she eventually left for the man in Norfolk. A stable future, financial security and a chance to prove she once again belonged at the top table. Even you could not begin to blame her.

So where has that left you? The aforementioned financial worries mean you are not an attractive proposition to many potential partners. You could take a look at some of those who have been round the block a few times - but there are not many people you can envisage spending a prolonged amount of time with.

Maybe you should contemplate a dating ad? It would probably read something like:

A Football Club seeks a new partner. She must be good with developing youths, not dependent on money, attractive style and prepared to work hard.

It could be a long time before you stop swooning over your ex in Norwich and wondering what could have been.


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