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Graham Hyde backs Blues to improve

Graham Hyde during his Blues playing days.

It’s a fantastic Club, everyone pulls themselves together and there’s got to be an improvement on where they are now.

Graham Hyde

Graham Hyde has urged Blues to stick together.

And it’s a claim that has come straight from the Wast Hills training pitches. 

“It’s a tough time, obviously for the First Team, but it’s a time where everyone’s got to stick together as tough as that maybe,” said the 47-year-old.

“Every player goes on runs where you find it difficult to win, so it’s a time to stick together, work even harder and do the basics well.”

Hyde, who lives locally, returned to the Club in July after spells as manager at Redditch United, Boston United and AFC Telford. 

The former central midfielder has taken up a position within the Birmingham City Community Trust’s Football and Education Programme working alongside Kevan Broadhurst, Dele Adebola and Jae Martin. 

Open to Year 12 students, the course is designed to give junior footballers a platform to not only improve their footballing ability but also one in which enables them to study towards a qualification in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport.

“Out in the fresh air, coaching football, joining in from time to time - it’s fantastic,” Hyde added. 

“They’re a good group of young people to work with, they do give something back to the Programme as well and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.”

Hyde’s familiarity with the Club was another reason for the Yorkshire man to return.

The tough tackler, who made a total of 57 appearances, experienced a bittersweet three-year spell between 1999 and 2002. 

Starting at Sheffield Wednesday, where he reached an FA Cup final, Hyde joined Blues to help Trevor Francis’ side get to the Premier League. 

But after two strong seasons Blues were left heartbroken due to Play-Off defeats to Watford and Barnsley, with Hyde leaving for Bristol Rovers the following campaign. 

“It’s a fantastic Club, everyone pulls themselves together and there’s got to be an improvement on where they are now,” Hyde confesses. 

“Every player goes on runs where you find it difficult to win and it almost feels that every game they lose, they dig themselves a little deeper.

“To be near the bottom of the Championship is not good enough for a Club of this size.

“I think the players in the squad and the calibre of the players is not a fair reflection. That’s what’s frustrating.

“It’s not easy, confidence will be low, but professionals have got to have that tough side to them and be able to pull through. 

“I’m sure they’ll pull it round.”

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