Maik backing Blues in their 'cup finals'

Former Blues favourite Maik Taylor
Former Blues favourite Maik Taylor.

It starts again at the weekend, the first of four cup finals to the end of the season.

Maik Taylor

Former favourite Maik Taylor is backing Blues to retain their Championship status.

The ex-goalkeeper says matters are more optimistic under new Manager Garry Monk.

Whilst the Bristol City defeat was a blow - ending Blues four-game unbeaten stint - and Wolves are looming on the horizon, Taylor says Monk's men must and can continue in their recent vein of playing.

"Birmingham have given themselves a fantastic chance," said Taylor, who made almost 250 appearances for the Club between 2003-11.

"I remember doing an interview when there was a spell of games against teams in and around the bottom three, and they have come out strong in those fixtures.

"There's been the managerial change as well, of course, and Birmingham can take lots of confidence from the performances in the games where Garry's been at the helm.

"Certainly there's more hope and more of a chance than there was a few games ago.

"Bristol City was a disppointment. But they can look forward with a lot of optimism and belief. More so than previously.

"It starts again at the weekend, the first of four cup finals to the end of the season."

Taylor, the Northern Ireland goalkeeper coach who still lives in the area, knows of Blues boss Garry Monk - and likes his style.

Their connection goes back to Southampton.

"I had signed for Southampton, straight into the First Team, I had come out of the Army late," Taylor recalled.

"Garry was in the youth team there. Darryl Flahavan was there as well.

"He was captain. You could really see the leadership qualities at that young age.

"I was only there for one year and then I went off to Fulham and Kevin Keegan.

"It has been interesting to watch his career develop.

"You saw he had ability as a player, but his leadership qualities were fantastic too.

"So far it's so good, results have picked up under him and it's a happy camp at the minute."

Taylor agrees that Blues need a period of stability under a manager of Monk's ilk.

"Absolutely. First and foremost we have to stay in the Championship, however that happens.

"That's the main aim then the rebuilding process can begin the summer."