Birmingham City CEO Ren Xuandong’s company Winning League are facing allegations of unpaid salaries and non-refunded tuition fees for cancelled classes at their Figo-branded academies across China.
In his first meeting with the press, Birmingham City CEO Ren Xuandong talked about how the owners of the club are looking at it as a long term project, outlining some of their ideas to improve the club in the future.
It’s safe to say that September could have been a better month. A humiliating 6-1 defeat at Hull City left Blues in 22nd place in the table and new boss Steve Cotterill facing some tough questions at his first press conference on Monday.
The search has started in earnest for Birmingham City’s 36th permanent manager. While Lee Carsley takes on the reins in the interim assisted by Paul Williams and club captain Paul Robinson, the board are looking for just who can turn around what has been a pretty dismal 12 months for Birmingham City.
Harry Redknapp was not a happy man after Birmingham City collapsed to a 2-0 defeat at home to Reading in the Championship. The result left Blues lying in 20th heading into the first international break of the season, with only four days left in the transfer window to bring in new players.
In the aftermath of Birmingham City’s friendly defeat against Swansea, Harry Redknapp spoke of a need to finalise transfers if the squad is to compete for promotion. Birmingham City have added just four players this summer with one of those – Craig Gardner – already on loan previously.
Birmingham City reported on their official website that the Academy’s u14 team have gone to China to play in the Beijing International Schools Cup. The website confirms that the Board of Directors of the club have arranged the trip which “signifies the intent of the of the Board and the Club owners to promote and showcase the Academy programme”.
Birmingham International Holdings is soon to be no more. Well, that’s maybe a dramatic statement – but the change of name to Birmingham Sport Holdings was approved by shareholders yesterday.
Communications has moved on a long way in the last few years for football clubs. With the plethora of social media that has become available it’s much easier for clubs to communicate directly with their fans without the need for the press. However, the flip-side is that it’s much easier for fans to air their disgruntlement right back as Blues are finding.
As announced to the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, the board of directors of Birmingham International Holdings will meet on Monday February 27 to discuss and approve interim accounts for the company for the period ending December 31, 2017. While the announcement of a profit warning gives us some idea of what those accounts will look like, the bigger question is if the finances of the company will be the only thing discussed at board level.