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.
Another weekend has gone by and another game without a win. As to be expected, there are fans on social media who are already calling for the head of Gianfranco Zola. TTA made a ballsy decision replacing Gary Rowett with Zola – will they be forced to make another one soon?
Birmingham City have had a busy week in the transfer window, securing three players on permanent deals to bolster their squad. Equatoguinean international right-back Emilio Nsue has been joined by Turkey international winger Kerim Frei and talented left-back Cheick Keita as Blues have gone continental in their purchases. Excitement levels have risen considerably – no small thanks to nature of these signings.
An accusation that has been levelled oft times at the respective boards of Birmingham City and Birmingham International Holdings has been a lack of communication towards the fans of the club. Since he has been involved Panos Pavlakis has been the face of the board and the task of talking to the fans has fallen on him.
The first inklings of what Blues will do in the transfer window were revealed today as news broke that Blues were bidding for Bakary Sako. The 28-year-old Crystal Palace winger is allegedly the subject of a £4million bid – an amount which dwarves anything paid for a player since Nikola Zigic in 2010.
A second defeat in two games for Birmingham City under Gianfranco Zola has magnified pressure on owners Trillion Trophy Asia. With the transfer window opening in a matter of days the onus is now on the Blues board to provide funding to reinvigorate the Blues squad.