Financial Fair Play was put into place to try to even the playing field. It was a measure to stop clubs from overspending in a bid to reach the top flight and gain an unfair advantage against those who were frugal. It’s fair to say it’s not working.
In April EFL clubs agreed to a proposal that all clubs in the Football League would have to name a player who was “club-developed” in their matchday squad as one of seven “home-grown” players from the 2018-19 season.
Yesterday I talked about directorial changes at Birmingham City FC. Today I wanted to catch up on what has changed in Hong Kong – and how I think power is shifting away from the fragrant harbours to mainland China.
The summer has seen changes for both Birmingham City and Birmingham International Holdings. The latter went through a name change, becoming Birmingham Sports Holdings as the new regime look to move on from times of old.
The four month tenure of Gianfranco Zola as Birmingham City manager has come to an end, with the Italian resigning from him position following the 2-0 home defeat to Burton Albion. With just two wins in his short tenure Zola has to go down as one of the most disastrous appointments and he leaves Blues precariously above the relegation places.
Birmingham City sank further into the mire on Good Friday, conceding a late equaliser to Rotherham pulling them closer to the relegation mix. The match was marred by fights between fans in the stand and between players on the pitch after the final whistle. Surely, surely, something has to change?
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.
It’s been a while since I last wrote a piece on this blog. Being busy with work hasn’t helped, but I must confess I’ve got to the point where I’m just repeating myself. I know some see me as a voice of doom but I hate being negative – especially when I can’t see a solution.
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.
Defeat to Wigan Athletic left Birmingham City in 17th place, nervously looking over their shoulder at the positions below them. Judging by social media, fans who were up in arms are now rendered speechless by the calamity that has befallen the club. Once more, the club looks like a basket case.