Manager Search: How Much Do The Bookies Know?

It’s been a month now since Pep Clotet announced that he was leaving his role as Head Coach of Birmingham City. In the time since, there have been all manner of names mooted as his replacement, with the betting market changing rapidly. Do the bookies know anything that we don’t?

BCFC: Succession Management

A late Josh Onomah winner ensured that Blues horrendous run without a win continued at Craven Cottage on Saturday. With teams around Blues continuing to pick up points the pressure is starting to stack up and the vitriol towards Pep Clotet is getting louder.

Blues Women: The Tejedor Mistake

Kerys Harrop and Rachel Williams announced their departure from Birmingham City Women this week, adding to a post season exodus which has seen no less than 10 players leave in the close season. With no permanent head coach and a poor season saved by curtailment, the future seems bleak for Blues Women.

Editorial: Changes needed

Birmingham City crumbled to a 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town on Wednesday night at St Andrew’s. The defeat leaves Blues still only seven points above the relegation zone with Hull City to play Middlesbrough this evening. While it is likely that Blues are safe this season, bums around the second city are definitely starting to squeak.

HK: Suen Suffers Further Setback

Embattled Trillion Trophy Asia owner Paul Suen suffered another potential setback in Hong Kong last week. Suen, who is the largest shareholder in Birmingham Sports Holdings, quit his role as Non Executive Director at EPI Holdings (689:HK) after a shareholder revolt at the company’s AGM.

BCFC: Lame Duck Manager

Blues limped to their sixth draw in eight league games at St Andrew’s on Saturday against Hull City. A woeful first half saw Blues 2-0 down in quick order, and even though Gary Gardner and Dan Crowley managed to pull Blues level within 15 minutes of the restart it took a late Gardner header for Blues to snatch a point.

Bellingham: Contracts and Fees

June 29 sees Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham turn 17 years old and become eligible to sign professional terms with the club. Ironically, while Bellingham will in theory be able to properly commit his future to the club, his signing of a professional deal will more than likely herald the end of his career at St Andrew’s as other clubs swoop for his services.

BCFC: The Manager Search

It’s only been a week since it was announced that Birmingham City Head Coach Pep Clotet is to step down at the end of the season and the rumour mill is in full flow. There have been a multitude of names already bounced around as potential successors to Clotet in the press and on social media.

BCFC: Manager #38 Come In, We Are Ready For You

Birmingham City confirmed on Monday morning that Head Coach Pep Clotet is to leave the club at the end of the 2019/20 season. The announcement on the official website confirmed that Clotet is to step down and that the club have agreed to allow the Catalonian coach to “pursue other coaching opportunities”.

The Elusive Mr King Part VII

Previously on this website I’ve written an occasional series of articles regarding Wang Yaohui or “Mr King”. In the last few months I’ve been looking at Wang’s business dealings in the UK to understand fully his modus operandi and wealth.