Saturday saw Fulham complete their return to the Premier League after winning the playoff final at Wembley. While the Cottagers can now go forward with plans to spend and improve their team, the losing team are stuck with another year in the second tier despite bold hopes this season. Is this finally the time for the Birmingham Power Shift (© H-Bomb of SHA) to kick in?
When Trillion Trophy Asia owner Paul Suen Cho-hung finally took control of Birmingham Sports Holdings in October 2016, he committed to not selling his stake in the holding company for a two-year period. With that period elapsing in less than six months, what does the future hold for BSH?
With the transfer window opening as of midnight on Thursday, clubs in English league system can now buy and sell players again. However, that situation may be complicated in the Championship as this website has learned that as more than a dozen Championship clubs have been found to be in breach of FFP regulations.
With the summer transfer window due to open on Thursday May 17, the topic of Financial Fair Play is still a thorny one online. In the absence of any official information from either the EFL or from the club there is still a question as to where Blues stand with respect to FFP.
Over 27,600 fans were at St Andrew’s on Sunday to watch Birmingham City retain their Championship status with a 3-1 win over Fulham. Included in that number was Birmingham Sports Holdings chairman and BCFC director Zhao Wenqing, who watched from the Director’s box alongside CEO Ren Xuandong.
Not long before Birmingham City ensured their safety from relegation from the Championship, rumours broke on Twitter that Blues were facing sanction from the EFL due to breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
Once again, Birmingham City enter the last game of a season unsure of which division they will spend the next season in. While the situation is not quite as desperate as it has been in previous seasons, defeat to Fulham could ensure Blues go down to the third tier for the first time since the 1994/5 season.