For the first time in nearly two years, Birmingham City came from a losing position to win a game. A 90th minute equaliser from Lukas Jutkiewicz and an injury time winner from Auston Trusty ensured won 4-3 at Swansea, snapping a five-match losing streak. Off the pitch however, the shenanigans of the last few years don’t seem to be ending any time soon.
With news breaking of a new takeover bid at Birmingham City, there have been questions from fans arising from the ongoing EFL investigation into Wang Yaohui (aka the elusive Mr King), and the issues it may cause a potential takeover.
On Friday afternoon Matt Slater of the Athletic reported that Jeremy Dale was the front man for a consortium holding talks with Birmingham City for what was described as an investment deal.
One of the main problems that I’ve seen this season with the Blues team is the continued reliance on loan players. I’ve long had a feeling that this short-term solution was part of what was causing the boom/bust cycle the club have been going through on a yearly basis and rather than just relying on gut instinct, I thought it would be a good idea to quantify it.
Birmingham City released a statement on Wednesday evening confirming that talks had been initiated between a shareholder and a third party over an investment in both St Andrew’s Stadium and the club.
Saturday saw another dispirited display from Birmingham City on the pitch continuing what is an alarming slump in form. Off the pitch, anger started to boil over from fans with many confronting the directors area to demand Hong Kong parent company Birmingham Sports Holdings Ltd sells the club.
A heavy 4-2 defeat to Bristol City on Saturday has left Birmingham City not only 18th in the Championship table, but has massively increased concerns of relegation among some fans. This lack of form coupled with the collapse of the Maxco “takeover” and news from the far east that BSHL do not wish to sell has in turn caused the idea of protest to once again be spoken out loud.
Birmingham Sports Holdings held their annual general meeting on Friday 30 December at the United Centre in Admiralty, Hong Kong. As a shareholder in the company, I flew to Hong Kong to attend the meeting to ask questions about whether BSH were looking to sell their 75% stake in Birmingham City plc.
Birmingham City came down to earth with a bump on Tuesday evening following a 3-0 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor. Victory would have seen John Eustace’s men climb to fifth in the table; however the loss means that Blues lie in 15th place at the bottom of a pack of 11 teams separated by just three points.
Both Birmingham City and Hong Kong parent company Birmingham Sports Holdings released statements on Wednesday confirming the end to negotiations with Maxco Capital Ltd. Both of the statements made took a somewhat “bitter ex” theme, with the wording suggesting it was incumbent owners who terminated talks rather than Maxco.