On Wednesday Borussia Dortmund released an official update to confirm what has been one of the most dragged out and talked about transfers in recent times – the sale of Jude Bellingham to Real Madrid. The transfer has Blues fans excited due to the prospect of Birmingham City receiving a chunk of change due to a sell-on clause in his transfer to the German club.
While the work on the pitch is now done for the season, the work is now very much underway for Technical Director Craig Gardner and his recruitment team. The next few months are going to be crucial in getting a squad together which can offer the same positivity on the pitch the Shelby Companies takeover is offering off of it.
A hard fought 1-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday pushed Birmingham City into 16th place in the Championship, nine points clear of the relegation zone with just seven games left to play. While safety isn’t yet mathematically assured it looks increasingly likely that John Eustace’s team will have a much more relaxed run in than in recent years.
With no club matches to write about, the focus for football reporting has turned to the international scene and who might be on the plane to Qatar for the World Cup in November. Jude Bellingham is a name that is in the minds of many and despite the transfer window being months away we’re already being deluged by stories of who might be the next to buy his services.
As Blues head into the international break, things on the pitch feel better than they have done for a while. While Blues were unable to continue their run of wins at home to Coventry, there seems to be a very positive feeling around the way the team is playing and optimism that it will improve further.
In the final part of my series of articles based on my trip to Cambodia in March 2022, I have taken a look into the elusive Mr King, Wang Yaohui. While Wang was born in China, I’ve previously published a copy of his Cambodian diplomatic passport in the name of Wan Sokha and mentioned his connections with businesses there. Were the rumours of his connections with Vong Pech true?
It’s a bipolar existence being a Birmingham City fan sometimes. On the pitch things look much improved and on Saturday the team scored five goals in the league for the first time in nearly six years in a thumping 5-0 win over Luton. Off the pitch, the rumour mill is in overdrive with whispers of financial meltdown doing the rounds in a vacuum of information.
Two consecutive days of share price rises have pushed the stock market capitalisation of Birmingham Sports Holdings to £378M as of close of play on Friday. It seems an insanely high figure for a company which makes the majority of its revenue via Blues. In today’s piece I’ve taken a deep dive into just what else BSH does to try to make some sense of what is happening.
It might be relegation worries for Birmingham City at St Andrew’s, but in the Hong Kong it’s very much business as usual for Birmingham Sports Holdings. The HKSE listed company announced to shareholders that it was revising its profit warning upwards to around £7m for the six months to December 31, 2020 – and this came on the back of a share price rise which now values the company at close to £320M.
As Birmingham City are now in the bottom three of the Championship, the more worried members of the fan base are talking about relegation and the implied financial Armageddon that comes with it. With this in mind I have written this piece to explain what Administration really is – and why it’s unlikely as things stand to happen to Birmingham City.