It’s been a strange old week for Blues in the media. Less than seven days after taking a verbal beasting from callers on the Radio WM phone-in, Richard Wilford managed to record and broadcast an interview with Blues CEO Ren Xuandong. The 15 minute interview covered a range of topics and offered fans a small insight into the thoughts of Ren.
What started off tentatively with a gif in response to a question from grime star Jaykae seems to have morphed into a semblance of communication from the powers that be. Although it’s still not much more than gifs right now, Blues CEO Ren Xuandong took the time out of his day on Bank Holiday Monday to get new signing George Friend to pass on a nice message to a Blues fan stuck in hospital.
Do Not Want. Three words encapsulated in GIF format in reply to Brummie grime musician Jaykae’s plea to “splash the cash” made up the first non-official website communication from Blues CEO Ren Xuandong in six months. Is this a beginning of a social media rapprochement between Ren and Blues fans?
Blues fans on social media were once again driven into a frenzy of speculation after club director Edward Zheng Gannan made massive changes to his Twitter account, removing all trace of Birmingham City and wiping all tweets. Was this move prelude to an announcement of a board-level departure.
Birmingham City’s midweek away trip to Hillsborough was spiced up by some social media shenanigans on Tuesday afternoon. After a spiky conference where Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk took aim at his former no 2 and current Blues Caretaker Head Coach Pep Clotet, Birmingham City’s Twitter account returned fire with an equally spicy tweet.
With no independent media sources on Blues’ current trip to Portugal, fans are increasingly reliant on the official club media channels for news on what is happening. While it’s good to hear news directly from the source, judging by the replies to recent posts there seems to be an increasing feeling that it’s not enough.
Blues CEO Ren Xuandong spoke to the press for the first time since October 2017 in the wake of sacking Garry Monk. In two explosive interviews with the Daily Mail and the Times, Ren explained that the conduct of Monk’s agent James Featherstone was instrumental in the sacking of the popular manager.
Che Adams was emphatic in his goal celebrations at the weekend that he was staying at St Andrews. Having netted his 16th league goal of the season, Adams matched Clayton Donaldson’s haul from the 2014-15 season with only Marlon King having scored more in the last 15 years. However, that joy was tempered by news from the Times that Blues were in trouble for not selling Che.