News broke this afternoon on Twitter that three members of the senior management team at Birmingham City have left the club. John Percy of the Telegraph reported in a tweet that chief financial officer Roger Lloyd, financial controller Gary Moore and club secretary Julia Shelton have all left St Andrew’s.
On Thursday evening the EFL and Birmingham City Football Club released a statement on their respective websites confirming that Kristian Pedersen was now registered as a player and that the transfer embargo was ended. After a fairly long summer of waiting, is this now happily ever after as far as the whole embargo thing is concerned?
Public statements appear to be like buses – we don’t see anything for ages and then boom two follow each other in a matter of minutes on Monday. Statements from an EFL spokesman and the club on their official website confirmed what we have known for some time – that Blues are embargoed and are at an impasse with respect to sorting it out.
The pressure on Birmingham City CEO Ren Xuandong has really ratcheted up in the last couple of days after Birmingham City boss Garry Monk finally broke his silence on the transfer embargo. Monk spoke to the press following the open training at St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium on Wednesday to confirm his hopes that the embargo would be lifted soon.
Another week rolls around and Birmingham City appear to be no closer to achieving a resolution in their current transfer embargo. With the season drawing near this has caused some fans to panic online – but are their fears founded?
As the foofaraw about the transfer embargo rumbles on into a second week, Blues fans seem to be divided between those who are confident it will be all over soon and those who think the embargo is the end of the world.
A week has passed since news broke of Birmingham City being placed under a transfer embargo with no news of any change. With the transfer deadline now 24 days away, what needs to happen for Birmingham City to be released from this period of limbo?
Despite the club announcing his arrival on the official website on June 25, this website can today confirm that Danish left-back Kristian Pedersen is not in fact registered as a Birmingham City player. It is understood that the EFL have declined to allow Blues to register the full back as a player and have since placed the club under a transfer embargo.
With rumours flying around about the possible purchase of Lewis Grabban by Birmingham City from Bournemouth, the question of Financial Fair Play raises it’s ugly head again. However, the question isn’t so much about if Blues are breaking FFP rules now – but more to the point, does anybody care?
As clubs try to get to grips with tightening controls on spending due to FFP restrictions, the idea of selling naming rights to a stadium is one that has come to the fore. With Blues looking at additional ways to bring in revenue to the club, there are rumours of the possibility of naming rights for St Andrews being sold.