One of the focal points of the coverage of Blues’ return to pre-season training has been Jude Bellingham. The 15-year-old attacking midfielder has featured prominently in imagery and videos posted by the club on social media as they look to showcase their homegrown talent.
Now that the dust has settled on the sacking of Garry Monk and the players have returned for testing ahead of pre-season training, transfers are once again becoming the focus of Birmingham City fans. Will Blues be spending big? Can they spend big?
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.
Garry Monk has been sacked as manager of Birmingham City Football Club. In an announcement made on the official website it was confirmed the 40-year-old manager had parted company with Blues in a decision the board of directors believes are in the best interests of the club.
In the fallout from everything that happened on Thursday one of the most common questions I’ve been asked what I know about the motives of the owners of Birmingham City.
On Thursday I tweeted that I, along with the guys from We Are Birmingham, had heard the relationship between manager Garry Monk and Ren Xuandong had become very fractious and that Monk’s continued role at the club has come into question.
Documents from Companies House confirm that a new subsidiary of Birmingham Sports Holdings has been created in the UK in the last fortnight which looks to be specifically to complete the sale of the stadium. This confirms previous thoughts that the club were looking to make moves to improve its standing for P&S purposes.
Derby County escaped sanction under the EFL Profit and Sustainability Rules by selling their stadium to another company owned by their owner Mel Morris. The sale and subsequent long term lease back ensured that the Rams made a profit last season and did not fall foul of the rules in the same way Blues did. Should Blues do the same thing with St Andrew’s?
The football season might be coming to an end but the transfer season is just about to begin. The last two summers have been somewhat chaotic for varying reasons – is it just possible that this year will see a modicum of common sense and Blues building in a constructive and proper way?
Birmingham Sports Holdings confirmed a couple of board room changes to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange yesterday. The announcement confirmed that Anita Chan Yuk Yee, who was both executive director and company secretary of the holding company has been replaced.