With the summer transfer window due to open on Thursday May 17, the topic of Financial Fair Play is still a thorny one online. In the absence of any official information from either the EFL or from the club there is still a question as to where Blues stand with respect to FFP.
Over 27,600 fans were at St Andrew’s on Sunday to watch Birmingham City retain their Championship status with a 3-1 win over Fulham. Included in that number was Birmingham Sports Holdings chairman and BCFC director Zhao Wenqing, who watched from the Director’s box alongside CEO Ren Xuandong.
Not long before Birmingham City ensured their safety from relegation from the Championship, rumours broke on Twitter that Blues were facing sanction from the EFL due to breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
Once again, Birmingham City enter the last game of a season unsure of which division they will spend the next season in. While the situation is not quite as desperate as it has been in previous seasons, defeat to Fulham could ensure Blues go down to the third tier for the first time since the 1994/5 season.
A comeback 2-1 victory over Sheffield United leaves Birmingham City two places and five points above the dropzone, with just three games left for Barnsley to save themselves. An early Mark Duffy goal gave the lead to the blades but a first goal for the club for Marc Roberts and a one-on-one goal from Jacques Maghoma ensured the points stayed at St Andrew’s.
Reports have emerged in the Chinese language media in Hong Kong that Trillion Trophy Asia owner Paul Suen Cho Hung has bought the second most expensive house in Hong Kong for a figure of around HK$1.6billion (approx. £143million).
Three games, three wins, three clean sheets. It’s safe to say happy times are here again at St Andrew’s and while worries of relegation are nowhere near completely gone there is once again a feeling that Blues will be safe.
The current international break has been a quiet one for Blues. The positivity generated from the recent changes at the top seem to have given fans hope not just for the remainder of this season but also that things are more likely to improve in the long term.
Birmingham City ended a run of seven consecutive defeats with a convincing 3-0 victory over fellow strugglers Hull City. Goals from Jota (2) and Adams were enough to complete a first victory for Garry Monk while the defence held out for their first Championship clean sheet in 11 games.
One of the more interesting things to emerge for me during the managerial change at Birmingham City last week was the number of Blues fans who were unsure as to who could actually make the decision to remove Steve Cotterill. With this in mind, I’ve put together this article outlining the Birmingham City board in full to try to offer a better insight into just who wields the power.