In recent weeks I’ve written about the problems surrounding the ownership of Birmingham City FC. In this article I wanted to look at issues that are closer to home and affect the day to day running of the club; specifically the club’s poor credit rating and debt issues to local suppliers.
It’s another morning after the day before, and it’s another inquest into an inept Blues performance and shocking home defeat. A slew of individual errors ensured Blues fell behind by three goals in quick time to Derby on Tuesday evening, with the Rams completing a comprehensive 4-0 victory to move out of the bottom three.
Birmingham City dropped a bombshell announcement on Monday evening, confirming that the club was looking to restructure the club’s Academy, replacing younger age groups with “B”and “C” teams in a model similar to that at Brentford. The club cited pressures such as Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic forcing them to revaluate the way the club recruited players.
Reports broke on Thursday that Birmingham City’s Academy Manager Kristjaan Speakman is in talks with League One outfit Sunderland to become their new Technical Director. Should Speakman leave it will end a 14 year association with Blues having joined the club as a coach from Derby County in 2006.
Following accusations made by various Portuguese coaches against Blues CEO Ren Xuandong in October 2017 regarding financial negligence, it can be exclusively revealed by this website that there are 14 current court orders issued from various courts in China against Ren in connection with his failed venture Winning League.
The Birmingham Mail reported on Sunday morning the departures of various staff from the club in a new round of redundancies. The departures from the backroom staff include Head of Media Colin Tattum, First Team PA Rita Greenaway and PA to the Board Suzanne Smith. While things on the pitch have improved so much, are things so positive behind the scenes?
Blues started the 2020/21 Championship season the same way they began the previous one; leaving Brentford manager Thomas Frank angry after beating his side 1-0 with a well-worked header. While there was almost certainly an element of luck in the victory at Griffin Park under Pep Clotet, this season’s curtain-raiser was much more deserved.
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.
Aitor Karanka’s first press conference as Birmingham City head coach was an ode to “sensible, reasonable things” as both the Spaniard and Blues CEO Ren Xuandong spoke of learning from mistakes and long-term futures. Is this the start of something beautiful at St Andrew’s?
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?