BCFC: Open House Reflections Part I

It’s been a couple of days since the Blues Open House event was held and much has been shared online by various attendees. The event appears to have been a success and the general mood online has been one of happiness with what has been achieved so far and excitement for what is to come in the future.

BCFC: Open House Overview

On Monday evening Birmingham City held their inaugural “Open House” session, outlining future strategy to more than 100 fans present. Various senior management staff gave talks on how departments were looking to progress following the takeover by Knighthead, while Club Chairman Tom Wagner and Garry Cook also gave keynote speeches.

BCFC: Stick or Twist?

Another weekend, another defeat. Saturday saw Blues lose 3-1 away to Sunderland, pushing the club down to the familiar situation of 18th place in the table. As to be expected, the reaction online has become ever more toxic with more fans insisting that Wayne Rooney and even Blues CEO Garry Cook must go.

Editorial: The Cook Report

As expected after a weekend of rumour, John Eustace parted company with Birmingham City on Monday morning, followed by his assistant head coaches Matt Gardiner and Keith Downing on Tuesday evening. While at the time of writing Wayne Rooney has yet to be named as successor, it is only a matter of time before the former Derby County and DC United head coach takes over at St Andrew’s.

BCFC: Political Pressure

In recent times, when Birmingham City’s owner has appeared on the front page of the Financial Times it’s been as the harbinger of bad news. However, times have changed since Shelby Companies Limited have taken charge at St Andrew’s and Tom Wagner’s picture on the front of the FT was all about Blues challenging the authorities for the right reasons.

The Takeover: The Knighthead MO

Prospective new owner of Birmingham City Tom Wagner was featured on a Bloomberg “Masters in Business” Discussion on Youtube on Thursday, talking with other hedge fund founders about how the business works.

BCFC: The Grand Entrance

While the Blues season petered off to a 17th placed finish thanks to a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United, the attention of most fans was focused on matters off it. Confirmation that sale and purchase agreements have been signed was just the news that fans had been hoping for and the mood around the pubs pre-match was as happy and uplifting as it could be.

BCFC: A New Dawn

Birmingham City have confirmed on the official club website that Sale and Purchase Agreements have been exchanged between Shelby Companies Limited and BSH, Oriental Rainbow Investments Ltd and Achiever Global Group Ltd which will see SCL own 45.64% of the club along with St Andrew’s Stadium.

BCFC: Knighthead, Hedge Funds and a Potential New Stadium

Saturday was not a great day for Blues fans. On the pitch, the team struggled to create chances in a 1-0 scrappy defeat to Blackpool at St Andrew’s. Off the pitch, news surrounding potential backers of the Often Partisan consortium brought more questions than answers.

BCFC: American Investor Revealed?

Late on Thursday night, Bloomberg reported that American hedge fund manager Tom Wagner is nearing a deal to buy a stake in Birmingham City. This led to a huge amount of talk online among Blues fans about who Wagner is and what this means in regard to the Often Partisan Limited bid.