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I don't know how anyone else feels, but I kinda like the way Blues are right now. We ain't winning much, but at least we have an identity. Sounds like Yeung plans to hand the club over to China and use it as a springboard to launching Chinese soccer on a major league.
I have yet to see a Chinese player that is worth a place even in a league 2 side. Perhaps that is what Mr Yeung has in mind. I really hope David and Karen reverse their decision to move on if the takeover takes place, but I can't see it now.
I will say here and now, I am watching this takeover with a heavy heart, I cannot see me being a big fan of these plan's. Perhaps it is also time for me to move on.
FAN FOR 44 YEARS !! How many more I can't say.
Looks certain they will leave, Matt....to Hammers ?...Don't know for sure. I thought it was the Golds that mentioned owning West Ham but maybe Sullivan and Brady...and the Golds joining them later? Cynical, but I'm not certain that the Golds stay will be for long...just till the boat gets steadied , then they will move on.
Know any Chinese phrases?
The scene is Wembley Stadium, 1995...Paul Tait has headed the winner against Carlisle...and running to the fans displaying his tee shirt....reading 'Sh^t on the Villa'...the ground is shaking to the chants of 'Gary Newbon is a (Merchant banker)..!! Thing's I will never forget...Barry Fry does the 200yard sprint punching the air, and almost has a heart attack in the process..
I was sitting 20 feet to the right and below David Sullivan, who was wearing a ridiculous but dazzling blue jacket I remember, and Karen Brady, 1st lady of Brum... when Laim Daish is presented with the Auto Windscreens Shield. The road back was on it's way after the Kumar debacle'..and Lou Macari's shame.....
Looks like David and Karen have done what they said they would do...they kept right on to the end of the road...until someone could take Blues to the next level.
I really hope Carson Yeung shows as much loyalty as David and Karen...
Still not happy about this.
Well said Tilton, I totally agree!
I remember the treck by bus and Ferry to come from Ireland to see Birmingham play teams like Mansfield town in the old 3rd division, with 7,000 supporters average at each match, we have a lot to thank, Sullivan, Gold & Brady for!
Crying Shame. I'd like to thank them for dragging the club out of the ashes, When the embers left from the Kumars regime were about to die forever....
I'd like to thank them for employing Barry Fry...my all time favourite manager...and the madness and fun he promoted...despite losing 4 -6 to Swindon after being 4 - 1 up !...although sacking him was questionable.
I'd like to thank them for the ground...even if it isnt finished....and the professionalism showed when it mattered.
Anybody want to add anything.?
"The board of Birmingham City FC notes that the offer document has now been published by Grandtop, with a first closing date of 6th October 2009, and if it is completed Karren Brady, CEO, has decided to leave the club along with the PLC Chairman, David Sullivan.
Since joining the club in 1993 Karren became the first lady of football and together with David Sullivan they have turned the Club's fortunes around. Karren took over as CEO of Birmingham City when the owner was in receivership and, in her first year at the helm, the Club recorded a financial trading profit. In 1996 the Club made an overall profit for the first time in modern history and in February 1997 the Club was launched on the Stock market making Karren the youngest managing director of a PLC in the UK. Karren has overseen the takeover of Birmingham City Football Club PLC to Grandtop valuing the club at £82m.
Karren said, "It was a hard decision for me to make to leave the Club after so long but with the new change in ownership I feel the time will be right for me to move on and pursue my other ventures. Grandtop have asked me to retain my position as CEO, but I honestly feel they must be allowed to stamp their own mark on the club and I believe that this is best done without the current board looking over their shoulder.
"I leave with very fond memories of the past 16 years; I arrived with David Sullivan in 1993 and I want to leave with him. Whatever he does in the future, you can rest assured I'll be standing by his side. We have been extremely successful at running the club together, setting the business standards that, if continued, will ensure the long term future and prosperity of this great club. David Gold has confirmed that he is remaining in his position as chairman so that he can continue doing the fantastic PR job he has done for us over the past 10 years for Grandtop.
"I would like to thank all the fantastic supporters for welcoming a 23 year old woman into the club, and sticking with me into middle age! Most importantly I thank my fabulous staff, who I shall miss immeasurably for their support, dedication and loyalty they have shown to me over the last 16 years."
David Sullivan added, "Karren and I have worked extremely hard to make Birmingham a bigger and better club over the past 16 years. Through some fantastic initiatives like 'Kids for a quid' we built the club from the ground up. I have worked tirelessly on bringing in the managers and players that have taken the club into the Premier League, as well as being involved on a daily basis in all aspects of the club's business. We have given 16 years of our life to Birmingham and are proud of what we have achieved.
"I intend to remain in football, so following the takeover I will be looking for a new challenge where my experience, my success and sound business acumen will make a difference.
"Finally, I wish the supporters well and hope that the new owners will be able to build upon the firm foundations we have laid for them."
- 2 Replies to Pikey
I would satay anyway, Steve...Blues are in my blood, but the way football in this country is going, the rich to 4/5 get richer and everyone else is picking up the scrap's and fighting for 17th spot every season...all seems a bit unbalanced to me...and now we have this bloke wants to turn us into a travelling Chinese circus...
WTF is that about....?