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Brighton 0-1 Birmingham

Brighton 0-1 Birmingham | bcfc | Scoop.it
Chris Burke's stunning first-half strike gave Birmingham City their first away win of the season at Championship leaders Brighton.
Blues boss Lee Clark was undoubtedly looking for a positive response from his side following their 5-0 defeat at Barnsley last time out.

 

He got just that as Burke's 25-yard strike in the 27th minute was enough to give the visitors all three points.
Despite the defeat, Brighton remain top of the table on goal difference.

 

Brighton had won their last five games in the Championship, but were sluggish from the outset against Birmingham.
The first chance of the game came in the 23rd minute as Stephen Dobbie's half volley from just outside the area flew past Jack Butland's left-hand post.

 

Birmingham opened the scoring four minutes later. Gordon Greer's clearing header only went as far as Burke, who smashed an unstoppable volley past the stranded Tomasz Kuszczak.
Brighton improved after the break but still struggled to carve out a clear-cut chance.

 

Dean Hammond failed to make a meaningful connection with a Dobbie cross when well placed, while a David Lopez free kick was headed away by the Birmingham defence.
Five minutes of stoppage time was shown at the end of the 90 minutes but Brighton could not break down a resolute Birmingham defence and suffered their first home defeat of the season.
Brighton & Hove Albion boss Gus Poyet told bbc Sussex:
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"You have to give credit to the way they defended. They were more compact and more solid, we had so many chances to create something, that we didn't, and we only have ourselves to blame.
"The problem was they scored first, so it was always a hurry and looking for that special something and we didn't have.
"We need special players to produce and offensive players to give something special and they tried hard but we didn't produce."

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Clark - I Apologise

Clark - I Apologise | bcfc | Scoop.it

Lee Clark offered an unreserved apology to the Blues fans after today’s heavy home defeat to Barnsley.
The St. Andrew’s boss held his hands up and admitted that his team’s performance was ‘not acceptable in any way’. Blues were ripped apart by a rampant Barnsley side with a five-goal blitz in the space of 23 second-half minutes inflicting the damage.

 

“There has got to be an explanation when something like that happens and I’ve got to say a huge apology from me as the leader to everyone connected with the football club – the supporters, people behind the scenes, the magnificent staff and everyone who has treated me so well so far,” said Clark.

 

“That performance was not acceptable in any way. I’ve said to the players that we were lucky to be 0-0 at half-time and we should have heeded the warning but we didn’t and it turned into an embarrassing performance. Losing any home game is bad enough but to lose by five goals on our own patch when we’ve got such a record here.

 

“The team are an extension of me and what that looked like today is no desire, no passion and the courage that you need to play for a big club with high expectations. I’ve got to accept responsibility but we win together, we lose together.

 

“I respect the players 100 per cent – I think of them as great players, top footballers and I’m at the top of the tree and I’ll lift them because there is a mutual respect in the dressing room. I haven’t gone in ranting and raving because then you just end up rowing and you get no sense out of each other.

 

“We talked candidly about it and we came to the conclusion that it wasn’t a performance worthy of the football club, the badge or what we’re about in the dressing room. We’ll have to change that and we will. We’ll work damned hard and I know we can get it right and be a successful team and management team at the football club.”

 

Clark insisted that he’d had no inkling from training this week that his team would produce such a poor performance come matchday. Although he admitted that several injuries in defence – David Murphy was added to the casualty list today as the full-back went off after 25 minutes with a hamstring injury – had not aided their cause.

 

He continued: “The training was excellent yesterday. The lads that are on the bench are working extremely hard and pushing the lads in the team, who knew they had to perform to keep their jersey but we were so flat from the first whistle. I don’t want to come out making excuses but you’re already without your two first-choice right-backs and then you lose your top left-back.

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Birmingham City - Peter Pannu starting to make waves at Blues parent company, who admit offer for club made

Birmingham City - Peter Pannu starting to make waves at Blues parent company, who admit offer for club made | bcfc | Scoop.it
HE appointment of Peter Pannu as boss of Birmingham International Holdings Limited has already started to take effect.

Pannu this afternoon announced to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that Blues parent company received an offer to buy the club, but it was rejected.

This is NOT a new bid, as it was merely BIHL's formal response to stories about Gianni Paladini's consortium in the Chinese media, who followed up the developments that were reported here first.

But the very fact that Pannu is keeping the Hong Kong Stock Exchange abreast of developments - as per listing rules - is a change in tack by the company.

It shows that Pannu, as the chief executive officer and managing director of BIHL, is overseeing a more transparent approach.

Should any further formal offers for Blues be made to BIHL - they own 96 per cent of the club - then the the news will be disclosed to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and fans not kept in the dark.

To all intents and purposes, Pannu and BIHL have no other choice.

The company was censured by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange this week for a rule breach dating back to 2009 and from now on everything they do has to follow correct procedure and be beyond reproach.

The statement is also further evidence that Carson Yeung and Pannu are actively prepared to sell Blues, if the price is right, and shareholder approval will be required.

The statement read: "The Board of Directors of the Company (the 'Board') wishes to inform the shareholders of the Company and potential investors that it had been approached by a potential purchaser for the Birmingham City Football Club.

"However, as the offer was not attractive, the offer was rejected without serious consideration. Should the Company receive any future offers on terms which are deemed to be favourable and attractive, the Company may consider the overall offer and seek shareholders’ approval on a potential sale. A further announcement will be made as and when appropriate."

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The Midlander: Birmingham need to avoid Paladini for their own good

The Midlander: Birmingham need to avoid Paladini for their own good | bcfc | Scoop.it
I suppose it was to be expected - that the next potential owner of Birmingham City is following some increasingly-depressing timeline.
Scrap-metal dealer, market traders, porn barons, alleged Chinese money-launderers. And now Gianni Paladini. Ho, ho.
Coming hot-on-the-heels of Ken Wheldon, the Kumar brothers, David Sullivan and the Gold brothers and Carson Yeung, here we have...

 

 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2203317/Gianni-Paladini-linked-Birmingham-takeover--Neil-Moxley.html#ixzz26TcNQmps

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#bcfc Big Ron secretly spies on the Blues players.....

#bcfc Big Ron secretly spies on the Blues players..... | bcfc | Scoop.it

"Can they see me?"

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Takeover talk at Birmingham City has Lee Clark's son all of a Twitter

Takeover talk at Birmingham City has Lee Clark's son all of a Twitter | bcfc | Scoop.it
The son of Birmingham City manager Lee Clark has taken to Twitter to express his concern over the current takeover talk at the club.

Jak Clark, 17, was obviously concerned that a new regime could mean a new manager.

 

He tweeted "Thinking maybe if this takeover talk is true, they might think about replacing my dad with someone else! Hope this does not happen"

 

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Club statement

Club statement | bcfc | Scoop.it

The Board of Birmingham City FC can clarify its position following recent media speculation regarding the ownership of the club.
After comments made to the media, the club would like to place on record that there are no discussions taking place with any group associated with Gianni Paladini.

 

A takeover bid was made to the Board’s lawyers by representatives of an undisclosed party but this was summarily rejected.
No further comment will be made at this stage and any confirmed developments relating to the football club will be communicated via www.bcfc.com first and foremost.

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Paladini interested in Birmingham

Paladini interested in Birmingham | bcfc | Scoop.it
Birmingham City: Gianni Paladini involved in consortium

Former QPR chairman Gianni Paladini has confirmed to BBC WM that he is involved in a consortium interested in buying Birmingham City for £25m.

 

The Italian, who is based in Solihull, left the R's by mutual consent in 2011 after eight years at Loftus Road.

 

He said former QPR owner and Renault motor racing boss Flavio Briatore was "categorically" not associated with it.

"I took QPR when they were in the Second Division and we got promoted without spending a fortune and at the end the job was done. QPR are now in the Premier League”

Paladini said he would not be coming in promising to invest large amounts of money into the squad.

 

"If you know what you're doing, you don't need to go and spend £10m on a player that then doesn't solve your problem," he said.

 

"In this division, the Championship, you need to have a player that they can fit in this type of league.

 

"I think we did a great job [at QPR]."

 

"The most important thing is that I took QPR when they were in the Second Division and we got promoted without spending a fortune and at the end the job was done. QPR are now in the Premier League."

 

"I took QPR in 2001-02 when they were in administration, more or less. I bought the club myself. We went from strength to strength."

 

Birmingham City, who are currently owned by Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung, have refused to comment on the takeover claims.

 

And Paladini added: "I cannot really say too much because everything is in the hand of the lawyer."

 

Asked about other members of the consortium, he said: "Even if I mention the name, you will [not] know them anyway because most of them are Italian anyway. They all live in Italy."

 

He said he had been in the Birmingham area since coming to England at the age of 22.

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Gianni Paladini and Flavio Briatore head consortium interested in buying Birmingham City

Gianni Paladini and Flavio Briatore head consortium interested in buying Birmingham City | bcfc | Scoop.it
Solihull businessman Gianni Paladini is heading a consortium keen on taking control of Birmingham City from Carson Yeung.

Paladini and former Formula One motor racing chief Flavio Briatore are considering making an offer for the club.

Paladini, who made his name as a football agent and has worked closely with Blues in the past, left QPR after eight years in 2011.

His friend and fellow Italian Briatore ended his three-year stay at Loftus Road in 2010.

 

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Birmingham City sign Paul Caddis on season-long loan deal

Birmingham City sign Paul Caddis on season-long loan deal | bcfc | Scoop.it
Birmingham City have signed Paul Caddis on a season-long loan deal from Swindon Town, the club have confirmed.


As part of the deal, Adam Rooney heads to the County Ground on loan until the end of the season with a permanent move in place after that.

 

The 24-year-old will be eligible for Saturday's npower Championship fixture at home to Peterborough United.

 

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The Bluenose Gnomes Cov Vs BCFC Match Verdict.....

The Bluenose Gnomes Cov Vs BCFC Match Verdict..... | bcfc | Scoop.it

"Load of bollocks."

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Biggest test of my managerial career, admits Birmingham City boss Lee Clark

Biggest test of my managerial career, admits Birmingham City boss Lee Clark | bcfc | Scoop.it
LEE Clark has vowed to give Birmingham City supporters a ‘team to be proud of’ after admitting that he is now battling the biggest test of his managerial career.

In an emotional post-match press conference the Blues boss insisted he would turn things around after watching his side get booed off the pitch by almost 4,000 travelling fans.

It’s the biggest test of my managerial career but I’m not going to shy away from the challenge and I’m not going to let the supporters down,” he said.

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“I’m proud to be their manager and I want to be the one that delivers them the success.

 

“I’m determined, I will work every hour to get it right. If it means we have to sacrifice a few things then so be it. The fans have been brilliant and they were right to boo at the end because they are fantastic fans.

 

“They can see the Mickey Mouse goals going in and we cannot keep doing this.

 

“I hope that the fans will carry on supporting us because I’m giving my all.

 

“I know it’s tough for them at the moment but I will do everything in my power to deliver.

 

Clark was left seething after another poor defensive display and admitted that things have to change.

 

“We will continue to lose games if we give away goals like we did.


“We’re having to score four goals to win games.

 

“It might not look like it out there but we are doing a lot of work on the defensive side in training.

 

“We don’t look like we can keep a clean sheet, we can’t keep the ball, we’re not doing enough to stop the opposition hurting us.

 

“It’s crazy, we’ve watched DVDs, we’ve talked about it before the game, but we’re losing games. We can’t respond to setbacks either, we’re all over the place.

 

“ We’ve scored two which should be enough away from home to win but we haven’t.”

 

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Watford 2 Birmingham 0: Full time match report with picture gallery

Watford 2 Birmingham 0: Full time match report with picture gallery | bcfc | Scoop.it
Gianfranco Zola's new-look Watford produced a blistering first-half performance to secure a victory over Birmingham and hand their Italian boss his first home win.
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Alex McLeish breaks his silence after being forced out at Villa: The end was brutal, a real mental drain... I needed to get out

Alex McLeish breaks his silence after being forced out at Villa: The end was brutal, a real mental drain... I needed to get out | bcfc | Scoop.it
t was the morning after the night before at Aston Villa’s training ground. Chief executive Paul Faulkner, bruised by a 2-0 defeat at Norwich on the final day of last season, was waiting in an office.
Alex McLeish walked in.
‘I’ll prepare a dossier on what we need to do this summer as quickly as I can,’ said the club’s manager.
But McLeish sensed immediately that a dossier wouldn’t be needed.

At ease: Alex McLeish is able to relax after a difficult few years in management
‘It’s not going to happen, is it?’ McLeish said, taking a look at his boss’s face. ‘You don’t have to say it.’
The two shared a brief conversation. The Scot left the room and spent the next hour shaking the hand of every member of staff at the training ground, thanking them for their support. Minutes later, he drove away from Aston Villa for the last time.
And so the most controversial managerial switch for decades between Birmingham’s two clubs came to an end.
Sitting where he is now, it is difficult to imagine that here is a man capable of sparking riotous scenes. McLeish is relaxed, refreshed and has shed a few pounds, helped by regular sessions with a personal trainer.
It seems a lifetime since hundreds of Villa fans besieged their famous stadium, demanding that owner Randy Lerner reverse his decision to take Birmingham City’s manager and install him at Villa Park. In fact, it is 15 months.

Making their feelings clear: Aston Villa fans show off a banner wanting McLeish out
The new manager was unwanted, while at St Andrew’s, the hurt was palpable. Despite the joy of a Carling Cup victory, the club’s season had imploded, ending in relegation from the Premier League.
That McLeish walked out was one thing. Joining Villa was seen as rubbing salt in the wound. Not since Ron Saunders made the trip in the opposite direction 31 years earlier had so much tension broke out.
McLeish led Birmingham to their first major trophy in 48 years, but when he left, a royal blue flag was manufactured. It bore his face, and, beneath the image, the words
‘Judas ginger rat’.
‘I really wanted to build a dynasty at Birmingham,’ insists McLeish. ‘I could have been at that club for 10 years if I’d been allowed more control. I heard David Moyes talking about his time at Everton and the fact that he is able to make so many of the footballing decisions. That sounds like utopia to me.
‘There are some top people at Birmingham. The gang behind the scenes. It was a crying shame we couldn’t build that club up because most of the ingredients were there.

Finding it tough: McLeish watches on as Villa struggle
‘In the season prior to the Carling Cup victory we finished ninth. I had a list of targets and had we signed them I’m sure I wouldn’t be sitting here with you now. Bobby Zamora was one, Mousa Dembele another. The Dembele one was gut- wrenching. Fulham moved quicker than we did. The wages were no better, the commission was.
‘Winning the Carling Cup against Arsenal goes down as my best achievement, either as a player or manager. Then we were relegated. Talk about high to low. It hit me hard.
‘I know you get what you deserve in football but I genuinely felt it was unfair. Injuries had conspired against us. Other things transpired. Sadly, I have to keep them to myself but I’d have left anyway.
‘I had to leave, regardless. My job at Birmingham had become untenable.I got letters from some fans after I moved. Some were angry, others were heartfelt, asking, ‘‘How could you do this to us? You’re like a rat leaving a sinking ship’’. I felt dreadful. But my family knew what the job was doing to me. My wife Jill saw it in my eyes every night.’

Then came a call from Villa Park. It was a lifeline. McLeish had lived on the fringes of Birmingham, and in Glasgow had been in the goldfish bowl as manager of Rangers. In terms of size, the two cities are comparable. Was he naive enough to think such a switch would not rouse similar passions?
‘I knew there’d be a furore,’ he says. ‘But perhaps not to that level. I don’t think it was until I was in situ at Villa that I started to appreciate the depth of feeling. In a professional sense, I had moved from managing a club I had never supported, to another club I had never supported.
‘I never thought it would be so intense at Villa. But, just as I’d done at Rangers, I thought, ‘‘I can turn these fans round. If I get this side moving, they’ll take to me”. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t change my habits. I knew I had upset people.’
Because of that McLeish tried to avoid any potential confrontation. ‘No-one ever came up to me saying, ‘‘You ginger Judas’’, but I never put myself in that position,’ he says.

Happier days: Alex McLeish celebrates beating Arsenal with Birmingham to lift the League Cup
‘Maybe it was because people were on their own. If they’d been in a group, I’d have been savaged. I never frequented the places I had when I was Birmingham manager.
‘I didn’t go into the city. I had great pals at two of the best restaurants in Birmingham, huge Birmingham City supporters. I stopped going there.’
It would be wrong to write that Villa supporters never gave McLeish a chance. But their perception of the quality of player at the Scot’s disposal was misguided. But his position was undermined, at least partially, by the quality of his signings. While Shay Given had a solid campaign, Alan Hutton and Charles N’Zogbia were disappointing.
McLeish adds: ‘Randy Lerner had asked me to work on a project. He said, ‘‘We want you to work with the club, rather than at the club. We must drive wages down while remaining competitive’’. But when you lose the likes of John Carew, Ashley Young, Stewart Downing, Gareth Barry, James Milner ... the quality Villa had out on the pitch was diminishing. It was going to be a tough ask. It was a rebuilding job.

Time to reflect: McLeish has been out of football since the summer
‘I understand, given what happened towards the end of last season, that it was difficult for me to stay. But no-one is able to complete a project of that size in 12 months. I was confident I knew what was needed. There were big changes in my mind ahead of this season. We needed players. An influx of quality. It’s no secret, if you bring in a better quality of player, you produce an improvement in results.
‘I’d spent a season building up the internal infrastructure at the club. I signed Brett Holman. He has started the season like a house on fire. I was desperate to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson in the January window but it didn’t come off. As for this suggestion I’m a negative manager, it’s utter tosh.
'The way it all ended, it was difficult for me to go any further. The last day at Norwich was brutal. I knew I needed to be out of the job. It had become a mental drain towards the end.’
Interview over, McLeish retreats from the sunshine into the sanctuary of the restaurant.
An Aston Villa season ticket holder comes over and gives him a hug. It seems he has been forgiven in some quarters. But McLeish won’t be forgotten. Not in Birmingham.
Not for a long time.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2209617/Alex-McLeish-discusses-difficult-years-Birmingham-Aston-Villa.html#ixzz27nvnoXGW
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Clark unleashes his best optimistic smile after the home thumping against Barnsley.

Clark unleashes his best optimistic smile after the home thumping against Barnsley. | bcfc | Scoop.it

"Erm we'll come out fighing like....erm....."

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Peter Pannu Given Top BIH Job | Often Partisan

Birmingham International Holdings have today announced that Peter Pannu is to be Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director, and Executive Director of the company.
In an announcement made to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, BIH have confirmed Mr Pannu will have all three roles with immediate effect.

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News - EXCLUSIVE: Gianni Paladini Talks To Tom Ross | Free Radio

News - EXCLUSIVE: Gianni Paladini Talks To Tom Ross | Free Radio | bcfc | Scoop.it
The former QPR Chairman joined Tom exclusively on the Friday Football Phone In show.
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The Big Blues story: I want Big Ron Atkinson at Birmingham City - Gianni Paladini

The Big Blues story: I want Big Ron Atkinson at Birmingham City - Gianni Paladini | bcfc | Scoop.it
CONSORTIUM chief Gianni Paladini says Birmingham City would be run by football people, for football people, if he took charge of the club.

 

And there could even be a role for Ron Atkinson at St Andrew’s, were his consortium to succeed in buying Blues from Carson Yeung....

 

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Carr out for six months

Carr out for six months | bcfc | Scoop.it

Blues boss Lee Clark has confirmed that Stephen Carr will be sidelined for a minimum of six months following knee surgery.

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Paladini is a Zulu

Gianni Paladini confirms that he is heading a consortium to take over Birmingham City. "I'm a Birmingham boy myself," he says. "I've always liked Blues, and ...
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The big Birmingham City story: Carson Yeung wants at least £40m for Blues; Flavio Briatore ruled out of consortium

The big Birmingham City story: Carson Yeung wants at least £40m for Blues; Flavio Briatore ruled out of consortium | bcfc | Scoop.it
ARSON Yeung is looking to recoup at least half of the £81.5 million he spent purchasing Birmingham City.

But interested parties in the club – with the Gianni Paladini consortium the first to emerge – rate Blue’s value a lot less.

And for this reason any change in ownership at St Andrew’s could become a drawn-out affair, unless the financial situation of parent company Birmingham International Holdings Limited (BIHL) continues to deteriorate, and rapidly.

Paladini, the Solihull businessman who helped saved QPR from extinction, tabled an offer of around £12 million.

But it was dismissed out of hand by Yeung and acting chairman Peter Pannu, who has been sourcing new investment or new owners for several months.

Paladini, it was initially believed, was keen on taking charge of Blues alongside his friend ex-Formula One chief Flavio Briatore.

But Paladini today revealed that Briatore was not part of his group, but that it contained other Italian businessmen

Yeung believes he could get around £40 million or so for Blues – but that figure looks unrealistic given the current state of affairs.

Any prospective buyer would not go that high in the knowledge that Yeung could well be backed into a corner soon.

He faces trial at the end of November on charges of £59 million worth of alleged money laundering.

And there are other court cases on the go in relation to non-payment of loans that could see Yeung lose his luxury home on Hong Kong’s prestigious Peak.

BIHL have yet to produce their accounts for 2011 and it is difficult

to fathom how the firm could improve the current parlous standing.

Those hovering in the wings could well think that the best course of action would be to wait and see if BIHL was about to go under.

Paladini and associates are not the only party keen on Blues.

It is understood that there is also serious interest from Asia and the Far East.

Paladini's is the first group to emerge and come to the fore but their chances of succeeding with a takeover bid, at this early stage, seem to be slim.

The identities of other potential buyers have not been disclosed. Confidentiality is always a key component in such cases.

But there have been talks with and representations made to Blues’ hierarchy in recent months.

Yeung is BIHL’s single biggest shareholder, with 26 per cent.

He put a £13.7 million loan into Blues, plus there is an outstanding loan of £7.8 million to BIHL.

Sources who have followed the Blues saga believe it would make sense for him to accept an offer that would cover these outlays as a best case scenario.

But Yeung is holding out for significantly more.

Paladini, who is from Naples, has lived in Solihull since the 1960s.

He made a name for himself as a football agent, helping to deliver the likes of Fabrizio Ravanelli to Middlesbrough.

He also acted as a go-between for Blues on their Anglo-Italian jaunts in the mid-1990s and is a well-known figure to those on the local football scene.

Paladini was at QPR for eight years. In 2003 he helped secure vital funds for the club to keep them afloat and helped pave the way for Briatore’s takeover, who linked up with Bernie Ecclestone, in 2007.

He became chairman and stayed in the post until Tony Fernandes took command at Loftus Road. He left the club soon after, in November 2011.

 

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Birmingham City to sign Leroy Lita on loan - UPDATED

Birmingham City to sign Leroy Lita on loan - UPDATED | bcfc | Scoop.it
Leroy Lita is to join Birmingham City on a three-month loan from Swansea City.

 

The striker, 27, will fill the gap left by Adam Rooney's depature to Swindon Town on loan.

Blues boss Lee Clark had to let Rooney go in order to bring in Robins right-back Paul Caddis, also temporarily.

 

 

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Swindon Town - Rooney To Join Swindon From Birmingham For Caddis

Swindon Town - Rooney To Join Swindon From Birmingham For Caddis | bcfc | Scoop.it

Paul Caddis Swindon Town career appears to be officially over. The long rumoured deal with Caddis going to Birmingham seems imminent .

In a new twist it is rumoured now the deal is not a loan deal but a permanent transfer with Ireland Under 21 striker Adam Rooney coming the other way.

Rooney has scored 4 goals in 18 appearances for City but scored 44 goals for Inverness in 103 games, helping them to the Scottish First Division title.

 

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Aston Villa transfers: Mauro Zarate, the Lazio striker, is wanted on loan

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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has made a late move to sign Lazio's ex-Birmingham City forward Mauro Zarate.

Lambert is desperate to strengthen his strike-force before the summer window closes on Friday night and has now gone for 25-year-old Zarate, who had a loan spell at Villa's fierce rivals four years ago.

 

Goal-shy Villa are looking a loan deal with a view to a permanent switch and landing the Argentinian would be a major coup for Lambert.

 

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Birmingham City's poor start is hurting boss Lee Clark

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BIRMINGHAM City manager Lee Clark has admitted that he is hurting badly right now.

And the Clark vowed that he would find the solution to Blues poor start to the season.

 

They are without a victory in the Championship and the manner of the first-half performance at Watford, just like at Sheffield Wednesday in the previous match, was alarming.


Blues put themselves behind the eight ball straight away when Steven Caldwell bumped Mateji Vydra out of the way to a dropping ball after Jack Butland parried a cross shot upwards.

Alem Abdi slotted in the resulting penalty and Watford went on to dominate the opening period in all departments.

 

“We’ve been done a minute-and-a-half into the game,” said Clark.

“What I would say is that we shouldn’t allow that to happen anyway. The ball should have been cleared round about the halfway line.

 

“The reaction was not so good in the first-half. We were at sixes and sevens, we didn’t threaten at all, we didn’t put any pressure on them.

“We are much better than what we showed there.

 

“We have got higher standards than that, that wasn’t a Lee Clark team type performance and certainly it wasn’t what those lads in the dressing room can perform like.

 

“You can’t just keep going 2-0 down and think you can get something because it’s been proven on both occasions [Sheffield and Watford] that we can’t do that.”

 

“We win together, we lose together,” Clark continued. “We have lost another football match. It doesn’t sit too nicely with me.

 

“The players were disappointed. They know they’re not producing the performances that are required.

“I need to find a group, team, formation - whatever - to win football matches.

 

“And it needs to happen very quickly.”

 

Blues perked up a little when Morgaro Gomis brought some urgency and liveliness to proceedings as a second-half substitute. But in truth, Watford were too comfortable and happy to sit in after the break.

 

One of the root causes of Blues malaise has been carelessness when in possession or defending, said Clark.

 

“Some of the goals we are giving away - and it’s not being detrimental to lads at that level - but they would even be comical in non-league football.”

 

“I don’t like losing football matches,” Clark added. “I love my job, I’m working for a fantastic club, with great supporters, great players.

 

“We’re not showing our true potential at this moment in time.

The last week has been a tough one considering this Birmingham City team hasn’t come out and played as it can.”

 

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