Gold : Blues Are Not A Selling Club

Posted on April 30, 2006 
Filed Under Blues News

David Gold has spoken out on Steve Bruce and the selling of players in an interview on Sky Sports News. According to Gold, we are not a selling club and Blues will do everything they possibly can to keep hold of the best players at the club.

Gold stated that players out of contract will be given the choice of staying on with the club or going to play in the Premiership. Gold is realistic on the idea of people staying at the club and suspects that it’ll be tough to hold on to the jewels in the squad.

It’s an interview that seems to be at odds with what Karren Brady said at the AGM just a couple of months ago. The AGM suggested that Blues were likely to suffer a shortfall of £5-6m and that the money would be made up through the sale of one, or possibly two, of the club’s star assets as well as a huge reduction in the wage bill by the non-renewal of at least 8 contracts on the playing staff.

Jermaine Pennant and David Dunn would be two of the players that would possibly attract bids from the Premiership but both players have previously stated that they are more than happy to stay on our demotion to The Championship. Matthew Upson and Emile Heskey would probably be the other two sellable assets but that idea has been somewhat derailed with the news that Matthew Upson will be out for 6+ months.

The idea of Blues trying to hang onto all of it’s best players is a pleasing one but by now Blues fans will be used to hearing such information from the board. Each year we receive letters about £10m+ players and international stars signing but it never happens. Even Emile Heskey didn’t cost the £6m that the board have made us believe that he did. It’s astounding the number of supporters who quote that price for him.

Time will tell what will happen with regards to the squad but I certainly wouldn’t hold out much hope if one of the bigger clubs came in for Pennant and possibly Heskey if we can cut together a DVD of Emile’s head on Ronaldinho’s shoulders.


6 Responses to “Gold : Blues Are Not A Selling Club”

  1. Mark on May 1st, 2006 2:43 am

    It’s not strange that the board tell the shareholders one thing and Joe Public something different – it happens every year, especially before they release the prices of next year’s season tickets – the shareholders were told that prices will not change for next season.

    The board will give the impression that we will retain our star players as much as possible and are normally the source of most of the rumours regarding potential new signings, it’s all just to encourage the renewal of season tickets, it is the same every year.

    Steve Bruce was interviewed on talk sport on Sunday and talked about 7 players leaving the club – lets hope the right 7 players leave and not the ones we need to retain.

  2. Sunny on May 1st, 2006 3:53 pm

    Blues not a selling club??? Where did you get that from Mr Gold? Birmingham just sold their best player Savage to a bigger club in january and since then it has been all downhill. Life as a blues fan just cant get worse. Look at blackburn now, and look at us. I can see Mr savage scaring european defences next season even though he is a little limited on ability. Having been a blues season ticket holder for 15 years I always knew we will lose are best players to so called bigger clubs but what bruce did was not replace them. I dont begrudge savage for bettering himself. Even though I hate him.

  3. MarcJ on May 1st, 2006 10:01 pm

    To be fair, they didn’t want to sell Savage – he was desperate to get himself sold, and engineered it to happen, despite giving assurances that he wanted to stay. That’s why I despise him.

    Alf, how much did Emile really cost?

  4. Aff on May 1st, 2006 10:04 pm

    AFf, not Alf!

    Emile cost £3m up front with another £3m to come depending on apps and Blues staying in the Premiership etc.

  5. rasputin on May 2nd, 2006 5:09 pm

    Does it really matter that we haven’t paid the full amount for heskey? The fact is that Bruce thought he was worth agreeing to pay £6.25m for, which was can all agree was a bad decision – the fact that we never will proves it.

  6. MarcJ on May 2nd, 2006 7:18 pm

    “AFf, not Alf!”

    Oops, sorry.

    I actually feel a bit better knowing we didn’t pay quite that much for Emile.

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