Birmingham City will have several friendly matches lined up before the start of the season in the first week of August.
They have been quite convincing in the friendly games up until now, but manager Gary Rowetthas claimed that the players will have to start delivering over the next few games in order to claim a spot in the first team for the new season. Birmingham have undergone a number of changes in recent seasons and the latest change is in the manager.Rowett was appointed as the Birmingham City boss in October 2014 and he failed to lead the club to a play-off place.
Birmingham City have once again failed to reach the Premier League – even though the play-offs – after they could only finish in the bottom half of the table.
Birmingham International Holdings is the company that owns the Championship League club and it has reported that a former employee of the club might have left £2.5m unaccounted for. The parent company of Birmingham City FC has already told this news to the police in their region which is in Hong Kong and they are now investigating this incident.
"The Company has reported the suspected misappropriation of funds to the Hong Kong Police Force and they are currently investigating the matter." This was part of the statement that was released by Birmingham International Holdings.
Pep Guardiola rubbished the rumours of him being in talks with the English Premier League side Manchester City.
The man who is in charge of Manchester City at the moment, Manuel Pellegrini, is close to getting axed if the news coming through the sources are credible.
But, Guardiola has shown disinterest in taking the City job in case Pellegrini is indeed shown the door.
Guardiola’s current deal at Bayern keeps him at the club for one more season after this one.
Gary Rowett believes there is no point feeling sorry at the moment.
The Birmingham boss instead wants his boys to dig in deep and see how they can come out of this troubling phase.
Birmingham had a hell of a start in the second division of English Football this season, but, they started slipping a little bit towards the end of 2014 and right now, the scenario is that they have not had a victory in their last 8 games.
They are 17th in the 24-team Championship currently.
On December 26 of 2014 Birmingham City sustained a heavy defeat as they faced off with Derby County and lost 4-0.
2 days later following that morale crushing defeat and Birmingham City managed to bounce back by claiming a 3-1 triumph over Nottingham Forest. The manager of Birmingham City, Gary Rowett believes that his team deserves more credit for being able to come back from such a big defeat and end the year of 2014 on a high note.
Stephen Gleeson believes that the new boss Gary Rowett has come with a good game plan that is benefitting Birmingham City big time.
Since Rowett’s arrival, Birmingham has been unbeaten. Out of the three games they have played, they have drawn two and have won one.
According to Gleeson, Rowett is trying to build the team around a strong defence which is the right approach.
Speaking in an interview earlier today, the Irishman said, “We are focussing on being solid at the back because it gives the attackers that much more freedom.”
The plethora of financial problems at Birmingham City appears to have forced to manager Lee Clark into relying upon the youngsters, who he says that have been brilliant in the last few weeks. Players like Demarai Gray and Koby Arthur, who are still in the teens, have been able to keep out much more experienced players out of the starting line-up. Clark has the ability to call up experienced American Internationals like Brek Shea, but he has so far rejected the opportunity due to the performances of these players.
Birmingham City’s poor form at the start of the new Championship season continued after they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday in the latest league match. The performance of the players disappointed manager Lee Clark, who said that the club stand no chance of recovering if the players continued with this kind of a performance especially in the second half. Clark was extremely happy with the performance in the first half, but there was complete capitulation in the second period.
Birmingham City has made yet another signing this summer in the form of the youth sensation Denny Johnstone.
Johnstone is a product of Celtic academy. He had been featuring for the junior team of the Hoops on a regular basis in the last couple of years, but, did not get to play on a senior level even once. He was looking for a team where he could get the first team playing time and thus, he opted to sign for Birmingham.
A few Scottish sides also had their eyes on Johnstone, but, eventually, it’s Birmingham which succeeded in securing the services of the teenaged striker.