Birmingham City dismiss transfer interference reports   Leave a comment



   By ESONEULB (Member of


The Birmingham City board have reacted to reports suggesting they interfered in the transfer policy of former boss Alex McLeish.

The statement was issued in regards to transfer targets disputes between Alex McLeish and the board of Birmingham City. This was supposedly a factor in the decision for the former Blues boss’ resignation.

The Championship club have released the statement to reject rumours that McLeish did not want to sign players put forward by the board.

Birmingham City Statement

Birmingham are involved in a legal dispute over McLeish’s exit and subsequent arrival at Aston Villa and the Scot has claimed he did not have a free hand in transfer dealings and that the dismissal of the club’s chief scout Paul Montgomery contributed to his decision to resign.

Following assumptive and incorrect newspaper articles published over the last couple of days, that Birmingham City is concerned could potentially lead to our supporters believing something that is inaccurate, the club has released the following statement…

The club is disturbed and very concerned with the recent reporting by selective, and we believe agenda-led, reporters suggesting that the Birmingham City Board had interfered with the previous manager in the transfer market. That is factually incorrect and the club did, on the 14th June 2011, release a statement on this site stating our position.

It is reiterated very strongly that there is a robust system in place whereby only players with the written authorisation of the manager had ever arrived at the club under the previous manager and will still be the case going forward.

Players recommended by the Board, such as Babel, Odemwingie, Pennant and a Chinese player, for commercial reasons, didn’t arrive as no approval was forthcoming from the manager. Players such as Dembele chose not to come and N’Zogbia due to his sudden demand for last minute increase in wages. In the case of Zamora, it was felt there had been quite a few injuries and anyway he signed a massive new contract at Fulham due to our approach.

As the legal dispute is ongoing, it is appropriate that this myth of interference is put to rest once and for all.

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