Often Partisan

A Quiet May for a Change

It’s the first weekend of the close-season and it’s all gone quiet around St Andrew’s. Gary and the players are no doubt on holiday somewhere, Panos is out and about in the Chinese restaurants and bars in town (I saw him in the Arcadian this time last week) – and I’m at home scratching around for something to write about.

In some ways it’s proof of progress that all is quiet. In the last two years May has been about the long running saga that is the takeover. Last year, we knew that someone was going to do it but not who; two years ago it was all about Peter Day and Soccer Management Worldwide negotiating with the former regime while three years ago Carson’s trial was in full swing.

This year we know that TTA are closing in on the takeover and it’s now a matter of when rather than if; all we are waiting for is a date for the EGM to get shareholder approval for it all and the details of how it’s all going to work. Panos Pavlakis mentioned on Radio WM this week that there had been “big progress” – evidenced by the fact the last of the hurdles to be overcome prior to the re-listing has happened with settlement reached with Peter Pannu.

While I’ve got to be honest and admit I’d like to hear more from Paul Suen Cho Hung et al at TTA about their intentions I think the time is coming where that will have to happen as the people who are to run BIH following the departure of the Receivers is fully revealed prior to the EGM.

If I was pushed for a timeframe I think the EGM announcement will probably be in late June, with the actual EGM to happen in late July and the full installation of TTA to happen by September.

It’s funny that there has been some mention that the mob across the expressway might well be bought by a HK company soon. I’m not going to spoil the surprise for them just yet but having briefly looked into the names mentioned I think they might be in for interesting times themselves. I know some people have complained that it might be that they are taken over quickly but the truth is they’ve been up for sale for two years or more; as painful as the last few years have been for Blues the truth is football just isn’t a simple or straightforward business.

With a bit of luck by the end of the month we’ll be talking about football again; who is linked with coming into the club to help take us to the next level. Blues hopefully will also have representatives at Euro2016 (David Cotterill) and the Copa America Centenario (Clayton Donaldson) giving us a little bit more to be proud about as the new season approaches.

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51 Responses to “A Quiet May for a Change”

  • peter says:

    They say no news is good news Daniel but its frustrating waiting to hear any and we have waited a long time so another couple of months won’t matter agree about tta talking to the fans lets hope for good news on takeover England win euro championships it could be a great summer enjoy your summer dan and thanks for all your hard work kro

  • steve says:

    Aren’t they venture capitalists interested in Viler? That could mean they’ll throw money at em to get back into the prem.. Then again money doesn’t guarantee success in the Championship.

  • Phil says:

    I suspect TTA just require the shell company for other business as it’s cheaper and easier than forming and obtaining a new HK listing. Hence Ernst & Young’s involvement since TTA came on the scene. Once they have control of BIHL (the shell company) the main trading asset “Blues” will then be sold to new owners and TTA will use the shell company to repopulate with other business more relevant to them. I suspect TTA already know who they will be selling “Blues” to.

  • rhees says:

    Thanks Dan as informative as ever ,hope the vile get let down what’s your contacts say Dan. If they get no joy they will be right in it

  • Richard Granfield says:

    The “Special Deal” to in effect buy Pannu off is in my mind a positive move.
    It indicates to me that E & Y understand the urgency of the situation and want to finalise the takeover as soon as possible.
    I hope, but doubt, that it can be concluded prior to the transfer window closing.
    Roll on the EGM.

  • ChrisG says:

    I believe we’ll never hear directly from anyone at TTA, if Panos is kept on like i’ve heard he will be, I think it will all come thru him. I really couldn’t see Paul Suen Cho Hung standing in the Kop holding up a blues scarf considering he’s so camera shy!!.
    I’m really hoping that in the next couple of weeks there’ll be an announcement that a couple of players have agreed to join us as we need to get some new players in asap & NOT wait til the end of august.

  • Sorry DAN take my previous comment off ..

  • No news of any transfer yet , these transfer windows are mind blowing , I wish we could get our signings done early it must be horrendous for managers ,

  • Lichblue says:

    Simply itching for the EGM date to be announced. I know we’ve waited for ages but now the end is in sight it feels really frustrating. On the signings front i agree it would be nice to get some in early. Be great to see Englang win a tournament in my life time. I live in hope. KRO.

  • Richard Granfield says:

    The Transfer window opens on June 9th and closes on August 31st.
    It is natural that supporters want early signings, but I am sure Gary will bide his time to establish what funds he has at his disposal, and if his first choices are available.
    Lee Clark was a past master in securing early signatures, but patience often brings its own rewards.

  • kirkus says:

    Don’t think I would trust Gary with money his track record in January was how shall we say!!! Unfortunate!!

    • StaffsBlue says:

      The money spent on loan signings in January should have given us the push to make the play-offs. The fact that it didn’t, I’m not sure who was to blame to be honest. Was it the fact that the new players didn’t play well enough? Was it that Rowett didn’t play them enough? Or was it just bad judgement choosing which players to bring in? Possibly a mix of all three.

  • Murph says:

    Dan do you think that we didn’t go up on purpose or go for the play offs as it would have muddled the take over .? Just a thought , had a discussion and few of us undecided on it ?

    • Mitchell says:

      Murph. That implies players are going out on the pitch to ‘throw games’. Whichever way you look at it-that is the implication. Suggest you re-think the wording ‘on purpose’. Reason we tailed off towards last ten games was down to lack of quality and woeful loan players.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Absolutely agree. The thought that we ‘threw’ the chance of promotion is, quite frankly, ludicrous. Imagine what we could do with Premier money. The biggest incentive for the players and coaching staff, would be a huge increase in wages. No player is going to turn that down.

      • AdamTrueBlue says:

        I understand that we would not like to think of a team throwing the chance of promotion or the implications of it! But think of the dividends that would be paid to share holders of a premier league team, and then think of the sudden increase in value of those shares, especialy the shares that are owned by ‘persons’ that don’t really want to relinqish them, that might have more influence having a sudden financial windfall? What would be best for the club, promotion with the same owners, for us to be relegated, or long term planning with new owners, promotion a season later and stability into the near future. I do believe Panos and Carsons recent agreements were made when they realised that promotion was not going to happen, and that was part of the delay in finalising the agreements . Kro

        • Murph says:

          Wish I had replied sooner but you spot on as to what I was thinking , Gary try your best but we need another season in this one ., think a lot of our fans really don’t think too much !? Lol

  • Blues need more goals from the attacking midfield , I think the fact that shinnie is still in GRs plans says it all , don’t get me wrong shinnie is a good player , but not when you are taking promotion seriously in a team that needs goals , I think that warnock just edges it for me over GR as a manager , and warnock has only played shinnie 3 times whilst on loan there in a Team that needs more goals themselves , which says it all , so I now expect a load of sales pitch without a signing of note , it looks like another bummer of a transfer window , it looks like that light at the end the end of the tunnel for the next six months is just going to be the neighbour leaving his bloody security light on again , ah well it’s definitely good anger management…..kro

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Shinnie is definitely not good enough for our first team. He’d play a lot more if he moved back to Scotland, he won’t get game time down here.

    • ChrisG says:

      William, you just said everything I was gonna say. GR obviously doesn’t have as much to spend in the market as some of us had hoped. Shinnie is far too slow & lightweight for the championship, and with Rowett also talking of utilizing the youngsters next season it’s obviously gonna get worse before it gets better

    • swissjonny says:

      Nicely put mate-and Im afraid you are right.

      • zxcv says:

        This club needs a massive clear-out that includes Gary Rowett , I wouldn’t` trust him with the amount of money that is going to be needed if we are to be serious contenders., We need an experienced Manager who sets his sights way above the Shinnies of this world. Next Season is going to be way, way, tougher than this one, with bigger clubs having shed loads of money and a massive determination to get back up to the greed league. Gary I am sorry to say is nowhere near big enough for a progressive club and simply put he and 65 per cent of this squad are no better than 1st div standard imo. It would be a Huge error for any new prospective owner to not set their sights much much higher than him. I would like to see us move forward with a Sam Aladice or a David Moyes both very Experienced Managers and people we can trust to know what they are doing both in the market place and how to get us up, how to win games how to set up a team all the things Gary is not at this moment in his Career, its horses for courses, and right now we need better and different quality’s. Sorry we will never progress with the present set up..

  • KC says:

    Shinnie still in the plans. That really shows ambition !

  • Walker says:

    Change of subject here sorry:

    Does anyone know if we have a sell on clause for redmond?

    To have let him go for 3 mill seems silly without a clause. Surely Pannu had some sense!! Minimal I know

  • Dave Mann says:

    You would have thought so . KRO

    • Mitchell says:

      I have checked this out and am told that the £3.5 m that Cardiff paid did have a sell on clause. Perhaps Daniel could help here. thanks.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Are we entitled to another sell-on fee for Mutch? It’s true, we were due a percentage when he left Cardiff for QPR, but do we also get a sell-on percentage for him joining Palace from QPR? Or has my brain shut down with the end of the season? lol

  • Blues will receive 20% of any profit Cardiff make on a sale

  • Andrew says:

    All the decent bosmans will be snapped up in the next few weeks, we will be sifting through the scrap again and praying for luck. Forget actually paying fee’s for a player

  • Richard Granfield says:

    Victor Anichebe is out of contract at Albion this summer. Would be a top signing.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Wages to high and to lazy but that’s just my opinion and he only averages a goal every four or five games , can’t see it myself . KRO

  • Mitchell says:

    Do we not have an abundance of strikers-admittedly not top drawer but alas too many. Donaldson,BM,Vaughan,Jones,Johnstone etc. Better imo to stick with Don/Vaughan and build up Hale,Jones and Johnstone. Unless of course Donaldson departs and Jones and Johnstone put out on loan.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Have to agree again. Unless we bring in a good championship goalscorer, I don’t see the point in wasting money on yet another ordinary striker. We’ve had way too many of those over the last few years. The defence and centre midfield are more important.

  • Murph says:

    Mitch and staffs I know your ardent fans but didn’t you get the fact that with the take over etc that it would be easier to pass through in the position we was than getting promotion to the prem with the money pannu n Chung would be wanting? Or is that to fickle to believe ? That’s what I was getting at !?

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Yeah, I got it Murph. I just happen to think we have limited players who ran out of steam. Just an opinion of course.

      • AdamTrueBlue says:

        Opinions, we are all welcome to one, funny how our season stagnated as soon as we where mathematically safe, and then we just were going through the motions, I remember comments on here that the players just were not trying, they didn’t need to, though I also remember GR being furious after one such game? Kro

    • Mitchell says:

      Can see your point Murph. Respect.

  • Murph says:

    No Mitch as think we had better players than running out of steam and I think your very ignorant Mitch , you got it staff .

  • Murph says:

    Lol sorry got it twisted , love ya comments both but we need to keep fighting ha ?

  • Walker says:

    Leroy lita is available on a free. Good squad player maybe

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