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Where’s Pannu

One question that seems to pop up a lot on some messageboards is the whereabouts of acting-chairman of Blues, Peter Pannu. With there being a lot of scurrilous rumour around, I thought I’d keep an eye out for any news on what he’s doing.

Soccerex Global Convention is a four day event being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, about how football companies can be more successful businesses. As you can see from their delegate list Peter, along with head of commerical Ian Dutton will be taking in the convention – no doubt to see how they can turn Birmingham City’s fortunes around. The convention runs from 26-30 November – although I have been told by the club that Mr Pannu will be at the Braga game on the thirtieth.

Having a quick scan through the attendee list, it looks like there will be a lot of business people attending the convention; maybe Peter will be able to pick us up a new investor from there?


23 Responses to “Where’s Pannu”

  • alexjhurley says:

    I hope he attends the “how to make sure you buy enough stock to meet demand in your club shop, rather than running out of kids kits 6 weeks before Xmas and find yourself with a deal with the kit manufacturer which prevents you getting any more” seminar. Which is on day 3.

  • prewarblue says:

    He should have gone there before he ruined the club to learn how to run a football club without selling all its assets to keep its parent company from folding

  • mickey07 says:

    What the hell is doing over there in our current state,he seems to take any chance he can to get away from the u.k…….i wish the bloke/them would just leave us(i know we are stuck with them though but we all got a wish list i suppose), as he seems to be running around the world getting absolutly nowhere and keystone cops come to mind……i cant wait till there time has passed through our club mayor……p.s.if your looking in mr pannu its about time you talked to a certain mr tom ross like you said you would dont you think????????

  • mickey07 says:

    you know where to pm me then mate and put me in the picture??

  • mickey07 says:

    to be honest though i really wish the bbc would interview pannu as toms a bit to close to all things going on down blues….

  • Colin Carberry says:

    I’ve been to Soccerex a couple of times, back in the day when it was held in Dubai. It’s a load of crap, really – essentially just a networking event for FIFA, lots of arse-licking from clubs and associations trying to get in on the act. Nowadays they tend to hold it in the place where the next World Cup is scheduled, as a promotional exercise for FIFA’s sponsors. That always trot out a random selection of ex-players and managers so that starry-eyed losers can have their photo taken with Pele or somebody like that. When I went, it always seemed to be poor old Bobby Robson they’d drag out. Nothing of any value gets achieved there.

    • mickey07 says:

      like i said mate any chance not to be in brum…..

    • The Truth will hurt says:

      Completely agree Colin – I went to both the SoccerEx conventions in Dubai and it was a pure jolly – great fun, but I struggle to see what PP will get out of it.

      No doubt his legendary affability and networking skills will come to the fore!

      The Leaders In Football conference is a much more business-like event, but he was nowhere to be seen at that one.

  • DoctorD says:

    I see that “key industry players” at the event include Andy Cole, Carlos Valderama and Gerard Houlier, none of whom as far as I can tell are doing anything particularly useful at the moment. And why is Howard Webb hanging out there — it all sounds a bit cosy for a top ref. I tried downloading the conference programme but it conked out. Great.

    NB Pannu is not himself billed as a “key industry player” — no surprise there I suppose. Maybe he’ll bump into a cheap-as-chips player on one of the beaches.

  • Dino Tiltoni says:

    Sounds like a jolly, pure and simple. We need to get these people out of our club and I don’t care if we need to get relegated to do it.

    [editor’s note – I’ve edited one word in this comment. Please be very careful in what you say, some things can be libellious and I’m not defending you in court]

  • Mr Blue Sky says:

    Usual moaning sods on here, that still blame yeung and not mcjudas for relegation… Pathetic!

  • Bombay Blue says:

    I must admit that I do find it strange that the owners who appear to have been very amateur with how they have run are singled out for every fault at the club. Whilst I personally think they have totally underestimated the requirements for running a football club had we not been relegated which is down to the poor management of McLeish we would almost certainly either be stable (financially) or have new owners whilst in the premier league. There is no doubt that Yeung et al invested significantly in our club and we did appear to be benefiting from that. However, once relegated revenue streams for commercial sponsors all but disappeared, TV monies reduced and as last time we were relegated many of our assets were sold. The main difference with our last relegation is that Sully & Gold did build up debt to get us back into the Prem. Unfortunately given Yeung’s personal problems raising funds or making more investments is not possible. In my opinion had we still been in the Prem, Yeung would have been able to sell the Club to another buyer. Whether they would be better or not who knows. In my opinion our problems stem from relegation and there you have to look at the ex manager and players. KRO

  • Bluenosesol says:

    Satisfying to see how well our ex=players are all doing. Could well be playing against most of them next season!!

  • Dirty Bertie says:

    Dad’s stuck in HK, uncle’s in Rio but it’s ok, Ryan’s 18 now so he can buy the drinks.

  • Dino Tiltoni says:

    Not sure if it was McJudas that got us relegated Mr Blue Sky. To my mind the key reason was the purchase of Zigic who burnt up all the transfer budget and simply didn’t score enough goals. Man U’s Hernandez was cheaper. We could have had two or three players for what was wasted on Zigic, a player I understand was bought by the club and not the manager. The ginger one was very naive in moving across town especially after begging to stay but I know I’d be keen to get clear of Yeung and co if I had to work with them. If anyone was responsible for us going down it was mainly the team who made crazy individual errors and got themselves sent off in the run in.

  • bluenoseneil says:

    Let’s have it right shall we?

    Not a single outgoing player from Blues relegated squad is playing in a half decent team now, and that reflects on both their performances under McLeish and their overall perceived talent in the eyes of the higher level Premier League clubs. They weren’t good enough, pure and simple.

    On the issue of Pannu I agree it is a little odd to see the man happily jetting off to Rio for a corporate jolly but I think we have spent far too much time as fans on this blog worrying about these guys when the real focus is – and should be – performances on the pitch by our squad.

    We dominated yesterday and got a point. Southampton dominated and got 3, and have 3 of the Top 10 goalscorers in the Championship. It just shows us how far behind we are, and we aren’t close to West Ham either who are a combination of solid AND lucky, without being pretty. McLeish management anyone? Well Big Sam is cut from the same cloth….

    Rather than having ideas above our station or (more importantly) whinging incessantly about something NONE of us can change with our owners, we are better off being behind CH and our current crop of players and letting them do the talking,

    Playoffs are realistic. Anything else right now seems pie in the sky based on the other teams around us.

    Having said that with a good run in Europe, a few signings and offloading Ziggy in January – who I agree is well below par for a man of his price and size – we can underpin what CH has instilled in the squad and push on for a good 2nd half to the season.

  • AR says:

    Zigic is certainly not playing well, but where does the information come from that our ex wasn’t at least in agreement in signing him? However, I remember his goal at Wembley, how he terrified Arsenal’s defence & got the header which led to the 2nd goal. If he were sold in January, how much would we get? One million? But I suppose his wages would finish, & that might allow us to pay for a loan.

  • DinoTiltoni says:

    Hmm… maybe the ginger judas could confirm who decided to buy Zigic. I thought he might be useful in this division but he’s worse than last season. I’m not sure why he didn’t attempt to get onto King’s fantastic cross yesterday.

  • Bombay Blue says:

    “Not a single outgoing player from Blues relegated squad is playing in a half decent team now, and that reflects on both their performances under McLeish and their overall perceived talent in the eyes of the higher level Premier League clubs. They weren’t good enough, pure and simple.”

    Bluenoseneil – that is probably one of the most accurate statements I have read on any thread about our relegation last season. Very difficult to disagree with!! KRO

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