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Gossip Folks – The Transfer Rumour Mill (Winter 2013 edition) Week Three

With just nine days of the transfer window left the stories are starting to come in thick and fast as the days count down.

It’s been a strange week on the transfer front. The number of players to leave Blues in this window now amounts to four with Jake Jervis’ permanent transfer to Elazigspor being the first actual transfer business of the window, joining David Lucas (released to join Fleetwood), Ben Gordon (loan return) and Papa Bouba Diop (released) through the exit door. However, the flames have been well and truly stoked with lurid stories of players being told that they have to leave amid more rumours of administration.

My updated spreadsheet of transfer stories is here – I’ve tried to limit it to actual news stories with defined potential arrivals and departures rather than the general “everything must go” stories we’ve seen of late. Sky Sports led with a story saying that players had been told to leave the club but were forced to change it by yesterday evening as it emerged that no such thing had happened, and the situation was as it has been all along – all players have their price and Blues will have to sell to survive.

For Jake Jervis the transfer window has seen him depart these shores for a new adventure in Turkey and he made an immediate impact, scoring eleven minutes into his debut for Elazigspor against Fenerbahçe in Istanbul with a good header after getting between two defenders. Unfortunately Elazigspor couldn’t hold on to their 2-0 half-time lead, conceding twice in the second half of a stormy game that saw both teams finish with 10 men.  For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, the video is here.

So what now? I think it’s going to be a rough week this week and I don’t think Blues will finish it with the same amount of players that they started it with. I’m resigned to us losing at least two of Curtis Davies, Chris Burke, Marlon King and Jack Butland and I don’t think we’ll bring anyone in. Paul Robinson’s contract also elapses on Sunday and I’m not convinced that will be renewed either.

If there is anything I have missed please drop me a line and I will include it in the spreadsheet. I’m looking to try to update this series one final time on January 28 with a post window wrap up next Friday.

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39 Responses to “Gossip Folks – The Transfer Rumour Mill (Winter 2013 edition) Week Three”

  • Art Watson says:

    Yet another sad but true reflection of what’s likely to happen over the next few days.

    My money is on KIng and Burke to go to Forest and Butland to a prem team.

    On a different note are there any grounds for litigation or a least an investigation into fraud -maybe this will focus PPs mind.

  • Masaccio says:

    PP has gone into hiding whilst the shit is hitting the fan, no word from him for a while, will he ever darken our doorstep again?hopefully not.

  • Support your club - Don't go down he says:

    Whoever goes good luck to them

    Am past caring who it is now.

    Whoevers left good luck to them also.

    We’re gonna need you.

    In the back of my mind is £700K Pee Pee money, might not have had to sell with that in the bank.

    Never mind, be strong, KRO and get up to Burnley

    • Big Des says:

      We just have to keep going down- we cannot go back to the days of no fans at home games – it is too far back for those not “hardcore”. There used to be 17 season ticket holders by me in Block 3 now we are down to 4. My mate now goes walking on a Saturday. watches Sky and has been to one game this season.
      Big Des

    • Blues for life 71 says:

      Am with you on this one “support ypur club” past caring nothing we say do or moan about will have any effect on things at our club just keeps these monotonous forums in business !! so lets do what we have done for years – keep turning up whatever the weather home and away and so be it whatever league we are in we are Blues always have been always will be and aint no one gonna take that away from us. Good luck to those that remain see you at Turd Moor (yes i meant Turd as its not the nicest place).

  • Cyprus - Bluenose2 says:

    Can any one enlighten me on why we are talking about administration, when a club like ours had money in the bank and the likes of Pompy who are £61 million in debt and are still trading.

    Selling players at a time when we need all the bodies to performe is not the right solution, what we should do is hold on to these players, maintain our position in this division and if need be go in to administration in the summer.

    • almajir says:

      Cashflow. We have none – and without cashflow you cannot trade.

      • Ali Duncan says:

        However did PP not state at the end of last or the beginning of this season that Blues were making a profit?

        • almajir says:

          Have we not done this one a few times already?

          Yes, the club made a profit last season HOWEVER that merely wiped out some historic debts. In the scheme of how it’s running now it’s a red herring

          We’re in the situation analogous to the week before payday, with no money coming in, no money we can borrow and a big fat bill has come in that we have to pay.

  • Ali Duncan says:

    I would wager that Burke and Davies will go. I’d expect Redmond will be his natural replacement (although he has been very poor of late) on the right.

    I have a feeling that Jack Butland will still be with us come the 1st February.

  • James says:

    I also think that Butland & King will go and we might just hold on to Davies. Burke, bar 2or 3 appearences this season is the shadow of the player he was. An improved offer to .5mill and he’ll be off. If he doesn’t want to play for Clarke then we might as well cash in.

    Sad to see what Sky said yesterday. I appreciate when you have a b postcode ( queue violins), by and large you’ll be ignored. But to come up with a non entity of a story, which does the club no favours, should be punished – they can go forth and multiply.

    We need a result on Saturday and I think Burnley are another side who despite being nearer the top than the bottom, are capable of dropping points. Another draw is achievable.

    Keep right on

  • marc says:

    These are very sad time’s for us blues fan’s but all we can do as supporter’s is to get down the ground each week and get behind the lads. None of us are happy with the way the club has been run in to the ground but this is not the player’s fault. So we have to get behind them and support them all we can. I agree we need to show our discontent at the next home game and I will be at the Blue’s Trust meeting to see what ideas are put forward. There are darker days to come before it gets better so get off your arses get down St Andrews and support the club we have all loved and cared for since childhood.

  • Asif ashiq says:

    The club i love is dying a really slow death. I for one never wanted yeung there. As i said he couldnt afford to buy reading fc. And couldnt raise a deposit. I wish sullivan/ gold/brady were still there. Should do a man utd and make a fc manchester club!!!! Small heath fc. Pleased jake jervis scored. Good luck to him

  • solbluedean says:


    if we were to work on the theory that the current owners have now all but accepted that they will not recieve anywhere near the amount of money they were hoping for from the sale of the club and taking into account the situattion that it appears unlikely that we will raise the funds needed to avoid administration. Are there any laws that would limit the amount of asset stripping that could be done by the owners, for exmaple in theory could they sell the training ground or St Andrew’s itself?


    • almajir says:


      The club would struggle to sell the training ground – they don’t own it. It’s on a long term lease from the University of Birmingham.

      As for the ground, HSBC have a debenture on that which would have to be satisfied first before any loan could be taken out against it.

      And before anyone asks, i highly doubt HSBC will want to get involved.

  • Evesham blue says:

    No doubt there will be a last minute frenzy of activity on deadline day but Zigic will still be here

  • RichardM says:

    Personally speaking, the rate this is going, I’d be happy to settle for Division 1 football next season with just the kids (and Zigic) left if it meant we had new, solid owners and the future of the club was secure – at least it would give us the chance to build some momentum and buzz round the ground again – which is completely lacking at the moment…

  • Think of the children says:

    i hope King goes – i hate watching a player you know is only in our league because he’s a convicted woman beater and will be much happier when he’s gone.

  • nicky wicky says:

    I am of the opinion that blues team needs a majer rebuild anyway. the blues backline with caldwell and robinson has looked slow, and maybe it would be better with hancox and pablo there. If Butland goes then i’m sure that Doyle can do a good job there in his place. I have been concerned at the quality of the crosses into the the box. they always seem to be at the wrong height for the the strikers. Zigic is blues Darren Bent and could terrorise the Championship, he scored four in one game last year against Leeds,but the balls to him have been poor. The wingers always seem to cross the ball when there are five defenders around him or at the wrong height. neither to feet or head. Set peices are poor. how often have blues scored from one they always seem to be the same there is no variation! I would also rather see Morrison in midfield than Gomis as Gomis gives the ball away too much. It’s time to blood the youngster and build for the long term so when they eventually do sell the club the new owners will have some decent players to build a team around. There needs to be some experience,but one or two youngsters with energy and ability might make a difference?

  • Marvin bluenose says:

    I am currently distraught at what is happening to our club!!!!! It must have been apprent that when we could not sign (Steven Doris) a part-time player from Scotland and a conference player (Adam Cunnington) from Tamworth, that we are well and truly in it. The Marlon King situation is clear the club do not want him injured so he is a saleable asset even if we will let him go for free, I am afraid the writing was on the wall.
    Now what can be done I personally think Tom Ross is failing as a investigative journalist he has not once took to task Pannu at any point (this from as so called fan off the club!!!!!!)
    Now how can we put up some kind of fight against this, I have had a good think since last night and I have come up with the silent protest as they have done in many other countries when the board has felt it did of would not cooperate my idea is on abouth the 68th minute of every home game now the whole of the ground turns it’s back to the pitch ( the reason for 68 is this is roughly the salary Pannu picked up last year 680,000 so I thought 68th minute would be a good bench mark).

  • Dave says:

    I doubt Tom Ross is even a Bluenose, loves the Vile a little too much for my liking. He seems to me to be a little $h*tfly if I’m honest, that seems to hang around the club and leech on to whoever’s in charge because he never got into the BBC, doing all he can to get himself heard and make himself the self-appointed “Voice of Blues”.

  • Atahualpa is a BlueNose says:

    For the next home game against Forest, we should all have an A4 sheet of coloured paper with a pertinent question on for PP and CY. Can you imagine hundreds if not thousands of different questions being waved around for the tv cameras and other fans to pick up, photograph and spread around?? Even send some to the HK press. After the match we should then stick them around the ground as publicity as fans leave; tie them to railings, leave on seats etc.

    Personally I would take a quote that PP or CY have made in the past and show how they have not kept their word. PP made noises about how he ‘understood’ the fans’ frustration with the previous board and the HK would endeavour to change this. Hasn’t happened and his words should come back to bite on his rump.

  • tamuffblue says:

    I also have always had my doubts about Rom Toss – he is far too interested in cosying up to The Vile Filth than findimg out things about BCFC – But my main area of disgust is the Vile Mail and their apparent man at the Blues Tatum ???? I once again remember the Vile Mail front page headline in 2006 – GO DOUG AND TAKE O’LEARY WITH YOU – and then sustained a quite hostile campaign against Ellis and got what they wanted – same too about Lambert – yet with the Blues they merely repeat stories from national media – in fact your website is far superior to anything that Vile piece of shit has achieved in this very worrying period for BCFC – What I would like to see is a detailed investigation by them – and also interviews with Football league officials – get to Hong Kong and pinn the Barber down get in the circles he uses and stop hiding behind the problem of distance and tell the fans whats what – no matter how bad it is

    ps yes Blue in Spain – I feckin hate Carson and Peter Pann !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Tony says:

      If you can’t find anyone to blame then blame the press. What’s that all about?

    • Agent McLeish says:

      Although I completely disagree with you comments on TR (he is a broadcaster remember), I would agree that the Mail seems to have ignored the investigative side of the current ownership and been passive in reporting. Why, I don’t know, maybe the sports editor isn’t interested or maybe they can’t find any mud to stick, we just don’t know but it is frustrating many readers.

  • Wingman Blue says:

    Don’t hold your breath with the VileMail – they’re owned by the same group that employs Nursey.

  • BlueBax says:

    Hi Almajir

    How long does Paul Caddis’s loan run for? Any news on anything more permanent, given his reluctance to go back to Swindon.

  • Bluehobba says:

    Just a thought and apologies if I have brought this up before. Have BCFC been paid all outstanding monies owed from transfers and clauses (if any). #KRO

  • woodlands says:

    Curtis Davies still wearing a Blues Training Kit today

  • SteveC1956 says:

    Will be sad to see Chris Burke in particular to leave.

    Are we Blues fans too apathetic in not showing our displeasure more about the situation the club is in? The Vile fans seem to get their way. When was the last time Blues fans influenced happenings at the club? The last time we made a major stand was via the Blues revolution, back in the 70’s i think?

  • GoodyBlueShoes says:

    As has been said many times before. Protesting and remonstrating will not make any difference at all the the end game. We either go into admin at the end of the season, scrape through the season and remain in the Championship (just) and wait for a buyer who will only offer bottom dollar as that is all the club is worth. It is what it is! Frustrating and soul destroying at times I know. As fans we have two options to live with it or walk away. I aim to keep going to St Andrews whatever as it is a way of life.

  • bluesmandan says:

    If only i had the money to buy my beloved Blues :-( KRO

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