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King leaves Birmingham City

Birmingham City have today confirmed that striker Marlon King has left the club by mutual consent.

The 33-year-old London-born Jamaican International made seventy-nine appearances and scored thirty-two goals for the Blues after signing on a Bosman free transfer from Coventry City.

King was top scorer in each of his two seasons at Blues with eighteen goals in his first campaign and fourteen in a second season that ended prematurely thanks to a knee injury.

However, legal troubles have consistently dogged King’s football career, with the striker bailed to appear before Nottingham Crown Court in September on charges of dangerous driving. King has fourteen previous criminal convictions and has had two spells in prison.

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93 Responses to “King leaves Birmingham City”

  • Peter says:

    Good luck. We move on.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Good luck Marlon. Hope it works out for you. Thanks for all the goals.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      To terminate his contract before he’s found himself a new club is a bit strange, after all this time. I wonder if the latest court case has something to do with it?

      • Stephen Wood says:

        According to Clark, we are in desperate need of slashing the wage bill. Marlon is a constant goalscorer & will be a welcome addition to any club. I wish him well. we must consider our survival & rid ourself of the dead wood we carry & move on!

  • Bluesbot says:

    I suppose the cub could have let him go under the guise of bringing the club into disrepute, however this would be a bit rich considering our illustrious owner lol

    • StaffsBlue says:

      True… but why didn’t they terminate his contract at the end of last season… or the end of June… or the end of July? Why the end of August, when the window iwill be closing soon? Strange.

  • pierre says:

    will this allow us yo bring another player?

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I think Lee Clark intimated that it would take 2 players going out before we could bring anyone in.

    • almajir says:

      I very much doubt we will bring in another player unless we lose one or more of Ambrose, Lovenkrands, Mullins and Zigic.

      • Blueboy 88 says:

        Which begs the question – Why King ?
        Not Ambrose, Lovenkrands, or Mullins ?

        • almajir says:

          Blueboy – read the last paragraph of the article and think about it.

        • Blueboy88 says:

          Interesting because the official club line is

          “due to the club having to trim its player wage costs in order to meet Financial Fair Play regulation requirements”

          • StaffsBlue says:

            I would think that King was on more than least season’s signings… as I would expect that last season’s signings are on more than this season’s. Which means that King would probably be on 3 or 4 times the wages of this season. But then, it’s possible that Zigic is on as much as last night’s starting XI put togther. Who knows.

  • bluenoseneil says:

    Good luck Marlon. Thanks for the goals.

    Now that we know he’s gone and was never going to feature in a Blues game again perhaps a few of the “why aren’t we playing King?” people would like to apologise to Dan for banging on and on about something that was fairly inevitable given our financial plight?

    I for one think we will play bette without him and Zigic (when he eventually goes) as they are/were not only a financial drain but change the make-up of our (potential future) team, and not for the better in my eyes.

    YES we need other Forward options and a loan would be good if we can get rid of Lovenkrap, but Clark is forced to work with the tools he has and (like last years second half to the season) I fully expect that recipe to come good at some point.

    KRO

  • fletch says:

    well if kings on 15k aweek …. still has 11 month contract [ thats 44 weeks x £15000 ? =£ 660,000 ]…. now assuming mutual agreement means he gets a least half of that figure ….. wheres the money come from ?… or has someone already invested ?????

  • Dan says:

    I am actually still quite mythed why Lovenkrands did not work out for us. I do remember him playing for Schalke a while back and he was a hard-working always dangerous player back then. Well, past glories….

  • WalmleySteve says:

    Leaving by mutual consent normally implies that we’ve paid him a lump sum settlement figure to go. I thought the club was utterly skint? Dan – have you any idea from your sources when the club will run out of cash – i.e. before the next transfer window (not that we’ve got any assets to sell) unless the club is either sold or BIHL can secure more finance (from the usual dubious sources at excessive rates of interest?)

    • bluenoseneil says:

      Meh you worry too much :p

    • almajir says:

      Steve

      I’ve heard various rumours but I’m loathe to actually put a date out there because I don’t know for sure. Suffice it to say, the club is in trouble without investment or sale and it needs to happen soon.

    • DoctorD says:

      Maybe it’s something like we pay him his wage until he gets a new club and we’re praying he gets fixed up somewhere else asap.

  • fletch says:

    lets pay of doyle lovenkrands murphy novak ambrose mullins and mr zigic next …. please

  • jazzzy786 says:

    King is one of the best strikers I’ve seen at the club in recent times. Who will step up to the plate and score the 15-20 goals King provided? If any money becomes available to LC then a proven goalscorer is a must. I don’t think any of our strikers is capable of getting 10 goals this season. Maybe the time is right for Asante or Hale to shine.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      You could be right jazzzy. With King gone, Lovenkrands as good as useless, Zigic M-I-A and Asante injury prone…. maybe it’s time to blood Hales.

      One thing that does give me confidence though… and that’s the battling, never-say-die attutude we showed last night. Against all odds, we calmed ourselves down, came roaring back and won the game. It’s a good sign that the squad are starting to gel and are willing to scrap for each other.

  • RYAN KIMBO says:

    he was my favourite player i even got his name on my shirt last year HE SCORES GOALS MARLON!!!!

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I liked King as a player, always have. But it’s time to move on folks!

  • KeepRightcroydOn says:

    Assuming a cash settlement was reached with King, I imagine the only way we could afford a pay off if it was structured over a series of stage payments, with the proviso that the total amount payable would be reduced if and when he finds alternative employment. At least I hope Pannu has the common sense to negotiate something along these lines.
    And if this is the case I wonder if we can do something similar with Ziggy: afterall we seem to be paying him to lie on the physios table instead of running around on the pitch.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      To be honest…. with players like Zigic, Murphy and Fahey before them… we’ve had little return on our investment. Murphy has been injured 3 out of the 4 seasons he’s been with us. Zigic scored in the LC Final and went on holiday for the rest of the saason (and is at it again) and we only had Fahey for half a season out of the last two. These are the players we need shot of really, they’re not adding a thing to the cause really.

  • geraldsquires says:

    Hurtling towards oblivion it appears does it not mmmmm?
    and not too mention novak mmmmm? Do people still think hes anything other than a pub player?mmmmm? We are in diré straits

  • mark says:

    Well Marlon gone……..well after yesterday did we really miss him not really……… I would like to join in to thank him for the memories, some very nice goals………..

    • steve says:

      We won’t be allowed to walk one in every week. No strikers scored again. So yes,we will miss him.

  • RichardM says:

    Thanks Marlon, a clever striker and easily the best at St Andrews in the past two seasons. Your goals wil be missed! Good luck except when playing the Blues….

    • StaffsBlue says:

      He should be applauded for his amazing hat-trick against Millwall alone. We’ve had no one else at the club in the last 5 years, at least, who could have scored those. Thanks Marlon.

    • Ali Duncan says:

      But not the 10 offside flags per game.

  • Art Watson says:

    Sad loss and one which will push the club (result wise )into further difficulty.

    Good luck Marlon-I think you are better out of it.

  • BlueSteve says:

    Marlon was a good player for us and I thank him for that but sadly the fact is that in our current financial state his salary is to rich for us. So if he was happy to settle financially (probably because he will find another club with his goal scoring ability) we the club were more than happy to do the settlement deal as well. Ambrose, Mullins and Lovenkrands though are here past the window as know one wants them. Its a shame because with a bit of room of room on the wage bill we maybe able to sign Caddis on loan and revert to 4-5-1 more succesfully. I’m not sure Earley is a good enough defender in a back 4.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      We need to play a system that give Eardley a bit of protection… and that’s 4-4-2 or 4-5-1. He’s not even close to quick enough to play wingback. When the ball is pushed past him, he’s far too slow to turn and gets left for dead, a bit like Mullins (and Caldwell last year.) We can’t afford too many of those in the team. And I’ve always been a fan of Eardley too. We need to give Higgins a shot too.

  • Godsavetheblues says:

    I will admit I got it wrong about Novak. That was some finish last night!

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I wish people would get of Novak’s back. The guy is running his bollocks off for the team.. and it was his failing to give up yet another lost cause that put Burke in for the cross that Shinnie scored from.

    Give the guy a feckin break.

  • blunosed says:

    King is a menace to society, a thoroughly disgusting man.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Won’t disagree with that…. but he’s still our best goalscorer for years. It’ll be a long time before we find someone else that prolific.

  • Marky mark says:

    Clearly King has issues outside of football but nobody can deny he earned his wages on the pitch
    Unlike some other players we could mention who haven’t and don’t

    • StaffsBlue says:

      He was one of the (very) few who earned their wages last season. Luckily, most of those who didn’t are gone.

  • tONY says:

    One thing i am not clear about regarding King Dan is this, you say he has left by mutual consent, that usually mean some kind of financial package
    If we had waited until after his court case, where there is the possibility of a custodial sentence (given his record)in such an instance could we have terminated his contract on the grounds of his behaviour and not paid anything?.

  • tONY says:

    Cant make up my mind if Gerald is for real or one of these alternative comedians, he certainly makes me smile.

  • andy says:

    I agree with staffsblue about Novak, the guy works his socks off for the team and his chase of a lost cause set up Birmingham’s second goal last night. If anybody wonders why Lee Clark keeps picking him, it is because he gives everything, the guy deserves some credit. Rather see that than a £6 million player on £60,000 per week who struggles to score himself or even play for that matter.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Absolutely in agreement. I was always under the impression that Bluenoses were a fair lot, who would always back a player who gave everything for the team. Sadly, it seems times have changed.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        For all those who think Novak can’t score goals. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vgKlsH9ghk

        All in the last 4 years.

      • Ali Duncan says:

        I back the team and will always support any player in the shirt but I think sometimes you have to honest and say it how it is. Novak is not good enough for the championship. I feel that he just doesn’t have the quality. He’ll need multiple chances per game to score and that isn’t good enough in a team that will be struggling to score goals all season. I would invite people to remember Marlon and his ability to finish a one-on-one with the keeper. you would bet on King beating the keeper. The man was clinical, confident and had skill. I would put ten pence on Novak beating the keeper in this situation (as he proved on Tuesday night)

        Unless you’re a Teddy Sheringham type forward player (and he also scored plenty) you’re judged on your goal scoring ratio. Novak’s record is p*ss poor and I don’t see it improving.

        Out of all Clark’s signings, so far Novak is the only dud. Otherwise I’ve seen desire, commitment and a few rough stones that have potential and will be polished into gems. Novak will struggle to get anywhere near double figures this season and that is why we’re going to struggle. Ziggy and Green upfront for me every day of the week.

  • Steve-0 says:

    Gerald graced 606 and also Teamtalk in the past. He is still the pleb he always was I see.

  • Steve says:

    Bit surprised that a third of the post covers his legal exploits – seems a bit disproportionate to the value he bought to us to me. Is there a subtext?

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Gonna be interesting in the next round. At least we’re at home.

  • Ali Duncan says:

    Favourite Marlon memory – Millwall away 23rd Oct 2012. I don’t mind admitting I’d had a heavy drinking day in South East London before. Cracking hatrick and the euphoria after coming back from 3 down will never leave me.

  • mark says:

    marlon wont ever play for the Jamaica national team again ……………….

  • mark says:

    while he was playing for leeds never scored a goal for them…………………

  • mark says:

    Marlon king or Mikael Forssell hypotheses who would you rather have in your team…………..

    • StaffsBlue says:

      For goals… I’d back King every time. He’s done it almost consistently through his career.

      • mark says:

        sorry to say myself forssell fan scored a perfect hat-trick one off both feet, and the other with his head,,, just sheer class….possibly played about 90 odd games with about 30 goals.. a fully fit forssell loved to watch……taking nothing away from marlon he also done business…….i think marlon got a good record for his national team?

        • StaffsBlue says:

          On personality etc, I’d go for Forssell every time. The reason I’ve gone for King, is because he’s been pretty much consistent over about 15 years. He’s only had a handful of barren seasons.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            He’s been a silly boy before he joined us and with this latest incident. But he’s mainly behaved himself in the 2 years he’s been with us and certainly earned his wages with his goals etc. That’s what I’ll remember him for, his goals. End of.

  • fletch says:

    marlon king was a good championship goalscorer… no one can argue…. winston greens number nine will have to look out … fact is we are better off without ,he was a soccer mercenary
    he soon dumped coventry for us …. the bloke is a footballing disaster, not the clean living type even his grannie would have to agree.if he stayed was fit ,could he stay out of trouble ?…. we’ve had bad boys before … blake coton harford dennis dillon gayle…. hopkins the differerence? these guys would fight for us [ no pun intended] …. bcfc till they die mentality needed …. lee clarke knows what he wants the club need to support him

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Agreed, off the pitch, his personal life wasn’t perfect… but to call him a ‘footballing disaster’ I don’t get that at all.

  • Blooflame says:

    I’m incredulous that fans here are speaking of him as an exceptional player. King was far removed from that accolade, I suppose all these things are relative but he came to us well past sell by date, perhaps it was an indication of the parlous state the club was/is in?

  • AF says:

    Why all the smokescreen from the club?? Its abvious this has nothing to do with Financial Fair Play or him finding another club., which is totally unlikely if he’s unable to play for some time.

  • Frankie says:

    Been great for us.
    Thanks Marlon !

  • BlueSwan says:

    Good day to you all. I have been an avid reader of OP for a while now but this is my first post on here so please be gentle :). Do you think it is possible that Birmingham City and Marlon King had made an agreement that we would pay his wages up to the end of the transfer window so he didn’t lose out by signing for a new team on lower wages? Makes sense to me.
    We do need our team to start scoring now and not just the strikers but also from midfield and defenders from corners, they can all chip in. I think when Randolph returns we will see an improvement at the back. Doyle didn’t have a great pre-season and I think Randolph deserves that number one spot. Finally, as I live in Swansea In sure I will get a bit of stick this morning but I am looking forward to the next cup game. KRO!

  • Bluenosesol says:

    This comment was made by LC to Sky sports only a few days ago “Marlon’s been courted by a number of clubs home and abroad,” “He’s in discussions as we speak and that’s understandable because he’s a top player and a proven goalscorer.”
    So I would guess that his new club will be anounced any time soon and doubt that we had to fork out anything significant in terms of a pay off.
    I will not join the clamour to wish him well, however I do hope that he finds enough honesty, humility and common decency to become a reformed character.

  • dave mann says:

    we done well out off marlon king on the pitch so no problems there, but he had a bit of a temper
    off it so thats why lee froze him out on top off his 17000 k a week. i said earlier this week that
    if we can get someone in to replace him before deadline day that would be great but were not
    gonna get a lot for nothung are we?KRO.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Go and get Jon ‘The Beast’ Parkin from Fleetwood. I’m only half-joking. :-)

      Now there’s a guy who knows how to terrorise a defence. He’s 31 now, but he still scored 10 in 19 games last season. And what do his fans chant? “Feed The Beast and he will score.” Sound familiar?


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