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Welcome Gary Rowett

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Birmingham City have installed former player Gary Rowett as their new manager following the sacking of Lee Clark. 40 year old Rowett has brought his backroom staff with him from Burton – assistant manager Kevin Summerfield, first team coach Mark Sale, goalkeeping coach Kevin Poole along with performance coach Darren Robinson.

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An Open Letter to the Birmingham Mail

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On Saturday Birmingham City capitulated to their worst ever home defeat. With that in mind, I have thought long and hard about how best we could make our voices heard as Blues fans. The Blues Trust are holding an open meeting on Tuesday to get fans together to come up with a consensus and a plan of attack; with this in mind I thought that I should do the only thing I’m good at – writing my blog.

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Divided we fall: Bournemouth Reflections

Birmingham City were today humiliatingly beaten by Bournemouth in what is I’m told the worst ever home defeat. Bournemouth scored eight times and were unlucky not to get into double figures having hit the woodwork three times on top of that. Blues misery began with an early red card and was compounded by Paul Caddis missing a penalty at 0-3.

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Bournemouth Preview in Association with EZE Group

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St Andrews sees its first match of the post-Lee Clark era today with the visit of Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. With just one home win in 24, co-caretaker managers Malcolm Crosbie and Richard Beale will know the home fans are desperate for something to cheer about – particularly after last night’s win for Fulham dumped Blues into the drop zone.

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Referee Watch in Assocation with EZE Group – Keith Hill

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Barring any late changes, Keith Hill of Hertfordshire will be in the middle for Blues’ Championship game against Bournemouth at St Andrews today. Here is a look at his stats.

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Rowett and Phelan in the frame

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According to the Birmingham Mail today, the race to become Birmingham City’s 33rd permanent manager is now hotting up and is down to two main candidates – Gary Rowett and Mike Phelan. Rowett is currently manager of League Two side Burton Albion while Phelan is formerly assistant manager of Manchester United.

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East End Boys

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Birmingham City manager Lee Clark was sacked today following a sequence of results that saw one home league win for Blues in 24 games stretching back 389 days. Steve Watson has also been given his P45 leaving first team coach Richard Beale and chief scout Malcolm Crosbie to take charge of the team for the trip to Ewood Park.

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Why are BIH holding on?

One of the big questions that has been asked of late is why BIH are so intent on holding onto their share listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. With share value crashing by more 21% on Friday the question has been asked as to how much longer the HKSE will allow them to remain trading on the main board of the exchange.

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When the highlight of the game is watching Lee Novak in goal…

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Birmingham City slipped to another home defeat against Bolton Wanderers yesterday. The Trotters, playing their first game under new manager Neil Lennon took the lead in the first half thanks to a Matt Mills header at a corner and despite missing a penalty held it until the end.

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Bolton Preview in Association with EZE Group

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Birmingham City return after the international break to face bottom club Bolton Wanderers complete with new manager Neil Lennon, looking to continue the form that saw them take four points from two away games prior to the break.

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Haircuts and League Cups

You can read regular previews on the book by Daniel Ivery (author of OP) and Will Giles (HK Solicitor) chronicling the rise and fall of Carson Yeung by clicking here.

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