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OP Video Podcast – Delays and Reviews

Today saw two announcements from BIH to the HKSE – confirming yet more delays and also the outcome of the internal control review.

Rather than type a 2,000 word essay on it, here’s me talking about it on video.


Key points:

  • Links to the announcements: Delay to the Circular and Internal Control Review
  • The EGM now is unlikely before August 31, which may push back the eventual completion of the takeover to Late November / Early December. The delay is being caused by the HKSE asking questions.
  • The internal control review shows the mess the company was in, the lack of control, safeguards and invoices for consultancy fees.

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107 Responses to “OP Video Podcast – Delays and Reviews”

  • mark says:

    as i said earlier Daniel what strike force proved this evening against mickey mouse teams. But GR spouting he happy about fitness wooooooooooow. so stop worryingggggggg. Its in safe hands with GR Mr safety first

    • almajir says:

      You sound like a broken record Mark, give it a rest.

      • mark says:

        i am commenting on your podcast how is that a broken record mate. You stated the obvious yourself.
        voicing opinions is not a crime, equally when our club does not come up to standard like this evening. Opinions are voiced. players are the property of bcfc and as fans if they drop their standards or not up to it find somewhere else. any way thanks for your kind words.

  • carlos1875 says:

    Now now ladies were birmingham city we or should that be they will do what they want

  • Chris W says:

    Daniel my main and only question is this sale to TTA a definite now or is there any chance whatsoever that we get to August or December and we find out it’s not gonna happen. I’m so worried that were being sold off to another company that has no interest in football or the fans. I like you and all
    The other bluenoses want our club back where we belong. I know these things are difficult to answer but I just can’t see TTA from what I’ve seen so far ever putting up the money we need to be back in the Premiership and competing. With the lack of transfer business so far we will be lucky to compete in the championship this season. Life is hard being a bluenose but I guess that’s why we keep right on to the end.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Whoever is holding the transfer purse strings, whoever is dithering on players… they’re not instilling much confidence in the supporters. 18 days to go and it’s all a little bit shambolic tbh. Both our squads tonight only had 6 subs to call on, a lot of those were kids. Not good enough.

    Now, we might sign 4 players in the next 10 days and all this will seem like bed wetting… but I wouldn’t bet my hard-earned on it. Mr Rowett & Co need to get their fingers out, or they risk leaving us short for the 4th window running. Left back. Left wing. Goalscorer(s). That’s our bucket list.

  • zxcv says:

    I give up with all this tripe being spouted I said two weeks ago we must have some money and you Dan said the complete opposite to what you just said in this blog.you told us you have contacts in high places at bcfc and you say today you ain`t got a clue whats going on. then you tell every one else they are wrong and try to be Mr clever dick. I posted today about Panos talking to us more and telling us where we stand and you try and belittle that post by telling me the obvious I know the s/hoders have a legal right and you know I know that but you have to try and be Mr clever dick again now your telling us what I said in that post, unbelievable.

  • ChrisG says:

    All these goings on at BIH makes me wonder what state the club would be in now if CY hadn’t been arrested, the way things were being run we could have easily gone into recievership & be down in the lower leagues by now, so I suppose if the HKSE are gonna make sure everything is spot on before we can procede to the next step of TTA coming in then that can only be a good thing in the long run however frustrating.
    As far as transfers go I really don’t get Rowetts philosophy on them, now he’s said after the games last night that a lot of the problems during the games were a throwback to the problems of last season, well my philosophy is bloodywell get on and do something about it then your the manager, for 2 seasons now we’ve been crying from the rooftops about needing a decent left back, i’ve not heard that many names linked with us for that particular position, so is he happy to go with an incompetant LB again with no cover?. As already mentioned we are desperate for a striker and a left footed winger, for me the LB & striker should of been signed before jetting off to Marbella to give them a chance to integrate into the team. I get the feeling we’re gonna be relying heavily on our youth this coming season and I just hope they’re up to it.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      The results of the friendlies are meaningless and, I think, most people agree with that. But, when we only have 6 substitutes to choose from when Shrewsbury and Walsall had 11 and 10 respectively to select from, just about sums it up. What worries me, with these 45 minutes and split squads, is that come the start of the season, Rowett still won’t know his best team or his best tactics.

      • Richard Granfield says:

        Staffs……Did we only have 6 substitutes to choose from because:-
        A, Gary wanted the starting 11 to play 90 minutes?
        B, 17 of the players were at the other fixture?

        • StaffsBlue says:

          He said himself that he was down to the bare bones. I doubt he would have used half of those youngsters if he had enough first teamers.

  • Littleblue says:

    Mark you know nothing about football end of story. Pre season is about fitness and also how the likes of you expect Gary rowett to compete without any or very little money is beyond me. Your clueless pal why don’t you sod off an support them down the road.

  • swissjonny says:

    Daniel, were you let back into the house? The lady locking the door seemed quite intent on keeping you outside. I hope it was your house and you werent just borrowing the garden! On a serious note a scout was brought in to help GR with recruitment.Things dont appear to have changed.I was critical and thought that GR was a ditherer and lacked ability in the transfer market.Now he has help and if anything we appear to have gone backwards.I would suggest that matters financial are not as rosey or clear cut as we are being told. We need a proven goalscorer now or we are going to have a total non season. kro

  • Marky mark says:

    Admit it Dan, you dont really have a clue whats going on, not having a go at you I reckon the majority
    of the staff at BCFC havent got a clue whats going on so why should you be any different.

    We do not have the financial clout to get deals over the line quickly, I suspect we will do most of our business in the last couple of days before the season starts, thats what happens when you are bottom of the food chain.

  • The worrying part about the outcome of the friendlies is what influence on potential targets when they read the headlines …We could have found out what we did last night on our own training pitch .to attract the right quality players to STANS we needed good results last night . .After the last 5 years we need to get our image back …the first team is the most important thing in the club not the rearing of youngsters to sell ..they need to be in the team later ..there first team are birmingham city …Fulham our asking about Wilson .God knows what he thinks …

    • Hillfield Blues says:

      Completely over the top again William.Our pre-season fixtures have nothing to do with influencing potential signings,money does that.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        It’s always down to who pays the most. Anyone who tells you different is pulling your plonker.

  • Martin says:

    With reguards the take over i never thought it would happen yet, and i dont think it will happen any time soon. Maybe some time next year, it will then be so TTA can restructure and sell on. Making money along the way, we have years of this yet guys. We must KRO here as stability is nowhere to be seen yet, even with TTA they are to not in it for anything other than money lets not be fooled or look at things through rose tinted glasses. They are not going to pump millions in and have no super rich backer. They are far to low key for my liking and have not even engauged well with the supporters (cus they dont care) Its about one thing only MONEY.
    With reguards the squad i think GR struggles in transfers. Its part of his job i think is a weekness and would keep him out of the PL as a potential MGR. If we had a big budget do we have the ability to spend it ??? Not sure on that one. Maybe thats why Panos bought in some help to get transfers done ??

    • zxcv says:

      Martin I don`t think you are very far from the truth with all of that, imo. Just a point on Panos, we have a bcfc web site do we not why can`t he have a monthly slot on their to keep us informed on what he can and can`t tell us maybe have a question and answers section while all this is going on at least we may feel a little more respected as customers and supporters. tbh I couldn`t give a toss about s/holders but as such they have a legal right to be kept informed, so as customers who spend an awful lot of money on this business week in week out so surely Mr Panos does not need the law to tell him to show us the same respect, he can surly make that choice out of decency can`t he.

      • almajir says:

        All announcements about what is happening with respect to the takeover must be made to the HKSE first – I know it’s not nice, it’s not morally right even but our wants and needs don’t come into it – the law is against us on this.

        • zxcv says:

          I really do appreciate that Dan, and I wouldn`t expect an announcement from him more of a chance to put his side of things ,and only answer what he can answer like I said in my post. we have all asked questions today including yourself which I find refreshing tbh which he could have answered, for example do we still have the loan money in place as I can`t accept that we spent anywhere near what we potently had to spend this was something that had already previously been announced so he could well be able to talk about this also the Grey money is there any of that left, and finally he could be expected to answer questions about what he and Rowett have already said like for example that there is money to spend. I would just add to this something that Dan Hickman said above, I would rather know if we had nowt or almost nowt to spend rather than roomers that we have this or we don`t have a sausage, ie just the truth from the horses mouth after all Dan it was he who said some time ago that he would communicate more, maybe he could come on here for half an hour once a week or fortnight and maybe elay fans fears if not on the official forum as on there he could answer questions as and when he can.

          • almajir says:

            You’ve got more chance of plaiting fog than Panos commenting on here. I wouldn’t ask him to – this is just a blog ffs, it’s not for him to communicate his thoughts on.

            He’ll communicate by official means, when he chooses.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Mr Rowett: “The only real chance they had came from a silly mistake. We’ll get those mistakes out before the season starts.”

    I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one tbh. Hasn’t happened in nearly 2 seasons.

    Mr Rowett: “Once again we got into really good positions and once or twice around the box people need to be more ruthless and selfish. That was lacking, but the application was fantastic and some of the play was very good we just need to make a little bit more of some of those positions.”

    Same old, same old I’m afraid. With the same 3 misfiring strikers, things are never going to change. Bring in two new strikers (at least one a goalscorer) move Vaughan and Brock-Madsen out and we might stand a chance of scoring more than one goal a game.

    • Hillfield Blues says:

      He’s only doing what every other manager does by talking his team up,he’s not going to stand there and say it’s boring is he?.Whats more concerning to me is the fact that he’s juggling around with kids when we should be formulating a strategy with a few new signings around but time is now dragging on with less than 3 weeks to go.A lot were saying GR was inexperienced and indecisive last season when it came to signings but with Ewan Chester now on board to help him it makes you wonder.July was a month that Chester said hots up on the transfer front.GR said he wanted to have one “in the building” by about now so all we can do is sit and wait I suppose but it’s not ideal with the new season around the corner.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        As I said, I can see the season starting without Rowett knowing who his best 11 players are. That’s best 11… not favourite 11.

        • Hillfield Blues says:

          From where I’m standing it’s starting to look like there’s not much money available.I mean,they’re hardly going to come out and say that anyway are they?.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            I think we should just expect the usual tbh. If we do pull a rabbit or two out of the hat, then all’s well that ends well.

        • zxcv says:

          couldn`t agree more Staffs, I am finding it hard to know what the hell he got out of doing these split games, surly he /we would be better off playing the team he thinks is his best starting 11, but then again nothing this bloke does surprises me anymore I am losing respect and credibility for him by the week, I would love to ask Panos what he thinks his manager is trying to do because all the noses I talk to are saying the same and just as baffled.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            As I said earlier, are our best 11 players (in each position) and Rowett’s favourite 11 players the same? I very much doubt it. But I suppose it’s no different to any other manager at any other club.

  • Richard Granfield says:

    I have often posted comments on Dan’s Blog regarding the faith and admiration I have in and for Reece Brown as a footballer. Normally my comments have been met with derision. So how satisfying for me to learn of his starring role against Walsall and his impressive cameo against Forest Green.
    I hope Gary gives Reece a starting spot come the Cardiff game.

  • Richard Granfield says:

    It seems as though James Wilson is going to money bags Fulham on a season long loan.
    I am not too disappointed as he has neither the experience nor the goalscoring pedigree we need.

    • Hillfield Blues says:

      The problem with that Richard is that if GR has been waiting all summer for that to happen then it sticks us back to square one.

      • Richard Granfield says:

        Hillfield……Tatts said yesterday that Gary was looking at 4 potential striker recruits, make that 3.

  • Alan Richardson says:

    Daniel, you speak such profound sense on the situation in HK for which I am extremely grateful. However I am disappointed that you encourage those supporters who think it is easy to sign players, especially strikers, when the club has relatively little money. I’m sure you must realise that GR is as keen as we are to sign players and that it isn’t just a case of saying this is who we want, here’s the cash, get the paperwork done and, by the way, how much does the player want. I’m sure GR would love to see a striker, left-footed left-winger & left-footed left back holding a Blues’ scarf above their heads. So I beg you not to encourage those supporters who have even suggested GR is tactically inept – have they forgotten the immediate change he made in that first game at the Dingles.

    • Hillfield Blues says:

      Agree 100% Alan.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I think after nearly 11 weeks and being told there was definitely money for new players, fans are entitled to question what’s going on as regards bringing players in. It’s when fans don’t bother to ask questions anymore that we’ll be in real trouble, because apathy will have taken over.

    • almajir says:

      Alan

      Sorry, I’m going to have to disagree with you. This is the 3rd, maybe 4th transfer window where we’ve struggled to bring in players. They tell us the money is there but it’s not being spent – why is that? We could have done much better last season had we been quicker off the mark bringing in players and it’s going to cost us again if we’re not careful.

      Yes, GR had a great start to his managerial career at Blues – however, that doesn’t mean he’s excused all future errors and mistakes. I think people lose sight of this because of just how bad things were before.

      • Hillfield Blues says:

        With all due respect we are not acting like we are a club with money to spend.What we and you are being told about funds being available isn’t equating to what’s being done transfer wise.We are now 17 days from our first home match..Dan,if there is an injection of cash available for GR to spend where do you think it would have been generated from?

        • zxcv says:

          Keep up Hillfield Blues, and whatever happened to your Patience lol wearing thin now is it?

      • zxcv says:

        Agreed 100 per cent with all that Dan. And as Staffs said we were told we had funds even before the 10 million was mentioned we were supposed to have money from the Dimi Gret sale for starters and we had funds available from the loan we had when the ground was secured on it, we have not spent anywhere near what we potentially had to spend. So as Dan said just who is holding the purse strings, and we have a right to ask questions as Staffs pointed out after all it was they that said we had funds.

        • StaffsBlue says:

          £1.5 of the Gray money was probably spent on Fabbrini. Also, heaven knows how much the Lafferty and Buckley loans cost.

      • Blue Steve says:

        Dan,
        Nobody is beyond criticism and GR has made mistakes tactically and relating to recruitment. However without knowing his budget its hard to criticize isn’t it? I’d rather wait and make the right choice than end up with 5th choice right now. Brock M was a last ditch deal so we had bodies and looked what happened there. Good quality players are available right now but only to clubs that are willing to spend big on fees and wages. Thats not us until January I’m afraid.

        • almajir says:

          Same excuses for the last few windows Steve. Don’t think it’s just him, just don’t think he’s good at transfers.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Just back tracking slightly but I don’t think a 1-1 draw at Walsall with half a squad is a bad result and a time to get worried and alarmed in pre season … August 6th is what counts and then we start to judge the players , the manager and the new owners to be so from someone who goes to most away games and all home games .. Keep the faith and stop panicking , everything will be hunkydorry. KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I don’t think it was a bad result at all. Walsall are no mugs and have been playing good football for a few seasons now. What worries me most is that, up front, we are still coming up short and, so far, nothing has been done to improve that situation.

      • mark says:

        jack storer had the chance to make a impact in the walsall game, done his warm up’s, coaches gave GR the green light but GR refused to play him. To dismay of the fans and coaches??

  • Richard Granfield says:

    Does anyone agree that to obtain a decent striker in Blues’ financial position, it might mean one of our better players leaving?
    Cotterill to Cardiff comes to mind.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Could very well be. Unfortunately, it’s the way of the world for clubs like us. But, we’ve survived it before and we’ll survive it again.

  • It’s not the end of the world ….but it gave the rest of the championship the confidence to take us on and win …and by playing lower clubs we are risking injury …for it could be their seasons cup final .I am worrying again .what if the HKSE keep delaying progress on the takeover so that the takeover does not happen till after january ..We will be left with what players we get for whats left of this season .the HKSE know their job and should have let everybody know what is needed to get completion .

  • Dan Hickman says:

    I think if we end up back in the realms of having to sell to buy then fans will really feel hard done by as we were told there was money in the pot to start with. Also, I don’t think we would get enough for Cotterill to bring in anyone who would improve the squad. I do think for the most part GR extended honeymoon (which he earnt) is coming to an end for most, and whilst I am a massive fan, this transfer business is starting to worry me. It’s not your money, you won’t be at the club forever whatever happens,, so take a risk! And for all those who will say ‘he has worked wonders on a tiny budget’ you are right he has, and last year’s player of the season proves that he CAN spot a player. However we sold our best prospect in January and for the most part the income from that wasn’t used well at all (with the exception of Fabbrini who I think will come good) and it is GR and the club who have repeatedly said that there is money to be spent, we aren’t inventing it! If they had come out and said there wasn’t a pot to p*ss in then we would expect nothing to happen. They have stirred up excitement and so far failed to deliver!

  • TBone says:

    I don’t understand why people would assume that “proven” goal scorer’s/quality midfielders etc. are queuing up to come to us in the first place. I’m pretty certain we weren’t Tesche’s initial choice of club. I would imagine we’re well down the pecking order generally.

  • Dave Mann says:

    If you look back at the players we attracted between 2002 to 2011 it does make you wonder how far we have fallen but then having no finance and no premiership football it’s no wonder really but yes your right , our pecking order is not top draw but more so bottom draw but our time will come and when it does we can all enjoy it more . KRO

  • Dave Mann says:

    Blues have bid of £1.2 million rejected by Sheffield Utd for Che Adams apparently … KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I would assume he’s the left-sided wide man we’re in need of? Anyone know if he’s left-footed?

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Manager Kevin Wilson of Adams’ former club Ilkeston described Adams as having “pace in abundance, but he’s really powerful too” and said that “his biggest asset is that knack of changing games in the blink of an eye”

        Sounds like the type we need.

        • Andrew says:

          I would like to know how blues are bankrolling some of these players, I haven’t seen them ‘throwing’ money round like that in years

    • ChrisG says:

      Why oh why are blues putting in so much effort on unproven youngsters?, Che Adams may turn out to be a good player in a few years but so might several of the players we already have. We are in desperate need of a proven goalscorer NOW & I really don’t see the point in wasting money that we don’t have on bringing someone like him in. He’s only scored 15 goals in 54 games in league 1 & most of them in a 4-4-2 formation which as we all know is a system Rowett won’t play. I give up!!!!!

  • Bluey says:

    This fresh delay was predictable and i expect further ones ahead. GR is no fool,he knows where we need to strengthen but clearly he is struggling due to us having little money to spend. We are going to be left behind this season by the bigger spenders and will have a moderate season if we`re lucky. Not negative just an opinion based on the facts as i see them.

    • almajir says:

      It is negative though, isn’t it? ;)

      • Bluey says:

        I repeat…..i base my outlook on the facts before me ie we are not able to compete with the bigger-spending clubs,our current squad is mainly average,the Championship looks stronger (to me) this season coming and we have a manager who appears to be struggling to bring players in that will improve us which is understandable i guess. If saying we`ll have a moderate season is negative then i plead guilty.I`d rather say`realistic` but you pays your money……

        • Andrew says:

          An average season sounds optimistic to me, if you count mid able as average for us. I think we will strugglet and be in the wrong end of the table. That’s the realism

        • zxcv says:

          Negative or not you are entitled to your opinion Bluey.why say anything else if you do not believe it to be true. Strange comment to say its negative, so god knows what some folk are who believe we will struggle to stay up.

          • almajir says:

            Someone missed the safety wink implying the joke…

          • zxcv says:

            sorry Dan maybe I did, but tbf its not an unusual comment for you to make. so assumed it was a serious comment. glad you didn`t mean it tho. lol

  • I think we should seriosly start to think about signing Lafferty again as the last thing we want is no striker at all at least he is a good header of a ball and scores goals .

  • Alan Richardson says:

    What might be behind the fact that we haven’t signed players that we need in the last few transfer windows? I don’t believe it can be the management team. How nice and easy for them to bring in a player they want, to make their life easier. Therefore the obvious reason is money, or rather enough money. I have been trying to think of a striker who has been transferred to another Championship club who we could realistically have competed for and who has been a success. There probably is one, but I can’t think who. Would anyone give me any different reasons why they think that the club is still searching? I would like some more signings as much as the next person, but I think it is most unhelpful to the management team to imply that they are not trying hard enough.

    • Bluey says:

      It`s definitely down to our lack of finances. It`s difficult to improve a squad on a shoestring budget and i`m sure the management team are trying hard to bring in players. I`ve personally written off next season in terms of a promotion bid.

    • Hillfield Blues says:

      Agree completely.Yet there’s a few on here that believe it is the manager who doesn’t know what he’s doing in the transfer market.Why would GR not sign good players for the club if money wasn’t a problem?He’s not an idiot is he?.I mean it would make his life a hell of a lot easier if he could go out and sign Bamford wouldn’t it.

  • I think Mr hung is big enough and wealthy enough to take a hit like the brexit has caused . Richard Branson is spending .although mr Hung might be a little reluctant to go over board ..and GR won’t want to upset his future boss . But the little pressure we are giving could probably keep him to his word ….Only way is up…KRO

  • mark says:

    che adams will be priced out of range……

  • mark says:

    good old TMowbray looking at our young players, maybe he can see that GR cannot…..

  • Tony Mowbray watching blues young players could there be an Armstrong offer …player plus cash in the offing from blues . ..

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Surely Armstrong is a Newcastle player? He was only on loan to Coventry. Would be a nice addition though.

  • Alan Richardson says:

    Would someone tell me the answer to my question above please? The name of a striker who has been transferred to a Championship club who we could realistically have competed for, and most importantly one who has been a success.

  • Your right staffs he is a Newcastle player…I like to get excited now and then …

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Signing Armstrong would be a bit exciting… even on loan. He certainly knows where the net is.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    An article on bcfc.com entitled ‘Gary Rowett – A new striker is still top of my list.’

  • Dave Mann says:

    Stating the obvious .. Obviously so let him get on with it . KRO

  • Let’s hope GR can bring in at least 2 more in this window my attitude will change I know that . I have no patience if i dont believe it will happen .but now I feel it might ..

  • Bluesy6 says:

    some of you criticize the villa fans for moaning, you want to step back and take a good look at yourselves.
    Let GR get on with the job in hand, you continuously overlook the fact that he doesn’t have a bottomless pit of money to play with and that he has to work within his constraints/limitations.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      As far as I’m aware, no Blues manager has ever had “a bottomless pit of money to play with.”

      • Bluesy6 says:

        Can’t disagree about my remark re the bottomless pit of money Staffs, It was really a reference to the way the buying of players is talked about that there is money to compete with the bigger spenders which there isn’t.


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