Vital Football

Latest Birmingham City News

No Star Names At Birmingham City

No Star Names At Birmingham City

Birmingham City's chairman David Gold has told Graham Hill, in a report in the Sunday Mercury, that he thinks Emile Heskey will be 'absolutely awesome' in the Championship.

The Board have backed Steve Bruce and Gold says that the manager is the main reason Blues have attracted top players over the past few seasons. He also says he is confident the manager will be able to persuade the likes of Jermaine Pennant and Emile Heskey to stay at the club for the forthcoming season.

Gold said: 'I think Emile would be absolutely awesome in the Championship and defenders couldn't contain Jermaine in the Premiership so think what he would be like if he dropped down a division.'

'The great thing about Steve Bruce is that people want to come and play for him. He has great persuasive powers as he showed when he got Dugarry to come here. He did it with Chris Sutton but it didn't work out because he was injured so much. So we hope he can get Heskey and Pennant to stay. And if you throw a fit-again David Dunn into the equation then we can finish top of the division, provided we get about 35 matches out of him. And Mikael Forssell would also do well.'

He also says that he hopes that no one bids for Pennant or Heskey but again re-assures fans that if any players are sold, the money will go straight back into team rebuilding.

He also explains a shift in policy at Blues after the board decided they needed to build on youth not necessarily big names.

'I think it's clear that we will need more dynamic and athletic players at Blues next season. We need players who can not only cope with the rigours of a 46-game season, but who can also raise their game even at places like Colchester and Southend. That is vital if we are to be promoted.'

Laying it totally on the line he adds 'We won't be having the Mario Melchiots or the Chris Suttons of this world at Blues. There will be gaps of course and I expect us to fill them before the start of the season.'

Only time will tell what happens this summer, I am glad that they won't be looking at 'big names' for big names sake, especially as we won't be able to attract the big guns to the Championship anyway, but I'm also not convinced that the likes of Heskey and Pennant really will stay and fight for us next season. I hope they do, but I have my doubts. What both players should do is commit themselves to Blues for one season, if we don't get promotion then fine, look for a move.

Pennant has already said he is willing to stay and fight, I wonder when and if Emile Heskey will say the same?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday May 29 2006
Time: 11:04AM


u keep them 2 u have a chance of going back up
green giant 12
29/05/2006 13:41:00
Didn't realise you had any star names last season either? ;-)
The Fear
29/05/2006 15:38:00
Very good, is that the best you can do? Would have thought you had more to worry about with the fact you've got to sell all your 'stars'.
Tilton Honour
30/05/2006 09:46:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Birmingham City Articles

The Duke of Hazard

Lukas Jutkiewicz's inclusion has upset the balance of Blues' play, according to Neil Moxley.

No More ******* Bad Language - EFL

The Football League, or EFL for those with a rebrand nature, have called on fans across the country to say no to 'starry' language or no more...

Diego and Che for derby day

Rob Wildey says Diego Fabbrini and Che Adams could play at pivotal part in the second city derby

Eight days to go.

Blues will entertain Villa next Sunday afternoon

Archived Vital Birmingham Articles

Vital Birmingham articles from

Site Journalists

Tom Heslop
Editor email
Christopher Handy
no email
Saskia Bowes
no email
Rob Wildey
no email
Luke Turner
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Where do we need to strengthen in the emergency loan window?
Suggested By: Tom Heslop
In goal7%
In defence21%
In midfield5%
In attack67%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 14 10 1 3 31 19
2 Brighton 14 8 4 2 28 9
3 Huddersfield 14 9 1 4 28 4
4 Norwich 14 8 3 3 27 7
5 Sheff Wed 14 7 3 4 24 1
6 Bristol City 14 7 2 5 23 6
7 Birmingham 14 6 5 3 23 3
8 Reading 14 6 4 4 22 -3
9 Preston 14 6 2 6 20 1
10 Leeds Utd 14 6 2 6 20 -1
11 Brentford 14 5 4 5 19 5
12 Barnsley 14 6 1 7 19 3
13 Q.P.R. 14 5 4 5 19 -3
14 Fulham 14 4 6 4 18 -2
15 Burton 14 4 5 5 17 0
16 Aston Villa 14 3 8 3 17 0
17 Ipswich 14 4 5 5 17 -2
18 Wolves 14 4 4 6 16 -1
19 Forest 14 4 3 7 15 -3
20 Cardiff 14 4 3 7 15 -9
21 Derby County 14 3 5 6 14 -4
22 Blackburn 14 3 3 8 12 -8
23 Wigan 14 2 5 7 11 -3
24 Rotherham 14 1 3 10 6 -19
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Birmingham City Results (view all)

Birmingham City Fixtures (view all)

Oct 30 2016 12:00PM : Aston Villa (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Bristol City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Brentford (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Barnsley (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Newcastle United (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

3.Rob Wildey14
4.David Village12
7.Mark Jones3
The Vital Football Members League