Birmingham City - Gold Downplays Money Issues
UK time is: 17:01:43
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Gold Downplays Money Issues

David Gold has gone on record as saying that money is not the object of desire for the Blues' board.

Fans and Steve Bruce have been dismayed by the board's actions concerning Matt Upson, but Gold has continued to defend the directors' stance on selling the centre half to West Ham.

People have also pointed to the fact that selling Upson could ruin our chances of promotion and a 30-40 million windfall, far in excess of Upson's transfer fee, however Gold says it's not as straight forward as that because whatever money is made, outgoings in fees and wages still rise.

'Every football club, in the main, breaks even. Whether it's in the Championship or the Premiership.

'The players get rewarded, as we know. I don't mind that, I am a believer in market forces.

'If your income is 40million in the Premiership, then the wages rise equal to that. If you are relegated and your income is halved, you spend that kind of money on purchasing players. Getting promotion, the incentive isn't about money for us.

'This is about pride, making up for that hurt and disappointment of relegation, getting back to where we were. I wish people could really feel it.

'Financially, the reality is that it doesn't make one dot of difference to the club whether we are in the Premiership or Championship.

I suppose it makes a nice change that it's not Sullivan putting his foot in his mouth for a change.

You wages only rise on promotion if you are stupid enough to agree to ridiculous demands or can't negotiate clever enough to have success rewarded rather than paying a higher bottom line. Of course it's about money, football is thesedays and with the prices the board insist fans pay has Gold forgotten about the Premiership years where the club made a profit instead of just 'breaking even'.

Being in the Premiership, financially, makes all the difference and it's naive to believe anything else.

Again if Blues hadn't made profit during the Prem years maybe he would have a point but saying he wished people could feel the hurt and disappointment of relegation is just insane.

Fans live those feelings week in week out, and although I genuinely think Gold does feel the frustration like fans stupid interviews like this do nothing to enhance his position.

There is no win, or comeback from the board after saying all month Upson wouldn't be sold and then deciding to sell him at the last minute, they would be far better off apologising and taking the flak instead of trying to defend an indefensible action.

Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

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

The Journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 6 2007

Time: 2:54PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
If nothing else since returning to the premiership the blues board have always been cute when it comes to money, only question I would ask as an outsider is why was Upson sold so late in the transfer window. Everyone knew he was going but the manager was shafted when it come to getting a replacement.
Report Abuse
07/02/2007 02:36:00

How refreshing though not to be motivated by money - a rarity in football these days.
Report Abuse
07/02/2007 12:09:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Birmingham City Articles

Sign Him Up (Friday October 9 2015)

Opinion: Ten games in- A year on! (Friday October 9 2015)

No Players Coming In (Thursday October 8 2015)

Birmingham Fans Paid £14.08 per game? (Wednesday October 7 2015)

Gray's Best Position (Wednesday October 7 2015)

Should Maghoma Start? (Tuesday October 6 2015)

Archived Birmingham City Articles

List All Vital Birmingham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. WayCoolBlue 17
2. Sask 12
3. Chrisblues 7
4. BcfcTom 7
5. HappyBlueHarry 2

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Brighton 10 6 4 0 6 22
2. Middlesbrough 10 6 2 2 10 20
3. Reading 10 5 3 2 9 18
4. Birmingham 10 5 3 2 6 18
5. Hull City 10 5 3 2 6 18
6. Burnley 10 5 3 2 3 18
7. Derby County 10 4 5 1 5 17

Birmingham City Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Town keepers Give Me Jeepers Creepers!
Ipswich : 10/10/2015 13:54:01
Rams Trio Help Ireland To Famous Win
Derby County : 10/10/2015 13:41:00
Hillsborough Trip Moved For TV
Derby County : 10/10/2015 13:30:00
RUFC - Today is Non-League Day!
Rotherham : 10/10/2015 09:00:00
LUFC Hockaday Lands Harriers Job
Leeds Utd : 10/10/2015 08:02:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Will Birmingham City Make The Play-Offs?
Suggested By:  Sask
Yes 45%
No 55%