UK time is: 05:48:21
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

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.
col8
How refreshing though not to be motivated by money - a rarity in football these days.
bmb
 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Articles

Injury News: Novak and Hancox (Friday April 18 2014)

Officials For The Forest Game. (Thursday April 17 2014)

Clark Speaks About Loan Market. (Thursday April 17 2014)

Birmingham Urged to Shoot! (Tuesday April 15 2014)

Birmingham Lose Novak to Injury (Thursday April 10 2014)

Nine Man Boro See Off Birmingham. (Tuesday April 8 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Birmingham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
15. Sheff Wed 43 13 14 16 2 53
16. Leeds Utd 42 14 8 20 -9 50
17. Huddersfield 43 12 11 20 -9 47
18. Birmingham 41 11 10 20 -10 43
19. Doncaster 43 11 10 22 -28 43
20. Charlton 42 10 12 20 -24 42
21. Blackpool 43 10 12 21 -27 42

Breaking League News

Blackburn 0 Glovers 0
Yeovil : 18/04/2014 23:38:00
Opposing View: Ipswich Town
Watford : 18/04/2014 23:37:00
Top Display From The Latics - More To Follow
Wigan : 18/04/2014 23:23:00
Wigan : 18/04/2014 22:39:00
Boro chase more success
Middlesbrough : 18/04/2014 22:23:00
Rovers remain in relegation dogfight
Doncaster : 18/04/2014 21:36:00
Ten Owls wide awake as Cherries dream falters
Bournemouth : 18/04/2014 21:33:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Nottingham Forest v Birmingham City 19 April 2014
Suggested By:  
Home win 51%
Draw 16%
Away win 33%