Interesting times

It looks as though the next couple of weeks could be interesting for Birmingham City, both on and off the pitch. In tomorrow’s game, we will see how Rowett reacts to last weekend’s loss: who he puts in the team and how they play. I’d like to see Zigic in the squad and coming on as a sub. He would get a good reception: fans were singing his name at Blackpool and he wasn’t even there.

Plenty will be happening off the pitch too. Carson Yeung’s bail hearing comes up next week the Annual General Meeting of Birmingham International Holdings Ltd takes place the following week. The significance of both of these events was discussed at the open meeting at the George on Tuesday evening.  If Carson is allowed bail pending his appeal it will indicate that the judge thinks he has good grounds for that appeal. Whether or not Peter Pannu is re-elected as a director of BIHL at the AGM will indicate who is winning in the power struggle going on in that organisation. Daniel Ivery was at the open meeting and provided some interesting background information; you can read his thoughts on it here. The meeting was facilitated by Blues Trust and the report on its website is here.

Hereford United has also been going through interesting and depressing times and faces a winding up petition on Monday. A BBC article lists the ups and downs their supporters have had to endure. If the club goes bust, Hereford United Supporters Trust hopes to help resurrect it.  A Guardian article gives a quote from the vice-chair of HUST: “Many supporters believe the club died at the end of last season. They don’t recognise this season’s Hereford United as the one they followed”.  Hereford is a sad reminder that, however bad the situation at Birmingham City may seem, it can get worse.