Championship

Big names eye Birmingham exit as administration looms

Following relegation to the Championship last season, Birmingham City were looking to the season ahead in a positive light as they aimed to bounce back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

The future is looking much more bleak though with financial insecurity leading to several of their best players eyeing a way out of the club.

After it was revealed that Birmingham owner Carson Yeung is facing money laundering charges, it has been indicated that the club is in a fragile financial position, meaning they need to raise some money before the season begins.

This has alerted some of their top players who will want to pursue interest from other clubs. This list includes Ben Foster, Scott Dann, Cameron Jerome Liam Ridgewell and Nikola Zigic.

Former Manchester United keeper Foster is heading on loan to West Brom, while Jerome has attracted interest from Stoke City. The Potters are also watching over Dann, as are Liverpool.

These players could follow Roger Johnson – who recently moved to Wolves – and Craig Gardner – who is now a Sunderland player – out of the door.

It really is crisis time at St Andrews. They did not budget for a season in the Championship and are paying the price with the departure of several of their best players.

New manager Chris Hughton has a massive challenge on his hands to build a squad capable of mounting a promotion bid, although he has already moved to bring in keeper Boaz Myhill and midfielder Dave Jones.

It is being reported that he was aware of the financial problems before he agreed to become manager, so he would have been working on the lack of budget since being appointed.

It would of course be a bonus if he could keep some of the players eyeing up a move away, but it seems more and more likely that the former Newcastle boss is going to have to start things from scratch.

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