Laurence Bassini ‘identifies the next Birmingham manager’ while fan unrest continues over the number of players departing the club.
As many of us know, ‘club killer’ Bassini is hoping to take control of the Blues this week and is considering other options to be in charge of the team which has put current boss Lee Bowyer’s job in jeopardy.
Bassini wants to finalise his bid to take control at Birmingham ahead of his visit to St Andrew’s and is considering installing John Eustace as boss, claim various sources.
The controversial ex-Watford chairman revealed in mid-June that he has agreed to buy out the club’s largest individual shareholder Vong Pech, who has a 21.64% stake.
#BCFC update as Bassini steps up bid to get control before Friday’s deadline. https://t.co/z1hHNXaHk6 Richardson & Lopez still waiting in wings but Bassini has demanded exclusivity to complete his deal. Bassini due at St Andrews for final push. John Eustace a possible new boss
— James Nursey (@JamesNursey) June 28, 2022
In an astonishing interview with talkSPORT, he admitted to wanting to takeover the club for just two years for £36.5million, including staged payments totalling £26.5m and £10m – if anything to prove to doubters that he can do it having previously failed to takeover the likes of Bolton, Charlton and Oldham.
Bassini has reportedly secured funding from West Ham owner David Sullivan’s investment company with the deal including a further £10m promotion bonus if Birmingham win promotion back to the Premier League by 2026.
Bassini’s final deadline to do the deal has been set for Friday before July and will make a visit to St Andrews in the next 24 hours in the hope of getting it done. He went public on his plans earlier this month which included bringing in Mark Warburton to coach the club, however he’s last week left for Premier League West Ham as a member of David Moyes’ coaching staff.
Warburton’s former QPR assistant John Eustace has now emerged as a likely successor if Bassini gets rid of Bowyer after his side finished 20th last season.
Eustace, 42, joined QPR as assistant manager to Steve McClaren in the summer of 2018 and took temporary charge of the first team when McClaren departed in April 2019, in charge for the last seven fixtures of that season.
He stayed in that role when Warburton took over ahead of the 2019/20 season but left after Michael Beale was named new head coach.
BSHL have also held discussions with a rival group fronted by Birmingham fan Paul Richardson and ex-Argentina striker Maxi Lopez, however Bassini has demanded exclusivity to complete the takeover.
Shabana Mahmood, a Birmingham Labour MP, said she doesn’t believe the sale should be sanctioned amid criticism. Mahmood said: “Bassini has a history of bankruptcy, failed takeover bids, and legal action against struggling clubs.” Bassini’s financial assistance from Sullivan raises the possibility of the Hammers’ chief returning to St Andrews in the future as Czech billionaire and West Ham shareholder Daniel Kretinsky has an option to buy the rest of the London club from him and David Gold.
Meanwhile, Birmingham confirm the departure of Ivan Sanchez who has joined Real Valladolid for an undisclosed fee, effective Friday 1 July 2022.
This news didn’t go down too well, and this now means that they’ve now only got 16 players at the club over the age of 21. Four of them were out on loan last season.
As mentioned, Laurence Bassini ‘identifies the next Birmingham manager’ while fan unrest continues, see that below….
— Kerf (@LewisKerfoot11) June 28, 2022
@ryanbcfc94: Another senior player down, just fold the club at this rate 🤣
@garbett_ryan: How many players we got left 🥴😳
@RGNDwexhh: what are we doing lads jesus christ
@KajeBirmingham: Could we maybe see some actual senior professionals coming into the club?
@luke_bcfc29: Just another 4 more to get rid of then we can bring a player in to meet our 1 in 7 out policy 😂😂
@bluesnewsgold: Quite sad he never got to play if front of a full St Andrews
@_BCFCJJ: Cancel my season ticket.
12 senior players, hanging on the wall
And if one more player
Should flee the sinking ship
There’ll be 11 senior players, hanging on the wall
@ShaftedUn: I bet he’s relieved
@beechishere: Is there anybody left at blues ffs #bcfc
@stevencale: Lets hope this fee is a 7 figure fee and not just a few hundred thousand.
@mickbcfc1975: If any of it is true or don’t either Bassini or Eustace near my club!! I’d rather keep Bowyer ffs
@kielawrence97: John Eustace 😂😂 the more news I hear the less likely I am to renew my season ticket, sick of this circus now
@tobyjordan17: Club is absolutely fucked
@ellwatkins: Not bothered if he or his entire family are Vilers, Eustace would be an upgrade on Bowyer! #BCFC
@delves1: We’re clearing the high earners by the looks of things, Sanchez won’t be the last to leave this window imo #KRO #BCFC
@samhatch2: Can’t wait to lose every game this season
@ben_flavelle: Get the youngsters in the first team and get rid of the big contracts, its time the deserve a chance, kro 💙 #bcfc
— joe (@_joemcdermott) June 28, 2022