ROWETT UN­MOVED BY TAKEOVER TALK

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jamie Holt

BIRM­ING­HAM boss Gary Rowett has wel­comed in­ter­est from five par­ties wish­ing to take over the club, but says it re­mains busi­ness as usual un­til some­one signs on the dot­ted line.

Re­ceivers Ernst & Young told the Hong Kong Stock Ex­change there have been of­fers for the club’s par­ent com­pany Birm­ing­ham In­ter­na­tional Hold­ings Limited.

But Rowett said: “It doesn’t clar­ify the po­si­tion par­tic­u­larly for me as a manager, but since I’ve come in there have prob­a­bly been 30 sto­ries about var­i­ous things with the own­er­ship, so there­fore you’ve got a choice: you ei­ther start get­ting em­broiled in it and try­ing to work out what’s what or you work with the peo­ple you’re work­ing with.

“It’s a good sign there’s peo­ple out there that would love to own Birm­ing­ham City be­cause it’s a great club and there are a lot of good peo­ple around it. I still think, with the right peo­ple, there’s huge po­ten­tial.”

Blues’ for­mer owner Car­son Ye­ung is cur­rently serv­ing six years in pri­son for money laun­der­ing.

Ernst & Young were asked to take con­trol of BIHL in Fe­bru­ary to ease the in-fight­ing on the board, ap­point­ing Stephen Lui as chair­man and David Yen Ching Wai as chief ex­ec­u­tive.

FO­CUSED: Gary Rowett

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