Peter Pannu predicts birmingham exodus

27 July 2011 10:04
Acting chairman Peter Pannu has warned Birmingham supporters to prepare for the worst with several high-profile exits expected before the new season starts.

The club's finances have been in doubt since owner Carson Yeung was arrested and charged with money-laundering in Hong Kong last month.

Yeung is contesting the charges but his assets have been frozen and shares in the club's holding company have been suspended.

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Pannu has already watched Barry Ferguson and Kevin Phillips join Blackpool while Craig Gardner was sold to Sunderland for ?5million.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster and defensive duo Scott Dann and Liam Ridgewell could be next and Pannu said: 'Upon my return I may have to make some unpopular decisions and I hope the fans will understand that I effectively don't have a choice.

'The club may need to do what is right and to buy time until Carson's assets are dislodged from the clutches of the courts in Hong Kong.'

Pannu hopes Birmingham International Holdings Limited will be able to meet the demands of its bankers sooner rather than later.

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But he was unable to offer any guarantees, adding: 'An update to the fans is long overdue and it is just fair they hear the latest developments from me now.

'But I am not aware of their plans as to how they propose to fulfil the financial distress posed by the relegation scenario and the freezing of Carson's assets in Hong Kong.

'Carson had been trying hard to find new investors but the money laundering charges understandably meant that the progress had been slow.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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