Birmingham City #BSHLOUT: ex-Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan gives his view

Simon Jordan was speaking on his talkSport programme this afternoon to voice his opinion on the situation at St Andrew’s
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Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan believes Birmingham City supporters are right to ask questions about the club’s current state.

Hundreds of supporters marched towards St Andrews ahead of Saturday’s Championship fixture against Barnsley to demonstrate against how the club is being ran.

Banners were displayed, flares were set off and fans aimed angry chants at the club’s owners, Hong Kong-based Birmingham Sports Holdings Limited.

Simon Jordan was speaking on his talkSport programme with Jim White.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)Simon Jordan was speaking on his talkSport programme with Jim White.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Simon Jordan was speaking on his talkSport programme with Jim White. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

There have also been calls for the EFL to investigate the situation at St Andrews as concerns grow over the club’s long-term future.

Uncertainty over who actually owns the club, the continuing struggles in the Championship, the state of their St Andrews home and increasing financial losses have all been used in protest at the owners.

Jordan insisted City supporters should be allowed to question an increasingly concerning situation and described the club as “a PoundLand version of Everton.

“The Birmingham fans are looking at a stadium that’s in disrepair and that needs to be explained,” he told TalkSPORT.

“They are looking at a team that is languishing at the bottom of the division and have been around the bottom of that division for a number of seasons now.

“They are looking at a team that is financially mismanaging itself and running up huge losses.“So if those factors are taken in isolation, you can say to certain fans ‘come on, stop looking beneath the hood’.

“But when they are all there at the same time - financial mismanagement, huge losses, big debts being built up, a strange web of ownership, BVI Construction, stadium is being stripped out, team not succeeding, team getting sanctioned - all of those things will bring Birmingham fans to the table to say there is nothing right.

He continued: “They sold Jude Bellingham for £28million, where is the money?

“The Birmingham City situation is more about how this ownership model looks, it looks a PoundLand version of Everton.

“Not in terms of disrepair in a stadium, but in terms of managerial appointments, players, achievements on the pitch, financial, young players, it doesn’t look to be anything right about it.

“The only thing different to this one is you know who owns Everton.”

Birmingham are back in action on Tuesday night when they host fellow Championship strugglers Peterborough United.

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