Birmingham City boss makes surprise Tom Wagner admission ahead of ‘crucial’ takeover meeting

John Eustace surprised a few with this admission about Birmingham City takeover lead Tom Wagner.
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Birmingham City manager John Eustace has admitted he wasn’t any more up-to-date about the takeover than supporters were. The head coach told the media after the 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United that he only found out about the confirmation of Tom Wagner reaching an agreement when the club statement was put out.

This may come as a surprise as you’d expect Eustace to know the ins and outs of what is going on behind the scenes, but he could definitely relate to the fans with this one. Instead, the boss’ focus was on keeping the squad unity and reaching as high a Championship points total as possible.

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“I didn’t know it would be announced. I’m the same as you guys,” Eustace said on Monday. “I read the press and obviously there’s a proposed takeover but I didn’t know when it would be happening. I’ve been kept in the dark about that. We knew it was happening but I didn’t know how or the timing.

“I was happy [when I heard], hopefully it’ll be a really positive thing. I woke up with the news, it’s exciting for the football club. Over the next few days I’m sure I’ll meet the new owners and we’ll discuss what we need going forward and what they want going forward,” Eustace continued.

Tom Wagner watched on as Blues lost 2-1 to Sheffield UnitedTom Wagner watched on as Blues lost 2-1 to Sheffield United
Tom Wagner watched on as Blues lost 2-1 to Sheffield United

Blues have created plenty of fond memories over the last 10 months or so but there’s set to be a whole host of changes over the summer. From the seven loan players to those out of contract, it’s likely there will be lots of departures and of course new signings as replacements.

Eustace is yet to find out what his budget is for the transfer window but - as he alluded to - conversations will take place in the next days and weeks. In the meantime, Bluenoses can dare to dream about a much brighter future for the football club as the seven-week summer break begins.

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