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Gold hoping to continue under Yeung

David Gold, the current chairman and co-owner of Birmingham, is hoping to carry on working for the club once he has completed the sale of his shares to Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung.

Gold’s co-owner David Sullivan has announced he will be leaving once Yeung completes his takeover in early October and chief executive Karren Brady is also looking for a new challenge.

But Gold said he would be happy to continue as chairman if Yeung will have him.

“The reason we have sold is that we believe these people can take this football club to the next level,” he said Wednesday. “I will be selling my shares along with every other shareholder.

“Whether I remain as chairman is yet to be finalised. I have offered my services and I am expecting to hear in due course.

“At the moment I am hopeful of staying at Birmingham City and hopeful of doing a good job for the future. After sixteen years at a football club, 12 as chairman, you become a fan.”

Gold voiced confidence in the ability of Yeung’s Grandtop Holdings to drive Birmingham forward.

He said: “The most important thing that is required of an owner, a principal, is that he has to be primarily a football person with a business head. Time will tell, but all the things I heard were positive and that encourages me.”

Wed 30 September, 2009
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