Birmingham Break Free Of Relegation Zone
Birmingham City broke free of the main relegation pack with last weekend’s 2-0 home win over a Sunderland side currently in freefall.
And although the Blues were unable to pick up what would have been a bonus point from this week’s trip to Stamford Bridge, their relegation worries have eased considerably over the last fortnight.
Their financial worries have not eased, however. The EPL will be scrutinising the club’s books before deciding whether to allow City to compete in next season’s Europa League, for which they qualified by winning the Carling Cup.
And the club have delayed all contract talks until the end of the season, manager Alex McLeish claiming that this was to allow his team to “concentrate on climbing up the Premier League.
McLeish is clear what his side need to do in the remaining five games of the season, saying after the 3-1 Chelsea defeat: “I would say we’ll need another win, although we’ll get as many points as we can.”
City are five points clear of the EPL’s relegation zone ahead of their Easter Saturday trip to in-form Liverpool, kick-off 3pm.
In the meantime, the EPL are due to meet the Birmingham board after recent financial results suggested that there was a “material uncertainty” about the ability of the club’s parent company, Birmingham International Holdings, to “continue as a going concern.”
City need to clarify these issues so that the EPL and the Football Association can grant them a licence to play in the Europa League.
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