Gold Hoping To Stay

Last updated : 11 September 2009 By Brian Cartlidge

The Blues chairman has revealed that he is hoping to be offered a role at St Andrews and he also believes that managing director Karren Brady should also be given the chance to remain at the club, if if for an interim period, if and when the takeover deal is concluded.

"I want to make it clear that I am not a willing seller, I never have been," Gold has told the Birmingham Mail.

"Suffice to say, had I not agreed to sell my shares this would still be going ahead and I would be left in no man's land, a bit like Carson Yeung was when he took 29.9 per cent.

"My brother, Ralph, was not a willing seller either in the past but now he is and we know David Sullivan's views.

"It's a bit different for me. I've been here 16, almost 17 years, and for the past 12 years as chairman.

"I would like to think that when the change is made the club will have been left in a better state than it was due to our work.

"I would sincerely hope I could stay on in some capacity. Not as a nodding dog you see on the back shelf of a car, but in a role whereby I could take an active part in the running of the football club.

"It has been mooted that they might want to do that but Carson Yeung may bring in his own people. But certainly, even if for a transitional period, I would be happy to stay involved."

"Whether Karren will stay, nobody knows for sure. But in talks with the Chinese, I have been trying to persuade them to make sure she does.

"They need someone to keep the ship steady as we move from one era to the next.

"Carson Yeung and his backers are serious people, but they are without experience of running a Premier League football club.

"I would imagine that with their business sense - these people wouldn't be in this position now if they did not possess decent business acumen - they would have worked that out for themselves, that they need key personnel to stay, if only for a while.

"I have taken over a number of businesses myself in the past and I know how important it is to keep together key staff to maintain continuity. Without that, then it is extremely difficult, and especially in the case of a football club coming into the hands of overseas owners."