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Birmingham City have a new manager but appear to retain same old problems


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Gary Rowett has arrived but Carson Yeung continues to cast a shadow at City, who are already embroiled in a relegation battle

Gary Rowett has been appointed as the Birmingham manager following Lee Clark’s sacking and Saturday’s traumatic 8-0 home defeat by Bournemouth but the trials of Blues supporters are unlikely to ease any time soon. While Carson Yeung, principal of the £81.5m takeover of City from David Sullivan and David Gold in 2009, is in prison after a conviction for money-laundering in March, the Hong Kong parent company, Birmingham International Holdings Ltd, shows scant interest in the grim decline it has overseen at St Andrew’s.

A former banker, Panos Pavlakis, whose partner is related to Yeung, has been installed as BIHL’s representative director and has garnered some surprise approval, working in the club’s offices, unlike his predecessor Peter Pannu, who in his last two years rarely came over from Hong Kong.

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