Gold hopes to remain at Birmingham after takeover

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The co-owner of Birmingham City, David Gold, is waiting to hear whether he still has a future at St Andrews but has not ruled out moving on to another club.

Gold, who along with David Sullivan is in the process of selling the club, has offered to remain as chairman under the prospective new owner Carson Yeung.

Sullivan and chief executive Karren Brady have already announced they will be leaving once the Hong Kong businessman Yeung completes his expected takeover later this month.

"The reason we have sold is that we believe these people can take this football club to the next level. I will be selling my shares along with every other shareholder," Gold told Sky Sports News. "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."

When asked if he would like to invest elsewhere in football, Gold claimed his present thoughts were with the Blues but there was still a chance.

He added: "That is always a possibility – but 16 years at a football club, 12 as chairman, you become a fan.

"That is what I have become but you never know what is around the corner."

Gold is confident that in Yeung, who is conducting the takeover through his investment vehicle Grandtop Holdings, they have identified an owner with a good footballing mentality.

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."

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