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The big Birmingham City story: Carson Yeung wants at least £40m for Blues
by Colin Tattum, Birmingham MailSep 12 2012
CARSON Yeung is looking to recoup at least half of the £81.5 million he spent purchasing Birmingham City.
But interested parties in the club – with the Gianni Paladini-Flavio Briatore consortium the first to emerge – rate Blue’s value a lot less.
And for this reason any change in ownership at St Andrew’s could become a drawn-out affair, unless the financial situation of parent company Birmingham International Holdings Limited (BIHL) continues to deteriorate, and rapidly.
Paladini, the Solihull businessman who helped saved QPR from extinction, and his friend and fellow Italian Briatore, the ex-Formula One chief, tabled an offer of around £12 million.
But it was dismissed out of hand by Yeung and acting chairman Peter Pannu, who has been sourcing new investment or new owners for several months.
Yeung believes he could get around £40 million or so for Blues – but that figure looks unrealistic given the current state of affairs.
Any prospective buyer would not go that high in the knowledge that Yeung could well be backed into a corner soon.
He faces trial at the end of November on charges of £59 million worth of alleged money laundering.
And there are other court cases on the go in relation to non-payment of loans that could see Yeung lose his luxury home on Hong Kong’s prestigious Peak.
BIHL have yet to produce their accounts for 2011 and it is difficult
to fathom how the firm could improve the current parlous standing.
Those hovering in the wings could well think that the best course of action would be to wait and see if BIHL was about to go under.
The Paladini-Briatore combination is not the only party keen on Blues.
It is understood that there is also serious interest from Asia and the Far East.
Paladini-Briatore are the first group to emerge and come to the fore but their chances of succeeding with a takeover bid, at this early stage, seem to be slim.
The identities of other potential buyers have not been disclosed. Confidentiality is always a key component in such cases.
But there have been talks with and representations made to Blues’ hierarchy in recent months.
Yeung is BIHL’s single biggest shareholder, with 26 per cent.
He put a £13.7 million loan into Blues, plus there is an outstanding loan of £7.8 million to BIHL.
Sources who have followed the Blues saga believe it would make sense for him to accept an offer that would cover these outlays as a best case scenario.
But Yeung is holding out for significantly more.
Paladini, who is from Naples, has lived in Solihull since the 1960s.
He made a name for himself as a football agent, helping to deliver the likes of Fabrizio Ravanelli to Middlesbrough.
He also acted as a go-between for Blues on their Anglo-Italian jaunts in the mid-1990s and is a well-known figure to those on the local football scene.
Paladini was at QPR for eight years. In 2003 he helped secure vital funds for the club to keep them afloat and helped pave the way for Briatore’s takeover, who linked up with Bernie Ecclestone, in 2007.
He became chairman and stayed in the post until Tony Fernandes took command at Loftus Road. He left the club soon after, in November 2011.
TWITTER FOLLOWERS OF SPORTS CLUBS' OFFICIAL TWITTER FEEDS
"...This is a daily update of the follower counts for all of the official football club Twitter feeds we can find. It's not measuring mentions or hashtags, just follower counts.
...We've only included official club accounts. Let us know if we've missed your favourite team. (1500 in Total on this list)
1 Barcelona Spain FCBarcelona Verified account icon 6,778,150
2 Real Madrid Spain realmadrid Verified account icon Enhanced account icon 5,641,543
3 Arsenal England Arsenal Verified account icon 1,798,541
4 Galatasaray Turkey GalatasaraySK Verified account icon 1,713,469
5 Chelsea England chelseafc Verified account icon Enhanced account icon 1,363,362
6 Fenerbahçe SK Turkey Fenerbahce 1,239,431
7 Corinthians Brazil SiteCorinthians Verified account icon 1,200,684
8 Liverpool England LFC Verified account icon 1,178,070
9 Flamengo Brazil CR_Flamengo Verified account icon 904,126
10 Chivas CD Guadalajara Mexico Chivas Verified account icon 736,771
11 São Paulo Brazil SaoPauloFC Verified account icon 734,444
12 AC Milan Italy acmilan Verified account icon 685,684
13 Palmeiras Brazil SitePalmeiras 506,631
14 Manchester City England MCFC Verified account icon 495,324
15 Olympique Marseille France OM_Officiel Verified account icon 424,096
16 Santos Brazil santosfc Verified account icon 355,871
17 Grêmio Brazil gremiooficial Verified account icon 348,675
18 Paris Saint-Germain France PSG_inside Verified account icon Enhanced account icon 303,142
19 Juventus Italy juventusfc Verified account icon 265,543
20 Tottenham Hotspur England SpursOfficial Verified account icon 253,470
21 América Mexico CF_America Verified account icon 234,579
22 Beşiktaş JK Turkey Besiktas 233,885
23 Atlético Madrid Spain Atleti Verified account icon 207,630
24 Internazionale Italy inter Verified account icon 186,220
25 Vasco da Gama Brazil crvascodagama Verified account icon 182,503
26 Universidad de Chile Chile udechile 175,787
27 Valencia Spain valenciacf Verified account icon 175,135
28 River Plate Argentina carpoficial Verified account icon 160,945
29 Ajax Netherlands AFCAjax Verified account icon 154,914
30 Atlético Nacional Colombia nacionaloficial Verified account icon 147,878
31 Pumas U.N.A.M. Mexico ClubUniversidad Verified account icon 147,295
32 Athletic Bilbao Spain AthleticClub Verified account icon 137,290
33 Zenit St. Petersburg Russia zenit_spb Verified account icon 136,711
34 Cruz Azul Mexico Cruz_Azul_FC Verified account icon 136,039
35 Monterrey Rayados Mexico RayadosCom Verified account icon 123,814
36 Tigres U.A.N.L. Mexico TigresOficial Verified account icon 117,884
37 Sport Club do Recife Brazil sportrecife 117,738
38 Bahia Brazil ecbahia_oficial 111,130
39 SC Internacional Brazil SCInternacional 111,028
40 LA Galaxy USA LAGalaxy Verified account icon 110,662
41 Barcelona SC (ECU) Ecuador BarcelonaSCweb 109,747
42 Newcastle United England NUFCOfficial Verified account icon 105,814
43 Colo-Colo Chile ColoColo 104,471
44 Caracas FC Venezuela Caracas_FC Verified account icon 91,962
45 Borussia Dortmund Germany BVB Verified account icon Enhanced account icon 91,447
46 AS Roma Italy OfficialASRoma Verified account icon 90,891
47 Millonarios FC Colombia MillosFCoficial 88,536
48 Everton England Everton Verified account icon 86,109
49 CSKA Moscow Russia PFC_CSKA_MOSCOW 86,004
50 Spartak Moscow Russia fcsm_official Verified account icon 83,024
51 Malaga Spain MalagaCF Verified account icon 82,950
52 Santos Laguna Mexico clubsantoslagun Verified account icon 81,370
53 Fluminense Brazil OficialFlu 79,810
54 West Ham United England whufc_official Verified account icon 78,599
55 Trabzonspor Turkey Trabzonspor 77,503
56 Toulouse France ToulouseFC Verified account icon 76,996
57 Celtic Scotland celticfc Verified account icon 76,667
58 Aston Villa England AVFCOfficial Verified account icon 75,787
59 Sevilla Spain SevillaFC Verified account icon 74,452
60 Rangers Scotland RFC_Official Verified account icon 73,147
61 Botafogo F.R Brazil BotafogoOficial Verified account icon 71,345
62 PSV Eindhoven Netherlands PSV Verified account icon 64,871
63 Fulham England FulhamFC Verified account icon 63,235
64 Sunderland England SAFCofficial Verified account icon 63,071
65 Villarreal Spain VillarrealCF 60,383
66 Real Betis Balompié Spain RBetisOficial 59,510
67 Porto Portugal FC_Porto 58,244
68 Emelec Ecuador csemelec 55,953
69 New York Red Bulls USA NewYorkRedBulls Verified account icon Enhanced account icon 55,089
70 QPR England OfficialQPR Verified account icon 54,649
71 Atlético Mineiro Brazil sitedogalo Verified account icon 54,157
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QPR Sign Neoco To Engage Global Fans Through Social CRM
Tue 11th Sep 2012 | IT & Technology
Queens Park Rangers FC fans are in for a season of top engagement off the pitch as the club sign up to a season with Neoco.
The deal sees the Barclays Premier League team QPR expand their Social CRM operations to include several new apps for fan engagement, starting with the impressive Score Predictor app.
The Score Predictor app was a big success last season for UEFA Champions League and FA Cup winners Chelsea FC, engaging over 50,000 active users and amassing over 1m predictions.
Score Predictor for QPR will enable QPR fans to get closer to the club than ever before, with fan data collected being used to optimise and personalise QPR communications across all areas. The activity builds on the success of QPR in making CRM more central to their fan acquisition, both locally in London and globally, particularly in Asia. Neoco will be working closely with QPR to develop the Social CRM strategy across digital and social channels.
Neoco will enhance the app specifically for QPR, with updates to include being fully responsive to enable mobile and tablet users to engage on the move, social leagues for friends to challenge each other, and support for Asian fans in their native language and social networks like RenRen and Baidu, amongst other updates.
Its a very exciting time at QPR. We have a shared vision for this club, and deeper fan engagement, for all fans, is a key part of this vision. QPR are striving to have the best team, on and off the pitch. Having seen what Neoco achieved last season working with Chelsea, they were the only partner we considered for this project. Jon Davies, CRM Manager, Queens Park Rangers.
Queens Park Rangers FC (www.qpr.co.uk) is a professional Football Club based in West London, England. Under the guidance of Manager Mark Hughes, the club has attracted global stars including Ji-Sung Park, Julio Cesar and Djibril Cisse to the team.
Neoco are a Creative agency with Social at the heart of everything they do. Neoco deliver global and pan-Euro campaigns from a HQ in Soho, London, UK. Clients include Sony, Chelsea FC, Sony Music, 2K Games, Warner Bros, Red Letter Days and more.
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