Birmingham City Release Six Players As Rebuilding Begins At St Andrews

The brutal process of breaking apart a Premier League team and rebuilding a Championship side has begun at St Andrews as Birmingham City confirmed the release of six players today.

Those released include former Arsenal player Sebastian Larsson and Lee Bowyer both of whom are likely to seek moves back to the Premier League.

The announcement today could also signal the end of Kevin Phillips football career. The striker who will be 38 in July may decide that now is the time to bring down the curtain on a career that started at the non-league level nineteen years ago.

The club balanced this news with the confirmation that Stephen Carr and injury hit Enric Valles have had contract extensions activated with the club going on to note that talks are ongoing with James McFadden.

Having retired from football in December 2008 Stephen Carr has been one of the Blues most consistent performers since Alex Mcleish talked him out of retirement in February 2009.

The confirmation of his contract extension will be a key part of providing continuation at the club as the summer months are sure to bring more upheaval.

Players Released

Sebastian Larsson

Maik Taylor

Lee Bowyer

Stuart Parnaby

Martin Jiranek

Kevin Phillips

Contract Extensions

Stephen Carr

Enric Valles

4 thoughts on “Birmingham City Release Six Players As Rebuilding Begins At St Andrews”

  1. All the players mentioned above, apart from Phillips, would have gone anyway…No surprises there. Hopefully Enric Valles will have a chance to shine this year, he looks a decent young player….we need desperately a goal scorer but have done really since Zarate left….Really hope Stoke or anyone comes in for Jerome he is useless….

  2. Shush don’t say Jerome is useless in case the Stoke manager sees the post. We all know he is and has led us into the championship with his three goals all season. He can take Zigic with him. Hope we keep the rest of the squad.

  3. How do you know he’s useless? He never got a decent ball all season with McLeish negative tactics no creative midfield player. He will get 15 goals next year minimum

  4. CJ will score in the Championship, if he gets some service. Big Eck is a tactical genious for a one off game, but lacks natural ambition to go forward. We always start with a ‘mustn’t lose’ mentality. It worked in 2009/10 but after Dann was injured last year we always looked likely to concede goals but never looked likely to score. There is no midfield creativity, always backwards. Fahy cannot get rid of the ball quick enough, often a five yard pass to a more defensive player, and yet on ocassions he can look dangerous going forward. This must be down to his own lack of confidence or ‘team orders’. Either way, must change for next season. I haven’t met anyone who didn’t think we were the most boring team in the league last season. We won’t gain promotion playing the same way. Attack, attack, attack, is the only way but will McLeish be able to change. The last time we were promoted we enjoyed some good results from bad performances. There is no guarantee that will happen again.

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