REDMOND POINTS TO FITNESS

Birmingham City youngster Nathan Redmond has said that the superior fitness of the team is certainly responsible for them to find a number of late goals this season.

Birmingham City have become the Manchester United of the Championship after finding a way to success in the last few minutes of the match.

It was once again the case during the weekend when they managed to beat Portsmouth in the 86th minute through goal from 17-year-old youngster Nathan Redmond.

JEWELL IN HOT WATER

Former Wigan Athletic manager Paul Jewell was at the centre of other controversy after he criticised the female match officials.

Andy Gray was one of the last high-profile names to be charged with the sexism row, and Paul Jewell has become the latest one to be embroiled in this situation.

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HIGH HOPES FOR BUTLAND

Jack Butland is the new name that is being whispered on the mouths of the fans of Birmingham City. This 18 year old lad has shown quite some skill on the training ground and has been selected by Chris Hughton to make his debut for Birmingham City very soon.

Jack has shown immense skills since his return from his loan spell at Cheltenham Town – a spell which has seen him become hot property in the January transfer window by other lower league football clubs keen to use his talent.

HUGHTON STILL CONFIDENT

Birmingham city manager Chris Hughton has said that he is still confident that the club can make a challenge for the play-offs position at the least.

Chris Hughton took over as the manager of Birmingham City under difficult circumstances and he has been able to get the club to a respectable 15th place in the table. They currently have 30 points on the board with a more than sufficient nine points separating them from the relegation zone. Initially, relegation was a major concern for Birmingham City, whose financial situation is also not that great.

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ZIGIC NETS POINT

Nikola Zigic, a second-half substitute, proved to be the vital link for Birmingham city, with the giant striker helping them to net a point against Blackpool.

Birmingham have made a lot of progress in the League this season, despite struggling with a lot of financial issues. Thankfully, these financial issues have not prevented them from making an impression on the pitch.

They opened the scoring in the match against Blackpool after 29th minute through Marlon King, though their lead didn't last long - Blackpool equalised through Crainey within two minutes.

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CALDWELL CONFIDENT

Steven Caldwell is quietly confident that Brimingham City can progress to the next stage of the Europa league, and has admitted he would be devastated if they crashed out now.

The Blues face Club Brugge for the second time this season knowing that a win will guarantee them a place in the knock-out stages of the draw. The omens are looking good - they have already beaten them once, and Brugge sacked their manager on Saturday night after a torrid 5-4 defeat to Genk.

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HUGHTON NAMED BIRMINGHAM BOSS

Birmingham have appointed former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton as the manager. The 52-year-old is said to have beat Roberto Di Matteo in the battle to be manager of the League Cup winners, who were relegated from the Premier League on the final day of the season.

According to the club's official website, acting chairman Peter Pannu felt that Hughton was the perfect fit for the job and was impressed by the coach’s vision and theories, in particular his thoughts on developing youth talent and playing attractive football.

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YEUNG INCREASES STOCK

Carson Yeung, Birmingham City’s biggest shareholder has increased his stake in the club to 24.9 percent according to a statement.

Yeung acquired 315,000,000 shares in Birmingham International Holdings in a private transaction for an undisclosed amount from an “independent third party” through his company Great Luck Management Ltd., the statement said.

One fan likened the move to Yeung "taking a gamble on the future of the club - almost like having a free football bet".

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JOHNSON HAPPY WITH BIRMINGHAM CITY STAY

Roger Johnson is set to reject bids from Liverpool and Tottenham to stay with Birmingham City as he is happy there.

The defender, who was signed from Cardiff City for £5 million in 2009, will stay at St Andrew’s after the Blues beat Arsenal 2-1 at Wembley on Sunday.

Birmingham will now play in the Europa League next season as a result of their cup win, and this will apparently be enough to keep the highly rated defender at the club for at least another season.

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BIRMINGHAM AGREES TOWARDS CHANGES

Birmingham City Council has agreed to change the employee payments. If approved next month, about 26,000 staff could be affected as the council looks to save £212m in 2011/12.

Unions have warned of industrial action after the council said on Friday that 7,000 jobs must go by 2015.

Workers could now be asked to work evenings or weekends for no extra money, Roger Jenkins from the GMB said.

The lowest paid workers would be most affected, he added.

Some 30 union officials and workers lobbied councillors ahead of the cabinet meeting on Monday.

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