With the news breaking yesterday morning that Panos Pavlakis has resigned as Director at Birmingham City, it leaves everybody to wonder why he has taken to leaving his post at the Birmingham City and Birmingham City Ladies.
In the statement released by the club it is said he has left to “peruse other opportunities”.
Panos had over seen two appointments over his time as Director, the appointment of Gary Rowett after Lee Clark, then the appointment of Gianfranco Zola; of course, after Gary Rowett was controversially given the boot in November 2016.
He arrived at Blues after holding a similar position at Birmingham International Holdings(BIHL). He came in to act as a fire fighter in a time where the club was crashing around everyone on and off the pitch and in and out of the boardroom. The money was disappearing into a vast black hole and the squad was revolutionised by his idea to clear out the loan players alongside signing players from leagues below with Gary Rowett’s guidance.
The wage budget was slashed with him at the top and the books were just about balanced enough to ensure a purchase of the football club could be made by Trillion Trophy Asia(TTA). TTA kept Panos on as director due to the lack of football knowledge they had at the time; whether he enhanced this football knowledge or not is up for debate, however.
I feel that the resignation of Panos has come at the correct due to his failings in the January transfer window. A new selection committee has to come into place fully for the latest batch of transfers to ensure Blues rise up the table out of this mid table/relegation obscurity.
I personally would like to thank Panos Pavlakis for his work, dedication, business acumen and knowledge in order to keep the club afloat, in which was the darkest of times for us all as a club. We are now out of those days of uncertainty and can move onwards and upwards with Harry Redknapp, Jeff Vetere and the owners; all of which hoping to see us back in the Premier League.