Gold hopes to stay at Blues

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Former Birmingham chairman David Gold is hoping he still has a role to play at the club.

Gold was replaced by Vico Hui as chairman after 12 years in the wake of Carson Yeung's successful takeover after rejecting a post as vice-chairman, but has not given up hope of remaining at St Andrew's in some capacity.

He watched Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Arsenal from the Directors' Box, and told the Birmingham Mail: "I went to the game on Saturday pretty much under my own steam. I had an amicable chat with Carson Yeung's new team and I have not given up hope of staying on in some capacity."

He added: "I am available to help if I can be of any help. I don't think anybody can question my affection for the club.

"Whether anything happens, I don't know. Matters are up in the air and my situation is absolutely clear.

"I was surprised, really, with the announcement the other week and I'm just waiting for the final outcome.

"Carson has only just arrived. I spoke to [vice-chairman executive and finance] Peter Pannu and [vice-chairman] Sammy Yu, and they made it clear at the beginning that they wanted me to stay.

"So really I'm waiting for the final word. Maybe Carson will clear it all up and make it known what can or can't be."

Asked about the role he had been offered, Gold said: "I said that I would prefer to continue in the role I had been doing for 12 years. I think I can best contribute in that role.

"If that role was to be diluted, then I said I was unsure I could continue. That's how it was left. I wouldn't - and didn't - demand a role for myself. But I am still available. Maybe I will be offered the job of tea boy, I don't know."

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