Lee Clark has again stated to the press that there is no money to spend at Birmingham City, although loan deals may well be possible should Marlon King and Peter Lovenkrands leave on free transfers.
Speaking after a 3-2 defeat to Leicester City, the former Huddersfield boss spoke of his frustration over the media and agents not understanding the situation at the Midlands club.
“There’s no finances. You don’t listen, you media,” he stated to the Birmngham Mail.
“Agents are the same. I tell them I’ve got no money but they still come onto me, saying they have got such and such a player who wants X amount of pounds.”
The 2011 Carling Cup winners have been in a downward spiral over the past few years - their owner Carson Yeung has had his assets frozen, meaning the sale of high-profile players has had to bankroll the club.
Lee Clark pointed at Nikola Zigic at the main reason behind his financial woes. The striker has become a fans favourite, but his £55,000-per-week wages are a huge drain of the club, and are preventing any further additions to the squad.
The 40 year old admitted: “You know, if I take away one player out my squad - and this isn’t having a go at him - but if he wasn’t at the club, I’d have the second lowest wage bill in the Championship. End of"
The Serbian is contracted at the Blues until June 2014, but as the club has no large saleable assets left, a takeover will have to happen before then, or the second-city club may face administration.
The former Newcastle, Fulham, and Sunderland player has an even tougher job on his hands, with the club losing three of their first four league games, and facing a tough midweek trip to Yeovil in the Capital One Cup this week.
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