Birmingham City’s Chief Executive Officer Xuandong Ren has resigned from his position at St. Andrew’s.
That’s according to a statement posted on the Birmingham City website, which confirmed the departure of the CEO, before the club’s board thanked him for his “service and contribution” to the Blues throughout his four-year spell in Birmingham.
In reaction to the news, Lee Bowyer claimed that he was unaware of Ren’s apparent resignation until shortly before the club’s statement, but insisted that his side will look to move on as quickly as possible following the development.
As cited by Birmingham Live, the 44-year-old said: “The first I was aware of it was late [Monday], I got made aware late [Monday] they had made that decision, I was not aware that discussions were going on behind the scenes regarding Dong or any other member of staff.
“That’s a decision they have made and us as a football club, we have to move on. I will now look to try and sit in front of the people upstairs and see what the plan is going forward for the football club because the most important thing is we get things right and all move forward.”
Ren had been the face of the club’s owners, Trillion Trophy Asia – the company that have overseen the parting with or appointment of eight different managers, spanning from Gary Rowett’s time at the club up until the current manager Bowyer – since 2017, and his departure is likely to leave fans of the club buzzing.
Blues fans recently protested against the way that Ren and Trillion Trophy Asia have run their club in recent years, with the fanbase left furious at seeing their side having points deducted after breaching the EFL’s profitability and sustainability rules, selling their 115-year-old St. Andrew’s stadium to a third party, as well as the aforementioned regular chopping and changing of the manager in charge of the side.
Indeed, following the confirmation of Ren’s departure on Twitter, fans of the club appeared to be understandably over the moon, with one dubbing it as the “best news ever” while others claimed that Ren “won’t be missed.”
So, with Ren now out of the picture, the future would appear to be slightly more bright for Bowyer and Birmingham, who can now concentrate on building a side over the summer that is capable of pushing on from their 18th place finish last season.