Birmingham chairman David Gold admits he would be 'absolutely thrilled' to remain at St Andrews should Carson Yeung's takeover collapse.
Gold is "90%" sure the Hong Kong businessman's bid to buy-out himself and co-owner David Sullivan will fail to materialise before the 20th December deadline.
And the City chief revealed he was reluctant to sell his shares in the Blues in the first place.
"I've not really been a willing seller. It's just a promise I made to David Sullivan some time ago," said Gold.
"David Sullivan has honoured his agreement to Carson Yeung and I am honouring my agreement to David Sullivan.
"But if the deal collapses with the Chinese people and I am still part of things at Birmingham City, I would be absolutely thrilled and delighted.
"Only six weeks ago I was saying it was a 90% done deal. Now I'm saying it's more 90% about the deal not going ahead.
"We have taken the view now that we must take back complete control of Birmingham City in the best interests of the club and the fans."