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Sullivan: Birmingham fans never appreciated me

Former Birmingham City powerbroker David Sullivan was at Arsenal yesterday to see his old team's defeat.

The only difference was he was watching the game from a private box owned by Terry Brady, the father of his former chief-executive Karren.

"I went because one of my sons Jack is a big Birmingham City fan and the other one David is a huge Arsenal fan. And to be honest I enjoyed the game a lot more because there was no pressure and I wasn't hanging off the edge of my seat all the time."

Despite claims that he was run out of the club by the home supporters, Sullivan has no regrets about his tenure at Birmingham.

He also told the Sunday Mirror: "My departure was emotional. When we said goodbye for the last time at Burnley the other week there was a lot of tears. But, if I'm honest, the fans got what they want. I don't think they ever appreciated or realised what I did for the club.

"There was always a very uneasy relationship. When they rioted 18 months ago when we got relegated and I honestly feared for the safety of my family and me, I knew it was time to go.

"If the relationship had been better I wouldn't have sold the club. I admit there were times when I was very outspoken but every time it had the desire effect.

"I applied good business and commercial sense and turned the fortunes of the club around.

"But when they carry a vote in the local paper asking if the board should go and 90 per cent say they should, you know you're not wanted and it's time to get out."



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