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Arsenal’s first Champions League fixture is a trip to Belgian champions Standard Liege and Gavin Beech thinks the home side will provide stern resistance. Get all the best odds and tips here.

Long-standing Birmingham City’s David Sullivan and Karren Brady have confirmed they will leave the club if Carson Yeung’s takeover attempt proves successful.

After securing a £57 million bridging loan to finance his move, the Hong Kong businessman made a formal offer to shareholders on Tuesday and has set a deadline of October 6 for a response.

If he is successful then Birmingham will be losing chief executive Brady and plc chairman Sullivan, both of whom have been with the Blues since 1993.

“I leave with very fond memories of the past 16 years,” Brady told the club’s official website. “We have been extremely successful at running the club together. David Gold has confirmed that he is remaining in position as chairman so that he can continue doing the fantastic PR job he has done for us over the past ten years for Grandtop.

“I would like to thank all the fantastic supporters for welcoming a 23-year-old woman into the club and sticking with me into middle age. Most importantly I thank my fabulous staff, who I shall miss immeasurably for their support, dedication and loyalty they have shown to me over the last 16 years.”

Sullivan has been eager to leave Birmingham for some time and is now hoping to find a role with another English club.

“I intend to remain in football, so following the takeover I will be looking for a new challenge where my experience, my success and my sound business acumen will make a difference,” Sullivan said. “Finally I wish the supporters well and hope that the new owners will be able to build upon the firm foundations we have laid for them.”

Arsenal’s first Champions League fixture is a trip to Belgian champions Standard Liege and Gavin Beech thinks the home side will provide stern resistance. Get all the best odds and tips here.

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