On the eve of tomorrow’s FA Cup third-round tie between Blues and Wolves, ex-Birmingham City defender Roger Johnson has revealed that his exit from St Andrew’s ‘was out of my hands’.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers captain will return to his old stomping ground tomorrow for the first time since his £4.5million transfer to Molineux, and is eager for his side of the story to be told about his departure.
Speaking to the Express & Star, Johnson said: “The club had been relegated and I was asked if I’d like to leave.
“It wasn’t a case of me banging the door down saying ‘let me leave’.
“It was a gesture from them saying ‘listen, we’re in a crisis and we need the money, so if you can get yourself a club and get us some money, then off you go.’
“They didn’t want to see their best players leave but, at the time, it was out of my hands.
“They can’t come back to me and say it’s not true because I’ll beg to differ. They’re the reasons.
“I’m not slagging off the board or Birmingham City – I want this to come out tastefully and that’s how it was.”
No club was prepared to meet the Birmingham board’s evaluation for Johnson and he was finally allowed to leave for a cut-price £4.5m.
“They were trying to get a massive fee and maybe price me out of the market, but the club needed money,” he said. “I wasn’t the only one to go.”