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BLUES guardian Michael Wiseman believes that Carson Yeung's team has already passed the ultimate test - by dealing with the hard-nosed bargaining of the old regime.

The appointment of Wiseman as vicepresident has helped preserve his family name at Blues, a link which dates back to 1928.

He is the son of former Blues chairman, the late Jack Wiseman, and has been a club director since 1997.

However, despite being an obvious link to the former board, Wiseman has had his foot in both camps for some time.

The 54-year-old hosted Yeung and his aides when they first appeared on the scene two years and struck up a friendship with the Far East businessman at a time when they were coming under fire from David Sullivan and co.

And he believes that coming through the tough negotiating will have proved to be the sternest test of their commitment to the club.

Shrewd "The out-going directors were very shrewd businessmen indeed and dare I say that they made it quite difficult for the Chinese with the deal. They really put them through the mill," said Wiseman.

"Without being blas, if they passed their test then they would pass any test.

"Without speaking out of turn, I think that the club just got a touch stale. I got on very well with the out-going directors but they got it to a certain level. "We all see the way football is going at present and it needed somebody with fresh ideas and a fresh investment of capital to try to get us up to that next level."

Wiseman is also confident that his late father, who passed away at the age of 92, would have been relishing the dawn of a new era at St Andrew's, as he believes that Blues are now in safe hands.

"My dad, bless him, would have been very excited. This was his love and it is mine as well. All we worry about is the club and I think that it has been passed into very good hands," added Wiseman.


MY GUYS: Carson Yeung unveils his Blues team at St Andrew's last week. They are, left to right: Mike Wiseman, vicepresident; Sammy Yu, joint vice-chairman; Vico Hui, chairman; Yeung, owner; Peter Pannu, joint chairman; Michael Dunford, chief executive; and Warren Ko, legal adviser
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 18, 2009
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