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45-year-old offers further details on Birmingham City’s recent transfer decision

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Birmingham City’s stance over David Stockdale has been discussed again by Gareth Ainsworth, who has revealed that the club blocked the goalkeeper returning to Wycombe Wanderers on another emergency loan.

Stockdale finds himself way down the pecking order at St Andrew’s and has been sent out on loan twice this season.

The 33-year-old made three appearances on emergency loan with Southend United, before linking up with Wycombe on a similar short-term loan deal.

Under Ainsworth, Stockdale featured twice and helped Wycombe to victories over Shrewsbury Town and Accrington Stanley.

However, that loan move in League One was not extended, despite Garry Monk backing his outcast goalkeeper to remain under Ainsworth’s rule.

Ainsworth, 45, told the Not Top 20 podcast that a decision must’ve come from higher at St Andrew’s: “He came into League One, no airs and graces about it he dug in with the boys and you could see immediately the rapport he had. So not I was not concerned at all. 

“The only concern I had was a week later when Birmingham said ‘You can’t have him again’ for no rhyme or reason but we just couldn’t have him.

“I know Garry Monk was keen, he was brilliant to get him in the first place. I think there was a decision made higher up maybe that he couldn’t come. So again we had to look elsewhere.” 

Stockdale is now back at Birmingham, who he has failed to make an appearance for this season.

For unexplained reasons, Monk has frozen the goalkeeper out at St Andrew’s, with faith in Lee Camp in the Championship.

Stockdale, who was a promotion winner with Brighton, featured regularly for the club last season, making 39 appearances across all competitions.

The Verdict 

The situation that Stockdale finds himself in at Birmingham needs explaining to supporters, as this kind of talk isn’t healthy at all.

Ainsworth has given an honest answer on what has happened, but it hasn’t been explained why Birmingham blocked another move.

Stockdale was happy in Wycombe, and if the club wanted him back, he surely would’ve been pleased to stay.

The January transfer window might bring answers.

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