“We are seen as one of the major players in the automotive industry,” says Terry Hunt, MG Rover Group UK retail sales director. This deal enables us to market the brand at national and international level.”
A spokesman for Birmingham City said a lot of its fans worked at the Longbridge plant and some might be surprised by the company's move to back the team's bitter cross-town rivals. But MG Rover is confident the decision will have little impact on the company's standing in its Midlands' heartland.
“We have a professional workforce and they will continue to do their jobs,” says a spokesman. “We find they don't work any less if Birmingham loses on a Saturday.”