Birmingham chairman David Gold is pleading with magistrates not to hand a custodial term to on-loan Blues winger Jermaine Pennant when he is sentenced for a second drink-driving offence on Tuesday.
Gold believes Pennant is the sort of person who benefit more from a spell of community service than by going behind bars and is willing to guarantee to the court that he will personally oversee that Pennant changes his ways off the pitch.
Gold said: ?Jermaine is a young man who has made mistakes and I am aware that there are some people saying the he should go to prison.
?But I would say to the magistrates ?please give him another chance? and I don?t think the best way for Jermaine Pennant to redeem himself is by being sent to prison.??
The Arsenal and England Under-21 player, now 22, pleaded guilty to drink driving plus driving while disqualified after being arrested at 6am in Aylesbury on January 23 after his Mercedes Benz was spotted in a car park dragging a lamppost beneath it.
The court warned him he could go to jail and sentencing was deferred until March 1.
More on this story in today's Birmingham Post.