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McLeish is part of new Blues - Yu


Sammy Yu said there was "potential"

Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish's job is safe following the takeover of Blues by Carson Yeung, according to the club's new vice president Sammy Yu.

"Alex is definitely part of us," Yu told BBC Sport. "We will work together and I hope we will work well.

"He is not an old-fashioned manager. He is willing to learn and works hard at his job. And, if he can do the job, then why not?

"The most important thing is to have an open mind and Alex's mind is open."

Yeung has finally taken over at St Andrew's two years after making his first, failed bid to gain control of the club.

And he comes in at a time when Blues, although 14th in the Premier League table, are clear of the relegation zone only on goal difference.

We may not be as big as Man United but we can try

Blues vice president Sammy Yu

But, at the club's first press conference since taking over, Yeung's right-hand man Yu left the Blues fans in no doubt as to their intentions.

"We are finally in now," said Yu. "And I hope the fans realise that we have a big determination.

"The past is past and the whole club has to look forward.

"We have to pull ourselves together on behalf of the club and our first priority is to stay in the Premier League.

"But Birmingham is the second-largest city in the UK, we have potential.

"We may not be as big as Man United, but we can try.

"And, if we can work together and, if the club goes well, then money is no object."

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