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Birmingham boss Alex McLeish set for contract extension

Alex McLeish
McLeish has come through a turbulent two years at St Andrew's

Birmingham are set to offer boss Alex McLeish a new contract after their fine start to the season.

After promotion from the Championship last season, the Scot, 51, has guided the Blues to eighth in the Premier League and are unbeaten in 12 games.

The club's chief executive said the new board wanted to keep hold of McLeish, who has 18 months left on his contract.

"You want to tie down your best assets, your best people and we are no exception," Michael Dunford said.

"The new board will look at their assets - and Alex McLeish and his staff are prime assets - and will address the contract situation.

"I am sure there will be discussions with Alex and his team by the end of the season.

"They (the board) will also be looking at the contracts of players who are out of contract this summer, or the following year, that Alex wants to keep."

McLeish joined City just over two years ago as a replacement for Steve Bruce and faced on-going speculation over his future with the arrival of new owner Hong Kong billionaire Carson Yeung last October.

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With many tipping Birmingham to make an immediate return to the Championship, McLeish has turned his side around after only picking up seven points from the current campaign's opening nine games.

Sitting only five points away from an automatic Champions League spot and after an unbeaten 14-game run in all competitions, there have been reports of the former Scotland and Rangers boss being touted as the next Liverpool manager.

However, McLeish, who has always expressed long-term ambitions at St Andrew's, said: "Should there be a contract review? Why not? My coaches deserve a review and we can all be accessible in terms of that.

"I believe that the way we have built the team up so far gives us scope to go forward. We haven't jumped too far ahead of ourselves. We are building it up nicely.

"I've still got 18 months left on my contract, I'd like to think there is scope there for us to extend that. We are laying foundations here.

"I said it at the outset, and a few people were sceptical, that I want Birmingham City to be a fixture in the Premier League, not yo-yo up and down in it.

"We are not there yet, but if we can make that step, then it is there for us."



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