Chiefs ponder McLeish’s future

McLeish has performed wonders in his three full seasons at
Birmingham in gaining promotion, securing a best top-flight finish
last term – ninth – and winning the Carling Cup. But the drop into
the Championship has cast an inevitable cloud over McLeish and
whether he will remain at St Andrew’s. Talks are expected to take
place between all parties in the next 24 to 48 hours. It will cost
the club around £2million to pay up the remaining two years of
the Scot’s contract, when the purse strings will already have to be
tightened due to the reduction in revenue following relegation.
McLeish has reiterated his desire to stay at Blues unless his
future is taken out of his hands. He said: “I’ve got a good
contract with the club. “It’s tough on us to be relegated but we
don’t lie down and bury our heads in the sand. “We’ve got to get on
with the next challenge. We’ve got to show leadership. “Will I
still be here next year? I’ve got a contract that says that. Until
I’m told differently, that will be the case.” McLeish was on Monday
back at the club’s training ground sorting out the future of
several players. Sebastian Larsson, Lee Bowyer and Martin Jiranek
are all out of contract while Obafemi Martins, Matt Derbyshire,
David Bentley and Alexander Hleb have come to the end of their loan
spells. The likes of Ben Foster, Roger Johnson, Scott Dann, Cameron
Jerome and Nikola Zigic are also likely to be targets for Premier
League clubs.