McLeish dismisses disharmony claims

McLeish has seen speculation claiming defender Liam Ridgewell had
handed in a transfer request and midfielder Barry Ferguson was
demanding a new deal. The former Scotland manager concedes initial
talks have been held with the likes of Ridgewell and wide player
Sebastian Larsson regarding new deals. But McLeish insists any
talks have been amicable. He said: “Those kind of stories about
disharmony are rubbish. There has been no handing in of transfer
requests. “There has been no-one knocking on my door. The club are
having amicable talks with one or two players. “If we tie them up,
we tie them up. If we don’t, then we have to look to do something
else. “But there is no dressing room disharmony. That is absolute
nonsense, absolute rubbish.” Blues have several players out of
contract in the summer but McLeish insists no “hard and fast
decisions” have been made regarding their futures. And he is
challenging them to maintain the form which has kept Birmingham in
the top 10 of the Premier League since early December until the
conclusion of the campaign. McLeish said: “I want to keep everyone
on their toes. Everyone has got to keep impressing the fans, myself
and the coaches. “They have got to keep playing to the standards
they have achieved for the majority of the season right through to
the end. “We will get around to everyone at some stage but no hard
and fast decisions have been made.”