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.”