McLeish wants to keep stars

Birmingham were relegated to the Championship after a 2-1 loss at
Tottenham on Sunday. Ben Foster, Roger Johnson, Scott Dann and
Nikola Zigic are all likely to be the subject of summer transfer
bids, but McLeish, who has vowed to stay on at St Andrew’s, insists
any rebuilding project will be scuppered if they are all sold.
“There will be a few that will leave but we have to build again,”
he said. “We have some players on long contracts. Whether we can
hold on to them is something we will all have to wait and see about
but to come back to the Premier League we need to hold on to the
quality and maintain that quality factor.” Roman Pavlyuchenko
scored both goals either side of a Craig Gardner strike to seal
Birmingham’s relegation, but the Midlanders spent most of the
afternoon looking like they were safe thanks to other results.
Stephen Hunt’s 87th minute goal for Wolves was enough to see Mick
McCarthy’s men edge ahead of their local rivals to move out of the
drop zone before Pavlyuchenko added a second to end Birmingham’s
hopes and leave McLeish devastated. “It’s probably the worst moment
of my career because I have been in charge of the team the whole
year,” McLeish said. “They’re my lads. I picked them. I built the
squad and it’s a low for me in my career but it’s not a fail. I
will bounce back. “But had that goal not gone in at Wolves this
would have been the greatest season in Birmingham’s history.”