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.”