McLeish wants to keep stars

BY foxsports • May 23, 2011

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."

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