St Andrews’ boss heading for Villa Park?
Alex McLeish’s future at Birmingham has been thrown into doubt after talks over a new deal stalled.
The former Rangers and Scotland chief has been in talks with Blues officials over a new contract for some time, but as yet no deal has been agreed between all parties.
Birmingham were keen to reward McLeish with a new deal after guiding them to ninth spot last season on the back of winning promotion to the Premier League the season before.
The contract talks have been dragging on for a number of weeks now with Birmingham vice-chairman Peter Pannu claiming McLeish is asking for too much money.
McLeish is also thought to have fallen out with the Birmingham board following a jibe from Pannu that the Scot is ‘no Jose Mourinho’. (Sky Sports)
Quite frankly given the success the Scot has brought to St Andrews’ side it would seem that Mr. Pannu would do well to give him exactly what he wants and talk of disharmony at Birmingham City has led some to entertain the notion that nearby Aston Villa may indeed make their move for the former Scotland boss.
Having guided the club back to the top tier McLeish then proceeded to take the club to an unprecedented ninth place finish last term, the highest position Birmingham City have attained in over 50 years and during the summer the 59 year old was given ample funds to bring in big names signings such as England keeper Ben Foster and Serbian giant Nikola Zigic and on deadline day secured the surprise capture of Barcelona playmaker Alexander Hleb, so this bust up could not really have come at a worst time.
Take into account also that Birmingham City have stayed unbeaten in their first three Premier League matches and the timing is even more askew. So what now? Well the Villa Park board have made it clear they are looking for a boss with Premier League experience, something McLeish has and now you have something of a pickle.
The betting on such a move has been driven up and odds have gone down. City fans must be dreading such a scenario and will be hoping that this situation is resolved sooner rather than later otherwise their worst nightmares will come true.