St Andrews’ chief executive, below, is not going to take this lying down!
Birmingham chief Peter Pannu insists that the club will not be giving Alex McLeish permission to talk to any clubs.
McLeish quit the Second City outfit on Sunday, via email, and is now believed to be in contention to take charge at arch-rivals Aston Villa.
But acting chairman Pannu says the club will try and block efforts, as they have been left angered by McLeish’s departure.
“To get an email when I am on business in Amsterdam speaks volumes,” said Pannu.
Pannu insists they were totally behind McLeish, and offered the example that they have agreed deals for four new players this summer.
Marlon King and Chris Burke have both signed, whilst deals for Dutch star Danny Koevermans and Dundee United’s Morgaro Gomis were also in place.
“He is still our contracted staff and Birmingham City does not grant him any right to speak to any outsiders until the matter is resolved.
“It’s about time some discipline is instilled into this game and I am unfortunately not a person who gets pushed about.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports
Alex McLeish will not have made any friends over the way he appears to have treated Birmingham City and should he look to take the Aston Villa job, and he is currently favourite to do so with most bookmakers, then he may want to employ a few burly minders as the St Andrew’s faithful will not take such a move too kindly.
As for Aston Villa supporters, well rightly so they are not too happy about this potential appointment. The Villa Park supporters would have been looking for Randy Lerner to bring in a big name to take the reins and after failing to land Wigan boss Roberto Martinez to then opt for a boss who has just relegated a side to the Championship would hardly be a statement of intent, unless the intent is to simply engage in a relegation battle?