Upton Park club to be disappointed but Scot must bring Premier League football back to St Andrew’s.
Birmingham City have announced Alex McLeish will remain as manager despite suffering the heartbreak of relegation on the final day of the season.
The Blues started the day outside the danger zone but lost 2-1 away at Tottenham Hotspur, and coupled with other results not going their way, meaning they will play Championship football next year.
The board at St Andrew’s have publicly backed their boss in order to keep him out of the clutches of West Ham United, who themselves were also relegated.
The Upton Park co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan brought the Scot when they were in charge of Birmingham and like his style of management.
Acting chairman Peter Pannu has given McLeish the vote of confidence but does expect Birmingham to return to the Premier League straight away.
“The board regrets yesterday’s result and subsequent relegation and feels that supporters, who have continued to back us magnificently, have been let down,” Pannu said to the club’s website.
“The club can confirm that manager Alex McLeish’s job is safe but that the board will expect him to lead the side back to the Barclays Premier League in the 2011/12 season.
“The board will take stock of what went wrong this season despite Carson Yeung’s promised injection of £40 million in funds – not £80m as the media wrongly assumed – and will closely discuss and implement appropriate procedures to ensure a speedy return to the top flight.”