McLeish to stay with Birmingham
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Birmingham City have said that Alex McLeish will stay on as manager despite failing to prevent his side from being relegated from the Premier League yesterday.

The Blues were relegated when they lost 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on the last day of the season, thereby joining West Ham United and Blackpool in the Championship next season.

Birmingham's acting chairman Peter Pannu told the club's official website that McLeish's job is "safe".

But the Scot has been told the board expect him to lead the team back to the top flight at the first attempt next season, during which they will play in the UEFA Europa League after their Carling Cup triumph.

"The board will take stock of what went wrong this season despite Carson Yeung's promised injection of £40million in funds - not £80million as the media wrongly assumed," Pannu added.

"The board will closely discuss and implement appropriate procedures to ensure a speedy return to the top flight.