Boss Gets Vote Of Confidence

Last updated : 12 May 2009 By Brian Cartlidge

Blues regained their Premier League status with a 2-1 win at Reading on Sunday amidst rumours that McLeish could leave the club once the season had been completed.

"Obviously going back to the Premier League was the aim, the vision. We are absolutely delighted," he told Sky Sports News.

"I was alerted to all this speculation a few weeks ago and I thought, 'This is news to me'.

"Of course it doesn't help, but I have maintained my focus. As far as the board is concerned, we have never had any discussions as to whether I will stay or go.

"I think it is a time for everyone to savour. Honest to god, my relationship with (managing director) Karen Brady is good. It is a team game and everyone has to play a part.

"We have achieved our objective and now we have to move onto our next mission.

"We will certainly sit down with the board over the next month or so and see if we can try and do something towards that vision - money, training ground, the pitches, everything.

"People ask me if I have had a rift with chairman David Gold and I think that is wide of the mark. I am astonished to hear that.

"He is in the dressing room every week wishing me well. I get text messages from the chairman when it is has not gone so well, keeping the support up.

"I really appreciate that. That is a godsend when you are on a low, when you get a text message from your boss when you are a bit down."