McLeish Given New Boards Backing

Last updated : 13 October 2009 By Brian Cartlidge

The new regime spoke at length to McLeish during a visit to the training ground at Wast Hills on Monday and were impressed by the Blues boss.

McLeish has also been promised funds to bring in new players when the transfer window opens in January.

New vice-chairman executive Peter Pannu told the Birmingham Mail: "We spoke at length to Alex, his coaches, and met his staff.

"We had a walk round the pitches and our chairman shook hands with a few of the boys.

"We had a cup of tea with Alex and had a nice discussion.

"He came across as extremely down to earth and very knowledgeable.

"He told us that he had been looking forward to the takeover and had already been planning how we could improve the team.

''He has got his list together of players. We had to be saying that this is not a Manchester City or Chelsea situation, and he appreciates that. There has to be realism.

"But it is our intention to back him, step by step, and first make sure that we remain in the Premier League."