Alex McLeish 'doesn't envisage any hold ups' with new Birmingham City contract

24 May 2010 11:43
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish insists he 'doesn't envisage any hold-ups' regarding his new contract.[LNB]McLeish is relaxed about the situation and still has 12 months remaining of his current deal.[LNB]But his advisors have now made contact with Blues vice-chairman Peter Pannu, who is conducting negotiations, and the former Rangers boss is optimistic the situation will be resolved sooner rather than later.[LNB] Popular figure: Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is loved by the fans after an impressive first season back in the Premier League[LNB]Former Blues manager Trevor Francis has already claimed McLeish would be 'Birmingham's biggest signing' of the summer given his record during the past two seasons.[LNB]The 51-year-old steered City to promotion from the Coca-Cola Championship 12 months ago and then a top-10 finish in the Barclays Premier League.[LNB]McLeish told Press Association Sport: 'What is the situation with my contract? Peter Pannu has been a little bit busy and my guys (advisors) were a little bit busy before.[LNB]Transfer target: Charles N'Zogbia is one of a number players McLeish would like to bring in[LNB]'But they have made contact now and I'm hoping that something can get done fairly quickly.[LNB]'Idon't envisage any hold ups. It doesn't matter, I am still contractedfor another season anyway. Hopefully we will get things tied up.'[LNB]McLeish laughed off Francis's comments and joked: 'I meant to make a public announcement that Trevor is my new agent.' [LNB]The ex-Scotland coach is stepping up his bid to bring a new striker to St Andrew's and has been linked with a move for Valencia's Nikola Zigic who could cost around £6million.[LNB]McLeish said: 'We are making progress in the striking department. We are going to have to be patient.[LNB]'I can't divulge any names at this moment but we are making good progress on three or four names.'[LNB]Birmingham have also been monitoring Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia and had an £8million bid rejected.[LNB]McLeish said: 'I really don't want to speak about that (the N'Zogbia bid) publicly. The club would need to make those statements.[LNB]'I think it's better that we keep our business private until we have something to announce.'[LNB] Birmingham join chase Hull's Hunt after Wigan rebuff approach for N'ZogbiaBirmingham snubbed in fresh bid for Wigan winger Charles N'ZogbiaWigan reject Birmingham's £8m swoop for winger N'ZogbiaGRAHAM POLL: The good, the bad and the ugly - my review of the seasonBIRMINGHAM CITY FC

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