Birmingham manager Alex McLeish under pressure as doubts grow over future

24 January 2011 01:40
Birmingham managerAlex McLeish heads in toWednesday's Carling Cupsemi-final second legagainst West Ham underincreasing pressure fromowner Carson Yeung.

McLeish's side mustoverturn a 2-1 deficitfrom the first leg if theyare to reach Wembleyand deflect some focusfrom their decline in theBarclays Premier League.

The Birmingham owneris said to havereservations aboutMcLeish, and theirrelationship will not havebeen helped by Yeung'ssidekick and actingchairman Peter Pannu.

Left scratching his head: Alex McLeish is under increasing pressure at Birmingham

Speaking about transfersbefore Saturday'sdrubbing at ManchesterUnited, Pannu said:'Carson has so far, inaggregate, spent£26.3million since hisarrival.

Unfortunately,most of the purchaseshave not been playingmuch and have not improved the teamdirectly.

'There are no blames(sic) here against anybody.These things do happen. Equally, no one canblame him if he feels heis not sure if his money iswell spent.'

Eagle eye: Blues chief Carson Yeung is keeping a close eye on proceedings at St Andrews

Coming on the day of abig game, the commentscannot have been helpful.The Birmingham boss isdesperate to bring in atleast one striker beforethe transfer windowcloses next week and hasimplored the club not tosell forward CameronJerome.

They arelooking at Newcastle'sShola Ameobi if Jeromedoes depart.

McLeish said: 'Myrelationship with theowners is fine. We'veworked together overthe last year and I'm surewe'll be workingtogether over the nextyear and hopefullybeyond that.'

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