Kevin Phillips tells Birmingham to splash the cash or risk relegation

19 March 2010 06:17
Fired warning: Birmingham striker Kevin Phillips[LNB]Kevin Phillips has warned Birmingham they run the risk of relegation and repeating his former club Sunderland unless they splash the cash on new players this summer.[LNB]Phillips can expect a warm welcome when he returns to the Stadium Of Light for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash after twice helping the Black Cats to seventh-place finishes in the top flight.[LNB]But Phillips feels a lack of investment then cost Sunderland and they were relegated two years later.[LNB]He hopes Birmingham will take advantage of a successful first season back in the top-flight and bring in more quality signings.[LNB]Phillips said: 'I felt the second season we finished seventh at Sunderland, we needed to go out and spend £10-15 million on three or four players.[LNB]'I believe if that had happened, it would have made us a consistent Premier League team for a long time.[LNB]'But it never happened and the next year we struggled - and the season after we got relegated. I just hope Birmingham don't go down that same route.[LNB]'I think this club will attract top players with the manager we have got and owners who seem ambitious.[LNB]'I don't think we need to being six or seven players, just three or four. Then you are looking at a quality Birmingham side who can stay in the Premier League for a long time.'[LNB] Alex McLeish tells David Sullivan he'll face court battle if he tries to poach Sebastian Larsson and Liam RidgewellAlex McLeish enters talks over new Birmingham City contractBIRMINGHAM FC

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