McLeish calm over Blues contract

12 August 2010 04:25
Alex McLeish says he is "relaxed" about his future at Birmingham and revealed a new 12-month rolling deal will come into effect next summer.[LNB] McLeish is currently negotiating an improved contract as a reward for steering Birmingham to a top-10 finish in the Premier League last season.[LNB]But, even if those talks stall, the former Scotland boss has long-term security as he approaches his fourth campaign at St Andrews.[LNB]McLeish said: "The contract situation is ongoing. That probably sums it up. I'm fine.[LNB]"I am relaxed about it. I'm not panicking and don't think anyone should get too worked up about it.[LNB]"I'm relaxed about the way things are going and my lawyer is speaking to the board and will continue to speak to the board."[LNB]McLeish added: "I've not given myself a time-line. I've got a secure contract anyway.[LNB]"It expires next season and then goes into a rolling contract so there is still scope for me anyway.[LNB]"But at the same time it would be nice to move things along a little bit and get things out of the road.[LNB]"The one thing I'd rather be talking about is football, our opposition, rather than contracts."[LNB]McLeish is also concentrating 100% on Birmingham amidst speculation that he is a candidate to replace Martin O'Neill at Aston Villa.[LNB]He said: "You can't help speculation but I'm concentrating on the Birmingham job.[LNB]"I don't really even want to talk about other jobs when I'm in a very good job as it is and I want to try and emulate the feats we achieved last season."[LNB]McLeish is also adamant the fact he has not penned a new deal will not affect any potential new signings.[LNB]He said: "I wouldn't have thought so, certainly not in terms of the players we have spoken to this week.[LNB]"They were willing to come to the club but it wasn't to be."[LNB]McLeish was referring to AZ Alkmaar striker Moussa Dembele and Juventus midfielder Mauro Camoranesi.[LNB]Dembele is looking at other options while McLeish has decided not to pursue his interest in Camoranesi.[LNB]Keeper Ben Foster is expected to be fit for Saturday's clash at Sunderland despite withdrawing from the England squad to face Hungary with a back spasm.

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