McLeish relationship `phenomenal' - Blues chairman

02 September 2010 02:00
Birmingham acting chairman Peter Pannu has dispelled concerns about a rift with manager Alex McLeish over the Scot's ongoing contract negotiations. Pannu was quoted as saying McLeish was asking for "a very large amount of money which I was not prepared to meet" and that he was "no Jose Mourinho". But Pannu has insisted the comments had not been meant as a criticism and that McLeish could sign a new contract as early as next week. He told the Birmingham Mail: "This is all nonsense. We are just perhaps inches away from Alex signing a contract, possibly by next week. "Our relationship is phenomenal, we are very strong and close, and I want to dispel this notion that there is anything wrong. "In fact, I spoke to Alex about the Mourinho reference and we laughed about it. In the whole context of the interview I did, it would not have had a sting to it. But to take out the extract like that made it look worse than it was."

Source: PA