We must earn promotion - McLeish

24 April 2009 11:31
Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish has said his side still have to "earn the right" to play in the Premier League next season.Blues will return to the top flight if they beat Preston North End at St Andrew's on Saturday. [LNB]He told BBC WM: "We know what can happen if we win but we still have to earn that right. [LNB]"This is what football's all about, we'll work hard to prepare for the game and there's not many bigger than this." [LNB]West Midlands rivals Wolves have already secured automatic promotion after their win at QPR last weekend and Blues are now favourites to claim the remaining place.[LNB] If you had given us this opportunity at the beginning of the season, we would have all taken it Alex McLeish McLeish added: "A few weeks ago it was all very tight at the top, you're looking for others to lose and to pick up a couple of wins yourself. But it has all unfolded well for us at the end of the season." [LNB]"If you had given us this opportunity at the beginning of the season - a chance to get promotion with two games to go - we would have all taken it."

Source: BBC_Sport