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Blues vow to back McLeish
09 Jan 2008 - 11:36:40
Birmingham City co-owner David Gold has vowed to back manager Alex McLeish should he wish to strengthen his squad in the transfer window.
McLeish has already sanctioned the sales of fringe players Rowan Vine and Neil Kilkenny this month, while he continues to be linked with a raid on Everton to sign Scotland international striker James McFadden.
Gold believes the Blues will have a significant amount to invest during the transfer window and has even suggested he and fellow co-owner David Sullivan will dig deep in their pockets to provide more cash.
"We have always said the money generated by the football club can be spent by the football club," Gold told the Birmingham Post.
"If you combine whatever we receive for players like Martin Taylor and Neil Danns, with the balance from changing managers, that's around £5million.
"Anything above that would come from the owners. That has happened over the years but it is a back-stop.
"Alex is a very measured guy and is not going to be held to ransom - he sees the club's money as his money.
"Alex has not said to us he has found a player he really wants yet, but you only have to look at our record over the last 15 years and the way in which we support our managers.
"The important thing is retaining our Premier League status."