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McLeish not secure in his position
Published : 27 Jan 2011 13:30:09
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish admits his position is "not invulnerable" despite seeing his side reach their first major Wembley final for 55 years.
McLeish was the subject of comments from acting chairman Peter Pannu at the weekend regarding the value of some of his signings and has been frustrated at a lack of new blood in January. But Wednesday night's Carling Cup semi-final comeback against West Ham should have gone some way to silencing the doubters.
When asked about whether his job was now more secure, McLeish said: "I don't want to talk about or answer that type of question. I'll just keep working to the best of my ability and whatever happens, happens. I'm not invulnerable if results don't go our way."
He added: "We are in the results business and that is football and I accept I've got to get results. I've got a good one and maybe I will be here for a few more days yet."
McLeish could not conceal his pride at the way his players responded to conceding Carlton Cole's first-half goal, having lost the first leg 2-1 at Upton Park.
Goals from Lee Bowyer, Roger Johnson and, in extra time, Craig Gardner, turned the tie around and marked the latest chapter of his success at Blues after leading them to promotion two years ago and a best ever ninth spot in the Barclays Premier League last season.
Birmingham now face Arsenal at Wembley on February 27.
McLeish said: "It was a really exciting moment for me when I heard the final whistle and realised what this team and my staff and everyone has achieved.
"The fans were magnificent for us in the second half. We needed that support and to walk a team out at Wembley will be one of the proudest moments of my career.
"I've done quite a lot up in Scotland but we (Scots) always want to try and achieve something with a big chip on our shoulder down in England so we can live with you guys down here."