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McLeish Walks Out On Blues

Alex McLeish has parted company with Birmingham City after tending his resignation by email on Sunday.

And no sooner and the news filtered through than the Scot was being linked with a move accross the City to take up the vacant managers post at Aston Villa.

McLeish, 52, chose to end his four-year reign at St Andrews after the club was relegated from the top flight on the last day of the 2010/11 season.

Birmingham's owners opted to retain the Scotsman's services, but made it clear they expected him to win promotion from the Championship at the first time of asking.

However, the former Rangers and Scotland boss has decided to walk out on the club he joined in 2007.

'Birmingham City Football Club can confirm that Alex McLeish has resigned as manager,' a statement on the club's website read.

'Acting chairman Peter Pannu received an email resignation from McLeish earlier today while away on business in Amsterdam.'

Villa have been without a manager after Frenchman Gerard Houllier formally stepped aside due to health issues on June 1st.

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Date:Sunday June 12 2011

Time: 7:24PM

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GET CHRIS HUGHTON IN NOW! No excuses, no-one else will do. Get him in now.
Mr Parker
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12/06/2011 19:31:00

Curbishley favourite to take over
Original Prankster
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12/06/2011 19:45:00

Houghton would suit me but it is the first time that the Chinese have been in this position and it is impossible to know how they will react. Steve McManamon is their football advisor on the board and presumably they will consult with him. The other issue, of course, is what money do they have available?
dinky dunk
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12/06/2011 20:12:00

Thanks for bringing a trophy to Blues, but after relegating us again may you "enjoy" many more years of failure at Vile Park.
juniorblue
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12/06/2011 20:33:00

A new beginning.
rumnblack
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12/06/2011 20:42:00

My prayers are answered, there is a god. I'm not too bothered who takes over so long as we can see some decent football.
Latchford59
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12/06/2011 20:47:00

god
Stourbridge Villan
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12/06/2011 20:58:00

At the risk of repeating myself (I post this on the main site) I think the club are over the moon about this news, they wanted to sack him once we went down but refused to spend the money it would have taken to sack him, McLeish quitting is a win win for the club they get rid of him and spend no money what-so-ever in doing so. No talk what-so-ever about the club refusing to accept his resignation (bet Pannu couldn't type accepted and press send quick enough) I've actually put money where my mouth is and put a bet on Houghton to be the next manager, my reasoning is quite simple - look at what he did at Newcastle; they stormed out of that league and spent next to no money in doing so... He knows the league and knows what players it takes to get out of it Not at a club so no money to pay! Bit of a yes man, would have to be to put up with the baffon in charge of Newcastle
Jack Regan
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12/06/2011 21:10:00

Aston Villa fans are planning a demonstration at 6pm on the North car park, They dont want Alex McLeish ... HA HA HA
Jack Regan
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12/06/2011 21:40:00

If these chinks have any ambition 4 this club they should try and get huges or houghton other wise I think we could be screwed
Massa
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13/06/2011 11:34:00

Its apparent this club is coming apart here there and everywhere, mcliesh wasn't holding any stability anymore its a blessing in disguise, what kind of loyal employee resigns by e-mail whilst on holiday anyway?. Hopefully the board get in someone they like and can have a positive and clear working relationship with.
Chrisblues
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13/06/2011 11:55:00

 

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