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Birmingham Rangers v Villa Celtic?

Old Firm rivalry could soon come to Birmingham if former Rangers and current Scotland boss Alex McLeish replaces Steve Bruce at St Andrews.

McLeish, who just missed out on leading Scotland to the finals of Euro 2008, may relish the opportunity to try his hand in England and once again lock horns with Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill - who Celtic boss for much of McLeish's time at Ibrox.

While 48-year-old McLeish, who spent all but a handful of his games in his playing career with Aberdeen, has played down talk of a move to Birmingham, his name is increasingly being mentioned by pundits.

McLeish was quoted by The Scotsman as saying: "There's speculation about my future, I can't help that. I'm flattered by it, but at the same time I don`t have any plans to leave this job at the moment. I know football is an unpredictable business and you never know, but I certainly don't have a plan to vacate my position."

McLeish won the SPL title twice with Rangers, lifted the Scottish Cup twice and also won the Scottish League Cup three times for a total of seven pieces of Scottish silverware - coincidentally the same total O'Neill achieved at Celtic Park.

Former Wigan boss Paul Jewell remains the favourite to replace Steve Bruce, who has signed a reported 2million-a-year deal with Wigan. A variety of other names from both the UK and Europe have also been mooted.




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Writer: Jasper's Parrot Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 19 2007

Time: 9:55PM

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Could happen, surely not Jewell to Brum, does Steve Bruce specialise in job swaps.
Eddie01
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19/11/2007 21:59:00

Paul Jewell wouldn't be too bad an idea. Problem with McLeish is that O'Neill has shown that success in Scotland doesn't mean anything in England.
St Andrews Blue
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19/11/2007 22:02:00

ouch, st andy, bit below the villa belt, don't lose you halo over MON
Tonytime
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19/11/2007 22:09:00

A fair comment. I'd take Jewell over McLeish. But there are a lot of managers out there and only so many jobs that can go around. Hope we can give a proper deal to a proper manager despite of all this takeover balls.
The Blues Brother
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19/11/2007 22:14:00

i don't see you landing anyone of any quality until this takeover is complete - who would join you knowing that in 2 months time Carson Yeung might want his own man in the job? Unfortunately those two months are crucial for your club.
The Usual Suspect
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19/11/2007 23:10:00

and st andrews blue - MON won two Carling cups in 4 years at leicester. Thats twice the number of trophys you've EVER won.
The Usual Suspect
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19/11/2007 23:11:00

Not true. We won the League Cup in 1963 thanks to a win over Aston Villa...and have reached the final of a European tournament twice.
The Blues Brother
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19/11/2007 23:17:00

A Villa fan getting their history wrong :-D Good Lord!
St Andrews Blue
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19/11/2007 23:18:00

I'm always hopeful, have to be. I think the next few days and weeks will surprise us and send a shock throughout the league. Just have a good feeling that things will soon start looking better for us.
Jasper's Parrot
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19/11/2007 23:20:00

Jasper's Parrot, vital pompey ed here - ive emailed you if you didnt get it come onto vital pompey and send me an email via the email link... cheers!
pompeyrug
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20/11/2007 08:24:00

er.. blues brothers do your maths - two cups = two times 1 cup, you muppet! Therefore leicester won twice your total tally of trophys in just four years. getting to a final does not equal winning anything.
The Usual Suspect
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20/11/2007 08:24:00

saw that jol knocked you back - if you could get someone like him it would be a real coup.
The Usual Suspect
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20/11/2007 08:27:00

David 'we're not fickle we just don't like you' O'Dreary should take the job at the Sty... Then you'll really be hated! WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED!!
bazzah
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20/11/2007 10:45:00

Reaching the final of a European tournament twice is a decent achievement... WINNING the final of a European tournament twice (European Cup and European Super Cup) on the other hand is much better!
IanSymes
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20/11/2007 11:31:00

O'Leary at Blues?!?! You'd rather be Villa than have O'Leary as manager, trust me! Fair play for our board going for someone like Jol. Deadly would never have entertained the idea of going for someone of his clash. If you don't ask, you don't get. Saying that, you didn't ask for a Villa beating recently but you got one! :)
lukemarson
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20/11/2007 11:32:00

Alex Mcliesh? You having a laugh? He aint gonna leave Scotland, and even if he does it wont be for a team who will be playing Championship footie next season!
DeanoVilla
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20/11/2007 13:24:00

would add a neat twist to the local derby...fill the place up with scots as well.............
ernshaw
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20/11/2007 16:08:00

my guess is that he'll stay on as manager of Scotland! As for his time at Rangers - let's say he wasn't the most popular or sucessful!
merlin
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20/11/2007 20:13:00

Well folks, tonight McLeish quit as manager of Scotland. Tomorrow he will be unveiled as new Blues boss. Good on him, I am now going to become a Blues fan and next match v Villa will be like old times... McLeish vs O'Neill! Bring it on!
Bud
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