UK time is: 06:58:54
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

McLeish admits work permit woe

Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish has spoken of his disappointment of not being able to sign Georgian international midfielder Levan Tskitishvili during last month's transfer window.

Tskitishvili, who has won 53 caps for his country, was refused a work permit and the club eventually decided not to lodge an appeal with the Home Office against the FA's decision.

McLeish also claimed that a lawyer had told him that an appeal had a good chance of succeeding, but focussing all attention on what happens on the pitch is the priority at the moment - and a priority that the club can not afford to be distracted from.

McLeish told the club's official site: "It was disappointing not to be granted a work permit for a player that is at the peak of his career, it was a bit of naivety on the part of the people who sit on the tribunal panel.

"They judged the case on the FIFA standings and prejudiced that against the quality of the player. He would have enhanced our team. We are looking to stay in the Premier League and we need players of quality to help us.

"We could have opened up a can of worms and gone to the Home Office and taken it further. But we decided that we didn't need the sideshow when we have this important run-in coming up. I believe we had a case and I've spoken to a lawyer and he believes we would have had a case as well."

Martin O'Neill also suffered work permit problems of his own at Aston Villa. American goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who currently plays for Chivas in the MLS, was refused a permit. Villa are thought to be considering another attempt to sign the 23-year-old United States international in the summer.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

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

Date:Wednesday February 6 2008

Time: 1:57PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Birmingham City Articles

One To Watch (Tuesday March 3 2015)

Rowett: Much Needed Win (Sunday March 1 2015)

Kiernan on Brentford Victory (Sunday March 1 2015)

Birmingham 1-0 Brentford (Sunday March 1 2015)

Gleeson Red Leaves Rowett Short (Sunday March 1 2015)

Preview: Birmingham City v Brentford (Saturday February 28 2015)

Defender Won't Make Brentford Game (Friday February 27 2015)

Reactions to Ipswich v Birmingham (Wednesday February 25 2015)

Davis: Result Matters the Most (Wednesday February 25 2015)

Archived Birmingham City Articles

List All Vital Birmingham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Blackburn 34 11 12 11 -1 45
12. Charlton 35 10 15 10 -5 45
13. Cardiff 35 11 11 13 -4 44
14. Birmingham 34 10 12 12 -11 42
15. Huddersfield 35 11 9 15 -15 42
16. Leeds Utd 34 11 8 15 -9 41
17. Bolton 35 11 8 16 -11 41

Breaking League News

Boro back on top
Middlesbrough : 03/03/2015 23:59:01
Watford Battle To Victory Over Fulham
Watford : 03/03/2015 23:38:01
Rotherham : 03/03/2015 23:34:01
Millers Slip-Up At Home
Rotherham : 03/03/2015 23:20:00
Middlesbrough : 03/03/2015 23:07:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Birmingham v Blackpool
Suggested By:  
Home win 100%
Draw 0%
Away win 0%