Blues boss ready to commit

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Alex McLeish is ready to commit his long-term future to Birmingham after holding preliminary talks regarding a new contract.

McLeish has spoken with chief executive Michael Dunford and vice chairman Peter Pannu over a new deal and is now set to talk to club owner Carson Yeung.

The former Scotland boss guided Blues to promotion last season from the Coca-Cola Championship and has now established them in the top 10 of the Barclays Premier League and they have reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

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"We had a chat, myself, Michael and Peter. We didn't talk about specific figures, but things in general, and it was a very good meeting," said McLeish.

"I'm now due to see Carson and, absolutely, I plan on staying at Birmingham. I see my future here and I'm sure we can work something out."

McLeish is optimistic about the future at Birmingham and is happy with the relationship he has forged with Yeung and the board of directors.

He said: "I believe we can go forward all together - myself and my staff, the players and Carson and the board.

"I have enjoyed working for Carson since the takeover and there is a great atmosphere and ambience about the club, a real feelgood factor.

"We are on the same wavelength and they have done everything they can so far to help me, I have no complaints.

"It's not just a case of backing me on the team and players, but the infrastructure as well, which they have recognised and provided assistance with.

"Unless you have everything right off the field, and unless you have everybody pulling the same way, it makes it that much harder sometimes."

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