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Birmingham City are really not happy with Alex McLeish and Aston Villa

In simpler days…

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Bloody hell, Birmingham City are not letting this one lie are they? If Alex McLeish and Aston Villa thought the signing of a contract this morning would be the end of the Battle of Birmingham, they’ve got another thing coming.

Here’s a terrifying statement posted on the Birmingham City website very recently…

“The fact that Alex McLeish has been appointed as manager of Aston Villa does not, in any way, mean that the legal dispute is over and Birmingham City Football Club maintains its stance and will vigorously pursue the matter.

“We are very disappointed with how the Club and its fans have been treated by Mr McLeish given the way we have supported him over the years and we are still looking into whether Aston Villa’s conduct has been in line with Premier League rules.

“As the Club is currently enforcing its legal right with Mr McLeish, the matter is in the hands of our lawyers, and it is therefore not appropriate for the Club to make any further comment at this stage.

“The Club will continue its full efforts on recruiting a new manager and hopes to make an appointment as soon as possible.”

To be perfectly honest, as much as it pains The Spoiler’s union-loving-left-leaning-half, we’re sort-of on Birmingham’s side.

We’re all for leaving a team for bigger and better things – it’s a job after all – but, after sticking with McLeish through two relegations, we can’t help but think that the Blues deserved a bit better.

Maybe that’s just us though? Thoughts? 


8 responses so far
  • Goaltastic // June 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Birmingham should appoint Martin O’Neill.

  • DSVilla // June 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    The reality is that Birmingham City couldn’t afford to terminate McCleish’s contract as they have no cash. Villa have done them a big favour, and the compensation claim is for the same reason. Pannu??? Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

  • Mike_BCFC // June 17, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    He was under contract and, no matter what Villa or their fans say, he left to take that job. Therefore, there is a level of contractual compensation to be paid.
    Would the Villa faithful take kindly to Ashley Young deciding to ‘resign’ from the club, only to sign for Man Utd four days later? I suspect not.

  • Francis Richardson // June 17, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Whether BCFC were able to afford to terminate AM’s contract or not, the whole affair doesn’t sit easily with me. Respect for him as an honourable man has gone out of the window. In many people’s opinions he oversaw the relegation of a squad which was better than many teams that stayed up. He should have resigned straightaway if he were honourable, but unfortunately another reputation has bitten the dust for,certainly an increase in his pocket. Don’t forget,apparently his salary was contractually cut in half by relegation, which he thoroughly deserved.

  • Carson Yeung // June 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Me glad he gone, he remind me of dodgy ginger kitten curry I have in Small Heath, now I have Turkish kebab that Mr Pannu says is going to be sold at the ground next season, he very good waiter

  • Gibbo_Bluenose // June 20, 2011 at 4:42 am

    It was obviously getting too hard to work with the board that sacked Paul Montgomery and put Roger Johnson was up for sale. We don’t know what else was going on, yet. What does rub salt into the wounds is that AM has gone to Villa – does he hate Blues that much? He’s seen the tension between the clubs first hand, why would he do it?

  • Fat Nakago // June 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Country/Bluegrass singer Ricky Skaggs had a #1 hit with a great Ray Penningington/Roy Marcum song once that went about thus:

    “If you’re gonna cheat on me
    Don’t cheat in our hometown…”

    Pretty much says it all.

  • Fat Nakago // June 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Country/Bluegrass singer Ricky Skaggs had a #1 hit with a great Ray Pennington/Roy Marcum song once that went about thus:

    “If you’re gonna cheat on me
    Don’t cheat in our hometown…”

    Pretty much says it all.

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