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Birmingham chairman Gold gives Eck his backing

Birmingham City chairman David Gold says the board is fully behind manager Alex McLeish.

Gold said: "It is very difficult for Alex to walk in and take over a squad mid-stream but I'm absolutely thrilled with him."

He added: "How do you judge a manager? You judge a manager by 'is he doing the things which in general we all feel he should be doing?' and the answer is 'yes'.

"When he brings on a substitute is it what the majority of us believe in? Is he saying the right things to the media? Is he saying the right things that bond everyone together? The answer is yes.

"If he achieves that and brings everyone together, then you can't ask for more."

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