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McLeish promised Birmingham transfer funds

New Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has been promised funds to spend during the January transfer window by the current board.

Chairman David Gold and co-owner David Sullivan seem certain to still be in power at St Andrews, after the apparent collapse of the Carson Yeung bid.

There are unlikely to be huge amounts to spend next month, but McLeish has already stated he intends to try and strengthen a squad which has lost seven of its last nine league games.

Gold said: "Alex has identified certain areas of the side that need improving. Presuming we are still the incumbents at the time he wants to buy, then we will support the manager with squad strengthening.

"Alex had concerns about the takeover, as did we, but we were able to tell him when he came here that we felt that it only had a 10% chance of succeeding.

"We don't think it will happen now, so we have had to assume we will be in charge when the January window opens - although we still cannot rule out the possibility of new owners."

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