Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill says Alex McLeish will be a good appointment for Birmingham City.

"If Birmingham get Alex, and people are saying that is the case, they'll be getting a very good manager, a very good manager indeed," said O'Neill on Tuesday.

"He was at Rangers when I was at Celtic and is a really fine manager, no question about that. If Birmingham get Alex's services, they will be doing very well indeed.

"I know the Scottish players have been very pleased with him and the Scottish FA will be disappointed to lose him.

"That's two really good managers they've had in recent times in Walter Smith and Alex. If Birmingham get the chance to take Alex, they should do it."