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Birmingham boss Eck reluctant to shake-up squad too soon

Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish is keen to maintain steady progress.

Eck is aware of the need to improve things slowly but surely rather than make wholesale changes although he recognises the importance of competition for places.

He told the Sunday Mercury: "It's important not to stand still and we have tried to improve and enhance the quality. But it's also important, to use the well-used phrase, that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

"We have to be aware of that and that's why gradual change is important rather than wholesale change.

"Equally, the only thing I was ever really scared of when I played professional football was the guy breathing down my neck wanting to take my place.

"That's what drove me forward, not Sir Alex Ferguson (at Aberdeen) giving me a hard time.

"It was the fact that I had competition there and my place could be taken at any minute."

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