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Birmingham midfielder Gardner will miss Villa-bound McLeish

Birmingham City midfielder Craig Gardner admits he will miss working with Alex McLeish.

Gardner admits McLeish, who looks set to move to Aston Villa as Gerard Houllier's successor, has been a massive influence.

He said: "For me, Alex McLeish was great. He showed a lot of faith in me, signing me from Villa, and my career moved forward from there.

"It's a sad loss for Birmingham and it's not a good start to the summer.

"The club needs to bring in a manager with the kind of credentials and experience Alex McLeish has. Someone like that would fit the bill."

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