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Birmingham vow to fight on as McLeish leaves for Villa post

Birmingham are to continue their legal fight against Alex McLeish following his controversial appointment at rivals Aston Villa. The Scot has taken the post less than a week after quitting Birmingham in controversial circumstances.

The Championship team, though, are refusing to let the matter lie and have accused their neighbours of tapping up their former boss and breaching Premier League rules and are looking at substantial compensation.

A statement released on the club's official website shortly after it was announced that McLeish is to become the new manager at Villa read: "The fact that Alex McLeish has been appointed as manager of Aston Villa does not, in any way, mean that the legal dispute is over and Birmingham City Football Club maintains its stance and shall vigorously pursue the matter.

"We are very disappointed with how the club and its fans have been treated by Mr McLeish given the way we have supported him over the years and we are still looking into whether Aston Villa's conduct has been in line with Premier League rules.

"As the club is currently enforcing its legal right with Mr McLeish the matter is in the hands of our lawyers and it is therefore not appropriate for the club to make any further comment at this stage.

"The club will continue its full efforts on recruiting a new manager and hope to make an appointment as soon as possible."

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