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Phillips confident Birmingham boss McLeish will sign new deal

Kevin Phillips is hopeful boss Alex McLeish will sign a contract extension at Birmingham. The Blues have been in talks with their Scottish coach for some time, with no agreement put in place.

Reports on Thursday suggested those discussions could be about to break down, with rumours of an in-house rift between manager and board doing the rounds.

Veteran striker Phillips, told Sky Sports News: "That's a board situation, but from a player point of view, I know that every player at the club wants the manager to stay.

"He is a fantastic manager and he has worked miracles here, getting us out of the Championship, helping us finish ninth in the Premiership in our first season, help us get off to the fantastic start which we have done this season and the signings we have made. Everything is in place.

"We all know that contracts take a while to sort out, but I'm sure that over the next week or so the gaffer will have it sorted. The manager has done a fantastic job and I'm sure he will get it sorted."

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