Birmingham City

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CITY VICE-CHAIRMAN RETRACTS COMMENTS

Birmingham City's vice-chairman has been forced to backtrack his comments over manager Alex McLeish. Peter Pannu, Birmingham City's vice-chairman, was forced into an embarrassing climbdown today when he claimed that he enjoyed a "phenomenal" relationship with Alex McLeish, 24 hours after accusing the club's manager of making unreasonable contract demands and "not being totally tried and tested yet".

BIRMINGHAM TARGET PREMIER LEAGUE SURVIVAL

Birmingham are aiming to remain in the Premier League this season according to manager Alex McLeish. McLeish’s side were heavily tipped to be relegated last season, but surprised many by finishing in ninth place on their return to the Premier League, thanks to a miserly defence and a stellar season from on-loan goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Birmingham have seen Hart return to his parent club, Manchester City, but McLeish was able to acquire Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster and Valencia striker Nikola Zigic for £6 million each.

BIRMINGHAM TIE UP ZIGIC DEAL

Nikola Zigic has landed himself a tall order - finding the goals to fire Birmingham City upwards after completing a £6million switch from Valencia.

The giant Serbia striker has agreed a four-year deal with the St Andrew's club, becoming Alex McLeish’s third signing of the close season.

Zigic stands at almost 6ft 8in - he doesn’t exactly dwarf Spurs’ Peter Crouch, but the England international has finally found someone in the Barclays Premier League to look up to. Albeit by less than an inch.