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Hull have made their first signing since winning promotion to the Barclays Premier League, turning George Boyd's loan deal into a permanent contract.

Birmingham wait on Aston Villa approach for Alex McLeish

Birmingham are still waiting to receive an official approach from Aston Villa to speak to Alex McLeish - before the battle to thrash out a compensation package can get under way in earnest.

Aston Villa fans 'will return season tickets' over Alex McLeish

Alex McLeish has been warned he will find it difficult to win over the Aston Villa fans should he eventually replace Gerard Houllier as manager.

LMA chief backs Alex McLeish for Aston Villa

League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan believes Alex McLeish would be a success as manager of Aston Villa.

Birmingham will seek compensation should Alex McLeish join Aston Villa

Birmingham will seek maximum compensation if Alex McLeish joins arch rivals Aston Villa.

Birmingham chairman Peter Pannu angry over Alex McLeish resignation

Birmingham acting chairman Peter Pannu has criticised Alex McLeish for walking away from the club and vowed the Scot will not be allowed to move on without a fight.

McLeish given a season to lead Birmingham back up

Alex McLeish will stay as Birmingham City manager next season, although he is not certain of keeping all of his best players. Birmingham were relegated from the Premier League on Sunday, but a statement from acting chairman Peter Pannu yesterday insisted that McLeish's job was safe.

Birmingham keep faith with Alex McLeish

Alex McLeish is to remain as Birmingham manager despite their relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish counts down to 'biggest game of career'

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish admits he is braced for the biggest game of his managerial career against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Birmingham players disappoint Alex McLeish after late night drinking session

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has admitted he was 'disappointed' that several Blues players stayed out drinking until 4am on Tuesday morning - describing it as "an error of judgement".

Kevin Phillips gives backing to Birmingham boss Alex McLeish

Kevin Phillips believes it is vital for Birmingham's future that Alex McLeish remains as manager even if they are relegated from the Barclays Premier League.

Birmingham slide into deep trouble with worrying ease

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Alex McLeish unimpressed with Alexander Hleb

Alex McLeish admits Birmingham have not seen the best of Alexander Hleb during his season-long loan from Barcelona.

Liam Ridgewell issues Birmingham with Sebastian Larsson warning

Defender Liam Ridgewell has warned Birmingham it could cost them up to £15million to replace winger Sebastian Larsson if he quits the midlands club in the summer.

Alex McLeish delays Birmingham contract talks

Alex McLeish is to delay contract talks with several Birmingham players until the summer.

Birmingham must show 'bottle' demands Alex McLeish

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is urging his players to recapture the form that earned them their Carling Cup triumph as they relaunch their battle for Barclays Premier League survival.

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