Alex McLeish resigns as manager of Birmingham City
Jun 12, 2011 11:43:00 AM
EPL : Alex McLeish, Birmingham City- Aston Villa(Getty Images)
The Scot had been in charge at St Andrews since 2007 but after three successful years in the top flight, his team succumbed to relegation to the Championship on the final day of the 2010-11 season.
McLeish resigned via email to Birmingham's acting chairman Peter Pannu amid reports he was wanted by cross-town rival Aston Villa to fill its vacant manager position.
Villa parted ways with Gerard Houllier last week after the Frenchman missed the final month of the season through health problems.
A statement on Birmingham's website read: "Birmingham City Football Club can confirm that Alex McLeish has resigned as manager.
"Acting chairman Peter Pannu received an e-mail resignation from McLeish earlier today while away on business in Amsterdam.
"No further comment will be made at this moment in time and updates will be released in due course."Follow Goal.com on to get the latest soccer news directly. Check out Goal.com's page; be part of the best soccer fan community in the world!