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McLeish is relishing the next challenge

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has admitted ahead of their final Barclays Premier League game of the season at Bolton tomorrow that he faces a huge challenge to build on the stunning progress made this season.

Birmingham were the pick of many pundits to head straight back into the Championship after they were promoted last season.

But they have been this season's surprise package and are on course for a top 10 finish.

McLeish said: “I am only too aware how things can turn in football. I have to keep my focus on maintaining the form Birmingham have shown this season into next season.

“This is going to be a huge challenge. Everyone else will be trying to improve their squads and teams who were expected to finish higher will be big threats.”

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