Birmingham end training sessions in Malta

Thursday, January 21, 2010, 15:58

by Sandro Micallef 

Premier side Birmingham City ended a successful training camp in Malta held at the Hibernians Stadium training complex. When speaking to the local Press just after the end of the last session on Thursday morning the team’s Manager Alex McLeish said that he opted for this short spell in our island purposely due to the severe weather conditions back home. He added that the trip was also possible due to the fact that his team was not involved in any mid-week Premier League – Cup games. When giving comments to PBS Sports journalist Henry Calleja, McLeish remarked “We had no luck with the weather as unfortunately we experienced continuous rain here in Malta but nonetheless I’m very satisfied that we worked very hard in view of the second part of the league”

Alex McLeish - succesful sessions in Malta

Alex McLeish - succesful sessions in Malta

When asked by Melita Sports journalist Peter Paul Gauci about his team ambitions to make it to a UEFA Europa League placement at the end of the 2009.10 season the Scottish Manager replied  “It will be very difficult to maintain the momentum and it will be very difficult for us to safeguard our current eight place and therefore it will be much more difficult for Birmingham to climb higher”. He added that only Clubs considered as big spenders can aim for a European berth. Asked when and if he will ask the new Chinese owners to give him money to get more player in his team McLeish said “I have agreed with the owners that they will give me money to sign two or three more players in the next ten days but I will not spend all the money that they have placed specifically for this January transfer window”.

An interesting note was that the Blues Manager gave permission to Maltese youngster Jonathan Scerri to train along with the team during all sessions held at the Hibs Stadium. Scerri a St. Patrick FC product is on a loan spell with First Division side Balzan Youths.

Alex McLeish and all the Birmingham contingent flew back directly to Birmingham with a scheduled Air Malta flight at 14:00hrs.The Blues face Everton this Saturday away in a fourth round FA Cup game then they play away in London against Chelsea in the Premier League game scheduled for Wednesday 27th January. The Blues are currently eight in the Premier League table with 33 points from 21 matches.

Players stretching prior Thursday's session

Players stretching prior Thursday's session





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