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By ESPN Staff

McLeish will shake up Birmingham, insists Sullivan

Birmingham co-owner David Sullivan believes new manager Alex McLeish will be the ideal person to 'shake up' the midlands club after he became Steve Bruce's successor on Wednesday.

Sullivan felt that Blues had become 'stale' towards the end of Bruce's six years in charge at St Andrews.

McLeish, who quit as Scotland boss to move to City, has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract which will take him through until the summer of 2011.

And he has been promised funds to spend in January with Sullivan admitting the proposed takeover by Carson Yeung is unlikely to happen.

Sullivan said: 'Alex McLeish will lead us into a new era and I think the club needs it. We've probably gone a little bit stale.

'We've only had three managers before this in nearly 15 years and we never get rid of them quickly. But perhaps it's right to have a bit of a shake-up and a fresh approach.

'Alex has experience, has produced results wherever he as been. He has a proven track record.

'His task this season will be to keep us in the Premiership and then carry on progressing.'

Sullivan added: 'He will have funds available in January. We will just have to see what the manger's thoughts are and come up with the solutions.

'You don't always get the good players available in January but we will see what develops.'

Sullivan has given Yeung until December 20 to take control of Birmingham but he has until the end of this week to prove he can raise the £35million to do that.

Sullivan admitted: 'I really can't see the takeover happening. It's dead in the water as far as I'm concerned.

'If there is any concern for Alex then we can show we've got a good track record with managers.

'Like I said, he's only our fourth manager in our 15 years in charge, his contract is with the club - and it is a good one.'