Alex McLeish’s future at Birmingham is shrouded in uncertainty after talks over a new deal broke down.
The former Rangers and Scotland boss has been in talks with Blues officials over a new contract for some time.
The contract talks have been dragging on for a number of weeks now with Birmingham vice-chairman Peter Pannu claiming McLeish is demanding too much money.
“I have been in talks with his representative and he was asking for a very large amount of money which I was not prepared to meet,” Pannu told the Daily Star.
Pannu admits McLeish deserved a bonus for his performance last year, but he felt the Scot was still not yet in the upper echelons of management.
“He has not been tried and tested yet,” added Pannu. “The club was relegated, then promoted and last year we stayed up, so he has done well.
“But to suggest that he is in the top class like a Mourinho, well, he is no Mourinho yet. The ball is in his court.”
McLeish, when asked about his contract situation, refused to discuss developments, saying: “I don’t want to talk about it.
“We’ve signed three players and that’s all I want to talk about.”