Gardner admits uncertainty

Midfielder unsure of where his future lies after McLeish exit

Gardner: Not sure where his future lies after McLeish left Birmingham

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Craig Gardner does not know where his future lies after the exit of Alex McLeish from Birmingham.

The midfielder's career has been resurrected after he was recruited by McLeish from Aston Villa for £3.5million in January 2010.

The 24-year-old went on to become Birmingham's top scorer with 10 goals last term but the lifelong City fan is now being linked with a £5million move to Sunderland.

When asked if he is leaving or staying at Blues, Gardner said: "I don't know. It's a difficult one.

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"At the end of the day, like every player, you have to think of your career. Everything is up in the air at the moment."

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"I'm unsure exactly what is happening behind the scenes and what the board are thinking.

"Where are we going, what are we planning to do? I don't know.

"At the end of the day, like every player, you have to think of your career. Everything is up in the air at the moment."

Gardner admits McLeish, who is in the frame to move to Villa as Gerard Houllier's successor, has been a massive influence.

He said: "For me, Alex McLeish was great. He showed a lot of faith in me, signing me from Villa, and my career moved forward from there.

"It's a sad loss for Birmingham and it's not a good start to the summer.

"The club needs to bring in a manager with the kind of credentials and experience Alex McLeish has. Someone like that would fit the bill."