Date: 5th April 2012 at 6:10pm
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In his latest visit to Bodymoor Heath, Randy Lerner spoke with the team and urged them to stay strong for Stan and finish the season on a high for him.

Speaking to the Official Site Alex McLeish talked about the surprise team chat:

‘Randy was in on Tuesday morning. He was with Stan on Monday but he came up and spoke to the lads and said a few words about Stan. He wished the players all the best and to be strong themselves and be in charge of their own destiny for the remaining eight games. It was good for the chairman to do that with the boys. He also told the lads to have the confidence and belief in themselves and for the youngsters to really make a go of it.’

You would think the chat had the desired effect as McLeish was clearly positive afterwards, taking time out to discuss the progress of Jack Grealish this season, joking it’s been all of 3 inches:

‘It’s an opportunity for these boy, the majority of them have trained with us the whole season. The likes of Jack have made a ‘guest’ appearance every now and then. From the start of the season I’ve seen him grow about three inches!’

All joking aside, McLeish adds about the youngsters:

‘At the end of the day if you are good enough, you’re old enough, and it doesn’t matter about age. The thing we have got in our favour is that they have been in and around the older guys, we don’t have to lower the level of training because they are all up to speed.’

Well if that’s true, I look forward to seeing a number of them gaining their substitute debuts before the season ends Alex.

Chelsea may have been forced, let’s make it a conscious choice for the remaining games – they are afterall our future if they are good enough and they’ll be here long after the seniors who have let us down two + seasons in a row.

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