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Fahey released from City over salary

BIRMINGHAM CITY boss Lee Clark has confirmed the Championship club released Ireland international Keith Fahey for financial reasons as the former St Pat's man would have been forced to take a "massive" pay cut to stay on.

Fahey's time at St Andrews has now ended as the club have decided not to offer him a new deal, with fellow Dubliners Stephen Carr (retired) and Adam Rooney (moving to Swindon Town permanently following a loan) also leaving, though Cork-born 'keeper Colin Doyle has been offered a new deal.

"I have pre-warned everybody the last few days that the club is having to go down a completely different route. Keith is on a contract from the club's Premier League days and obviously we can't continue to do that kind of thing again," said Clark, who gave Fahey time off in mid-season to return to Ireland for family reasons.

"The level of the new contract we could have offered Keith would have meant not just a minor drop in salary, but a huge drop.

"Certainly with Keith, he showed in the two games he played in when he came back from his leave to Ireland that he's a class act.

"But on top of that he's had one or two injury problems this season and as I found out to my cost when I took a little gamble on Stephen Carr, it backfired and then there wasn't much left in the kitty to try and get a replacement.

"There's no doubting Keith's ability. He is an extremely talented player.

"But the reasons were mainly financial and a little bit the injuries he has had. He's not injured now, he's fit, but I have to take everything into careful consideration as we try to move on as a football club, in changing circumstances," Clark added.