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Eck Won't Criticise The Fans

Alex McLeish has said the booing and the jeers are hard to take, but he refuses to criticise the fans for venting their feelings and he just wants us to get behind the team.

Speaking to Sky Sports after today's bore draw with Wigan, McLeish said of the boos, jeers and chants such as 'you don't know what you're doing':

'Nobody likes it, I can't say it's water off a duck's back. I'm not going to get into a spat with my own supporters, I need those guys. I have a great challenge here, it's probably one of the toughest jobs in the league but I am up for it. I still believe we will prosper.'

Makes a nice change a manager not dismissing the fans, or twisting the chants onto the players instead of accepting they are for them...but he's the only one who can change his fortunes.

He says he still believes we will prosper, but it takes injuries for him to shuffle the unperforming pack. We now lose Keane and potentially Bent for the next match so how will he react?

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 25 2012

Time: 8:21PM

Your Comments

Best comments he's made to the press since his arrival discounting the lies, hype and false hope.
Villan444
Toughest challenges in the league?? What about managing Norwich or Swansea or BLACKBURN!! The only tough thing is watching you tear us apart Eck!! Ramp up the protests boys.
AdzVilla11
I wait with bated breath
Steff_the_Villan
agree AdzVilla11, we certainly need to ramp up the protests..... this idiot just HAS to go ASAP!
Pride of Lions
Toughest jobs in the league my arse. He has a better squad and facilities than most clubs outside the top 7. I wouldn`t say he should be sacked but he needs to realise that top half at the least is where we should be.
lerneravfc
Am I the only one who isn't overly impressed with our squad? Given - good goalie. Defence - except Cuellar, they can all go. Midfield - no creativity except for Ireland, and other than a couple of games he is yet to really stand out. I do like Petrov, but he doesnt have the legs to play every game anymore. Strike force - Bent doesn't move, gabby doesn't play up front any more and Heskey...the name says it all. We can't expect the youngsters to take us out of this at this level, it's obvious their confidence is shot at the moment. Saying all that, it doesnt excuse the dross we have been putting out since NYE.
Francobaresi13
why is it one of the toughest jobs in the league? Look who are above us, they would love our squad wouldn't they? It isn't the be all and end all I agree Franco, but even so, apart from a few of the defenders who should have gone in the summer, we are better than Stoke, Norwich, Swansea, WBA etc squad wise and should not be playing as badly as we are. That takes good management?
The Fear
As a supporter of the protests I am glad that I made the trip to Wigan. It was wonderful to hear almost everyone in the Villa end united against McMuppet. Not the odd dissenting voice. Not the odd chant, but almost every fan for the last 20 minutes of the game together in their absolute desire to see McMuppet out. When the away fans turn then you know your time is up. It is now only a matter of seeing how he goes . . . . . not when. It is obvious that he will not be around for next season, if results do not do for him, then season ticket sales will. Will he resign and save us 4M? Will he wait to be sacked? Will he offer his resignation for a part pay off? I would like him to admit he should never have come to Villa (and Randy for all the good you have done for this club, this was the most horrific mistake imagineable. You need to LEAD. This club needs a leader in the boardroom until you appoint a Manager who is a leader of the football team). We never wanted McMuppet, but most of us were prepared to give him a chance. If we could see a style of football or rational decisions being made then he would still have some support. But there is absolutely nothing. Collins, Warnock . . . .and even Hutton have proved in the past that they are capable of performing well at this level. But there complete lack of form at the moment is down totally to the training and management infrasrtucture at the club. Let the protests continue. And for those who say they do not help, can you please explain how results and performances can get any worse?
voiceoftheholte
This is quite simply one of the poorest Aston Villa teams I have ever seen. I'm 43 years young and have witnessed many highs and lows, from winning the league in 80/81 and then the European Cup in 82, to Relegation in 87. The team in 87 had better players in it Keown, Elliot, Tony Dorigo, Tony Daley and Steve Hodge, well for some of it! The problem with that team was inexperience or simply naivety, as well as being a bit lightweight up front. Simon Stainrod I remember being lazy and Gary Thompson would work his socks off, but with no real end product! The current team has no pattern, no purpose, no brain! The back four, IMHO, are really bad and have been so for quite a while, not just this season! The midfield seems to have about 10 players, who are continually rotated in and out. Continuity is a strength in this department and we haven't experienced it that much. We have also witnessed "Intellectual formation selection" Heskey at left mid, Cuellar and Hutton down the right. That's not clever, that's just scared! The front line is the only real plus in the squad. We do have goals in us, but supply is short! Good teams or even teams that can compete are built around understanding and cohesion. There isn't any here. You can see indecision and total lack of responsibility, barring Keane. He has been a breath of fresh air, Positive in everything he does. All any manager can do it to play to your strengths! Yes change according to some circumstances, but not every week and to the detriment of team building/understanding/cohesion. Oh and yes, "Stop running scared!"
jarsc
Well said jarsc exactly whats wrong with the team at the moment but how can we fix it?? we can start with a new manager and go from there I tink...
KerryVillian
Just leave ECK...
thorpyuk
 

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