Alex Vows To Win Us Over
Well give the man credit, he's determined.
Alex McLeish has taken to the Official Site to promise that he will turn fan jeers into cheers.
Bold promise given the season we've had so far, but again for all his mistakes and errors and nonsense, it's not him missing easy chances, it's not him going to sleep in defence, it's not him hoofing the ball 80 yards or being unable to pass 5...but I think that's about as far as you can defend him.
It's his choice to keep picking them.
'I'm delighted to be here and I'm confident I can get the Villa fans cheering instead of jeering. To be fair the Villa fans they've been fantastic on their travels, so I can't start criticising them for one particular game. We have a huge challenge ahead of us. We've spoken to the players, we've said we've all got to be together and there's got to be a bit of a siege mentality.'
Alex continues to find excuses for the performances and the results, and to be fair it's his biggest problem. Yes a good manager takes the heat off their players when it's necessary, but a good manager also lets a player take his beating at points to see how they react...he makes our players blameless in public (apart from when he picks on them directly) and it seems there are no consequences for performances.
'We've worked our socks off, we've got two young kids in that midfield, Stan's out, Gabby's just back after four weeks absense, Albrighton's just had the baby this week...'
'...and we've had other players out for even longer. Herd's just come back afer three or four months and he's just broken into the team this season. So there's got to be a wee bit of patience.'
Yes Alex, it was a young midfield. But you got rid of Makoun. You chose to leave Ireland on the bench.
It's not always black and white.
Anyway, enough of that or I'll start repeating myself, in the same interview he talks about handing Gabby the armband which is something we can all applaud:
'I thought I'd give it to the guy who is the longest serving experienced player like they do on the continent and Gabby was thrilled to get it. It was great. I didn't think he could play the whole game, I said you might have to pass the armband on during the game.'
Ohhhhh Alex, why do you have to add that extra sentance?
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