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McLeish Fires Up His Light Sabre

The force is strong within this one, but then again his single mindedness in taking the job has never been in question has it.

Speaking to Sky Sports Alex has again come out all guns blazing and promising that he trusts himself to get us playing good football and moving up the table.

This set against the backdrop of the injury to Darren Bent and our recently announced losses isn't really surprising, but he's sure there are calmer waters over the horizon, as he reiterates the recent reaction by fans was disappointing, understandable but importantly for him he remains unfazed by the tasks ahead.

'It's never stopped me, I've never waivered in my commitment to Aston Villa in terms of helping the club, working with the club, and the course we are taking. I'd be lying if I said it didn't bother me, that it was easy to handle and there was no pressure whatever. That would be total fabrication. But I believe I'm strong enough and I've got the experience to handle it.'

He adds that at the moment the outlook does look gloomy with the financial figures, our performances, our results, our injury problems and the anger of the fans but he asks us to get onside with the team for 90 minutes regardless of our feelings.

'At the moment it's a bit gloomy with the financial figures coming in and the fans showing a bit of dissent, with a few never really fancying me coming in in the first place. But if the fans can leave their grievances for other situations rather than during the 90 minutes and support every player, it would be great.'

Which is fair enough on the face of it, but fans can only deal with so much before blowing and the manager and team have given us very little this season to 'support'. It is a two way street and the fans react when we see the team trying. Fans also appreciate that Eck has been let down by the attitude of seniors players who have cost us point after point, so it is difficult to get behind them knowing they are minutes from yet another amatuerish moment...but that's where a manager earns his crust surely, by dropping the names for the benefit of the team.

Eck has failed to do that, so is it any wonder the anger gets directed to him and fans are more likely to hold their heads in morbid resignation when some players get within 10 yards of the ball?

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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 1 2012

Time: 5:20PM

Your Comments

If you want to move the villa forward then leave. Simple
thorpyuk
Seconded. We don't swallow it. Get out of Villa Park and take Faulkner with you. You are destroying our club with your vile version of the beautiful game.
ljkal
great headline lol! I agree with leaving the grievances away from the 90mins but how is that possible when after 60mins he brings on Heskey??? How are fans not supposed to react to that? When the likes of Ireland and N'Zogbia are on the bench?
Stephen Jay Hawkings
i have 100% commitment and the perfect attitude towards singing a great song. But im a ***** singer so it doesn`t work.
lerneravfc
totally agree, behind team for 90 mins. That is easy. Also hope for the 90 mins the team are behind us... but must admit, think the fans are usually (majority) good and just want something to support. Stop the negative tactics and we are all fine surely?!
The Fear
Unfortunately he has got the experience to handle it, due to being crap and hated everywhere he has previously been.

Supporting Villa is like being a passenger on a Costa Cruises ship - either adrift a sea or sunk!!!
RiF
Poppycock ................ that is all
astonmilan
Mike, you can't blame senior players for the occasional mistake. This is Eck's fault for inviting teams onto us with his tactics or not training them properly. ie. corners. Only team not to score from 1 but have conceded the most. Doesn't matter if he dropped them as the next man that he brought in would be trained in the same way. Eck is well prepared for failure as he's used to it.
Villan444
Have we not scored from a corner all season? 4 months without a home win
paintnothing
he may not be unfazed but the rest of us are unfazed beyond belief
marshyboy87
26 games in and EVERYTHING is getting worse, by now his methods and tactics are very and truly implemented and look at the results of his work!?!?! COMPLETE AND UTTER DIRE RUBBISH. Norwich and Swansea prove that if you have the right manager with the correct mentailty, tactics, squad selection and methods that you can get a squad of players playing above their ability and as a team. Ireland and NZogbia should have started every game this season. Eck is a man sinking fast and a deluded man and that. This appointment will never work, EVER. I don't care Randy is cutting costs, it's good in the long run but I care at who he put in charge, the way we are playing and the extremely negative attitude we play with.
AdzVilla11
This is not the fault of one man; there are a myriad of reasons why we are in such trouble. Admittedly he's not helping himself but such negativity is not going to solve anything at the start of March.
Villa_Grizzly
444 we have a different definition in English of 'occasional mistake'. I'm seeing 4-5 a game from the usual suspects, credit to Warnock, it took him 3 attempts for the own goal!

Can't blame Eck for corners, the players were as useless under Houllier...at what point do you stop blaming managers for players who consistently fail to do their job? Stop being so polemic and look at the bigger picture mate.
mike_field
Can't blame the manager for corners? I agree not always, but isn't it pretty much the same back line that was under MON, and how did they do on corners?
AdzVilla11
As I've said on other posts, yes, get behind the team for the 90 minutes.... they need all the support they can get. Once the final whistle is blown, thats the time to dothe protesting. I'd love to see Lerner or Faulkner come out and give Idiot the dreaded "Vote of Confidence".
Pride of Lions
Can't get over quotes like this from Eck "We can play all the good football we want but, if we don't win, the fans will still be unhappy." I'd rather play good football and lose than play absolute complete dire rubbish make me feel sick boring negative football and STILL LOSE
AdzVilla11
I think all fans are sick to the stomach with this tripe we're forced to watch every week. It's the worst of both worlds - boring dull football combined with crap results. And as for the clown punching the air after our dour draw with bottom side wigan, he's clearly 100 miles apart from the fans, and current fan feeling. Anyone else would have thought he'd have just won the league or something!! Punch the air when you beat Man U at old trafford (which we did under MON), but not when you scrape a dire 0-0 draw against the bottom of the league club. MUPPET!
thorpyuk
Fair point re: warnock Mike. He never got a game under GH and we can see why. Just think that too much blame is on Dunne and Collins who are old school defenders who clear their ranks well. Their distribution is average at best but with only 1 player to aim for who's also surrounded by 4 defenders, their job is made so much harder!! Ecks logic of having 10 men defending doesn't work as it obviously doesn't mean we're twice as unlikely to concede than having only 5!!!
Villan444
 

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