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McLeish Fires Up His Light Sabre

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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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Thursday March 1 2012
Time: 5:20PM


If you want to move the villa forward then leave. Simple
01/03/2012 17:26:00
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.
01/03/2012 17:39:00
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
01/03/2012 17:40:00
i have 100% commitment and the perfect attitude towards singing a great song. But im a ***** singer so it doesn`t work.
01/03/2012 17:49:00
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
01/03/2012 18:38:00
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!!!
01/03/2012 18:40:00
Poppycock ................ that is all
01/03/2012 19:42:00
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.
01/03/2012 20:52:00
Have we not scored from a corner all season? 4 months without a home win
01/03/2012 21:05:00
he may not be unfazed but the rest of us are unfazed beyond belief
01/03/2012 21:47:00
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