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Alexander Hleb Rips Into McLeish 'Tactics'.

Just read this: http://en.rian.ru/sports/20120419/172911969.html which I noticed via Steve Wollaston at The Birmingham Mail

The site quotes former Blues on loan (from Barcelona) player (he played 19 times) Alexander Hleb about his time at Blues under Alex McLeish.

"At Birmingham, the team played the long-ball game, practically bypassing midfield. To get into the game you had to play up front or linger at the back with the defenders to get hold of the ball, which more often than not flew right past me.'

He says Alex McLeish wasn`t 'not a bad bloke' but ..................! On tactics:

'The day before a game he would come onto the pitch and show us what to do: 'You stand here, the goalkeeper will give you the ball here, kick it as far as you can and don't pass to anyone nearby. And we all run.''

Ahem.

OUCH.

He`s not the only Blues player to say such things but I can`t repeat the other bits as they were said privately!!!!

Embarrassing though. Wish this situation had never transpired, not for him, not for us.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 19 2012

Time: 12:29PM

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We are doomed.
Dumble
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19/04/2012 12:47:00

Just sums up exactly how he plays, and exactly why every sane villa fan wants shot of this failure
thorpyuk
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19/04/2012 12:53:00

is David O'Leary available? I'm that desperate to get rid
bigolbear1970
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19/04/2012 13:03:00

should suit Dunne down to a tee
AVbornandbred
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19/04/2012 13:05:00

Then blame the true villain of the piece - Martin O'Neill!! We should be grateful there was someone out there who wanted the job after O'Neill had acted so disgracefully!
godzvilla
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19/04/2012 13:08:00

Anyone surprised?
Trekker
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19/04/2012 13:12:00

just read this from a quote from mcnegative in the birmingham mail.... "And Martin has come in there and he has god-like status already – that’s something I am going to have to earn here" ROFLMAO!!!! hahahahahahahahaha maybe if he walks off the stadium roof during the half-time oranges????
thorpyuk
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19/04/2012 13:13:00

yeh the god like status remark did cause my coffee to shoot down my nose Unfortunately, seen an article in the Sun saying that the rumour about him going and a DofF coming in is tosh too
bigolbear1970
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19/04/2012 13:17:00

thorpyuk, yeah I ROFLMAOed too! Satan's a kind of God... you're already there in my eyes, Beelzebozo!
Rawlie
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19/04/2012 13:44:00

This is kind of a dutch style.
lerneravfc
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19/04/2012 14:28:00

lol, yes, was a good one that... he could do stand up!
bigolbear1979, DOL was a twerp for sure, but he was working under bad circumstances and no money etc, think the first season we played decent enough football and finished the same as the Messiah, 6th. I think he'd have been better suited, with the money we had at the start, than MON who proved he wasn't able to buy that well. Bad timing eh!?
The Fear
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19/04/2012 15:01:00

lol, yes, was a good one that... he could do stand up!
bigolbear1979, DOL was a twerp for sure, but he was working under bad circumstances and no money etc, think the first season we played decent enough football and finished the same as the Messiah, 6th. I think he'd have been better suited, with the money we had at the start, than MON who proved he wasn't able to buy that well. Bad timing eh!?
The Fear
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19/04/2012 15:01:00

'You stand here, the goalkeeper will give you the ball here, kick it as far as you can and don't pass to anyone nearby. And we all run.'' Ah Yes. I thought this rang a bell. This is exactly what Rinus Michels used to shout at Johan Cruyff from the touchline in 1974.
heavy d
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19/04/2012 15:05:00

Isee he's linked with moses - is that in keeping with the god-like status?...............lets face it he won't even get dog-like status at VP do one useless!
griffgriff
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19/04/2012 15:12:00

hahah! the second quote is brilliant, I can certainly imagine Mcleish saying that, walking away /training session over. See you tomorrow boys!
callum_ws
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19/04/2012 15:55:00

Linked with Moses - our defence needs no more encouragement to part like the Red Sea!
McGrath4Pope
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19/04/2012 16:15:00

It certainly comes as no surprise to me.......
Pride of Lions
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19/04/2012 16:18:00

Lerner's the one to blame
M5villa
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19/04/2012 16:33:00

lol@ McGrath4Pope! Very droll!
The Fear
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19/04/2012 16:50:00

I'm really surprised, I thought he was a tactical genius.
jonah
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19/04/2012 19:24:00

Thank you Alex you have confirmed what we all said about McLeish before he was appointed, get yourself a pint on me.
Green Villan
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20/04/2012 17:00:00

 

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