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A Chore For Alex McLeish.. A Chore For Villa Fans

The Sunday Mercury have gone pretty strong today that Alex McLeish is gone at the end of the season.

Following the statement from Paul Faulkner and Randy Lerner, (Click Here) and the abuse that McLeish faced at Villa Park following the Bolton game, I think it is pretty clear his position is now untenable. He knows it, they know it, we all know it. Don`t we?

There are talks of protests next Sunday for the Spurs game but to be perfectly honest, do the fans now need organising? They have already found their voice (at Bolton game) and McLeish was 'hiding` yesterday showing, no matter what silly excuse he has used, that he knows things are bust and that is that.

ALL that matters as far as I can see is safety and as we haven`t got that, do protests not have to take a back seat?

On yesterday, McLeish said it "didn`t seem appropriate" to be on the touchline at the Baggies.

This from The Sunday Mercury.


As I said the other day ( Growing Pressure On Alex McLeish )

"For the first time in a long time, the atmosphere at Villa Park turned poisonous, hate-filled and angry. I`m not sure if the club realise it, if Alex McLeish realises it, but his position has become, amongst the vast majority of Villa fans, untenable." Adding in The Express: "On the fact that McLeish has presided over the worst home form ever for Aston Villa, bearing in mind our history and heritage, including founding the league, he should have tendered his resignation straight after the Bolton match."

I`m not totally sure why the agony is being prolonged to be honest but the statement is fairly clear he has this season to end.

McLeish says he didn`t do his job (which is basically what he is saying isn`t it?) because his seat was in the middle.

The manager can`t ask his assistant manager or someone else to move?

He said it would have been a "chore".

Well, most of us Villa fans, even the patient ones amongst us who said 'give him a chance` know all about chores. That is what watching Villa has been this season.

Sorry if we all put you out on Saturday Alex, didn`t realise the job was a chore. However, please, don`t worry about us, if you feel that way, shut the door behind you!

I had felt 'sorry` and would have been the first to tell him at the previous protests that I was sorry he was having to face such things (not that I agreed with his style of play and NOT that I wanted him at Villa, last summers quotes in the press clearly stated I didn`t and it wasn`t the right appointment etc) but now....? Worst record at Villa Park in our history and now a chore to instruct your team.

I think the protests are irrelevant, he`s gone, he has to be. If he isn`t, most of the fans will be. However, I do now think the lack of integrity and his inability to even once take any share of the blame in any game this season that this decision should have been taken out of his hands, the reserve set up would have been more than capable of taking the last 3 games and lets face it, with just losses and draws to our name most of the time, how can shaking things up in a forlorn attempt to reach safety have hurt us?

McLeish finished: "I stayed in the dugout there (at Old Trafford also). It is a similar seating arrangement. Will I do it at Villa Park? I don`t know."

He should not have to face the Villa crowd again. He just shouldn`t. As he admits in the other Mercury article, you never get immune to this abuse. However, in a total contradiction re: leadership "You don`t ever get used to being criticised. You don`t ever think 'I`m immune to that`, but you have to show leadership. I think I`ve got plenty of that."

A chore to show leadership, he isn`t sure if he will do the same at Villa Park but he has plenty of leadership?

Rudderless ship. I`m gutted, embarrassed... why isn`t he?

He refused to be drawn on speculation as to his future before the game and said he can`t think about next season until this one is over.

"If you want to speculate, you can make your own mind up. What I took from the statement of support of the chairman is we`re all focusing on these next games. Nobody is thinking about anything else."

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 29 2012

Time: 1:01PM

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sums him up, this on the same day he said his leadership has come the fore. Complete and utter clown.
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29/04/2012 13:09:00

Comical Alec. His only way to save face is to walk without taking any payoff and accepting the responsibility for our position!!!
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29/04/2012 13:17:00

Well written article Fear, honest and truthful article pity Mcleish isn't otherwise he would have admited he was out of his depth a long time ago and he would have left, im sorry for him personaly the abuse he has endured but i think the Villa fans have been more than patient and he had enough time to turn things around especially at home, we should never have the record of 4 wins all season at home and none since November FFS. Martinez Lambert Rodgers Bialsa im already looking forward to putting this season out of my mind and looking forward to next season and a new begining for Villa and us Villans making VP electric again! UTV!
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29/04/2012 13:19:00

Get rid of him now I say...we will lose the next two games anyway under his 'management'...may as well try something different...
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29/04/2012 13:34:00

I presume he didn't want a coin embedded in his skull. Frankly, I don't blame him.
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29/04/2012 13:43:00

What a joke that man is - the eckcuses never end - "my seat was in the middle"?? LOL!! Just go now you muppet. Oh, and Andy Gray can do one too - no surprise to read that story after hearing him and Keys blowing smoke up Mcleish's a*** on talks**t for weeks.
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29/04/2012 13:58:00

It must be a real chore to be in charge of the best football club in the world, allegedly getting 2m a year for the privilege. McLeish has got one thing right, it definitely wasn't appropriate to be on the touchline for the Baggies game. In fact, it wasn't appropriate to still be employed, but hey ho. Still, I'm sure it won't be such a chore to collect his P45 and healthy severance payment come the end of the season. He'll no doubt clamber over Peter Grant to get there.
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29/04/2012 14:19:00

The reason he will not walk away because he wants to be fired so he can get full compensation. He wants to be fired plain and simple he does not have the decency to walk.
Shane Villains
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29/04/2012 14:29:00

JuanPabloAngel lmaooooooooo
Shane Villains
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29/04/2012 14:30:00

Ps I love the picture at the top... is he saying to the players, "don't worry lads, only 3 more games and I'm off" (on one of his tiresome jaunts from the comfort of the dugout? Ha ha, the man cannot be taken any less seriously, surely? What a shame, I never had any feelings about him one way or the other (wasn't he linked with us when he was at Hibs and Gregory got kicked out?) but his arrogance and ineptiude since the summer has been breathtaking.
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29/04/2012 14:35:00

Basically he's saying I don't give a stuff anymore. Bye bye McClueless I'm sure someone in the SPL will give you a job.
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29/04/2012 16:08:00

Suddenly I'm feeling a little more cheerful. After reading this, plus QPR and Blacburn 1-0 down it's been a half decent weekend so far....
Pride of Lions
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29/04/2012 16:34:00

Just listening to a Blackburn fan on R5L - she could have been a Villa fan in everything she said...appalling management, tactics, funding, owners, negativie play, capitulation, selling best playing staff, no ambition, biased media, unfiar labelling of fans (oddly enough their famed protest was against Bolton too)...
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29/04/2012 18:36:00

ljkal thats a good point Blackburn have had to endure the same brain mumbing clueless managers and board we have, Mcleish is supposed to be a genuine nice guy yet he will not hand in his notice when he has faile cos he wants his no win no fee compensation the crafty BarStooL
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29/04/2012 20:05:00

Maybe he knows he's going, so now he's just trying to relegate us out of spite :p Obviously he can't stop the players attempting to win the match themselves, but he can make it extremely difficult for them by fielding 7 defenders in the starting 11!
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29/04/2012 21:33:00

The one difference between us and Blackburn though is the fact that Kean was a new, untried manager. Whilst ours was a proven failure! We set ourselves up to fail
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29/04/2012 21:35:00

He's too proud to resign and thats going to cost us eventually but i think we will still be stuck with him next season..
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29/04/2012 22:01:00

After the last home game of the season, do you think he'll joing the players for a lap of 'honour'?! No, me neither but it would be nice to see Stan lead the guys round, health permitting of course. I was talking to a guy I know who works at VP yesterday and the talk of a Director of football type of appoitment is rife, which could be well needed as Lerner or Faulkner have shown that they know othing about running a football club. There is also talk of a Management re-structure throughout the club, but nothing specific....surely, Eck has had his chips though?
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30/04/2012 09:03:00

Agree fear there is no way possible McLeish will stay on, he's a dead man walking
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30/04/2012 09:35:00

Earlier in the season I made a case for not holding demonstrations against Mcleish mostly for the benefit of the team moral and possible effect it had on form on the pitch. I never was pro MCleish, I just wanted a fair crack of the whip and for the team to do well. Obviously this hasn't happened and we are facing down the barrel of a loaded gun. I can see no way that he will be at Villa next season with the long list of worsts and lowests of any Villa manager. He has had a fair crack of the whip and he has blown it. Taxi for Mcleish from B6 to anywhere! It can't come soom enough
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30/04/2012 15:09:00

Yeah I gave him half a chance, I mean Nose or not he was our manager when the deal was done. Quickly realized that he is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Bye bye Alex, don't worry mate you broke all kinds of records in your one season at VP. Anyone got any idea who'd take the job ?
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30/04/2012 22:58:00


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