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Villa Boss Set To Keep Head Down At Villa Park

Villa Boss Set To Keep Head Down At Villa Park

This is quite sad really.

Alex McLeish has told Mat Kendrick at The Birmingham Mail that he knows he`ll have to keep a low profile tomorrow for the Spurs game at Villa Park.

He 'hid` on the bench at the Hawthorns last week saying it would have been a chore ( A Chore For Alex McLeish.. A Chore For Villa Fans ) and now he will keep his 'head down` at Villa Park.

Such a shame they didn`t, after it became clear after the Bolton game that his position was (surely???) untenable, call it a day and put the reserve set up in charge for the remaining games. It would have saved the manager facing protests and all the anger.

He can`t stay next season, he just can`t, all this is so negative for us, for the team, for him, for the Club. Just wish they`d ended this for all involved. On a human level, imagine walking out to this much hostility? Must be awful for any manager and yes, I know they are well paid and do an awful job and let down fans etc (not just this manager).

Mat asked him what he`d do and he said:

"I`ll probably keep my head down and let the fans concentrate on supporting the players. It`s a new day. The last game was snatching a defeat from the jaws of victory so the fans are never going to be happy with that. So I accept that night and I take it on the chin. But I`ve no fears of walking back into the arena. I`m passionate about getting the right results at Villa Park." Adding, "We are looking for a siege mentality and getting about Spurs."

Despite some not being sure about the traditional lap of honour at the end of the game, it is planned to go ahead and probably rightly. I`m sure it will feel awkward for the players and the fans, but that doesn`t mean they shouldn`t do it does it?

McLeish confirmed he thinks the players will want to thank the fans.

Our latest poll asks your opinion, should there be a lap of honour? For me, I think they should come out and say thanks, but it will be a strange one won`t it?!?!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday May 5 2012
Time: 11:25AM


lol got to laugh when our own manager is scared to come out of the dugout.
05/05/2012 11:28:00
Totally agree Fear,i think the board should have acted before now knowing what will happen again at VP tomorrow.It will be a strange mood at VP tomorrow after getting thumped by Spurs,players getting an applause and chanting AM out at the same time,going to be odd..
05/05/2012 11:34:00
I was flicking through the site on an RSS feed and read this initially as Villa Boas to keep head down, Lol.
05/05/2012 12:22:00
Ear plugs!!! mr mc,you`r going to need them,,,the lap of honour is for the players to honour the FANS!!.....give us 3 points you know you want to ,.........19
paul muldrew
05/05/2012 12:30:00
Very sad and a crazy situation when a manager cannot do his job. One strange aspect is that as far as I know there is no threat to protest at him during the game and so really no need for his reaction. That said though I would not like to be in his position. Makes me wonder if he has already resigned and is simply seeing the games out.
05/05/2012 12:34:00
2m a year? i would love to be in his position - gimme 1m i bet i could do better than him... all i would have to say is.. ATTACK and there we go job done
05/05/2012 12:58:00
this whole season has been strange and it just gets stranger.....
05/05/2012 13:15:00
Yes, I said, with 6 games left and little prospect of many more points, that a sabbatical for AMc from Villa Park and putting KMac and Sid in charge was the best option. It would at least be best if he 'managed from the stands' this Sunday.
05/05/2012 13:30:00
I personally do not want the players to come out on a 'lap of honour', win or lose they can all go back to the dressing room with that spineless man Mcleish. The players deserve no praise, they deserve no awards night, as much as i dislike Mcleish it's been the players fault this year also...Big changes are needed this summer, we need to take a page from Newcastles book and get back to actually being 'decent'.
05/05/2012 13:30:00
Fantastic leadership...
05/05/2012 13:36:00
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