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McLeish Relieved After Safety Nigh On Guaranteed

Alex McLeish has declared himself a relieved man after the toughest season of his career, yet he can't help talking himself into trouble.

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Speaking to the Official Site - and I am really going to try and stay calm - the Ecking failure said of the game:

'Relief is probably the emotion I have right now. Saying that, we have another game and we have to prepare properly and try to win. We conceded a soft penalty and then lost a wee bit of composure and they looked threatening, but we held our nerve until the end of the game. I thought the determination and attitude of the players was fantastic. They coped great and showed a lot of bottle. Overall, it's been a tough season, as tough as I've had. I knew the challenge I was taking on, but you have to experience it. I have stood up in the face of adversity all season, I am proud to be intact and not thrown myself off a bridge or something.'

Eck continues to say that when he assessed the squad he thought it would be lower half of the table quality - ROLLOCKS is it, top 6 no, but top 10 yes if you set them up right and don't play 25 defenders per game! - and he knew the back up of the younger and less experienced players wasn't ideal, but he thinks the experience the youngsters have had will set them up nicely in the future.

Now the bit nobody wants to hear, but I've bolded part for effect as that could be very telling and I'll leave that to you:

'I would certainly look to strengthen the squad for next season. Assessment has been ongoing, every week. We've got to start putting a plan of action in place. If I can go through that, I will have to have a crack at the big time and try and enhance the quality of the squad. I think Randy will be pretty pleased with today's outcome. He's been very supportive in text over the last few days. I'd expect to be here next season and hope to win over the dissenting Villa fans, but I need a consistent team on the pitch.'

We could also do with some tactics and a team being sent out to win, not to just not concede!

But what were the signings of Holman and Kello if we haven't yet put a plan in place?

Eck adds on this that meeting fans in general, he has found them excellent and believes that the majority know what 'he has been working with' and yes whilst it hasn't been ideal dealing with certain elements of our squad who seem to do their best to undermine every manager we've had recently, he can't blame lack of finances spending nigh on £20m in the summer so if he wants to use that as an excuse it won't wash.

Now the most unbelievable statement, and proof pudding of why he cannot continue at this club:

'I have taken a lot of weight on my shoulders this season. I was happy to take pressure off the players. I am not going to again next season though, they better get their fingers out.'

How exactly, other than on Planet Fricking Eck, has he taken the pressure off the players.

Tactics to park the bus, 1 upfront, players out of position, blaming the youngsters whenever they make a mistake, blaming Weimann for missing the target, blaming basically everybody and never owning up to his own errors does not equal 'taking the pressure on his shoulders'.

Maybe if he'd set the squad up to play to their strengths, not handicapped players by putting them out of position they might have been able to pull their fingers out already!

McLeish Thread - not for the feint hearted!

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Sunday May 6 2012
Time: 7:44PM


wow, is he really playing the martyr now? Is he really trying to claim he went throught this hardship and now deserves big money to spend? ***** off you useless excuse making dickhead!
06/05/2012 19:51:00
The bloke is deluded. I've never heard such a load of total rubbish from the mouth of a Villa manager before.
06/05/2012 19:53:00
The board have been very Machiavellian in appointing McLeish. They knew that the financial policy would impact in sporting terms and they needed a fall guy and boy did they get one. He has been the target for all the ire and hate, the hate being often abusive and unpleasant. I think you're wrong to suggest we were top ten. This was a team always going to struggle, particularly if we had key injuries. The young players, untested at this level and in these pressure sitautions, have played well though the nagitivity and drama surrounding McLeish has not helped anybody and McLeish looked utterly lost in footballing terms as he tried to find tactical and resources answers to very trying circumstances. He has not helped himself though one bit with his negativity, lack of motivation showing at times a lack of tactical nuance. I would grant him that he has shown leadership in protecting some very apathetic players, sucking it up and taking it on the chin, conducting himself with integrity. Its not his fault the board appointed him and yet they seemed to have escaped largely unscathed. I think even if he's not right for us he should have personal respect because I think he's earned that at least. The 'McLeish Out' campaign seemed lost on most supporters today and a bit of a damp squib.
06/05/2012 20:01:00
s---t not another season like this with .i hope not .get the f--k out of villa park and distroy somebodys team not ours
06/05/2012 20:07:00
west from got rid of di matteo for doing a good job.... how possibly can mcleish keep his job by surviving with less than 40 points.. we stayed up thanks to albion not the manager. granted the players aren't good enough but we would have won more games with a better manager i have no doubt about that.
06/05/2012 20:37:00
Think I'm not just going to have to give up a season ticket, I'm going to have to give up web sites and newspapers cos I just can't stomach the utter dross that he is allowed to speak on behalf of AVFC. Its so sad.
06/05/2012 20:42:00
Lerner out. Mcleish out. Both know nothing about football at this level.
06/05/2012 20:44:00
We havent stopped up because of Albion at all, we stayed up because we have more points than 5 teams below us. The table dont lie, we have been poor but them 5 have been worse, thats how a league table works! I think he has taken a lot on the chin and took the pressure off the players. Only the Gatecrasher incident has contributed to any stick for the players, they have got away scott free loads this season. Most the players on twitter have had their balls sucked by supporters when they have suggested they are fed up and AMc has taken the stick when they have been dire themselves. WTF was Dunne doing for that Pen today, no doubt McLeish's fault, NZog, AMc needs to hold his hand up on him and admit its not worked, the bloke aint fit to wear the shirt along with a fair few others who failed under GH as well as the current regine. Having stuck up for AMc on many forums, I do think his words today smack a little of DOL in his final season. He talked about planning and making things better and he was gone in the summer. Despite whats been said today, and I am sure AMc will be stronger because of this season, I still believe he will go. I believe he will go before next weeks game as well so everyone knows where they stand as early as possible.
06/05/2012 20:49:00
RiF im feeling the same dude, i may also just take time out of supporting my club and football in general i am sick of deeing Villa rundown it hurts to see her in this state and our hardcore faithful fans deserve more im hurt.
06/05/2012 20:54:00
I wonder if we have enough evidence to have him sectioned under the mental health act!!!!!!!!
06/05/2012 21:08:00
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