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McLeish Expects To Stay... I Think NOT

McLeish Expects To Stay... I Think NOT

I asked last week of Alex McLeish Where is your dignity?

I think in the press since he has answered very clearly. He hasn`t got any. Or is he really deluded enough to think that it can now ever work at Villa?

Virtually ALL of us didn`t want him, that is a given. PLENTY of us, once he came, had the good grace to say we`d give him a chance, albeit, lets be honest, with doom filled heavy hearts!!!!

The season has - in my football expert opinion - not actually been very good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He blames injuries, fine, they have stacked up - much like they did at Blues, is that a coincidence? - but we weren`t winning before the injuries when he had a full squad AND he set us up to roll over many times this season.

Anyway, I`m not sure why he thinks we care what his pal says but he told press yesterday, as quoted by Neil Moxley in The Daily Mail what Sir Alex Ferguson thinks. Sir Alex Chewalot, the man who recommended McLeish to Villa? Well, he`s not going to tell his pal what a hash of it he has made is he? THE WORST HOME STATS ON RECORD... That is reason enough to resign - but you need dignity to do that.

This man is seriously dangerous if he thinks nothing is his fault and that he deserves to stay. Surely he is just posturing for a pay off?

'I spoke to my ex-boss last night and he thought some of the squads below us were stronger than us,' said McLeish, 'that's a measure of where we are at the moment and the number of young kids we have."

Really? Blackburn, Wolves, Bolton and QPR are stronger than Villa? REALLY?


Dave Armitage in The Daily Star has more quotes.

"I`ve been in charge one season. Did anyone expect me to win the league? Come on - I think people have to be more understanding."

Just how disrespectful is this man? NO, NONE of us expected you to win the league, we expected a bit of fight, not the negative anti-football you have produced though. I only have to think of the Spurs away game to want to cry! Top ten would have been fine, but fighting relegation?

He added, "I anticipate being here next season. Yes, we have underachieved for a football club like Aston Villa. But I think people know there have been extenuating circumstances."

The extenuating circumstances are having you as the manager.

He is right, we have missed Darren Bent, he is a £24m striker, but as John Barnes pointed out all that time back v Man Utd, we left him up front, on his own, isolated and the formation didn`t work for the player. We were NOT winning even with a full squad, he has forgotten that fact. We have not done one back to back win all season, he has forgotten that as well.

Anyone remember this? Kevin Keegan Shocked At Awful Performance YOU HAVE GOT A MORAL OBLIGATION TO GO AND TRY TO WIN A GAME AT HOME... In the first half they were inept.

Anyway, if you are looking for crumbs of comfort right now, Mat Kendrick stands by his story that McLeish is off and we also have the Mirrors Villa correspondent James Nursey on Twitter: 'McLeish's views on his #AVFC future will be in Saturday's Mirror after today's presser. Heard and saw nothing to change my view he's doomed'

He is going. He is going because he has to go. There are so many fans holding out for this decision before renewing, so many fans enraged by this season and even more hurt by it. A fresh manager and a new approach can unify this club again, if he remains, next season will be very ugly. Very ugly indeed.

McLeish thread (strong language, adult content): Click Here

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday May 12 2012
Time: 10:39AM


tick tock
12/05/2012 10:58:00
I effing hate him.
12/05/2012 11:22:00
Well said fear, he is gone there is no doubt about it. All he's doing is having a few digs at us and trying to make every excuse under the sun so that maybe just maybe he'll get another job. But I don't think we will ever see him in the prem again, lower league in Scotland would do him fine. Sick of hearing from him, sick of looking at him, sick of everything about him and his poor negative naive attitude. What a waste of a season, bring on Monday.... There's the door
12/05/2012 11:24:00
I have said during the season that i dislike him as a manager and not as a person. Well now i dislike him as a person. He is an excuse making coward who is out to take his pay off from this club for almost getting relegated. He is a *****.
12/05/2012 11:29:00
you don't need 2 seasons to make a success... bad workmen always blame their tools.. you do the best with what you have got. if you go out to draw... thats the MOST your going to get.. better put to NOT LOSE a game. all he thinks about is how NOT TO LOSE a game...what he hasn't realised is this best way not lose is to go out to WIN. you talk with the football your team produce.. he's produced absolute rubbish for more than one club.. its his style that is absolute disgrace to football. i don't care how nice people think he is - he aint nice.. if he was nice he would realise that villa isn't the right place for him and the fans are making it clear and he should leave. with such an appointment you ONLY have a season to get the fans on side and thats what we gave him... he didn't fail.... its was a TRAIN WRECK!! i still have my doubts he is gone.. hopefully the media gets this one right
12/05/2012 11:34:00
I too think you do need more than one season but the fans need to see the green shoots that show there is something there. A way of playing, some hope some encouragement. There is nothing and there's been nothing this season. The football has been appalling at times and his post match blaming of the players practically inept. However I don't blame him on a personal level for not resigning. At the en of the day we were stupid enough to give him a 3 year contract and I'm afraid that needs to be honoured. That's a few million at stake so I suspect there's no way there's going to be any hint from McLeish of anything else. The media soundbites look to me as if his agent has advised him to keep talking to ensure it is completely a Villa decision to leave and that maximum compensation will be payable. Don't have any fear though. He's gone. Absolutely nailed on certainty.
Matt B
12/05/2012 11:54:00
This man is a delusional comical bad joke. Move along you muppet and make way for a real manager
Randy bollox
12/05/2012 12:53:00
I hope none of the big teams try to poach him from us.
12/05/2012 13:24:00
Sorry Fear but next season is going to be ugly anyway. We are clearing out even more players... Not a single out of contract player has had his contract renewed. Right now which manager in their right mind would come here? We have established a history of selling our best players and our "financial problems" have stopped any chance of us investing heavily. I can see Lerner keeping Mcleish just because there might be no other option.
12/05/2012 13:35:00
Our squad is far better than those below us and a fair few above. Tactically mcleish has been appauling. The only defense he has is he had little to spend and petrov, jenas and bent had serious injury, illness. By that time we were already struggling. I know Lerner hoped we'd grind this season out and move on but it was worse than that and he must know it.
12/05/2012 13:55:00
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