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Statement From Alex McLeish

The LMA statement on behalf of Alex McLeish.

'When I accepted the role as manager of Aston Villa Football Club, I was acutely aware of the responsibility I had to find the best way to serve the great traditions of one of the finest clubs in professional football.

I was truly honoured to have been given the opportunity to manage the club, which plays such an important part in the fabric of the local community and to its worldwide fan base.

I relished the challenge and, together with my loyal and very capable staff, dedicated all of my efforts into moulding a successful team. My only regret in leaving now is that we weren't able to achieve more for the supporters and their high expectations.

Finally, I want to take this moment to say that I have nothing but the highest respect for the club and sincerely wish it and the fans great success in the future.'

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 17 2012

Time: 12:27PM

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best thing he said since he joined, fair play to him he just wasn't up to the job.
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17/05/2012 12:30:00

My expectations wern't that high.
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17/05/2012 12:32:00

"high expectations"? seriously? I appreciate we are in a time of transition and would have been quite happy with a top ten finish. Europe was never on the agenda realistically, but a relegation scrap was totally unacceptable. So we're being criticized now for not wanting to be relegated? Even though he's gone I'm hating him more and more
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17/05/2012 12:33:00

Career damage limitation statement, sorry but whatever he comes out with the facts don't the whole football world seems to want to enforce he seems like a genuinely decent man, just significantly out of his depth in the Premier League. Look out Championship clubs......
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17/05/2012 12:34:00

Nice guy just not up to the task. Made his living for almost 20 years now doing something he is no good at, I guess that is something to be proud of?
Tallaght Villan
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17/05/2012 12:38:00

A nice man but the wrong manager. Still shows us respect after we ran him out of town and every keyboard warrior in the city hated the life out of him.
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17/05/2012 12:38:00

Thank you Alex. Best to move on now for all concerned. Personally, I wish you well in you your life and your next job. Guys, lets leave all the hostility in the past and show that we Aston Villa fans also have some dignity.
Thomas Holte
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17/05/2012 12:39:00

Nice guy Alex and a pleasure meeting you, just shame you just arent very good at your job, goodluck none the less
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17/05/2012 12:40:00

Agrees with TH
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17/05/2012 12:43:00

He must be a nice person, just not good enough a Manager for the Villa, good luck to him in the future. COTVABU
irish villa
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17/05/2012 12:45:00

Good bloke, bad fit. Onwards and upwards - and wish him all the best unless he ever gets to manage a team against us again.
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17/05/2012 12:50:00

Give me 3 mill for 11 months work and I will give you any statement you want lol.
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17/05/2012 12:52:00

"I relished the challenge and, together with my loyal and very capable staff, dedicated all of my efforts into moulding a successful team." Which he singularly failed to do. Good riddance.
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17/05/2012 12:57:00

reading between the lines - "I'd do it all again as I needed a wheel barrow to collect my pay off. I'll blame high expectations and hope nobody remembers the poor results and style of football. Liverpool have American owners. Maybe I should throw my hat in the ring for that job and hope they are sucked in by my 'expansive football' bull*****? Ah, well. Off to Barbados for the summer it is then! Ha Ha Ha. Money money money, in a rich man's world!
heavy d
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17/05/2012 12:57:00

Fair do's Mcleish but still seems to be missing the point, 'High expectations'? We all knew the squad was pretty weak, but there is no excuse for the embarrassing anti football being played, that is his downfall...Change your style Mcleish and maybe you will be succesfull.
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17/05/2012 12:59:00

He's a nice man, never hated him personally, just not a good fit for our club. We're all happy he's gone now, but good luck to him wherever he turns up, I'm sure he'd do well somewhere else. Seems like everyone is just latching on to the "high expectations" bit just to flog a dead horse, don't know what the big deal is, we do have high expectations.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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17/05/2012 13:01:00

Even after he has departed people cant drop the hate can they. No need people, you got what you wanted. The man deserves respect for wanting to have a crack at managing us knowing the stick he would get from both sides of the City. It didnt work out for a host of reasons. Its time to move on!
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17/05/2012 13:04:00

"I have nothing but the highest respect for the club and sincerely wish it and the fans great success in the future.' Fair do's. Thank you Alex. Bye bye.
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17/05/2012 13:05:00

heavy d lol well spotted mate judging from how he handled himself at our club that can not be far from the truth hee is very good at self PR which i rate him for. But none the less thats still a good gesture to wish us the best before he flies off to barbados after that massive payout he received
Shane Villains
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17/05/2012 13:06:00

All the best Alex
Shane Villains
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17/05/2012 13:09:00

nice bloke but crap manager... good too see no negativity (no pun intended) from him... Good Luck for the future!
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17/05/2012 13:14:00

If he had the "highest respect" he would have walked but he respected the more
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17/05/2012 13:37:00

Useless ****.
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17/05/2012 13:49:00

That was for old times sake.
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17/05/2012 13:50:00

Apology accepted Alex
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17/05/2012 13:54:00

wish alex all the best. at least he gave a statement not like over spending O`neil who left us in the crap 5 days before the start of the season then had to take us to a tribuneral
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17/05/2012 13:54:00

well said apache, poisonous little *%$&*.
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17/05/2012 14:57:00

The man is never a football manager in any shape, size or description should be done under crimes to football act. However if anybody has a job where parking a bus is an essential requirement this is YOUR MAN!
Randy bollox
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17/05/2012 15:07:00

There's a job going at Liverpool if you're looking Mr McLeish....
Pride of Lions
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17/05/2012 15:26:00

Fair play...that statement sounds like the man i met. A nice guy. Unfortunately he was'nt the right fit. Good luck Alex
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17/05/2012 17:08:00

He may have failed as Villa's manager (and let's face it, many of us in our careers have had those intervals that were somewhat less than stunning) but he leaves with his dignity intact. (And his pockets full of cash as well!)
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17/05/2012 17:18:00

Decent statement, my heart sank initially when I saw he'd made one!
The Fear
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17/05/2012 17:53:00

F**k off Eck. What Eckscuses would he be saying now if he'd relegated us which was too close. He got lucky and did little better than joe bloggs from next door. Too little too late. He should never work in football again. To those that say nice guy, remember the comments to the press putting down our youngsters and saying anything to save himself. Shouldn't be taken in by a well worded statement from spin doctors which we've seen too many times.
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17/05/2012 18:07:00

Dont let the door hit you.......
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17/05/2012 18:26:00

I hope you get a job back in the prem Alex, your a good honest bloke no doubt and i really believe WEST BROM would be a perfect job for you all the best in managing the baggies soon shame it didn't work out here but none the less get that baggies job!! ;)
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17/05/2012 18:30:00

Yep good luck Alex. Seems a good bloke just the wrong manager for us. The only thing I would say is whoever you manage next (if anyone) you've got to learn fro this. FFS don't be so scared of pushing some players up to attack every once in a while. It helps and people may like you a lot more because of it!
Matt B
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17/05/2012 19:14:00

Matt B, that was his problem mate, he's too old to learn, his tactics revolve around 95% defence and then hoofing it to the oppositions goal and just thought that the strikers would do the rest without any reasoning, set plays or understanding. He's still trying to grab the limelight. The least said about him the better from now on.
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17/05/2012 19:30:00

Fair enough way to draw a line under the disaster. Have a good life Alex.
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17/05/2012 21:12:00

I think you're possibly right Villan444 but I believe in giving everyone a chance to reform their ways at some point in their lives. Surely it's got to sink in after last season? The thing that really suprised me about him was the lack of success on set plays? You'd think your typical defensive managers would rely quite heavily on getting their share of goals through set plays like an Alladyce or Pulis. After all if we'd got say another 10 goals last season through set plays we'd have probably been in comfortable mid table. The football would have still been *****e but I just can't get my head round him not seeming to be that fussed about set plays when he was so defensive. Oh well at least it's not something I have to worry about any longer!!!
Matt B
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17/05/2012 22:47:00

Good luck for the future Alex. Just hope you learn from the experience
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17/05/2012 23:20:00

Face it, because he came from the blue side of the city, this guy would never have received any favours from most of the knuckle-dragging supporters even if we had finished in the top six. My major concern is the effect of the moron element among our supporters, and the way it might impact on the choice of the future manager. It's not too long ago when these same fans were abusing MON when he came out for the start of a game - and that's when we sixth in the league!! Think on so-called supporters.
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17/05/2012 23:49:00

Honest and respectful statement, tried, couldn't hack it failed, please
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18/05/2012 00:21:00

Nice way to go out Alex, fair play for that.
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18/05/2012 00:22:00

Seems a good guy, sign him up Randy.
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18/05/2012 00:43:00

Stay in Oz you crim. you obviously haven't seen villa play recently or you'd know what everyone is on about and realize that it's nothing to do with where he came from for the millionth time. FFS.
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18/05/2012 06:44:00


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