Alex McLeish set to be sacked by Aston Villa after dismal Premier League season
Aston Villa Chairman Raindy Lerner today met with manager Alex McLeish after the culmination of the Villains' disappointing Premier League season with it widely reported that McLeish will be revlieved of his duties at Villa Park. McLeish, who has not been well received by the Villa fans after moving from Midlands rivals Birmingham City at the end of last season, described Sunday's final day defeat at the hands of Norwich as "awful" but denied reports that he was on the brink of leaving the club.
Speaking after the game, McLeish said, "I am not a quitter," he said. "I can totally understand the fans' frustrations and I am the man who carries the can for the performances, but it is also frustrating for me to watch that kind of stuff. It is up to me to turn the opinion around and will do my best. I have to get a team in that Villa jersey with a winning mentality and I can change the fans' opinion."
In McLeish's first season with the club Villa finished 16th in the Premier League, just two points above the relegation zone and won just seven games all season. McLeish has also see a number of key players leave the club including the sale of Stewart Downing and Ashley Young to Liverpool and Manchester United respectively. Villa have also suffered with the loss of key players such as Darren Bent, Richard Dunne and Stiliyan Petrov.
If Mcleish does lose his job with Villa then Lerner will be looking for his fourth manager in two years and the new man will have to reduce a spiralling wage bill before adding to his squad. The 53 year-old Scot left Birmingham following their relegation from the Premier League last season despite winning the League Cup earlier in the campaign and angered many at both clubs when moving to Villa.