It was clear that the majority of Aston Villa fans did not want to see Alex McLeish replacing Gerard Houllier as first-team manager, although it appears that many have accepted the fact that the Scot has been snared from arch-rivals Birmingham City.
McLeish held his first press conference since the controversial appointment and asked supporters of the Birmingham club to give him time so that he can demonstrate that Randy Lerner made the right decision in appointing him.
“Let me prove myself and I will win you over. It is not a case of proving the fans wrong, I want to go forward with them and prove I am the man for this job,” he said.
“I can understand the passion and emotion of football and as long as it doesn’t get out of control I can understand their feelings. Am I fazed by it? No. Have I had it before? Yes. I really look forward to the challenge.
“To think I have been able to manage both of them [Villa and Birmingham] is a wonderful honour. I wouldn’t say it was a difficult decision in my career but it was a tough one, it is not every day you get offered a job like this. There is no way I couldn’t have been the manager of Villa”.
Alex McLeish is 16/1 with Victor Chandler bookmakers to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post.
Aston Villa latest best odds:
To win Premier League, 400/1 with Victor Chandler
To be relegated from Premier League, 25/1 with Victor Chandler