Friday, 17 June 2011

McLeish completes controversial move to Aston Villa

Aston Villa have confirmed the controversial appointment of Alex McLeish, the former Birmingham City manager, as their new manager.McLeish makes the move across the city just five days after resigning from his post at St Andrew's.Villa have pressed ahead with the appointment of the 52-year-old despite a backlash from supporters and a row with Blues.McLeish told the club's website, "I am honoured to have this opportunity to manage a club with such a fantastic history as Aston Villa's."The heritage, the history of success and the tradition of Aston Villa are compelling and irresistible. The challenge for me is to try to add my own chapter."Since first becoming a manager at Motherwell, my desire to succeed and my energy and drive have never waned."My objective is to impart that drive and will to win to the players and fans of Aston Villa.
"I know that some of our fans have voiced concerns and I can understand why."It will be up to me to convince you that I am the right man to drive the club forward and I intend to give absolutely everything to prove that I can be a success at the club."
Villa have not yet confirmed the length of McLeish's contract but have said the Scot will commence duties immediately, underlining their confidence there are no lingering issues concerning Birmingham.

Blues were angered when it became apparent McLeish was a contender for the Villa vacancy and accused their rivals of tapping up the former Glasgow Rangers and Scotland manager.

They also demanded £5.4m in compensation to cover the remaining two years of his contract but threats to report Villa to the Premier League or take out an injunction to block the move were not carried out.

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