Alex McLeish set for Aston Villa

16 June 2011 11:18
ShareAlex McLeish is thrashing out the final details of his move to Aston Villa as the club's angry fans protested against his appointment on Wednesday night.

McLeish cut short a holiday in Sardinia to meet chairman Randy Lerner in London in the hope of coming to an agreement on Thursday. 

Some Villa supporters continue to find the idea of appointing McLeish unpalatable because of his previous allegiance to Birmingham City.

Uproar: Aston Villa supporters protest against McLeish on the steps outside Villa Park on Wednesday

Are you watching? Villa fans make their point at Villa Park on Sunday

Getting shirty: A Villa fans delivers a clear message to McLeish

The Scot resigned from Villa's rivals onSunday with two years left on his contract and either he or Villa are still likely to be pursued for compensation, which has been put at ?5.4million by his former club.

McLeish is counter-claiming constructive dismissal with the backing of the League Managers Association.

Significantly, however, City have distanced themselves from a threat to report Villa to the Premier League for tapping up.

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It is another hurdle that has been cleared as far as Lerner is concerned, leaving supporter unrest as the only serious barrier to confirming McLeish as Gerard Houllier's successor.

Graffiti was daubed at Villa's training ground overnight on Tuesday and several hundred fans vented their feelings at Villa Park last night.

However, their protests will fall on deaf ears. Having bowed to the groundswell of opinion over Steve McClaren last week, Lerner is determined to appoint McLeish.

One protester, Chris Hearn, who had 'No McLeish' printed on his shirt, said 'Our board has bankrupted Aston Villa's credibility.

'They aren't listening to us, but they'll notice when the team is playing in front of a half-empty stadium.'

Another protester, Brian Johnson, said: 'I'll be totally disgruntled if they appoint McLeish.

'The board got it wrong with Houllier so they needed to get this one right, and I don't think they have.'

Despite the unrest, former Villa boss Ron Atkinson believes McLeish could win over supporters with a couple of major signings and by keeping hold of reported Liverpool target Stewart Downing.

Atkinson said: 'You've got to admireAlex's courage for wanting it and for taking it on. But now he has to meet the hostility head on.

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'He can't be a shrinking violet. He has to get out there and meet the Villa fans and tell them why he he has come to the job.

'Ashley Young is off to Manchester United but he could win favour by saying that no-one else leaves and he'll have to say "you're not going" to Stewart Downing.

'Also, nothing wins fans over more than a couple of bold, exciting signings. That will do wonders for his standing.'

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Source: Daily_Mail