McLeish: The gift that keeps on giving
These quotes surfaced yesterday, and I was interested to see what our former manager would make of his time at Villa, and whether he would take any blame or not. Here is a selection of what he had to say in an article on ESPN, and I will let you make up your own mind:
“I knew what I was taking on and at the end of the day it was quite a tough one, but staying in the Premiership was absolutely vital to Villa”
“We lost the same number of games as Liverpool, but the statistic that went against us was too many draws, in terms of climbing up the table.”
“At the end of the day, I felt that the squad was quite weak, quite thin experience-wise, and that could always be a problem”
He continues to do himself no favours, and it would have been nice to see him hold his hands up, and admit that he was at least partly to blame. His thinly veiled attacks on some of our younger players did not go down too well at all last season, and once again he appears keen to pass the buck on to someone else. I felt that when he was appointed we certainly wouldn’t have a good season, but felt things would be comfortable and we’d at least finish near the lower area of the middle of the table. To not be mathematically safe on the last game of the season isn’t really good enough, and the board soon acted by sacking him in the 24 hours following the Norwich game.
Granted we had injury problems galore, and we were always going to miss players like Petrov, Bent, Dunne and even Jenas to a degree. Still looking at the side we had we still should have had enough to perform better, at least in my opinion.
Anyway the McLeish period at Villa is done now, but it seems he’s keen to get back into management sooner rather than later:
“Right now I need to take a break, so I’m going to get a holiday, get some vitamin D through my body and regenerate, and come back hopefully stronger and look to take up the reins somewhere else at a future date.”
At the moment, and I’m not sure if it’s because I’m still bitter at what happened at Villa, I’m struggling to see where he might end up. Maybe a Championship team where he might still hold some appeal, I’d be surprised to see a Premiership team taking a punt on him, especially as you can’t imagine fan feedback being great. Saying that that didn’t stop the powers that be giving him a job here, so anywhere else might be a cakewalk for him regarding fan relations.
Wonder what kind of reaction he’d get if he ever came back to Villa Park?