McLeish moves in at Villa Park

Alex McLeish - The first manager to move from St Andrews to Villa Park

Alex McLeish has penned a three-year deal to become manager of Aston Villa, despite the fury of supporters who are irate at the arrival of the former Birmingham City manager.

And the new boss says that he is looking forward to trying to add his own chapter to the “fantastic history” of his new club.

“I am honoured to have this opportunity to manage a club with such a fantastic history” said McLeish.

“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.”

52-year-old McLeish resigned as manager of Blues on Sunday, following a difficult season that saw Carling Cup success in February, but relegation to the Championship in May.

Villa had announced their intention to interview McLeish earlier this week, which led to protests outside Villa Park from fans, and also saw the Birmingham board demand compensation for the former Rangers and Scotland boss. However, despite all the negativity surrounding the move, Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner believes that they have made the correct appointment.

“We believe we have appointed the right man for the job” said Faulkner.

“Unquestionably, Alex meets the criteria we set out at the beginning of our search which was based on proven Premier League experience, leadership, a hard-working ethic and, most importantly, a shared vision for Aston Villa.

“Alex is someone with whom we will work closely and work well together.

“With our strong squad combining the necessary virtues of experience and the exciting potential of our young players, our objective is to compete as strongly as we possibly can.

“Alex’s vast experience and proven abilities demonstrate clearly that he is a strong leader and an ambitious man and we are looking forward very much to the exciting new season about to start.”

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