Villa Park faithful will return season tickets over St Andrew’s appointment.
Aston Villa fans will turn their back on the club they support if the owners appoint former Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish as their new manager.
The Scot resigned from his Blues’ post on Sunday and was immediately made favourite to join their rivals at Villa Park.
Some sections of Villa supporters have made it clear McLeish would not be welcome after his spell in charge of local rivals Birmingham.
But McLeish has been warned he will find it difficult to win over the Aston Villa fans should he eventually replace Gerard Houllier as manager.
Steve McClaren was rejected from the post after fans raised objections to his appointment, and McLeish could face the same problem.
Jonathan Fear, editor of the Vital Villa fans’ website, believes the Villa owner will lose the supporters trust and will either see empty seats or pure hatred in the stands.
“I would fear for the atmosphere and attendances at Villa Park if Alex McLeish is appointed manager,” Fear told Press Association Sport.
“I’ve got friends who are adamant they will return their season tickets if McLeish is appointed.
“He is a tough bloke but no matter how thick skinned you are, it will be a tough sell for him to win over the Villa fans.
“It is not just because he was Birmingham manager but because of his style of play.
“Even some Blues fans have said to me they didn’t want to watch that type of football anymore,” he added.
“This board at Villa have been very good and they want the right man for the job. They are honest, decent people running the club.
“But it will be difficult for McLeish to win over the fans even if Villa are winning.”