Aston Villa Appoint Alex McLeish as New Manager

S**t and fan literally collide at Villa Park.

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Aston Villa have appointed Alex McLeish as their new manager on a three-year contract with immediate effect.

The prospect of the 52-year-old former Birmingham City boss – who resigned on Sunday – joining city rivals Villa had led to fan protests outside Villa Park.

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

“The heritage, the history of success and the tradition of Aston Villa are compelling and irresistible.”

The Scot, who began his managerial career in 1994, has previously taken charge of Motherwell, Hibernian, Rangers, and also the Scottish national side before he made the move south of the border with Birmingham.

Despite a series of trophy wins with Rangers and his League Cup victory with the Blues in February, McLeish is keen to make new history at Villa Park.

“The challenge for me is to try to add my own chapter,” he said. (BBC Sport)

So what will that new chapter bring for Aston Villa? Are the Midlands side destined to struggle next term or will the Scot guide Randy Lerner’s side back towards the top six? Clearly the appointment has garnered much in the way of objection from the club’s supporters and they have every right to be bemused by the arrival of a manager who just relegated Birmingham City to the Championship.

What do Villa fans think about this? Use the comment section to vent your frustrations or to show support to Mr. McLeish. Try to avoid obscenities if at all possible.

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