McLeish wants backing of Villa fans

Aston Villa

Manager Alex McLeish has revealed how determined he is to win over the Aston Villa fans who currently doubt him.

McLeish admits it has been a “rollercoaster six months” since replacing Gerard Houllier at the helm during the summer. His move from local rivals Birmingham angered some sections of Villa supporters.

Villa have had an up-and-down campaign and been hovering around the mid-table mark in what is a period of transition after the successful Martin O’Neill era.

But McLeish is still enthusiastic about the challenges ahead even with little money available for new signings.

The Scot, whose side visit Stoke on Boxing Day, said: “I said at the time I took over that I’ve got to try and prove I’m the right man for this job. I’m still determined to do that and win over the Villa fans who have still got their doubts.

“It has been a rollercoaster six months but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. The first couple of weeks were difficult with a bit of wrangling here and there. But with the help of all the staff at Villa Park, it’s been easy to settle in.”