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.”
Steve Cotterill has been sacked by Birmingham the club have announced - with Garry Monk in pole position to replace him as manager.
Bundesliga top-four rivals RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund had to settle for a share of the points with a 1-1 draw at the Red Bull Arena.
Steve Cotterill has left Birmingham with Garry Monk in pole position to replace him as manager, Press Association Sport understands.