The sacking of Alex McLeish today comes as no surprise to Villa supporters who have endured a season of sub-standard performances home and away, with the team not set out to go for a win. The statistics of this season very much reflect the views held at the start of the season, including those made by the Trust at the time, that Alex McLeish’s premiership record may lead to sterile football and potentially a struggling side. Our worst fears were confirmed.
We have survived relegation as much by the failings of others and the Board have taken the action required. We now request that the Board review their criteria and engage suitable experienced football executives in the short term to select the right manager for Aston Villa to play football to win, re-engage supporters in the Club they love, and bring enjoyment and the crowds back to match days. Longer term the Board should expand their number by appointing an experienced football man to support the existing executive team, and having non-executives who can support both the football and commercial side of the Club.
The fans of Villa look forward to the appointment of a forward thinking manager and the return of excitement to Villa Park.