Alex McLeish leaves Aston Villa after one season in charge

Aston Villa’s hunt for yet another manager has begun after Alex McLeish left the Midlands club on Monday, something that doesn’t come as a big surprise.

Alex McLeish leaves Aston Villa after one season in charge

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May 14th, 2012

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The former Rangers and Birmingham manager was an unpopular appointment just under a year ago when replacing Gerard Houllier as permanent manager, with the Scot failing to get the supporters onside following a season of largely underwhelming performances.

Now owner Randy Lerner has decided that a change needs to be made and has acted quickly following Villa’s defeat at Norwich on Sunday.

Villa chairman Randy Lerner said: “We need to be clear and candid with ourselves and with supporters about what we have lacked in recent years.

“Compelling play and results that instil a sense of confidence that Villa is on the right track have been plainly absent.

“The most immediate action that we can take is to look carefully at our options in terms of bringing in a new manager who sees the club’s potential and embraces our collective expectations.”

Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner added: “We’d like to thank Alex for his hard work and efforts throughout this tough season.

“We are mindful of the club’s need to prepare thoroughly for the new campaign and for the new manager to be able to begin working with the board so that he is quickly immersed in these preparations and also in the long-term objectives of the club.

“Our focus now will be driven by these imperatives and we will update when appropriate.”

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