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Thursday, 17 May 2012 08:30

Unpopular McLeish never stood a betting chance at Villa

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Alex McLeish has been sacked as Aston Villa’s manager after only eleven months in charge of the club and them finishing 16th in the Premier League with an embarrassing four wins at home to show for it.

Ever since the appointment to the post in June 2011, Alex was under pressure to make a positive impact at the club but never really lived up to expectations. As time went by online betting odds for him to be replaced grew shorter and shorter, and in the end punters were proven spot on.

There were two main reasons for his failings. One was his immediate role prior to joining Villa. Supporters naturally did not take kindly to Alex coming directly from their bitter rivals Birmingham. This made it even more essential for him to have a positive effect in players and matches, so that he could justify his appointment and gradually win over fans and prove it was the right decision by the board at the time.

The second and more important factor contributing to McLeish’s eventual downfall was the squad’s absolutely dreadful performance. The team’s style of play coupled with abysmal results was the most compelling reason for the manager’s departure. Out of 42 games in all competitions, Aston Villa only managed 9 wins, lost 16 and drew 17. Losing in front of home fans on a regular basis, and losing 22 points from winning positions only compounded matters and made it so unbearable that home attendance fell by 9%.

Betting for the next manager has Paul Lambert as favourite at 15/8, with Mick McCarthy second favourite at 2/1. One thing is for certain, the person who takes on the task will have to made of stronger metal than Alex and be able to inspire a squad of under achievers and fans alike.