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Alex McLeish 'regrets' letting fans down

Alex McLeish 'regrets' letting fans down Photo: ITV News

Alex McLeish led Aston Villa to their lowest points tally in 42 years and now the Scotsman, who was sacked a week ago has spoken of his disappointment at the way his tenure panned out.

"When I accepted the role as manager of Aston Villa Football Club I was acutely aware of the responsibility I had to find the best way to serve the great traditions of one of the finest clubs in professional football." He added "I was truly honoured to have been given the opportunity to manage the club, which plays such an important part in the fabric of the local community and to its worldwide fan base.

"I relished the challenge and, together with my loyal and very capable staff, dedicated all of my efforts into moulding a successful team.

"My only regret in leaving now is we weren't able to achieve more for the supporters and their high expectations.

"Finally, I want to take this moment to say that I have nothing but the highest respect for the club and sincerely wish it and the fans great success in the future."

McLeish arrived at Aston Villa amid a storm of controversy where he 'crossed the city' leaving Birmingham City, who had just been relegated to take over at Aston Villa.

Villa owner Randy Lerner said McLeish had to go as the club had lacked "compelling play and results", with his desire now to appoint a man "who sees the club's potential and embraces our collective expectations".

However, Aston Villa could now face stiff competition in their search for a new manager from Liverpool, who yesterday sacked their manager Kenny Dalglish. Whoever takes on the role at Villa Park will be expected to significantly improve on this season's dire return of four home wins.

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