McLeish has dampened down dissent at Villa by guiding the club to eighth place, and just one defeat in eight league games, despite having to deal with budget cut-backs.
He admits he has been pleasantly surprised by the lack of flak recently.
"It has been decent progress and maybe I expected a little bit worse of a start because of coming into the club under the circumstances that I did," said McLeish.
"It's never easy when you come in the face of adversity, where there are so many negative things flying about. But now I'm glad I stuck to my principles and did it my way."