Hleb lashes out at Aston Villa boss McLeish

Alex Hleb has hit out at Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish.

Alex Hleb has hit out at Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish.

The 30-year-old midfielder, now with Russian side Krylia Sovetov Samara, spent last season with McLeish at Birmingham City on loan from Barcelona.

“I had offers from Russia before I went on loan to Birmingham - I wish I had accepted," he said.

"In Birmingham, I was just slowly going mad.

"The only tactics they know is 'kick and run'. I hardly touched a ball throughout the game.

"Alex McLeish would come for a training session for five minutes and then disappear. I had no idea that there were such managers as him."

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