Despite leading the club to successive promotions to the Premier League in a three-year spell there, on Saturday he was the subject of repeated chants of abuse and boos from Norwich fans in all four stands when he took Villa back to Carrow Road for a third time.
"It's difficult because they don't know the full story," he said after the 1-0 victory. "It's best leaving it at that. I can understand their frustration. Some of them would've wanted me to go anyway so that makes no difference. Certain things happened. That's football.
"I had three great years here. It doesn't seem like that. That's just the way it's happened. That's the way a lot of people will portray it. I know what happened. You pick yourself up and you go again. My job is for Aston Villa. The Aston Villa fans are brilliant with me. They have been since I arrived. My job is to try to make this club as successful as I can."