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Aston Villa boss Eck prepared to get tough with players

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish isn't frightened about laying down the law to his new squad.

McLeish was renowned for fostering a strong team spirit at Birmingham City but the former Scotland boss will also stand no nonsense if players step out of line.

He said: "I don't think there is any doubt about the fact that I'm in charge. Where we're coming from is that we will lay down some ground rules.

"There will be templates for the training ground and some in-house rules so no-one is in any doubt from the start about the way forward for the club.

"If there is something that needs to be said in front of the whole group, then it gets said and the guys will be told.

"But at the same time I think you've got to establish relationships as well with players, and vice-versa, to get the best out of them."

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