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McLeish accepts he must win over Aston Villa fans

Alex McLeish is prepared for a fans backlash over his appointment as Aston Villa manager.

McLeish accepts he must win over the doubters but, after signing a three-year contract at Villa Park, he is relishing the challenge.

The former Rangers and Scotland boss said: "I'm looking forward to working with the group of talented and motivated players that we have at Villa.

"My first afternoon in the job I was able to spend at the training ground at Bodymoor and the facilities here are really outstanding, first class.

"I'm eager to throw myself into this and I'm looking forward to pre-season already. It's all about the football really.

"When the players walk back through the door on the first day of pre-season training that's what it's all about and I can't wait for that."

Chief executive Paul Faulkner said: "We believe we have appointed the right man for the job.

"Unquestionably, Alex meets the criteria we set out at the beginning of our search which was based on proven Premier League experience, leadership, a hard-working ethic and, most importantly, a shared vision for Aston Villa."

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