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McLeish admits angry reaction to Villa move surprised him

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish admits the backlash over his defection from Birmingham City has surprised him.

McLeish, who discussed the move "at length" with his family, admits he was "a little surprised" by the hostility but hopes it will not get out of hand.

He said: "I'm sure a few people wanted to punch me! At the same time, I can understand the passions and emotions of football.

"As long as it doesn't get out of control, then I can understand people's feelings.

"Have the passion but don't let it don't to extremes."

McLeish added: "Am I fazed by it? No. Have I had it before? Yes.

"Have I come out of it stronger? Yes, so I really look forward to the challenge of managing this fantastic football club."

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