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Villa boss McLeish: I have thick skin - I can handle backlash

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish says he can handle the backlash against his defection from Birmingham City.

Fans from both clubs are upset with the Scot's move.

But he said: "I've got to have thick skin. I managed Rangers. I got it in the neck from those fans up there at times and I came through that and I'll come through this.

"That experience doesn't make me absolutely totally used to it. No one can ever get used to it.

"But I am thick-skinned, I've had experience of it and that should stand me in good stead.

"I won't say it won't ever happen again but I've got to show the fans I can turn it around and hopefully the fans chanting against me coming here, will be chanting my name."

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