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Villa will not be swayed in manager search by fan backlash

Aston Villa's non-executive director general Charles Krulak explained that the club would select their new man based on his ability as manager and ignore other factors, reports the Express & Star. Randy Lerner's right-hand man has insisted they will not bow to the wishes of supporters as Villa face a backlash from fans over the potential appointment of former Birmingham boss Alex McLeish, following his shock resignation on Sunday.

Krulak said: "We will not react to the nonsense that is printed in the media and we will not seek a manager who simply gets a thumbs-up from the fans.

"We will get the very best man for the job in our opinion and in the opinion of those who assist in the decision process. Once we get our man, we will give him all the support he needs.

"We have the old complaint of 'dithering' as if choosing and obtaining a manager was a simple as going to Marks & Spencer and ordering a balti pie.

"Randy has never failed to support his manager. I know it is a waste of my time to ask for patience and calmness over the next week or two but, be patient, it will get done."

Krulak also admitted on fans' internet message board Villa Talk that the club will undertake due process before appointing any new manager.

He added: "A great many things go into the equation - advice from people in the business, discussions with agents and people with access, research on everything from record of success to connectivity with the players in the dressing room, to effective use of personnel to compatibility with owner and people at the club, to many, many, other things.

"To some fans it seems like just a simple act and more importantly, a signal about ambition.

"As if one manager sends a bigger ambition or signal than another but fans forget about whether that manager fits with the club."

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