Protests Fail to Prevent ‘Productive Talks’ with McLeish
A protest by Villa fans at Villa Park today has seen a crowd of over 1,000 grow to share their dislike for former Birmingham manager Alex McLeish while the Scot was being interviewed by chairman Randy Lerner in London.
From what I can gauge I would predict that well over 90 per cent of Villa supporters are against a move for the ex-Blues boss, with some feeling stronger about it than others. Either way this would be the most unpopular appointment of any manager at any club in recent history and has opened the nation’s eyes to the magnitude of the rivalry between the two clubs.
The media has flocked to Villa Park where the protests began with a few hundred, a figure which has grown and grown throughout the evening. During the protest the Villa fans began a sit down protest in the road, blocking the traffic outside the North Stand car park, and after a struggle were able to breach the main gates while business was taking place between Lerner and McLeish in the capital.
Despite the protests, Randy has been determined to interview the former Rangers manager and talks are said to have been productive after the club signalled their intent to talk to the man who quit his post at City by email just this week, cutting his holiday short to return for meetings with the Villa owners. The talks are expected to continue long into the night and it remains to be seen as to whether the protesting fans will get there way!
Each to their own but I would just like to urge fans to keep the faith in the squad, even if you don’t support the manager, whoever that may be! UTV!
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