Manager #26

Alex McLeish

2011-12

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Manager Summary

Games

44

Win Rate (%)

23

Trophies

0

Debut Season

Final Season

Games Managed

Trophies Won

Close But No Cigar - Runners Up

Win Rate (%)

Loss Rate

Unbeaten Rate

Seasons in Charge

Points per Game

2011-12

2011-12

44

0

0

23

39%

61%

1

1.07

Personal Summary

Full Name

Known as

Birth Date

Birth Place

Birth Country

International Team

Alexander McLeish

Alex McLeish

21 January 1959

Glasgow

Scotland

Scotland

Management Record

Alex McLeish

Arrival

Joined

Joined From

Age

Preceded By

June 2011

Birmingham City

52

Gérard Houllier

Alex McLeish

Debut Match

Opening Season

First Match No.

Competitive Debut

Age

2011-12

#5170

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

52

Alex McLeish took charge of Villa for the first time in the 1-0 Premier League Asia Trophy win against Blackburn Rovers at Hong Kong Stadium on Wednesday, 27 July 2011 aged 52

Club Hierarchy

Served Under

2011-12 Chairman, Randolph Lerner | Chief Executive, Paul Faulkner |

Trainers / Supported By

Peter Grant

Villa Honours

None

Runners Up

None

League Finishes

2011-12 | 16th Premier League |

FA Cup Finishes

2011-12 | 4th Round |

League Cup Finishes

2011-12 | 3rd Round |

European Finishes

n/a

Alex McLeish

Final Match

Final Season

Final Match No.

Final Competitive Game

Age

2011-12

#5213

Sunday, 13 May 2012

53

Alex McLeish took charge of Villa for the final time in the 0-2 Premier League loss against Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday, 13 May 2012 aged 53

Alex McLeish

Notable Players

2005-18 Gabby Agbonlahor |
2006-12 Stiliyan Petrov |
2009-15 Fabian Delph |
2011-19 Alan Hutton |

Alex McLeish

Departure

Left

Reason

Age

Succeeded By

May 2012

Sacked | Results

53

Paul Lambert

Management Career

Managed

1994-98 Motherwell |
1998-01 Hibernian |
2001-06 Glasgow Rangers |
2007 Scotland National Team |
2007-11 Birmingham City |

Went on to manage

2012-13 Nottingham Forest |
2014-15 K.R.C. Genk |
2016 Zamalek SC, Egypt |
2018-19 Scotland National Team |

Playing Career

Position

Defender

 

Clubs

1976-94 Aberdeen |
1976 Lewis United (L) |
1994-95 Motherwell |

 

Biography

Manager #26 for Aston Villa, Alex McLeish. Villa had failed to prepare for the tempestuous nature and selfish denouement of Martin O’Neill only to then appoint the woefully unfit for purpose Gérard Houllier as first team manager for him to fail to either start or end the season in place. As Villa’s squad shrank and regressed so did the logic in the boardroom and a freshly relegated manager and purveyor of some of the most negative football the top flight of the English game had ever seen was appointed to a post he had no CV to deserve.

That the appointment of Alex McLeish also included a move from neighbours Birmingham City and required significant compensation payments simply compounded the embarrassment.

That said, McLeish was not a selfish, self centred man like Martin O’Neill, and was not a disrespectful and destructive influence like Gérard Houllier. McLeish was however hopelessly ill-suited to managing Villa and so it proved over one of the most torturous seasons Villa had seen to date.

Villa had considered the deeply flawed Roberto Martinez and Mark Hughes, both of whom would have been barely welcomed given their track records, as well as allegedly coming close to the managerial pariah that was the laughing stock of Steve McLaren. Yet amongst those less than inspiring candidates was also Frank Rijkaard, yet Villa pulled for McLeish, not the first, and certainly not the last of crazy appointments by Villa but certainly the one with the most inevitable conclusion.

Then owner Randy Lerner, whose understanding of football had always been tenuous, decreed from New York that McLeish was his chosen man and to this day the reasoning remains unclear however his instructions to his Villa deputy Faulkner was to get McLeish’s signature whatever the cost.

As Faulkner himself recalled “Ultimately it wasn’t a year to look back on fondly.”

The thing is though, McLeish had more dignity and commitment in his little toe than did his three predecessors O’Leary, O’Neill and Houllier combined.

McLeish also made some intelligent signings and with more luck the likes of Robbie Keane, Charles N’Zogbia, Jermaine Jenas would have been long term contributors to Villa’s success as proved his signings of Alan Hutton and to a lesser extent Shay Given, both of whose Villa careers were disrupted and in Given’s case ended by McLeish’s successor.

The whole campaign was however overshadowed by the news that Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov had been diagnosed with leukaemia and a club and fan base which had begun to fracture, combined to pray for Stan. McLeish of course throughout was dignity personified and although performances on the pitch were inevitably dour, as was his being relieved of his duties at the season end, Alex McLeish does not deserve to be spoken in the same breath of disdain as either his predecessor or successor.