Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish vows to carry on despite fans’ anger

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish remained defiant after a disappointing League campaign ended in defeat at Norwich.

First-half goals from the hosts' leading scorer Grant Holt and Simeon Jackson made for a party atmosphere in the Norfolk sunshine – where the several thousand Villa fans sent a loud and clear message they expected much better next season.

Despite calls for his dismissal and also clear backing for opposite number Paul Lambert by the travelling Villa faithful, McLeish –who has a meeting with owner Randy Lerner scheduled for next week – insists he remains the man to get the Midlands club back on track.

'That was an unacceptable performance in Aston Villa colours and I have to change that, and there will be change,' said McLeish. 'I cannot accept that because I have been used to winning trophies all of my career as a player and a manager.

'I might not have had the riches to spend of other managers, but believe I can turn Aston Villa around by adding quality and players who are going to work their socks off.'

McLeish admitted Norwich were full value for the win.

'They were sharp, bright and we were the opposite,' he said. 'We were flat. It was disappointing because the pressure was off them. Over the past few weeks we had showed a bit of resillience with the injuries to get us over the line. Arguably some of the teams who have gone out of the Premier League were stronger than us in terms of the overall squad.

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'Unfortunately I am not the man who can make a ten yard pass for them, but the emergence of the young players has been one positive. They have been thrust into the first team and I'm sure that will stand them in good stead in terms of confidence.'

McLeish insists there is no way he will walk out of Villa Park after a poor first season following his switch from bitter rivals Birmingham.

'I am not a quitter. I can totally understand the fans' frustrations and I am the man who carries the can for the performances, but it is also frustrating for me to watch that kind of stuff,' he said. 'I am the guy who is responsible for results, and am the one who is going to get hammered. I accept that, and it happens to any manager.

'It is up to me to turn the opinion around and I will do my best. I have to get a team in that Villa jersey with a winning mentality and I can change the fans opinion.

'We flirted with relegation and last year we brought in Darren Bent to get us goals and we have suffered the same problems again this season with a lack of goals. Five or six teams round about us in the table have all scored more.'