Date: 5th May 2012 at 11:26am
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This is quite sad really.

Alex McLeish has told Mat Kendrick at The Birmingham Mail that he knows he`ll have to keep a low profile tomorrow for the Spurs game at Villa Park.

He ‘hid` on the bench at the Hawthorns last week saying it would have been a chore ( A Chore For Alex McLeish.. A Chore For Villa Fans ) and now he will keep his ‘head down` at Villa Park.

Such a shame they didn`t, after it became clear after the Bolton game that his position was (surely???) untenable, call it a day and put the reserve set up in charge for the remaining games. It would have saved the manager facing protests and all the anger.

He can`t stay next season, he just can`t, all this is so negative for us, for the team, for him, for the Club. Just wish they`d ended this for all involved. On a human level, imagine walking out to this much hostility? Must be awful for any manager and yes, I know they are well paid and do an awful job and let down fans etc (not just this manager).

Mat asked him what he`d do and he said:

“I`ll probably keep my head down and let the fans concentrate on supporting the players. It`s a new day. The last game was snatching a defeat from the jaws of victory so the fans are never going to be happy with that. So I accept that night and I take it on the chin. But I`ve no fears of walking back into the arena. I`m passionate about getting the right results at Villa Park.” Adding, “We are looking for a siege mentality and getting about Spurs.”

Despite some not being sure about the traditional lap of honour at the end of the game, it is planned to go ahead and probably rightly. I`m sure it will feel awkward for the players and the fans, but that doesn`t mean they shouldn`t do it does it?

McLeish confirmed he thinks the players will want to thank the fans.

Our latest poll asks your opinion, should there be a lap of honour? For me, I think they should come out and say thanks, but it will be a strange one won`t it?!?!

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