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McLeish needs to watch his back and McClaren has to drop down a level

The new Aston Villa boss…

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Alex McLeish has put the cat amongst the pigeons, the fox in the hen house and the sh*t in the fan by leaving Birmingham – despite the Blues sticking by him after he somehow managed to get them relegated.

Even worse than that, he went and did it BY EMAIL! Needless to say, Birmingham acting chairman Peter Pannu was none too happy with the red-faced Alan McGee-alike and has come out and had a right go at McLeish for his act of treachery…

Pannu had this to say to the Daily Express (yea, they’re still going):

“I have just bought him three players of his choice.

“Having secured him the fourth one, Koevermans, I get an email on Sunday. It speaks volumes.

“We spent £40million, supported McLeish all the way, and what we get is a relegation and a snub when Carson gave him unwavering support.

“He is still our contracted staff and Birmingham City FC does not grant him any right to speak to any outsiders until the matter is resolved. I’ll be meeting my legal team tomorrow.

“It’s about time discipline is instilled into this game and I am not a person who gets pushed about.”

Quite frankly, The Spoiler can’t really blame him. Although that last sentence is pretty much the most terrifying thing anyone has ever spoken in real-life.

Everything seems to be pointing to the fact that McLeish will make the 3.4 mile journey north to Villa Park. Based on the opinion of Team Spoiler’s resident Aston Villa fan, McLeish is hardly a popular choice amongst the Villains.

He’s so unpopular with our Villa fan that he’s even a bit upset that Steve McClaren has been confirmed as the new Nottingham Forest boss following the sacking of Billy Davies.

For some reason McClaren has had to drop down a level to get a job in England, despite doing a very good job at Middlesbrough and a brilliant job at FC Twente. It seems the burden of England failure is too much for the poor man to shake off.

Bit harsh, innit? From The Spoiler’s point of view, Forest have done bloody well with that appointment and we reckon there will be a few Premier League teams who’ll regret not getting the tufty-haired chief.

Good luck, Steve!


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