Alex McLeish admits managing Aston Villa was 'not easy', praises 'confident' Sherwood


Alex McLeish has reflected on his time at Aston Villa, whilst also praising Tim Sherwood.

Former Rangers boss Alex McLeish has told Sky Sports that managing Aston Villa wasn't an easy job, but wish Tim Sherwood the best in the role.

McLeish, 56, is currently out of work having left Belgian side Genk after just one year in the role, and is seemingly looking to get back into management in Britain.

McLeish made the move over to Genk after a difficult spell in England, which saw him not only lose his job as Aston Villa manager in 2012, but also featured him leaving his post as Nottingham Forest manager after just seven games at the helm.

Now looking to rebuild his reputation, McLeish has told Sky Sports that his position in charge of Aston Villa was tough, noting that his successor Paul Lambert also struggled - before adding that he believes there is light at the end of the tunnel under Tim Sherwood.

"I went in there for a year and, okay, I wasn’t the most welcome manager in the world having come from Birmingham," said McLeish. "It was a tough and difficult year and I think when you see what has happened over the last three or four years since I left that is not an easy job."

"I think people thought Paul Lambert was going to make it all turn magic again but now Tim is in and there is a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel with the cup final, although they were well beaten in that particular final. I’m sure Tim Sherwood has got good ideas. I don’t know Tim that well but whenever I’ve met him he’s a confident, positive guy and he could be what the club needs," he added.

Ready for a return?

McLeish has been out of British football for almost two-and-a-half years since leaving Nottingham Forest, but his record in Genk showed that he can still manage at a high level.

With a win percentage over 50% with the Belgian outfit, McLeish fared well with Genk, but is now on the lookout for work back in the UK.

A Championship side looking for an experienced head during the upcoming season could do worse than give McLeish another chance, even despite his poor records with Villa and Forest.

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