16 May 2012

Villa sack McLeish

6:43 am on 16 May 2012

The English football club Aston Villa has sacked manager Alex McLeish after 11 months in charge.

Villa have endured a poor Premier League campaign, finishing just above the relegation zone in 16th place after winning only four of 19 games at home.

McLeish was an unpopular appointment as he arrived from cross-town rivals Birmingham City last year and poor results and performances worsened his relationship with fans.

He took over from Gerard Houllier in June 2011, but Villa won only seven league matches all season.

The early bookmakers' favourite for the job is Norwich manager Paul Lambert.