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McLeish calls for patience from Villa supporters

Alex McLeish insists he is the right man to lead Aston Villa and called for trust in himself and his players ahead of Sunday's trip to QPR.

McLeish left the pitch to boos ringing in his ears after Villa were knocked out of the League Cup by Bolton in mid-week and fans have been critical on message boards.

It was McLeish's first defeat since angering a section of Villa fans via his move across the city from Birmingham in the summer.

But the Scot has faith in his ability and that of his squad even though he concedes Villa are currently going through a transitional period.

McLeish said: "We need a bit of patience because I believe we will do well, and that I will do well in this job.

"I have great faith in the players. We have some young players here who are going to get better and, if we can get our injured players back then we will be stronger. I have belief in my own ability but we're not kidding ourselves.

"We are going through a little transitional period because we have lost a lot of players. Randy Lerner (club owner), who the Villa fans trust implicitly, sees it as a time when we have to get Financial Fair Play sorted out over the next couple of seasons."


McLeish added: "Is it a case of trust me and my players? I think so. Listen, it (the booing) was right at the end of the game. I felt the fans were pretty much with the team for the whole game. They were patient.

McLeish is a big fan of QPR midfielder Joey Barton who has been in the headlines after his Tweets about Wolves midfielder Karl Henry and manager Mick McCarthy last weekend.

He said: "Joey has never been in finer form. He's obviously been a bit of a character as well over these past few months with his Twitter and whatever it is he's been doing.

"It's good entertainment, but hopefully he's not entertaining at the weekend and we can keep him quiet.

"I've thought about (signing) Joey a few times, I've just never really had the right moment to get him, but there's no doubt I'm an admirer."