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McLeish: I'm not going to quit Villa

Alex McLeish maintains he is the right man to turn things around at Aston Villa -- despite the club's own fans chanting for him to be sacked and replaced by rival boss Paul Lambert in the season-ending 2-0 defeat at Norwich.

First-half goals from Norwich's Grant Holt and Simeon Jackson allowed the hosts, who were already safe from a last-day relegation scrap, to enjoy a party atmosphere.

However, the several thousand travelling support sent a loud and clear message they expected much better next season, with Villa ending in 16th place in the Premier League, just two points clear of the drop zone.

Even though there were calls for his head from the club's own fans, who even chanted Lambert's name during the match, McLeish -- set for a meeting with owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner this week -- insists he can get the Midlands club back on track.

"I am not a quitter," McLeish said. "I can totally understand the fans' frustrations and I am the man who carries the can for the performances, but it is also frustrating for me to watch that kind of stuff.

"It is up to me to turn the opinion around and will do my best. I have to get a team in that Villa jersey with a winning mentality and I can change the fans' opinion."


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