The continuing Aston Villa manager saga showed no sign of abating over the weekend, with Alex McLeish the latest to be linked with the vacant position.
McLeish resigned from his post at Birmingham by email yesterday in a move which immediately sparked rumours of a move across the city to Villa Park.
This would see him swap a team with Championship title odds of 8/1 for a team with Premier League relegation odds of 22/1.
According to Birmingham acting chairman Peter Pannu, McLeish’s resignation is likely to have a big impact on the club, not least because of the work already undertaken in securing players to boost the Blues’ promotion push.
With this in mind, those mulling over odds on Birmingham to win the Championship title might see the likes of Leicester and West Ham as better prospects.
“I have just bought him [McLeish] three players of his choice. Having secured him the fourth one, I get an email. It speaks volumes,” Pannu told the Daily Express.
“We spent £40 million, supported McLeish all the way, and what we get is a relegation and a snub when [owner] Carson [Yeung] gave him unwavering support.”
Meanwhile, McLeish’s arrival at Villa would at least provide stability to a club which has been in limbo since the exit of Gerard Houllier on health grounds earlier this month.
However, it is unclear whether the move would see Aston Villa’s relegation odds shorten or lengthen.
What is certain is that the Scot would not be welcomed with open arms by Villa fans given his links with their fiercest rivals.
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