Monday 14 May 2012
Aston Villa have terminated the contract of manager Alex McLeish with immediate effect.
Villa have had a disappointing season, winning only seven matches, and ending up in 16th place in the Barclays Premier League table - two points clear of the relegation zone.
The campaign ended with a 2-0 defeat at Norwich City on Sunday, with McLeish laying into his players following a 14th defeat of the season.
"We need to be clear and candid with ourselves and with supporters about what we have lacked in recent years," Villa chairman Randy Lerner told the club's official website.
"We are mindful of the club's need to prepare thoroughly for the new campaign"
- Paul Faulkner
"Compelling play and results that instil a sense of confidence that Villa is on the right track have been plainly absent.
"The most immediate action that we can take is to look carefully at our options in terms of bringing in a new manager who sees the club's potential and embraces our collective expectations."
McLeish managed Hibernian and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League before taking charge of the Scotland national team in 2007.
He joined Aston Villa last summer after a four-year spell at their Midlands rivals Birmingham City.
Villa's chief executive Paul Faulkner added: "We'd like to thank Alex for his hard work and efforts throughout this tough season.
"We are mindful of the club's need to prepare thoroughly for the new campaign and for the new manager to be able to begin working with the board so that he is quickly immersed in these preparations and also in the long-term objectives of the club.
"Our focus now will be driven by these imperatives and we will update when appropriate."