Alex McLeish is on the brink of being sacked by Aston Villa after owner Randy Lerner flew in for crunch talks with his beleaguered manager.
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The former Birmingham boss, who was never a popular choice among Villa fans, only clinched survival last weekend, and finished the season 16th with 38 points – one less than when McLeish was relegated with Birmingham last campaign.
Now Lerner will fly in from the United States to speak with McLeish along with chief executive Paul Faulkner in the aftermath of Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Norwich, which was described as ‘woeful’ by the manager.
The Scot has not been helped by injuries to record signing Darren Bent, key defender Richard Dunne and skipper Stiliyan Petrov, who have all been sidelined for lengthy spells, which has forced McLeish to turn to youth.
But his future now depends on whether Lerner decides it is time to search for a fourth manager in less than two years or takes into account the difficult conditions McLeish has worked under.
Martin O’Neill quit in the summer of 2010 and Houllier had to leave Villa last summer on health grounds, which led to McLeish’s controversial appointment after leaving Blues.
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