Inactivity doesn’t bother McLeish
McLeish has had to trim the club’s wage bill as chairman Randy
Lerner is unwilling to spend the kind of money available to Martin
O’Neill during his tenure as manager.
This has been reflected in their transfer policy, with left-back
Enda Stevens arriving for around £250,000 and Robbie Keane
joining on a short term loan.
In contrast, QPR boss Mark Hughes has boosted his team’s Premier
League survival chances by signing experienced players such Taye
Taiwo and Djibril Cisse.
However, McLeish said he was fully informed of the situation
when he took the job.
“I’m not frustrated at all because I knew what the parameters
were,” he said.
“If you know in advance, and you’re working with your board and
they’re honest, then if they say ‘no’ then at least you’re getting
“It’s not ‘maybe we will, maybe we won’t’, and that’s what
leaves you frustrated.
“We know the course we’re steering, and we’ve got to keep on
Villa could line up against a much changed QPR starting XI,
depending on the amount of new faces that arrive at Loftus Road
before the transfer deadline.
However, McLeish believes his team should focus on their own
form, rather than speculate about who might be pitted against
He said: “Tony Fernandes (the QPR chairman) has made it clear
that he’s got money to spend, so Mark Hughes isn’t going to pass up
that opportunity and he’s already been linked with some big
“We have to be concerned with our own performance tomorrow night
and get back to winning ways at Villa Park.”
Villa striker Darren Bent is currently on 99 Premier League
goals, and McLeish is backing his marksman to grab his 100th on
“It would be great to see him do that,” he said.
“He’s been in good form and was tremendous on Sunday.”
However, despite Bent’s prowess in front of goal, he is not even
top the scorer amongst the current Villa squad.
“The boys were kidding him on, saying Robbie (Keane)’s ahead of
him,” McLeish said.
“So maybe he’s got to chase Robbie and make that his first
Rumours about Bent’s future had been gathering pace earlier in
the transfer window, but McLeish was adamant that his striker was
not agitating for a move.
“I’ve never seen any bad attitude in him at all,” he said.
“There were a couple of games where he was frustrated because he
felt he could have scored more goals, but it’s great when strikers
feel like that.
“He’s certainly back on the scoring trail at the moment.”