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

that answer.

“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

that road.”

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.”