Originally Posted by BlackCat88
That's quite a bit of money not to be given to him. £17m wasn't it?
Hopefully that means they need to sell Downing to raise money for new players.
Not looking good at Villa.....Hope Mr Bent enjoys his season
End of the text mentions Ashley Young money.
Alex McLeish is running into major teething problems at Aston Villa - just 20 days into the manager’s job.
McLeish has already been shocked to find out he needs to sell to buy after making his extraordinary and controversial move across the Second City from relegated arch-rivals Birmingham.
And now the Scot is being rocked by problems as he seeks to appoint the backroom staff he wants by bringing some of his old ‘team’ across from St Andrew's.
Villa's owner, Randy Lerner, is reluctant to pay the compensation package demanded for the men McLeish wants, so the new boss will greet his players for pre-season training today with only skeleton support.
McLeish has laughed off suggestions he could even walk out if the problems are not resolved quickly, but the hold-up means he's making a false start in his new job.
So far, McLeish is working with the existing managerial staff,featuring Kevin MacDonald and Gordon Cowans.
He wants Lerner and Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner - who is only just back from honeymoon - to sort out a deal with Birmingham City for Peter Grant and possibly Andy Watson plus medical and sports science staff to cross the divide.
McLeish is in the middle of a complicated legal web at the moment.
The manager is in conflict with his former employers about the way he left - with action and counter-action being discussed..
Strong man McLeish is fiercely supportive towards his staff and if he is unable to work without them it would be a blow on several levels.
The wrangle over compensation is the latest twist in the bitter fight between Villa and Blues, with much of the energy of both clubs spent on that front this summer.
McLeish has yet to make any signings as he waits for Stewart Downing’s sale to Liverpool to go through. He is working on many targets but those seem to depend on more money coming in.
Ashley Young’s departure to Manchester United has apparently been swallowed up by the cost of the record move for Darren Bent in the January window.