I DON’T MIND NOT HAV­ING ANY WONGA, SAYS MCLEISH

Midweek Sport - - RACING EXTRA - By TREVOR HARMS

AS­TON VILLA man­ager Alex Mcleish is not dis­ap­pointed by the club’s lack of Jan­uary trans­fer ac­tiv­ity.

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.

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.

Kid­ding

“We know the course we’re steer­ing and we’ve got to keep on that road.”

Villa striker Dar­ren Bent is cur­rently on 99 Premier League goals, and Mcleish is back­ing his marks­man to grab his 100th against QPR tonight.

“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 the top 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 tar­get.”

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.”

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Alex Mcleish

LAND­MARK: Dar­ren Bent

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