17th Jun 2011 | Football

McLeish confirmed as new Villa Boss

Hughton was been linked with many jobs.

Randy Lerner has stirred up a hornets nest with his appointment of Alex McLeish. Chris Hughton is now evens for the Birmingham job.

Aston Villa have defied widespread condemnation from their own supporters by officially installing former Birmingham supremo Alex McLeish as their new boss. The Scot has signed a three-year contract amid dismay on both sides of the Second City, with his former employers still pursuing a compensation claim. Chris Hughton is now evens with Bluesquare to become the next Blues boss.

Bet 365 have responded to the big news by making McLeish just 8/11 to leave Villa Park before the end of the 2011-12 season and evens to last the entire campaign. ‘Big Eck’ is a mere 5/2 to be out the door before Christmas Day.

In the day’s other managerial appointment, Malkay Mackay takes the reigns at Cardiff City after Watford granted him permission to speak to the Welsh club. As the merry-go-round continues, former Bluebirds boss Dave Jones quickly became joint favourite for the Vicarage Road post at 7/2 with Skybet. Sean Dyche and Mark Robins are quoted at the same price.

Odds correct at time of publishing: 16:43 17th Jun, 2011 but subject to change

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