McLeish has 'money to spend'

Villa boss aware that wages do have to be trimmed

Alex McLeish: Aston Villa manager insists there is money to spend to improve the squad

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Alex McLeish is confident he will be given money to spend by Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner to improve his squad at the end of the season.

Villa have been trying to cut costs over the past couple of years and that has forced McLeish to wheel and deal in the transfer market.

McLeish, who left local rivals Birmingham City to take charge at Villa Park last summer, has been the subject of protests from fans this season.

The Scot is aware that wages have to be trimmed, but he does not believe the days of Villa spending big money are necessarily over.

"I will have to do a bit of wheeling and dealing, but that doesn't mean we won't be able to spend money," said McLeish.

"We have to get the wages down to a level, but it doesn't mean we are going to say we can only afford £5,000-a-week wages for new players from now on.

"We may end up paying massive wages for someone who comes in the summer as long as it fits into that whole package."