McLeish eyes quality signings
Villa boss plans to overhaul squad this summer
By Razwan Mirza - Tweet me: @RazMirza. Last Updated: May 12, 2012 5:41pm
Alex McLeish: Wants to build a winning mentality at Aston Villa
Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has revealed the club will be aiming to bring in some quality players this summer.
The under-fire manager has struggled to win over the Villa faithful following his controversial switch from city rivals Birmingham.
And following a Premier League relegation scare, the West Midlands club only made sure of their status for another campaign after last weekend's 1-1 home draw with Tottenham.
Villa travel to Carrow Road to take on Norwich on Sunday hoping to avoid an unwanted record of only seven wins in a season (set in 1890-91).
McLeish is aware there has to be an improvement in fortunes as he plans to overhaul the squad in the next few months.
He said: "It's about getting more quality in the squad and getting a team that can get further up that table and a team that wants to win badly.
"We need to get a winning mentality. That's what we'll try and change.
"I am anticipating change this summer. We have to bring in some added quality to the squad."
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"I am anticipating change this summer. We have to bring in some added quality to the squad.
"If you look at the back-up this season, we could have easily been four or five players short of real quality and experience.
"We can certainly look to make sure next season is a more productive season than this one."
McLeish is only too aware of the expectation levels of Villa supporters but points to a lengthy injury list, including £18million record signing Darren Bent, in mitigation.
He said: "We have underachieved for Aston Villa in terms of past history and in terms of the name Aston Villa.
"People expect us higher up the table. This is not the Aston Villa team of 1982 (when they won the European Cup) and people have to realise that.
"But sometimes there are reasons for that not being the case and losing four or five players at crucial moments of the season has not helped.
"We have missed Darren Bent for 19 games now. I would have expected four or five goals in those games at least which would have made things more comfortable for us."