McClaren admits Villa disappointment

It is believed he was set to be offered the post before the club decided that they would not hire him due to the fans’ reaction.

However, they now seem set to appoint Alex McLeish, who has provoked a more overt and vocal reaction from fans.

“There was an approach, an appointment was set up that wasn’t fulfilled. I moved on,” he said. “At the time it was a disappointment, but I’ve had many highs and lows. You quickly move on.”