Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has hit back at claims from fans that he is too negative in his approach but admits he will look to bring in new players and "stamp his authority" on the squad this summer.
McLeish, whose side visit Blackburn tomorrow, came in for strong criticism from supporters who witnessed last weekend's goalless draw at Wigan.
He admits the current side is not as strong as the one which just missed securing Champions League qualification two years ago and has been under instructions to reduce the wage bill.
But McLeish is adamant he has always maintained a positive outlook in matches as Villa look to add to Rovers' relegation fears at Ewood Park.
He said: "I've never put the shackles on the lads, never have done since the start of the season.
"Yes, I want the forward players to get back and defend and help the other parts of the team just like any other major team in the world does, the Barcelonas, the Manchester Uniteds.
"But I don't say to players 'go and play negatively, go and pass the ball back'. It can be down to quality and maybe we've not shown it enough at certain times.
"At the moment it is a Villa team that is trying to grow, trying to gel, and not exactly as strong as the Villa team a couple of years ago.
"Sometimes players struggle for one reason or another but we certainly encourage them to get forward and get the victories."
McLeish is adamant he maintains a strong relationship with the club's American owner Randy Lerner and the former Rangers manager will look to make changes this summer.
He said: "It (the relationship) is as strong as ever, it's tremendous. Randy has been here the last five weeks or so and we took a trip to America in between.
"There has been a lot of dialogue and communication between the chairman, myself and my staff and he has been very supportive.
"Yes, I knew it was going to be a tough challenge, but it was an exciting challenge, and one I couldn't turn down.
"We have some big challenges coming up in the league. I believe we will be okay this season. We then have to build on that in the summer.
"I've got to try and stamp my authority and personality on the squad and so we will look to change things around a bit."
McLeish concedes the criticism Rovers boss Steve Kean and, more recently, McLeish himself have received from the respective sets of fans is commonplace in football these days.
He said: "Steve Kean has had some criticism, I've had that too, it is not pleasant but part of the modern game when you are at this level.
"No one likes to see that happening, it is sad when it does, but it is the nature of the beast these days, it is the society we have created, the knee jerk and blame culture we are living in now.
"We are in that results business and Steve has taken it brilliantly, bounced back with some positive results but they are still fighting for their lives.
"I don't think any team under 40 points is not fighting for their lives."
McLeish will be without striker Darren Bent with the ruptured ankle ligaments which have virtually ended his hopes of being part of England's Euro 2012 squad.
But he will welcome back skipper and midfielder Stiliyan Petrov after a thigh injury ruled him out of the Wigan clash.