Roy Hodgson claims Alex McLeish had the simplest of decisions when he opted to quit Blues for Villa during the summer.
The Albion boss led his side to a 2-1 victory at Villa Park last Saturday, building on the previous weekend’s 2-0 victory over Wolves.
McLeish controversially quit relegated Blues to become Gerard Houllier’s successor. The move caused outrage among both sets of fans and Villa’s protested with banners outside Villa Park.
But Hodgson cannot see what the fuss was about. He feels Big Eck’s decision was a no-brainer.
“I don’t know why it should be considered a bold move to move from a team that has been relegated to the biggest team in the Birmingham area – at least traditionally,” said Hodgson.
“Certainly, if you talk in terms of financial resources and financial power, they are the biggest team in the area. I don’t think ourselves, Wolves or Birmingham would compare ourselves to Aston Villa.
“If you look at the money they pay for players, you don’t see the other teams doing that.
“They’re the ones with the money and the power and the ones who are expected to get into the top six far more than us others. It seems to me to be a fairly simple decision to make if you’ve got the chance to move to that club from a club that has been relegated.”
Hodgson also advised McLeish to ignore the hecklers, who are unlikely to give the Villa boss any grace.
“It might have been a small group that had an opinion about it. But I’m sure that opinion will change very quickly if Aston Villa finish in the top four this season.
“I’m pretty sure they will then be carting Alex McLeish around and saying he’s the best appointment the club has ever made.”