KRC Genk manager Alex McLeish said that managing Aston Villa is “not an easy job”, but has backed current Villa boss Tim Sherwood to be a success at the club.
The Scotsman was in charge at Villa Park for a year but was never taken to by the fans, joined in 2011 from rivals Birmingham City.
He led the Villains to a 16th placed finish in the English Premier League in 2012, before being replaced by fellow Scot Paul Lambert, who has succeeded by Sherwood in February this year.
Given Lambert’s struggles and speculation that owner Randy Lerner is keen to sell the club, McLeish said it was a difficult role for any manager, and said: “I went in there for a year and, okay, I wasn’t the most welcome manager in the world having come from Birmingham.
“It was a tough and difficult year and I think when you see what has happened over the last three or four years since I left that is not an easy job.
“I think people thought Paul Lambert was going to make it all turn magic again but now Tim is in and there is a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel with the cup final, although they were well beaten in that particular final.
“I’m sure Tim Sherwood has got good ideas. I don’t know Tim that well but whenever I’ve met him he’s a confident, positive guy and he could be what the club needs.”