A.VILLA v BLACKBURN TODAY, 3PM [...].
It will be his first home match since his controversial move from bitter rivals Birmingham City.
He said: "I am looking forward to the first game at Villa Park. I cannot wait to walk down the track. I am proud to be manager of Aston Villa.
"It will be a proud moment for me going down the track at what I consider one of the great stadiums in football.
"I'm not nervous. A couple of minutes before the game there will be butterflies in the stomach. But everyone gets that."
Villa keeper Shay Given has shaken off a groin injury. Blackburn are optimistic centre-backs Ryan Nelsen and Christopher Samba will be available.