Former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore believes his boyhood favourites are heading for a relegation scrap following their recent poor form, and thinks manager Paul Lambert needs to shoulder the blame.
Villa got off to a solid start to the season, taking 10 points from their first four league games, including a 1-0 win at Liverpool, which earned Lambert a contract extension through to 2018.
The club has since suffered five consecutive defeats, however, leaving them in 15th place in the Premier League after being beaten 2-0 at Queens Park Rangers, just two points above the drop zone.
Having failed to score in nearly nine hours of football, Collymore thinks Lambert is part of the problem at Villa Park, but can’t see there being much chance of a change at the top, even if the side’s struggles continue.
‘Aston Villa are going to be in a relegation scrap – no doubt,’ he told TalkSport. ‘They need to score goals and keep clean sheets, and at the moment they’re doing neither. It’s not a great time to be a Villa fan.
‘The blame has to lie squarely at the door of Paul Lambert, and he knows that having brought in a lot of these players. Having said that, who else is out there if Villa decide to change the manager?
‘David Moyes has obviously being touted around, as is Tony Pulis, but I think when you give a manager a four-year contract on the back of a bright start to the season, then if you sack him you have to pay him off and I don’t think Villa are in the financial position to be able to be paying off potentially seven figures to Paul Lambert and Roy Keane. So I think they have to dig this one out and try to turn things around.’