Paul McGrath spent seven years on the books at Aston Villa during his distinguished playing career, so is well placed to pass judgement on goings on in the Midlands.
He has taken to Twitter to do just that, and has pulled no punches in a scathing assessment.
It is the opinion of the legendary centre-half that Villa have become a ‘disgrace’, with mismanagement off the field costing them dear.
He claims funds have been required for some time, with a current slump predicted by many.
Randy Lerner has been looking for a buyer, but has continued to bankroll the club while still at the helm.
McGrath, it appears, feels more could be done, with Villa making just two additions – Carles Gil and Scott Sinclair – during the winter transfer window.
Both figured in the club’s latest outing, but that failed to see the tide turn as they were crushed 5-0 away at Arsenal.
Hate to see the club I love in the state it's in at the moment , needed investment four years ago , Villa now in panic mode . Disgrace UTV.— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) February 3, 2015
Is McGrath right?
Villa certainly appear to be in ‘panic mode’, and have every right to be feeling the strain.
A lack of firepower has held them back throughout Paul Lambert’s reign as manager and has never really been addressed.
Fingers can be pointed in various directions - playing staff, coaching team, boardroom – but the excuses have to stop.
Villa are in serious danger of losing their standing among the Premier League elite, with the club only heading one way if mistakes continue to be made and goals remain in short supply.
There is, however, only so much they can do when working under a want-away owner and it may be that the club remains stuck in a rut until Lerner and/or Lambert head through the exits.