Paul Merson has told Sky Sports that Paul Lambert was unlucky to lose his job because he wasn't given enough funds to spend.
Lambert had to reduce Villa's expenditure - both in terms of wages and transfer fees - during his time in charge at the Midlands side and Merson believes that it negatively impacted on his ability to perform as desired.
Indeed, the former Arsenal midfielder still believes that Lambert is a good manager who simply got unlucky at Villa Park.
“You’ve got to spend money and if you spend money you’ve got a chance," he said.
“If they get £10m they buy four or five players at a million-and-a-half each, £2m each – that’s not enough. This league is very, very difficult and you just can’t get by.
“I don’t think Paul Lambert is a bad manager, I just think the players at the moment are struggling. I think he’s bang out of luck."
It is unlikely that many Villa supporters will agree with Merson's sympathetic analysis of the situation.
Although it is true that Lambert was working within budgetary constraints, he was still failing to maximise the potential of the talent that he did have in his squad.
Villa have more quality than a number of the teams that are around them and their paltry total of 12 goals in 25 Premier League games this season was simply unacceptable.
It will be the first thing that whoever does take over from Lambert needs to rectify because if Villa don't start becoming more threatening going forward they could easily be playing Championship football next season.