John Gregory says Aston Villa signings not good enough

The former Villa Park chief has highlighted a lack of experience and quality in the current squad.

Former Aston Villa manager John Gregory has stated that the Midlands club have not signed the right players in recent windows, telling The Birmingham Mail that Remi Garde lacks experience in his squad.

The Villians find themselves bottom of the Premier League after 13 games, taking only five points so far and looking destined for a relegation scrap this term.

Tim Sherwood was replaced by Garde earlier in the campaign, but the club’s fortunes have not changed as yet.

Although Villa recorded a credible 0-0 draw at home to Manchester City earlier this month, they were dispatched 4-0 by Everton in their last outing.

Gregory, who managed the club from 1998 to 2002, has stated that the French coach simply does not have the players at his disposal currently.

"The biggest thing Remi Garde has going against him is the fact that he can't change the squad,” the former England international told The Birmingham Mail.

"I said at the start of the season that the squad was totally lacking in experience, we are relying on 21-year-olds that have hardly had a game in France let alone the Premier League.

"You are only as good as the players you sign, I would like to know who signed them. I don't think Tim Sherwood signed too many of them I have to say.

"Whoever did sign them should be held accountable because there have been some very poor signings.

"You hope things are going to improve, but I can't see it happening at the moment.”

The basement dwellers have a must-win game at home to newly promoted Watford this weekend, with anything other than victory sure to add to the gloom around Villa Park.

Along with the draw against City, Villa’s only points this season have been a victory over Bournemouth on the opening day and a home draw with Sunderland.

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