Former Aston Villa star Tony Dorigo comments on club’s survival chances

Aston Villa are favourites to go down this season.

Former Aston Villa player Tony Dorigo says the club are in a real muddle and believes their growing problems over the years have led to the inevitability of their current position, the Mirror report.

Villa find themselves rooted to the foot of the table having not won a single top-flight match since the opening day of the season, an unwanted club record.

The club have been on a gradual slide for years, starting with the exit of former boss Martin O’Neill.

And now Dorigo feels their current position at the bottom of the table was inevitable as he plays down their chances of preserving their Premier League status come the end of the season.

“Villa have recently sold their best players and had to make do with what they can find. To find a Benteke or someone like that is very difficult,” the former player explained.

“It has been quite a few years of steady decline and you wonder where it will end? But if you look at the decline over a number of years, it is ­inevitable where they will end up.

“I think what is alarming is the home form has been incredibly bad over a number of years. When things go bad, having a lot of fans dissenting doesn’t help either. They are in a real muddle.”

Villa took the risk of trying to replace key players such as Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph with cheaper players from abroad, and the gamble just hasn’t paid off.

Remi Garde has come in and taken over an unbalanced squad lacking in quality in key areas.

Villa’s current position at the bottom of the table isn’t unjust, it’s a reflection of poor recruitment, poor man-management in the summer and an inability to identify and rectify a number of glaring frailties.

The West Midlands outfit host Arsenal on Sunday, still seeking their first home win of the season.

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