Legend Paul McGrath makes a heartbreaking prediction about Aston Villa's future

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Paul McGrath believes Aston Villa could continue on a path down the English football pyramid.

Aston Villa legend Paul McGrath is quoted by The Mirror as saying that he thinks Aston Villa won't just get relegated this season, but in future seasons too.

Villa sit bottom of the Premier League table with just six points to their name after 16 games - the exact same record as Derby County had back in 2007/08, when they finished the season with the lowest points total in Premier League history.

Unsurprisingly, Aston Villa fans are now concerned that the same fate awaits their club. Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Arsenal leaves them with only one win this term, and the appointment of new manager Remi Garde has done little to change Villa's fortunes.

This weekend, Villa take on Newcastle United in a relegation six-pointer, but one of the club's most iconic players isn't hopeful of a recovery.

McGrath racked up over 250 appearances for Villa after joining from Manchester United in 1989, and remains one of the most popular players at Villa Park.

Now though, the former centre back has been quoted by The Mirror as saying that owner Randy Lerner simply doesn't care about Aston Villa, before making a dismal prediction.

McGrath believes that, if the club do suffer relegation this season, they could tumble even further down the footballing pyramid - just as teams like Coventry City, Leeds United and Sheffield United have done in recent years.

"Americans don’t know what Villa means to Villa fans. You need people who love the club," said McGrath. "I have always loved Aston Villa and it is because the way the fans have treated me. If there are not people who love the club then it is going to downhill anyway. We are going to be second division next year, probably third division after and we are not going to come back," he added.

McGrath's prediction will be heartbreaking for Villa fans, as if a club legend has lost all hope, then they won't have much left either - and it seems that some are already giving up on Villa's Premier League hopes.

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