Peter Grant says Villa will be expected to win every week if they drop into the Championship

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Aston Villa will face a different kind of pressure if they drop out of the Premier League

Former Aston Villa assistant manager Peter Grant has been talking to the BBC about the huge problem that would await the club if they dropped into the Championship next season.

Remi Garde’s side are currently bottom of the Premier League, 10 points off safety with 15 matches remaining, and while there have been signs of resurgence in recent weeks it would still be an almighty effort if the Villans maintain their top flight status beyond May.

But for all the problems Villa have this season, Grant said there would be huge pressure on them from their own fans if they did slip into the second tier.

Speaking to BBC WM 95.6, Grant said, “It would be a nightmare for a club of Villa’s stature.

“In one respect you have a chance to rebuild but there is a different pressure to the Championship. Fans will expect you to win every match and it’s not as easy as that.”

As any fan of a club in that division will tell you, winning week after week is nigh on impossible with practically every side capable of beating the rest in what is commonly regarded as the toughest league to climb out of in Europe.

Just ask some of the clubs that have dropped down previously – such as Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton Athletic and Leeds United.

Villa certainly have some very skilful players in their ranks, but will they be equipped for a fight for promotion? Only time will tell…unless there is a great escape on the cards, that is.

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