Exclusive: David James hopes Aston Villa have got rid of negative dressing room influences

David James was speaking to HITC Sport and he said that signing new players alone wouldn't have helped Villa's problems.

Former Aston Villa goalkeeper David James has said he hopes his old side have got rid of some negative influences in the dressing room.

Speaking to HITC Sport, James said he had heard some players weren't supporting the club from within, but no names were mentioned to him. 

He was commenting on the wisdom of entering the transfer market and possible reasons for Villa's decline but said it was no good just signing a particular footballer if there was still that atmosphere among the players in the side.

The BT Sport pundit said: "It's interesting with the transfer window, the call is to buy, buy, buy to get themselves out of trouble by buying arguably the goalscorer or the shot stopper that will solve all the problems.

"I think one of the biggest concerns for a club is quite often players who aren't onside off the field – what I mean by that is that there are bad influences around the changing room. Now, unfortunately people haven't named names to me but I was up there last year and there was a sense that there were some players who weren't supporting the club from within, and they were being very detrimental and corrosive towards what was going on in the club."

James went on to say if those players are still at the club then they would be 'better paying them up' in order to 'stop the rot' at Villa Park.

Certainly, one wouldn't expect everything to be well in the dressing room at a club that has been flirting with the relegation zone for so many years, and this year finds itself in very real danger of losing their Premier League status. One would expect players to be frustrated and disappointed, but that's only natural. But if players aren't 'supporting the club from within' then that is another case entirely, and can't be good for Aston Villa Football Club.

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