West Brom first-team coach Gerry Francis suggests Aston Villa could still survive, praises Remi Garde

Villa look down and out after their recent 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool/

The relegation fight in the Premier League appears to have come down to six teams. Bourenmouth, Swansea City, Norwich City, Newcastle United, Sunderland Aston Villa currently fill those positions and West Brom in 14th appear to be the current safety mark.

Saying that, it is more like five teams. Villa look as good as down. They are on 16 points, eight off safety, and looked shambolic in the recent 6-0 thrashing against Liverpool.

Remi Garde was not able to bring in any new players to fight relegation in January, for whatever reason, and the club are now seemingly doomed.

However Gerry Francis, first-team coach at local rivals West Bromwich Albion, says they should not give up just yet and also had some kind words for Remi Garde.

He told Sky Sports News today (17/02/2016):

"Well I think I was probably, like the rest of the country, talking about Leicester this time last year and they had no chance and they were probably looking to be relegated. We all know what history showed us about that.

"I feel a little bit sorry for Remi Garde because it is a tough, tough business down at the bottom of the table and battling relegation on a normal basis. To come into the Premier League on its own is difficult and he has got real problems there from start to finish.

"I think he is handling himself really well and hopefully he can get some performances out of Villa."

Leicester were certainly not in a dissimilar situation to the one Villa were in a year ago but managed to fight their way out of the bottom three.

Francis' words are forgetting the context of that Leicester side. They were actually playing well and made some improvements that January to fight relegation. Villa are doing neither.

An unlikely survival seems a distant possibility.

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