Alex McLeish explains the simple reason why Aston Villa will struggle in the Championship

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His former club look destined to relegation from the Premier League.

Remi Garde and Aston Villa look doomed to Premier League relegation. The 6-0 drubbing against Liverpool at the weekend seemed to condemn them to the drop, extinguishing any hope of survival.

In the aftermath of that result pundits have been on the case of the club.

This week the likes of Jamie Carragher and Paul Merson have both suggested that Villa might struggle in the Championship.

Now former Villa manager Alex McLeish has had his say.

The Scot, who managed Villa for one season, is fairly unpopular with the Villa faithful after his stint with the club. He stated on Sky Sports News today (19/02/2016) his belief that Villa might struggle in the Championship next season, given a simple explanation as to why:

"When you are a team at the bottom of the Premier League, and you are just trying to win ten games to stay in the Premier League and you can't even get near that then, going down to the Championship, you then have to change your mentality.

"You are trying to win 20 games, even 30 games, to get back to the Premier League. So that is really difficult, to change that mentality when you are not used to winning games.

"It will be a tough task for Remi Garde if they go down to the Championship. But equally he may want to out his own imprint in on the players who are capable of getting them out of there."

Villa have managed to win just three games in the Premier League this season. The current leaders of the Championship, Hull City, have won 18, so McLeish's point is clear.

Of course the competition may not be as good as in the Premier League but right now Villa seem bereft of ideas regarding winning games at all.

Without that mentality, immediate promotion looks unlikely.

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