Phil Thompson has told Sky Sports that Aston Villa boss Remi Garde should have walked out on the club at the start of February.
After Tim Sherwood had been sacked late in October, Garde was appointed as the new manager at the West Midlands outfit but he failed to win any of his first nine fixtures in the Premier League and it was expected that he would bring in new players during the January transfer window.
However, signings failed to materialise - to the frustration of both Garde and the club's supporters - and Villa remain well cut adrift at the bottom of the table.
Former Liverpool boss Thompson has argued that the club's failure to deliver fresh players should have been the final straw for Garde, even if it was purely to save his own managerial career.
Thompson told Gillette Soccer Saturday, broadcast on Saturday, February 20 at 12pm: "Remi Garde should have walked at the end of January. As soon as that happened, and they didn't invest, it didn't give them a chance.
"It looks like they broke some promises which were made when he first came in, and to save his own career, he could have walked away and nobody would have blamed him. It wasn't his team and he had just come in. I thought it was absolutely shambolic."
It had appeared that Villa had turned a corner after registering eight points from five games, but last weekend's 6-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool has left the club eight points from safety with 12 matches left.