Aston Villa have not given up relegation fight, insists Eric Black

The first team coach is insistent they are fighting despite the 6-0 loss to Liverpool.

Aston Villa have not given up in their fight against relegation, first team coach Eric Black has insisted to the club’s official website.

The Villains are currently rooted to the foot of the Premier League table, eight points from safety with just 12 games of the season remaining.

Last time around saw them suffer arguably their worst defeat of the season as they were beaten 6-0 by Liverpool at Villa Park.

The performances of the players in that game made it look like they had given up and accepted their fate, but Black insists that isn’t the case.

"We are embracing this challenge. It's still not over," he told

"It's a tall order, no doubt about it. Everyone knows that. But it's not one we've given up on, I can assure you.”

"Every day we're planning and preparing. The programmes are being put in place and it's about going out and putting these into practice in the remaining games."

While Black insists that the players and the staff haven’t given up, it certainly seems that those higher up the club have.

Their failure to back Remi Garde in the January transfer window was a clear indication of that as they failed to sign any new players despite his obvious desire to bring in new faces.

That was widely criticised by many, with people questioning why they didn’t even plan for life in the Championship if they had indeed accepted relegation as a certainty.

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