Speaking to Sky Sports, former Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis has criticised Villa’s players, claiming they should be held responsible for the club’s dismal season.
Ellis said: “In the end, it's the players that are really responsible. Unfortunately, they've not been good enough this season. It's now a certainty that [Aston Villa] will be in the Championship next year.”
Ellis is adamant that Villa’s fate has already been sealed, with the club set to drop out of the Premier League this season, spending life in the Championship next term.
They have won just three games all season, and currently sit seven points behind 19th placed Sunderland.
Changes have been made to lead Villa away from the bottom three, with the biggest being the appointment of Remi Garde as manager.
He replaced Tim Sherwood, and whilst results have improved under the Frenchman, it has hardly been to a level that suggested sacking Sherwood was the best idea.
Ellis believes that the lack of improvement between the two managers suggests that it is actually the players who are to blame for Villa’s poor form.
They are responsible for failing to perform to a Premier League level, leading to Villa’s expected relegation.
It is too late for Villa to now stay in the Premier League, and it is hard to see the club winning promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.