Former Aston Villa striker Tony Cascarino has hope for the club, if they change policy in the summer

The club will need to make some massive changes to become successful again.

It is all doom and gloom at Aston Villa currently and with good reason.

The club are destined to drop into the Football League after a torrid season. The players have simply not performed to the level expected of them, the new signings have largely been flops and the way the club is run continues to dumbfound Villa fans.

But one former Villa man is refusing to give up all hope.

Tony Cascarino, who played one season with Aston Villa in the early '90s, believes Villa can bounce straight back to the Premier League next season. However, they will need to make some drastic changes first. He told Sky Sports News today (24/02/2016)

"Do I have hope on the horizon? Well I am an optimist and I think the size of Villa and being able to attract the right players. There is going to have to be, I believe, a huge change happen at Villa.

"Hopefully very soon. The owner will hopefully become more full-on.

"The club are in limbo between having a manager at a football club or having a European style base. I hope that things will change.

"They will not find, with their present group, the level of the Championship easy for them. They're going to have a real tough test.

"They're going to need a group of players that are going to roll up their sleeves and fight for Aston Villa Football Club and wear the badge proudly. That's what, I think, is needed more than anything."

That is surely what Villa fans will want to see. Plenty of the dross will be sold on by Villa this summer - that is surely a no brainer. Indeed many of the summer recruits might make up that list.

What they will then need is players capable of playing at the Championship level. Bringing in players from abroad again would be a mistake and the club must learn from it by utilising their own youth system and snapping up domestic talent ready to fight for the badge.

It is not rocket science, yet the ownership at Villa does not seem to get it.

Here's hoping some sense is seen at Villa Park this summer, so that they might return to the top-flight stronger.

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