Aston Villa are now nine points away from safety and looked destined to be relegated.
Villa lost 3-1 to Everton yesterday evening, as their terrible run of form continued.
The Claret and Blues are now nine points adrift of safety with just 10 games to go, and Richards admits that the Villa squad have nobody to blame but themselves for their disastrous season.
“At the moment we’re just not good enough, that’s the honest truth,” the defender said. “The players have got to look at ourselves and say we’re not doing enough.”
Villa won their first match of the season against Bournemouth, but in the 27 matches that have followed they have been victorious just twice.
It is a simply shocking record, and it seems highly unlikely that Villa will be playing top flight football again next term.
The Midlands side have never before been relegated from the Premier League, but this proud record looks set to come to an end.
Garde’s side’s performance against Everton was actually marginally improved from their last display in front of their own supporters - when they were beaten 6-0 by Liverpool - but it was still far short of being good enough to give them a chance of picking up any points.
Villa’s next match comes against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.