Pundit and former manager Harry Redknapp has told The Telegraph that he thinks Aston Villa's recruitment staff are to blame for their relegation.
Villa lost for the 19th time in the Premier League this season on Saturday, having been hammered 4-0 away at Manchester City, which was their fifth defeat in the last six games.
Remi Garde's men were strong in the first half and kept City at bay, but the minute Yaya Toure opened the scoring after half time, Villa appeared to down tools and give up, meaning City ran riot and hit four second half goals.
Now nine points adrift of safety, Villa are heading for relegation to the Championship, having won just three league games all season.
After such a torrid campaign, many pundits believe that Villa could end up following in the footsteps of teams like Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers in quickly being relegated down to League One, never mind the Championship.
Now, pundit Harry Redknapp has told The Telegraph that he thinks Villa's imminent relegation is a 'tragic story' and predicts that they will face a 'long road back', believing that they could fall through the leagues.
Redknapp also laid the blame for the club's demise at the feet of the club's recruitment staff, stating that they should lose their jobs having brought in 'some really poor players'.
"A great club with great tradition, Villa are heading for the Championship and the people who made the decisions this season have got to be accountable," said Redknapp. "Managers get the sack when they don’t do their jobs properly so why should it be any different for the recruitment people?"
"Villa are in a right mess and I wouldn’t be surprised if they fall through the leagues. I just don’t see enough quality in that squad to make a real fight of it in the Championship. It is a nasty league and needs leaders, which are so obviously lacking everywhere from top to bottom."
"They appear to have given up already and have some really poor players. It’s a tragic story and they are arguably the biggest club to be relegated from the Premier League. What they desperately need is new ownership, somebody to come in and give it a chance of starting afresh. It will be a long road back for them, I’m afraid," he added.
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