Aston Villa director outlines sweeping changes to be made upon relegation

Meryvn King reveals a full review of all areas of the club is underway, and admits there may be further trouble ahead.

Aston Villa director Meryvn King has warned the club's fans that there could be further misery ahead before things can get better for the club, confirming to BBC Radio 5 Live that sweeping changes are set to be made on and off the pitch, according to quotes published by the Birmingham Mail.

A first relegation since 1987 seems inescapable for a Villa side that has won just three of their 29 Premier League matches all season, a total which is half as many as the next lowest in the top flight this campaign.

With the Villans having been rooted to the bottom of the league for months, the club's fans have been bracing themselves for a complete revamp in the summer as they prepare for a first season outside the top flight in 29 years.

King, a lifelong Villa fan who joined the board earlier this season, admitted that things may have to get worse before they get better but backed the club to recover from the lowest point in many supporters' lifetimes.

He told 5 Live, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail: "We are carrying out a review both on the administration and the team at Villa Park and also on the playing side and the scouting and coaching side at Bodymoor Heath.

"We are reviewing every aspect of the club and in due course, not after too long I hope, we will have some announcements to make.

"It will take a big effort to turn around the problems at Aston Villa and it will take time. There will be more difficult periods ahead but we will do it."

After showing brief signs of life in January and the start of February by winning their first league matches since the opening day of the season, Villa have folded once again in recent weeks.

A 2-0 home win over Norwich City was followed a week later by a 6-0 humiliation in front of their own fans at the hands of Liverpool, and losses to Stoke City, Everton, and a 4-0 thrashing at Manchester City have followed.

Remi Garde's side face title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur next weekend.

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