Stuart Pearce explains what Aston Villa still have to do this season

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Aston Villa are currently nine points adrift of safety.

Stuart Pearce has told Sky Sports News, which was broadcast on the morning of 17th March, that Aston Villa need to be focused on laying the foundations for next season now.

Villa are nine points adrift of safety, and Pearce has ruled out their chances of making it out of the bottom three.

The former Nottingham Forest boss feels that the Claret and Blues have been doomed for months, but he claims that they should be attempting to pick up victories, to ensure there is some confidence in the squad for next term.

“Garde’s the one who has to stay positive,” Pearce said. “Some of Villa’s performances have been dire. They look as though they have been relegated for a number of months.

“I can’t see them turning that round, but what they have to do is try and get a couple of victories for next season to boost morale.”

Villa have never before been relegated from the Premier League, but that proud record is surely set to end now.

The Midlands club have won just three matches all season, and they have not shown the heart for a relegation fight.

Villa are now set for a summer of change, with a great deal of uncertainty hanging over the club at the moment.

There have also been suggestions that Garde could depart, while a mass exodus of players is expected when relegation is confirmed, as Villa look to cut their wage budget without Premier League football.

Villa’s next chance of claiming a rare league victory comes on Saturday, when they take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

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