Gary McAllister does not believe Aston Villa will struggle in the Championship

The former Villa assistant believes his old club will be fine in the Championship.

Aston Villa's shockingly poor season sees the club rooted to the bottom of the table.

They have been woeful throughout most of the season and it looks very likely they will be dropping to the Championship at the end of the season.

Some pundits have been so unimpressed with Aston Villa this season, that they also think Villa will struggle in the Championship next season.

But one former Villa coach does not believe this will be the case. Gary McAllister worked as assistant manager to Gerard Houllier at Villa, even playing the caretaker role when the Frenchman suffered with ill health.

The 51-year-old has told Expressen in Sweden this week that Villa will get back on their feet in the summer, before returning to good form in the second tier:

"No, I think they will be very self-critical in the summer and I think they will be prepared for the next season.

"I think they can come back pretty soon."

If Villa are to pull off an immediate promotion they will need to change the entire structure of the club over the summer, something which has already begun.

Player recruitment needs to be overhauled and several of the current Villa crop need to be sold on.

The Championship is a tough league to escape from and Villa could indeed find themselves stuck. But if they play things right, they should return to the top-flight with ease.

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