Back-to-back relegations? Gary Shaw fears the worst unless this is changed at Aston Villa

Aston Villa looked destined to spend next season playing Championship football.

Gary Shaw has told the BBC that unless drastic changes are made at Aston Villa the club could slip right through the Championship.

Villa are destined to play next season in the second tier, after what has been a disastrous campaign.

The Claret and Blues have won just three matches all season, and they are currently 12 points adrift of safety.

The Midlands club have suffered a woeful season, but Shaw, who won the European Cup with the club in 1982, is fearful that things haven’t hit rock bottom just yet.

"Unless the personnel at Villa is changed and addressed quickly, I'm worried we could go back to the dark dismal days of the early 70’s,” he said.

“It's been the most depressing two years for me as a supporter and the rest of the fans."

Shaw may get his wish, considering Villa have already started to make wholesale changes to their set-up at every level.

Multiple changes have been made in the boardroom, while manager Remi Garde is set to be sacked in the near future (The Sun).

Villa are also likely to see a huge volume of their players leave in the summer transfer window.

The Villains simply cannot sustain their current level of expenditure without the funding that comes with Premier League football, and it is expected that most of the current squad at Villa Park will have to find new clubs for next season.

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