The Rams hold the record for the lowest ever Premier League points tally over a 38-game season, picking up just 11 points as they recorded only one win in the entire league campaign.
While Villa’s current tally of 16 points isn’t as bad, Carragher feels their season is arguably worse than Derby’s simply due to the fact that it wasn’t too long ago that Villa were challenging for European football.
“Derby were not ready to be in the Premier League. They came up via the play-offs with a squad of thirtysomethings; 12 months before they were promoted, they had finished 20th in the Championship, so it shows how big a leap they had taken,” Carragher explained to the Daily Mail.
”But Villa? Six years ago they finished sixth under Martin O’Neill with 64 points, sandwiched between Manchester City and Liverpool. Since his abrupt departure, five further managers have come and gone but the problems have spiralled.”
It wasn’t too long ago that Villa were fighting for a top four spot and could boast quality players such as Ashley Young, James Milner, Gareth Barry and a Stewart Downing who was very much in his prime.
But after selling off their better players, including Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke, Villa have failed to replace them accordingly and their squad quality has gradually become worse with each season.
As relegation looms, you would be hard-pressed to find any top-flight clubs interested in poaching their better players with the possible exception of Ghana international Jordan Ayew upfront.
Derby had little preparation for the season they endured, yet Villa can have no such excuses after seeing a team challenge for Europe decline year-on-year with no structure in place to combat it.