Speaking on BBC, David Pleat slammed Aston Villa's defending during their 4-0 demolition by Chelsea in the West Midlands on Saturday.
The Villans proved that their problems run far deeper than recently-sacked manager Remi Garde as Villa, under caretaker boss Eric Black, suffered another heavy defeat which puts them closer to Premier League relegation.
They remain rock bottom of the table, 15 points adrift of safety after Norwich beat Newcastle. Pleat was particularly disappointed by the manner of defending in Chelsea's third of the afternoon, with Pedro scoring within a minute of the restart.
"I thought Chelsea would take their foot off the gas in this second half, but that was a brilliant goal," the 71-year-old said on BBC.
"But that defending was so passive. It looked like a Chelsea attacking training routine, playing against cones. So easy for Chelsea."
Indeed, the problems at the Birmingham club seem to go well beyond Garde's management. It is far harder to blame the Frenchman rather than the players now, though the 48-year-old still did play a role.
Overall it appears as if they are simply waiting for relegation, but even then the fans - who held placards reading 'proud history, what future?' - will not let the players, nor owner Randy Lerner, away with their performances.