Eric Black admits he already has a dilemma as Aston Villa boss

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Aston Villa were beaten 4-0 in Eric Black's first match in charge.

Interim manager Eric Black has admitted to Aston Villa’s official site that he could play the club’s youngsters before the end of the season.

Villa collapsed yet against Chelsea on Saturday, as they fell to a 4-0 defeat in front of their own fans.

The Claret and Blues’ performance was half-hearted and it drew further criticism from a fan base which has grown increasingly frustrated over the campaign so far.

With Villa’s relegation now inevitable, there have been calls for the side to start utilising their brightest prospects in the first-team.

But Black has his doubts whether Villa’s young players would benefit from the experience of playing for the senior side in their current situation.

“It's a dilemma,” he admitted. "Are the young players ready to play in that kind of atmosphere? Do we want to throw them into the lurch?

"We are still playing in probably the best league in the world regardless of people's opinion.

"Sometimes it is not necessarily the best thing for young players.

"The club is obviously facing difficulties at the moment and they are trying to rectify the problems that have been here - not just for this week.

"So they are doing that and we'll continue to be as professional as we possibly can and try and get that fans - in whatever small way - back onside with us.”

Towards the back end of Remi Garde’s time in charge, the French boss began to hand opportunities to some of Villa’s younger players.

However, Black’s starting line-up against Chelsea suggested that he was prepared to trust the senior players who have badly disappointed this term.

The Claret and Blues have won just three league matches all season, and a great deal of changes are set to be made in the summer, as the Midlands side look to bounce back from their first ever Premier League relegation.

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