Aston Villa legend Ian Taylor says club have been in downward spiral ever since Martin O'Neill left

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The former Villa midfielder has not been impressed in the post-O'Neill era.

Aston Villa have had a poor season in the Premier League and it looks increasingly likely that they will be relegated from the top-flight this season.

The club are currently without a manager as well as Remi Garde is now gone, the second managerial casualty at Villa Park this season following the sacking of Tim Sherwood.

For one former Villa hero the club has been heading in this direction since they parted company with Martin O’Neill.

Speaking to BT Sport Ian Taylor stated:Aston 

“Martin O’Neill. Since he left, it has been a steady decline.

“I think we have not recovered from Martin leaving.

“I think Randy threw all of his eggs into one basket with Martin and gave him carte blanche to do whatever he wanted. Martin left and it has just been a catalogue of bad decisions and wrong decisions with managers and players and it has got us to where we are today.”

O’Neill left Villa in August 2010 after four successful years at the club. When he was at Villa Park the club were regularly battling in the top-half of the table but none of the new managers who have come in since have made the grade.

The likes of Garde and Sherwood follow the unpopular Paul Lambert, disliked Alex McLeish and the unfortunate Gerard Houllier.

None of those managers managed to get Villa playing in the way that O’Neill did during his time at the club.

The key to Villa’s future success may very well rest on finally getting the appointment of a new manager right.

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