Matt Le Tissier has told Sky Sports News, which was broadcast on the morning of 7th April, that the most important factor in Aston Villa arresting their slide will be their next managerial appointment.
The Claret and Blues are looking for a new boss to take charge, following the departure of Remi Garde at the start of last week.
The French boss leaves Villa with the club almost certain to be relegated from the Premier League.
Villa are currently 15 points adrift of safety, with just six games remaining in their league campaign.
The Midlands side are destined to be playing Championship football next season, and Le Tissier feels that it will be important that their next manager has experience of managing in the second tier.
“The first they have to do is appoint somebody who knows the division they are going to play in and has experience of getting out of the Championship,” the Southampton legend said.
“The situation they are in at the moment with the squad they have got, you wouldn’t fancy them to come straight back up. I’m not sure there’s enough characters in that side to go through a Championship season.
“There’s a lot of rebuilding work to be done, and the most crucial one is appointing the next manager.”
Eric Black currently remains in charge at Villa Park, but he is expected to be replaced at the end of the season.
At the moment Nigel Pearson, Steve Bruce and Sean Dyche are amongst the bookies’ favourites to become Villa’s next manager.