Eric Black comments suggest he's fighting a losing battle at Aston Villa

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The caretaker boss wants the Villa squad to 'keep being professional'...

Aston Villa caretaker boss Eric Black says he won't allow the professionalism of the squad to drop as relegation draws closer and closer, according to Sky Sports.

However, the comments suggest Black is simply keeping up appearances - and fighting a losing battle.

For the professionalism of Aston Villa's squad dropped under Tim Sherwood, let alone his successor Remi Garde.

If Black genuinely believes the majority of his team are staying professional, he hasn't been paying attention... 

Black is quoted as saying after the 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth by Sky Sports:

"We have to keep being professional. I won't allow that to drop. We have to try and find a way to win a game, or get something from one. We'll continue to do that come Monday morning.

"It takes an awful lot of hard work to turn something like this around. It takes a discipline throughout the club and a togetherness. If we go down then hopefully the club will be in a position to come straight back up."

No one can blame Black for wanting Villa to bounce straight back, of course.

But Aston Villa need to do it the right way. So often, struggling clubs have managed to fight their way back to the Premier League, only to sink straight back to the Championship as they simply weren't prepared for top-flight football.

Villa have already started to make changes upstairs. Now for the right managerial appointment - and a thorough shakeup of that squad.

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