Eric Black hails remarkable Aston Villa fans as relegation looms

Villa Park has not been a positive place this season, but he caretaker boss refuses to criticise the supporters.

Aston Villa caretaker manager Eric Black has hailed the club’s remarkable fans to BBC Sport, following the loss to Bournemouth..

The Villans were beaten 2-1 by Eddie Howe’s side on Saturday afternoon which means they are now 15 points from safety.

As results elsewhere went in their favour, relegation was not confirmed this week, but it is now just a matter of when rather than if.

The game saw another negative atmosphere at Villa Park, with Cherries boss Eddie Howe describing it as toxic after the game.

Black though, refused to criticise the fans, saying he finds their continued support remarkable.

"Not going down today is a small consolation. I was happy with the energy and desire to do what we asked them to do” he told BBC Sport.

"I'm sure it's not easy to play in that atmosphere, but there have only been two or three victories here this season so I won't be criticising the supporters.”

“They turned out again today, which I find remarkable. This is certainly not down to the supporters."

There is no denying that Villa have serious work ahead of them to earn back the Villa Park faithful in future.

The first step to doing that could be in who they decide to appoint as their next manager, with a positive decision in that regard sure to give fans confident.

Who that will be remains to be seen, with the likes of Nigel Pearson, David Moyes and Mick McCarthy having all been touted as potential candidates in recent weeks.

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