The Premier League's bottom club have scrapped the traditional end-of-season awards party for the second season in a row.
Aston Villa's annus horribilis has been completed a few days before their relegation to the Championship is set to be confirmed, as the club have announced that they have cancelled their traditional end-of-season player of the year awards ceremony.
Villa have won just three league matches all season long and have been rooted to the bottom of the league table since early autumn, and their first relegation in three decades will be made official this weekend barring a combination of unlikely results which would include the Birmingham side beating Manchester United at Old Trafford and Norwich losing at home to Sunderland.
The season has also been a disaster off the pitch, with managers Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde being given the boot, persistent fan protests against club owner Randy Lerner, and confrontations between players and supporters.
In light of the situation, the club announced on Wednesday that they have taken the step of cancelling the end-of-year party, with a spokesman saying: "In the current circumstances, we are sure our supporters will understand."
This is not the first time that Villa have decided to do so; last season, a full awards ceremony was not held after a poor campaign which saw the club limp to safety in 17th place and ended with a 4-0 thrashing by Arsenal in the FA Cup final.
Unsurprisingly, the announcement was met with mirth on Twitter, with many fans and neutrals suggesting it was about the only thing the club have done right all campaign long.
Cancelling the player of the year awards at #AVFC isn't a grand gesture. There's simply nobody worthy of that award in the senior set-up.— avillafan.com (@Avillafan) April 13, 2016
However, the decision was questioned by some, who pointed to the fact that Eric Black is now the club's third manager of the season...
Aston Villa have cancelled their end of year awards dinner. Surprised about that. Thought they'd have their own "manager of the year" award.— Tim Bolton (@timbolton1) April 13, 2016