Nigel Spink outlines just what Aston Villa's new manager will have to do

The former Villa goalkeeper says whoever takes charge at the end of the season will have to "rescue" the club.

Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Nigel Spink has told the Express & Star that whoever is appointed as the permanent replacement to Remi Garde will have been given the task of "rescuing" the club from a grim fate.

Barring a minor miracle, Villa's relegation will be confirmed on Saturday to end their 28-year unbroken spell in the top flight after a disastrous season which has seen them twin just three league games.

Garde, who was appointed as Tim Sherwood's replacement at the start of November, was sacked by the club at the end of last month after only five months in the job after winning just three of his 23 matches in charge in all competitions.

Since the Frenchman's dismissal, there has been widespread speculation about who the club's revamped board will choose to replace the former Lyon boss, with the next managerial appointment being billed by many as the club's most important decision in a generation.

Spink, who won the European Cup with Villa in 1982, believes that his former side could use a manager with both Championship and Premier League experience, and says that whoever is appointed will be faced with the task of "rescuing" the club.

The 57-year-old told the Express & Star: "This next manager is a big appointment. It’s got to be someone who has experience of the Championship and ideally of the Premier League as well.

"They have a huge job on their hand and the people who have come into the club have got to get this one right. It has to be spot on. Whoever comes in is basically going to be tasked with rescuing the club. They are going to inherit a squad which plainly isn’t good enough.

"There has been a lot said about the players’ attitude and commitment, or lack of it, but the fact is they have not been good enough. It’s going to be a big rebuild job."

Villa's relegation could be confirmed on before they have even played on Saturday if Sunderland fail to win at Norwich City, and even then it would require the basement club to secure what would be only a second league win against Manchester United Old Trafford in 34 years.

The leading candidate to attempt to restore the club to the top flight at the first attempt next season is thought to be former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson, who has experience in both winning promotion and surviving a relegation battle with the Foxes.

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