Devastated: Ian Taylor reacts on Twitter to Aston Villa's relegation

Saturday's 2-1 loss at Manchester United means Villa be playing Championship football next season.

Ian Taylor was one of several former Aston Villa players to take to Twitter on Saturday to express his sorrow over the club’s relegation from the Premier League.

Villa’s 28-year stay in the top-flight officially came to an end yesterday afternoon when they suffered a 1-0 loss at Manchester United to confirm their fate with four games left.

Currently sitting 15 points from safety, the top-flight’s bottom club have taken only three wins and scored a division-low 23 goals amid two managerial departures, while their latest defeat was their 24th of the season and ninth on the bounce.

There is now expected to be widespread change at Villa Park over the summer ahead of their first campaign in the second tier since 1987-88, with the first order of business being to find a permanent successor to Remi Garde.

Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson is currently considered the favourite for the job, and Taylor believes it is fundamental that the new look board get the next appointment right after going through five different managers since Martin O’Neill’s sudden departure in August 2010.

A boyhood Villa fan, Taylor originally joined the Midlands giants from Sheffield Wednesday in June 1994 and went on to make 290 total appearances for the club before being released in the summer of 2003, netting 42 goals in the process.

A firm favourite with the Holte End for his tireless running, the Birmingham-born midfielder’s finest moment in a claret and blue shirt came when he scored in the 1996 League Cup final to help Brian Little’s men secure a 3-0 win over Leeds United.

Now a club ambassador, it’s fair to say that Villa may not be in such a mess currently if they had a few players at their disposal who showed as much passion as he did during his time at B6.

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