Paul McGrath hails Stan Collymore honesty

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The Villans were relegated from the Premier League on Saturday.

Aston Villa legend Paul McGrath has praised the club's former striker Stan Collymore on Twitter recently.

Collymore is well known for his outspoken nature, particularly in regard to the club, and the 45-year-old shared images of a texting row he had with Villa defender Joleon Lescott following their relegation into the Championship on Saturday - after 29 years in the top flight.

It had been a miserable Premier League campaign for the Villans which yielded just three victories and saw two managers - Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde - lose their jobs.

Lescott commented that relegation had been a weight lifted off the shoulders of Villa players in an admission which McGrath - who spent seven years at Villa Park until 1996 - took exception to, calling the former Manchester City centre-back a "slime bag" and a "disgrace".

The pair found common ground in their disapproval of Lescott's attitude, Collymore admits he is humbled to win the approval of the legendary Irishman.

With Villa heading for the Championship, the priority for the board must be to appoint a new manager, with caretaker Eric Black unlikely to pick up the job on a permanent basis. 

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