Aston Villa have been relegated to the Championship.
Former player Stiliyan Petrov admits he can’t understand why Aston Villa failed to invest in the playing squad last summer when it became apparent they were falling behind, the Birmingham Mail report.
Villa have endured a truly terrible campaign, suffering relegation to the Championship with four games remaining after losing 1-0 to Manchester United at the weekend.
Two managers have been sacked at Villa Park during the season, while supporters have turned on both the club’s owner Randy Lerner as well as the players after some inept performances.
The downward spiral at the club started long before this season, yet Petrov feels the club could have put up a better fight and laments the decision not to invest last summer when it was evidently necessary.
“They saw how (far) behind the other Premiership clubs they are,” Petrov told the Birmingham Mail.
"I will never understand why, in the richest league in the world, when everybody outspends you and outplays you, buying better players, you don’t do the same.”
“If you want to stay there, you need to do the same - and they haven’t done that.”
Villa sold key players such as Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph last summer, while their replacements either lacked Premier League experience or were deemed somewhat over the hill.
The club’s expected relegation rivals such as Bournemouth and Watford spent wisely last summer, and as a result they’ve competed extremely well following their promotion from the Championship.
Villa can’t be accused of not bringing anyone in, yet the quality of their additions has been poor and will only act as a reminder for fellow top-flight sides of what incompetence can lead to.