Former Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman has warned Aston Villa that the Championship is a very unforgiving division, on BBC Radio Five Live programme ‘The Monday Night Club’.
Freedman was recently sacked by Forest, and he has gained a vast amount of experience of managing in the Championship over his managerial career to date.
The former Scotland international now fears for Villa as they had into the Championship, and he has warned them that their reputation will count for nothing.
“It’s an unforgiving division,” Freedman said. “It’s a forward thinking division and everyone wants to get the top. They’re not going to look at Aston Villa and show any sympathy for them.
“You’ve got to go to Rotherham and Preston and show that you’re at a better player and show that mentality. It’s only a certain type of player that can do that.”
Villa have never previously been relegated from the Premier League, so they face a huge reality check next season.
The Claret and Blues will have to adapt to the demands of playing a 46 game season, and changes are already being made to give them a chance at bouncing straight back.
Villa have been woeful this season, and there is a realisation that a number of alterations will need to be made at every level if they are to get back into the top flight.
Villa have not only made changes at boardroom level, but they have also parted company with previous boss Remi Garde, and there is expected to be a mass exodus of players, as they aim to build a squad capable of competing in the second tier.