Southampton midfielder Steven Davis admits he is saddened by Aston Villa’s relegation to the Championship after spending a number of years at the Midlands club, he told Southampton’s official website.
Villa’s relegation was confirmed last week after losing 1-0 at Manchester United, yet their fate was arguably sealed long before that as they sit some 15 points off safety having won just three games all season.
Davis, a former Villa youth product and later a regular first-teamer, admits he is saddened by his former club’s plight and feels they now have a big challenge ahead of them as they bid to bounce back.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club. I was very fortunate to get a good grounding through the youth teams, up into the reserves, and then get my chance in the first-team and it's a club that's obviously very close to my heart,” Davis told Southampton’s official website.
“I spent seven good years there, so I'll always have a soft spot for the club and it's disappointing to see them getting relegated.”
“Obviously, they've never been outside the Premier League before, so it's going to be a challenge for them, but it's a situation they have to deal with and look to bounce back from straight away.”
Villa have a huge task on their hands in rebuilding the club on and off the pitch, yet their immediate thoughts will lie to this weekend where they must show some pride for the visit of Southampton.
Supporters have been very critical of both Randy Lerner and the players of late for a presumed lack of interest, and there will be some Villa players there now playing for their futures at the club.