Eric Black gives his opinion on Aston Villa fans' protests

Aston Villa were beaten 4-2 by Southampton in their most recent home match.

Eric Black has told BBC Sport that he has no problems with the atmosphere that Aston Villa fans created during his side’s match against Southampton yesterday.

Villa fans walked out of the stadium on 74 minutes, and they also held cards aloft reading ‘Proud History, What Future?’

Their protests were not just visible, but audible too, with the atmosphere becoming more and more toxic as Southampton racked up the goals.

The Saints won the match 4-2, and every time Ronald Koeman’s side struck jeers could be heard around the ground.

However, Black insists that he has no problems with Villa supporters venting their frustrations - even though he says that the atmosphere was not one which suited his team.

“The fans are entitled to vent their displeasure,” the caretaker boss said. “It’s not an ideal atmosphere, but it’s understandable, given the circumstances. We have to continue to be professional.”

Villa’s defeat to Southampton leaves Black still looking for his first victory since taking over from Remi Garde.

The Midlands side have endured a miserable campaign, and their full focus is now on bouncing back from their impending relegation next year.

Villa are on the hunt for their next permanent manager, with Nigel Pearson and David Moyes considered to be amongst the favourites to get the job by the bookies.

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