The former Villa striker has been discussing the future of his first team.
The poor campaign has come under several years of decline and now the club are looking to turn things around.
When Darius Vassell left the club for Manchester City in 2005 the club had just finished 10th under the guidance of David O’Leary.
Now the club have been relegated and Vassell, who began his career at Villa and was there for nine years, is gutted to see their demise.
Speaking to Transfermarkt this week the 35-year-old had this to say about his former club:
“Villa is close to my heart and it is unacceptable that the club stays in this position, which they are currently in. Villa in the Championship is simply unheard of, but at the same time with the results of this season there was no other conclusion.
“Basically Aston Villa is a Premier League team and it is very sad that the team has been relegated.”
Vassell, who retired after a long-term battle against a knee injury in January this year, certainly seems to echo the sentiments of most former Villa players that have discussed the way in which Villa have fallen down the league table in recent times.
But the former Villa man is hopeful that some changes to the club can help them return to the Premier League:
“The start of the new season brings new and fresh beginnings.
“The team is on the search for a coach and have to clean the board.
“But for the fans, they have to return to the Premier League again.”
Villa are currently looking for a new manager after sacking Remi Garde and if they get that decision, along with their recruitment, right then Aston Villa might just make an immediate return to the Premier League.