Ray Parlour criticises Eric Black's substitutions at Aston Villa

Ray Parlour was in attendance as Aston Villa were beaten 4-2 by Southampton last weekend.

Ray Parlour has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, which was broadcast on TalkSPORT on 27th April, that he was baffled by Eric Black’s decision to take Jordan Ayew off during Aston Villa’s match against Southampton at the weekend.

Ayew was replaced by Rudy Gestede on the hour mark of Villa’s contest with Southampton, and the change caused outrage at Villa Park.

The Ghanian forward had looked the Claret and Blues most dangerous attacking threat for much of the contest, and his withdrawal was greeted with chants of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’.

Parlour was in attendance at the match, and he admits that he also found the decision very strange.

"There were some really strange decisions," Parlour said. "Ayew, he was one of their best players I thought, but they took him off and then the fans started singing ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’. It was really tough."

Black has already stated that he will accept Villa supporters criticisms of his team selections and substitutes.

The Scottish boss has baffled Villa fans with his decisions since taking charge from Remi Garde.

Villa supporters have been calling for their youngsters to be handed some first-team opportunities, but Black has suggested that he would not be willing to play them in such a hostile atmosphere.

Black is only set to be in charge for Villa for another three matches, with the Midlands club already looking to appoint a manager who can help them bounce back from their impending relegation.

Nigel Pearson is one of the favourites to land the job at Villa Park on a permanent basis, and Parlour believes he is the ideal fit.

“He would be good [Pearson], he would be perfect,” the former Arsenal midfielder added.

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