Eric Black sorry for Aston Villa cutbacks

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Up to 500 people will reportedly lose their jobs at the club.

Quoted by Eurosport, caretaker manager Eric Black has explained that cutbacks to staff members at relegated Aston Villa have made their decline much harder to stomach.

The Villans' miserable Premier League season - which has yielded just three victories all season long - is having a knock-on effect for staff, 500 of which will be made redundant by their relegation to the Championship according to The Mail.

The human element of their on-the-pitch crisis has certainly come into play, and Black claims that the players also have a heavy heart for those set to lose their jobs.

"On Monday, a lot of people around and close to the first team were told that they might not be in employment," he said via Eurosport. "So that's had a real personal affect on everybody around and about the club - and at the training ground especially.

"I'm not saying we should have any sympathy with the players in any shape or form, but one or two have said to me how difficult this has become for some people at the club.

"Now the human element has kicked in and it makes the experience a lot harder to stomach."

Plain and simple, Villa haven't been good enough, and few would be surprised to see them lose again today as they visit Watford.

It's been a season which has yielded 25 defeats and two managers after Remi Garde and Tim Sherwood both lost their jobs, and their must not be a Villa fan around who isn't happy that the campaign is nearing its end.

Upon returning from Vicarage Road, there will be just two games left - a visit of Newcastle United and a trip to Arsenal on the final day.

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