New Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo says his immediate task at the club is to make sure his players have the right frame of mind for a long and tough Championship campaign, the Birmingham Mail reports.
Villa suffered a miserable relegation last term, collecting a measly 17 points with just three wins all season.
A number of players simply either weren’t good enough or didn’t have the right mentality to stay up, and now Villa must make sure they don’t suffer a similar tale in the Championship.
New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conference
Newly-appointed boss Di Matteo highlights the importance of now having the right frame of mind, and the Italian says it is his job to make sure the players head into the season able to compete in every match.
“There is a danger you get relegated and you don’t get into the right frame of mind. You think it is going to be a walk in the park and then you find yourself struggling in the Championship,” he told the Birmingham Mail.
"I think my job will be to get the right mentality into the team, the right personnel who know what the Championship is and what it takes to be competing in the Championship and make sure we compete in every game."
The Villains will be among the early favourites to earn promotion to the top-flight, yet history has shown that not all clubs can immediately adapt to the rigours of Championship football.
Villa will be wary of becoming another Leeds United or Nottingham Forest, therefore Di Matteo will be anxious to work with his players and make sure they have the best shot at getting promoted.
Competition for the top two spots will be tough as Norwich City, Newcastle United, Derby County, Brighton and Hove Albion and Sheffield Wednesday will all feel they have what it takes to challenge.