Aston Villa are looking to make an instant return to the Premier League next season.
New manager Roberto Di Matteo during the press conference
Aston Villa manager Roberto di Matteo has told the Mirror that the hardest thing for his side to overcome next season will be the disappointment of last season.
The Villans are set to compete in the Championship next season after relegation from the Premier League.
It was a disastrous campaign for them in which they managed just three wins in total, went 19 games without a win and sacked two managers.
Aston Villa's Aly Cissokho (L) looks dejected at the end of the match after being relegated from the Premier League
There was turmoil off the pitch too as large sections of the club’s fans continued to protest against former owner Randy Lerner.
That kind of campaign is likely to have taken its toll on the squad, and Di Matteo admits the hardest thing will be overcoming their disappointment.
“We need to tune into the right mental attitude to face the challenge,” he told the Mirror.
“The hardest thing to overcome is going to be the disappointment of last season. I think that has weighed on the players’ minds and we’ve been trying to move on.”
Aston Villa fans protest with banners
It remains to be seen if Villa can be successful in the Championship next season as they seek to make an instant return to the Premier League.
It is not likely to be an easy campaign, with relegated teams having found it tough to go straight back up again the following season over the years.
If they are to do so they will need to have a positive attitude, among other things, and Di Matteo will be hoping he can banish thoughts of last season as soon as possible to aid their cause.
New manager Roberto Di Matteo and New owner Dr Tony Xia pose after the press conference