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Steve McClaren believes Aston Villa need to shift more players to be successful

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren

The former Newcastle United boss believes Villa need to cut off some deadwood.

Newcastle manager Steve McClarenEx-Newcastle manager Steve McClaren

Aston Villa and Newcastle United’s bid to earn immediate promotion back to the Premier League certainly did not get off to the best of starts in the opening weekend of the Championship season.

Both teams lost their opening games 1-0 and are now looking to find better form in their second match.

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo looks dejected at the end of the matchAston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo looks dejected at the end of the match

Most pre-season predictions had Newcastle to win promotion whilst Aston Villa were still heavily doubted by many, mainly due to their awful campaign last term.

In the week they were defeated to Luton Town in EFL Cup to add to Villa’s misery.

For former Newcastle boss Steve McClaren, who essentially guided the Toon to relegation last term, one thing Villa need to do is get rid of more players that took the club down.

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di MatteoAston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ yesterday (11/08/16) he stated:

“Sometimes it is not about what you bring in it is actually about what you take out of the club, what you get rid of.

“I think what he (Roberto Di Matteo) is doing, and is learning very quickly, that there are a few more players he needs to get out.

“It’s a bit like Newcastle. They’ve lost 15 players from last season and brought in eight.

“You need that type of turnaround if you are to make an impact in the Championship.”

Aston Villa fans hold up a banner directed at Joleon LescottAston Villa fans hold up a banner directed at Joleon Lescott

Villa have seen plenty of their players depart this summer but some would suggest many of the problem players remain at Villa Park.

Villa are currently trying to bring in more talent, but perhaps McClaren is right – and the likes of Joleon Lescott, Leandro Bacuna and Jores Okore need to be moved on as Villa aim to banish some ghosts.

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