There’s only so many times you can be asked to remain positive. And judging by the reaction to Tony Xia’s latest rallying tweet, the patience is wearing thin among Aston Villa supporters.
Tuesday’s 3-1 home thumping by Barnsley means that, in just a few weeks and via a debilitating run of five defeats in six games, any play-off pipe dreams have been replaced with a creeping fear of successive relegations.
Villa may still have a seven point cushion between themselves and the bottom three but it appears that the only way is backwards at the moment, the impressive influx of January signings doing little to remedy fundamental problems at the core of the club.
Steve Bruce remains confident that he can get this seemingly sinking ship back on course but his attempts to incur a reaction from his players appears increasingly desperate. And owner Xia’s plea for patience and continued support from the terraces will only fall on deaf ears as Villa fans continue to see £70 million of investment manifest itself in dire, almost spineless performances on a weekly basis.
And, on reflection, it probably wasn’t the best time for Xia to shoehorn the news that he is set to purchase Millennium Films, the Hollywood production company behind shoot-em-up splatter fests Rambo and The Expendables. Although perhaps a little escapism is what the Villa supporters need right now.