Martin Laursen fears Aston Villa relegation and lays the blame at Randy Lerner

The Danish centre-back is upset with the current state of affairs at Villa Park.

Aston Villa have endured a terrible start to the season. After a string of defeats in the Premier League the club removed Tim Sherwood from his position as head coach and replaced him this week with Frenchman Remi Garde.

It has been a poor campaign so far with many a player underperforming and it has left many former players aghast.

One such ex-Villa star is Danish defender Martin Laursen.

Laursen joined Villa in 2004 from AC Milan and soon went on to establish a reputation as one of the most naturally talented defenders to ever play for the club forming a fantastic partnership with fellow Scandinavian Olof Mellberg.

He struggled with knee injuries throughout his career and unfortunately had to retire in 2009 at the age 32.

This week he has been speaking about the current situation at Villa and admitted the club could find themselves relegated, with the blame seemingly laying at Lerner's door. He told BBC World Service's Sportsworld this week:

"It hasn't been good enough this season. But it hasn't been good enough for the last three or our seasons. I think since Martin O'Neill left and Randy Lerner said that he would like to sell the club it's been very hard for Aston Villa. They are struggling big time.

"You need quality players to do well in the Premier League. So obviously Randy Lerner has some responsibility in all this because he hasn't invested enough in the team because he wants to sell the club.

"Obviously, when you sell Benteke and Delph, the two most important players from last season they are going to struggle.

"Yes, big time (Villa could get relegated). I think something big is going to (have to) happen if they are not going to get relegated this year."

In the past Lerner has been tight with his spending but this summer he loosened the coffers slightly. Villa spent plenty of money across the team with plenty of recruits coming in from Ligue 1 - such as Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew.

However the past might just be catching up on Lerner. Lauresen, like many a fan, has simply had enough of the American and is probably hopeful a sale does go through soon.

Whether Villa will be a Premier League team at that point is looking increasingly up in the air.

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