Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes award ceremony not an insult, but club have done smart thing

The Australian predicted the cancellation of the end of season award ceremony before it had happened.

Today has seen Aston Villa bow to common sense and decide to cancel the end of season player of the year event, after asking fans to vote for their player of the season recently.

The club currently sit at the bottom of the Premier League and very few of their players can honestly say they have put in their best performances on a consistent basis throughout the season.

Interestingly, in doing cancelling the awards, they fulfilled the expectation of a former Villa goalkeeper.

Mark Bosnich joined Villa in 1992 from Sydney United and went on to become a top performer at the club before joining Manchester United in 1999.

The Australian, who played over 200 games for Villa, was talking to talkSPORT this morning (13/04/16) about the apparent player of the year awards.

He suggested that the club asking fans to vote for a POTY was not an insult and more likely just an oversight, but did suggest that the awards should be scrapped:

“I don’t think it is an insult to fans. It is obviously something that has happened season in and season out.

“But in view of the way the season has gone and in view of the problems they are having with some of their players a lot of their fans don’t feel they have shown enough pride and care enough.

"I think the smart thing for Aston Villa to do would be to cancel that evening.”

Villa are currently bottom of the Premier League and on the brink of relegation to the Championship – with none of their players truly putting up a fight worthy of recognition.

Common sense has prevailed in this debate but Villa are still going down. They will be hoping for plenty more candidates for the accolade come this time next year.

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