This mess has been coming: the past few seasons have led to this sorry situation and the powers that be at Aston Villa Football Club have made our club a laughing stock. Aston Villa season ticket holders have forked out hundreds of pounds and are yet to see an Aston Villa win at Villa Park. Meanwhile, Tom Fox has waffled about false narratives whilst Randy Lerner has broken several promises.

Once upon a time, teams feared playing Aston Villa. However, in recent times we have become the gift that keeps on giving and the fear factor has long gone. Our players used to have a collective mentality that gave them confidence that they would score more than the opposition. We use to be able to defend robustly. Now look at us…

At the start of the season, fans were filled with optimism, we had a manager who oozed confidence, who took full responsibility for the summer signings and who wanted to take the plaudits if they were successful. Oh, how times have changed…

We have been stuck in a rut, whoever is manager, whatever combination of players is fielded, we have not been able to buy home wins. Managers have spoken highly of Villa Park but were not able to make it a “fortress” as they suggested that they intended to.

Jordan Ayew, Jordan Veretout and Micah Richards are arguably the only Villa players who have shown heart and desire. We have a winger who frightens defenders but who makes only fleeting cameo appearances. Adama Traoré burst into life in his Premier League début against Crystal Palace but has not had a consistent spell in the first team, having to settle for a bit part in this season of struggle. Instead, we have to deal with Scott Sinclair, who has recently taken to disappearing on the pitch. Jack Grealish is a local lad and a player I would want to have involved in a relegation scrap because he is someone who has the club in his heart and that little bit more bite. What has he shown?

We are now the standing joke of English football. We were once footballing giants. Look at this club’s sorry demise. The harsh reality is that the Villans do not warrant a place in the Premier League, having only won once in eighteen games. Unless January proves to be a month of miracles, it looks like this is the season in which the Villans will surrender their top flight status.


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