We are going down. That is a certainty and one that I am strangely glad has come now rather than on the last day of the season. That is something that I would not have been able to cope with and I know most Villa fans would feel the same way.
Firstly we are falling out of the top division which we have been in for so long and in which we belong. Not only is the prestige of the league something that will no longer apply to us, but going down this season will also mean we are set to lose out on the massive TV money packages coming in for next year.
With all this doom and gloom surrounding the club, and the awful board situation, it is easy to see us plummeting to depths uncomfortable to comprehend.
We must make sure that we consolidate, regroup and avoid the horrifying prospect of a double relegation.
We have not tasted the regular winning feeling for around five to six years and it is not something we should expect to return the minute we drop down into the Championship.
If there is anything to be said for that league is that it is brutally competitive and any teams not up for the fight will get chewed up and spat out. We cannot let that happen. Too often have our teams looked toothless, desireless and weak. If that remains the case, the prospect of another relegation is something we shouldn’t ignore.
I am not saying it is inevitable by any means, it’s just crucial that we get the transition right. Looking at the board’s behavior recently they have been planning for next year in the Championship already so there really is no excuse if we don’t come out all guns blazing.
The name, Aston Villa, is too big for the Championship and many teams will be intimidated but motivated to diminish us further. We cannot let that happen. Some of the teams coming to Villa Park next year will rarely have played at such big grounds and they will want to prove their point. We cannot let that happen.
Coming straight back up is not something we can expect to happen without a great deal of effort. We need to get the winning feeling back and show the Country that Villa is not dead. There are plenty of people who see us as a joke, well we need to fight back. If we don’t the future really looks bleak