Aston Villa’s 28-year run in England’s top flight football came to a crushing end with their 1-0 defeat to Manchester United. With Villa’s exit, Premier League are now left with only six teams who have played in every season since its inception in 1992.
Villa’s exit is not something which has come as a real shock to us or their fans, it has been coming for a long time now. Had it not been for Christian Benteke’s 18 goals last season, Villains were certain to go down in 2014/15 season itself after a 17th place finish.
Speaking of Benteke, it was a classic example of a clear lack of ambition and poor management at Villa Park. The big Belgian was sold for £32.5million to Liverpool, but the quality brought in to replace him was not even half as good as Benteke.
Sadly that has been the case at Aston Villa for a long time now. It all started with Martin O’Neil walking out of the club amid doubts over club’s ambitions. Randy Lerner was never keen on spending money and all he wanted was to stay in Premier League and cash-in on the TV rights money.
His poor management finally caught on him after The Midlands club are relegated to the Championship. The next big question for the fans is to see how long will their club take in coming straight back to Premier League.
Will they follow West Ham’s lead and return to Premier League the following year or will they drift away like the other big teams like Fulham, Leeds and Portsmouth?
Fulham were relegated in 2013/14 and have failed to be anywhere near a potential return to the Premiership. Cardiff went down in 2013/14, Wigan in 2012/13, Portsmouth in 2010/11 and Leeds last played in Premier League back in 2010/11.
All these clubs like Villa were expected to comeback to Premier League within a year or two, however, Championship is a tough league where a team with very little ambition cannot thrive.
First of all Villa need a new manager who knows the league all too well. Nigel Pearson has been linked to take over the job full time at Villa Park. Other ongoing developments have seen Villa appoint a new football advisor to their board, who will assist them in transfer and other football related activities.
While fans are keen to see the back of Lerner and his team from the club, they may want to wait for another year and see how far they progress or sink further. Pending on that, club should make their next move.
At present, Aston Villa do not look like a team who have got the players capable of leading them back to Premier League action. Club needs a thorough re-building work involving new players, manager and new approach of managing the football club.
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