Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is aware of the financial implications of relegation, but is confident his crop of young players will ensure that scenario is avoided.

The club suffered an increased loss of £54million for the financial year ending May 2011 and going down to the Championship would add significantly to their financial concerns.

But McLeish said: "Has Randy Lerner (club owner) mentioned relegation to you? I think we could all do without it. It doesn't bear thinking about financially so that's why I believe that we'll stay up. We've got big challenges in the next eight games but I believe we have enough in us to get points. We'll try to win as many as we can. Would I take 15th spot now? Probably, absolutely."

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