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Where has it gone wrong for Aston Villa?

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Aston Villa are one of the oldest and most successful English football clubs, achieving something only four other English sides have achieved - winning the Champions League/European Cup.

They have won seven first division titles, as well as seven FA Cups, and participated in every Premier League season to date.

But following a season of dire results and even worse performances, the Villains have been relegated for the very first time.

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So why and where has it all gone so wrong for a club with such a rich history, and with such a successful past? Here are three possible reasons behind their relegation to the Championship.

Lack of Firepower

One of their biggest problems has been the sheer lack of goals. Jordan Ayew is their top scorer with just seven goals. The fact Micah Richards, who is not exactly well known for his goal scoring, is in the top four says it all about their struggles finding the net.

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They have scored just 27 goals all season with half of those coming from Ayew and Rudy Gestede. Scott Sinclair has scored an okay six goals, but the rest of the midfield have largely failed to chip in.

With Ayew impressing despite featuring in a struggling side, it is likely he will move on in the summer.

Whether Gestede will too is unclear. He shone in the Championship with Blackburn Rovers so has experience at that level, but Villa will need to find a frontman who can score lots more than they have done this season.

Poor Signings

Ayew has been the only signing who has made any real impact this season. Remi Garde mostly raided the French market for young, hungry talent, but they have failed to deliver.

Jordan Veretout scored seven goals last season at Nantes, and while he has registered six assists at Villa, he has failed to even score once. He's not been the dynamic playmaker the Midlands club needed to galvanise their season.

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Another Jordan has not adapted well either - Jordan Amavi, was also a highly rated signing from France - he joined from Nice for a reported fee of £9 million. That has been a colossal waste of money - with Amavi only making nine starts this season as he has struggled with injuries and form.

But perhaps the biggest disappointment of all has been the form of Barcelona starlet Adama Traore. He joined on loan from the Spanish giants with the intention of getting first team football.

For whatever reason, that hasn't happened as Traore has failed to start a single league game. In fact, he has barely left the bench and has made little impact when he has done so.

Villa will need to make shrewd signings in the Championship, likely on a smaller budget, and hope for better success than this season.

Lack of Leaders

Remi Garde failed to motivate his players, and they have looked disjointed and unsettled, particularly in defence. Micah Richards was signed and immediately made captain but he has played his part in some calamitous defending this season.

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Long-serving players like Gabby Agbonlahor and Alan Hutton have seemingly not been able to use their experience and influence to benefit the team and steer them to safety.

Villa will need a strong, reliable captain who can be trusted next season as well as a squad of players fully committed to the cause.

Who they decide to appoint as manager next will be an interesting decision, with David Moyes, Nigel Pearson, Neil Lennon and Quique Sanches Flores among the managers available.

Whoever it is will have a tough task ahead to guide Villa back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

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