Aston Villa's players haven't had much to smile about this season.
And if any of them were hoping they could do away with some of the doom and gloom engulfing Villa Park by celebrating the Player of the Year awards, they had better think again.
Nothing to celebrate
A club spokesman revealed: "The club will not be holding its annual Player of the Year awards at the conclusion of this season.
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"In the current circumstances, we are sure our supporters will understand."
It's probably a wise move considering Villa's boo-boys - that is, the fans who have actually stayed until the end - have targeted nearly all of the players at some point this season.
Indeed, there's an argument that they haven't really had any players worthy of an award this campaign, other than maybe a wooden spoon.
Jordan Ayew and Alan Hutton would have been possible contenders. Jordan Amavi looked promising in the first part of the season, but in a bizarre paradox, he was fortunate to get injured and be ruled out of the rest of Villa's woeful attempt to retain their Premier League status.
They have also been let down, on and off the pitch, by some of their more high-profile players. Joleon Lescott tweeted a picture of a sports car just hours after losing 6-0 to Liverpool, with fans slamming his lack of passion and fight.
Gabriel Agbonlahor, meanwhile, was recently banned for smoking shisha on holiday in Dubai.
While not mathematically relegated, their goal difference means they were effectively down after their latest defeat, a 2-1 loss at home to Bournemouth.
Fans might well have thought the club were joking had they been to announce a ceremony to mark special achievements this season.
However, while some will have been pleased to see the event cancelled, it's also another sign of the defeatist attitude which is partly responsible for landing them in this position in the first place.
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