Post-relegation farce at Aston Villa gives worrying preview of what's to come

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Aston Villa's relegation from the Premier League was finally realised on Saturday following a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.

It was an extremely low point in the club's history yet an embarrassing series of events since their confirmed fate has only worsened their situation and brought into question whether the Villains will survive the Championship.

It all began when Joleon Lescott regarded his side's relegation as "a weight off our shoulders", claiming that "we can give these fans what they deserve - some performances". The 33-year-old has since been vilified by supporters and the media.


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Such comments only added fuel to the flames after he infamously - and 'accidentally' - tweeted a picture of a Mercedes Benz following Villa's 6-0 defeat to Liverpool in February.

Matters took another turn for the worse on Monday night when pictures emerged of the much-maligned Gabriel Agbonhalor partying with laughing gas canisters in London following their defeat on Saturday. The former captain has since been suspended.

Such behaviour by the club's senior players will raise serious concern amongst fans, who now face having to watch their team battle for promotion back into the Premier League from the Championship.

What's clear is wholescale changes are needed at Villa Park. The undeserving likes of Lescott and Agbonlahor must be sold whilst an owner more capable than Randy Lerner is needed to steer the club forwards and spend wisely on new recruits.

The bad news continued yesterday afternoon, though, with two of the club's directors - Mervyn King and David Bernstein - leaving after only arriving in February.

All this has resulted in Aston Villa Football Club being put up for sale, further throwing their future into doubt. The damage has well and truly been done to a once great side, so much so that unless competent owners arrive, there is a genuine risk of relegation to League One next campaign.

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Micah Richards
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