The fall of Aston Villa


Aston Villa’s 2015-16 season can be described in a single word:disaster.The club was relegated with just only 17 points in their campaign which was the worst in their history even worse than the 1986-87 season where they collected 36 points but still they were relegated and they beat Derby County’s nightmare 2007-08 campaign for only six points.Aston Villa led the Premier League in every worst possible category(scored only 27 goals and a 76 times Brad Guzan had pick the ball from his own net),they had only 3 wins (against Norwich,Crystal Palace and Bournemouth),8 draws and a record of 27 losses (which included a 6-0 trouncing by Liverpool at Villa Park).For the first time in 30 years Aston Villa will be relegated to the EFL Championship,but the decline of Villa started much earlier.In 2006 after Doug Ellis announced the sale of the club to American businessman and Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner,after finishing the 2005-06 season at 14th Lerner announced the hiring of former Leicester and Celtic coach Martin O’Neill in the place of David O’Leary,Villa finished 11th which was an improvement from previous seasons and a sense of optimism surrounded Villa Park.But in the next three season Villa improved greatly and finished three times in a row in sixth place which meant the participation in the UEFA Europa League with O’Neill at helm and with a squad consisted of John Carew,Nigel Reo-Coker,Emile Heskey,James Milner,Ashley Young,Steve Sidwell,Gareth Barry with Thomas Sorensen,Brad Friedel and Brad Guzan being the goalkeepers,the height of the squad was in the 2009-10 season which was last for Martin O’Neill besides the club reached the final of the League Cup for the first time since the 1995-96 season when the last time they won the trophy,however O’Neill resigned from the club in August 2010 due to the unwillingness of the club to spend more money in tranfers.So Villa’s fall began and together with the retirements and departures of key players with constant manager changes and Lerner’s unwillingness to spend more money for transfers and Villa was heading down.In their first post-O’Neill season when Gerard Houllier took over the bench but due to his health problems Gary McAllister had to take over the bench and Villa finished 9th,so Alex McLeish who left city rivals Birmingham City which were relegated at the end of the 2010-11 season besides they won the League Cup was brought to the bench of Aston Villa with strong protests from the fans,meanwhile player-by-player who made O’Neill’s squad left the club.Villa’s 2011-12 campaign was a disaster with the club finishing at 16th with 2 points above the relegation places and that was the first warning sign that if the club doesn’t step up its policy they might be relegated,McLeish was immediately fired after just a single season at Villa and Paul Lambert was hired and again the warning signs continued to show besides that the club and names on its roster like Christian Benteke,Darren Bent,Brett Holman,Charles N’Zogbia,Stiliyan Petrov,Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann which could make a decent finish at the table but under Lambert was fighting for survival.From October to March of the 2012-13 season Villa occupied relegation places and only a strong end of season run in April and May has saved the club from being relegated,while in the next 2013-14 season Villa had a good run in the campaign making a 10th place in January and being at the middle of the table but they have suffered a late season collapse where they went to collect only 4 out of 21 points in the last 7 matches.And a season earlier before this season’s disaster happened Villa suffered two winless months which went from mid-December to late-February which saw them from possibel 33 points only to collect 3 which were two 0-0 with Sunderland and Crystal Palace and a 1-1 draw with Manchester United,Lambert was fired from the job after a 2-0 defeat against Hull City and Tim Sherwood was given the task to save the club from being relegated from the Premier Legue.Villa managed somehow to survive just being three points ahead of Hull who was relegated and even play the FA Cup final against Arsenal which the only bright spot in the season besides they were trounced by Wenger’s side in the final 4-0.But that was the final warning for the club if it doesn’t necessary wake up from the current situation it will face possible relegation from the Premier League.But it didn’t and the 2015-16 season turned into a nightmare.Besides that Aston Villa won its opening match of the season against Bournemouth in the next nine matches it will suffered eight losses with a 2-2 draw against Sunderland and by mid-October Tim Sherwood was fired and Remi Garde was called to step up to save the club from relegation,but this time Villa ran out of luck and under Garde Villa managed two more victories against Palace and Norwich and 6 draws while suffering two 4-0 trouncings by Everton and Manchester City and a 6-0 humiliation at home by Liverpool at matchday 26 and Garde was fired from the club right after Villa’s defeat against Swansea City.By that time it was a way too late to save the club from relegation and while Eric Black led the club until the end of the season while suffering two more 4-0 trouncings by Chelsea and on the last day of the season by Arsenal,Villa has been condemned to relegation from the Premier League in mid-April.Next season Aston Villa will join the likes of Blackburn Rovers,Nottingham Forest and Leeds United in the Championship,however after the Premier League season ended Randy Lerner sold the club for 60 million pounds to Chinese businessman Tony Xia who is the owner of the Recon Group who is in first statement promised to get back the club in the Premier League as soon as possible.Now with a new owner the question is will Villa bounce back in the Premier League at first attempt or it will be stuck in the wilderness for a period of time.

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