Wednesday 28 September 2016

Pathetic Villa are an embarrassment to their fans

Michael McCarthy

Published 06/04/2016 | 02:30

'I’ve no idea why people continue to go to Villa Park at the moment. The stands are emptying and there’s constant protests that are having no impact, but I can’t understand why they don’t boycott the team completely.' Photo: Reuters / Darren Staples
'I’ve no idea why people continue to go to Villa Park at the moment. The stands are emptying and there’s constant protests that are having no impact, but I can’t understand why they don’t boycott the team completely.' Photo: Reuters / Darren Staples

Being an Aston Villa fan has always been a bit of a chore. Even the good days were never that good, and mostly, there were mediocre days. In the Premier League's 24-year history, Villa have had the most draws of any team. That says it all.

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Through it all though, there was at least hope. They are one of only seven clubs who've played in each of those 24 seasons.

The way things have been going in the last five years, you knew relegation was inevitable. Hey, maybe it would at least give us an exciting season.

No. Villa decided that their turn to go down would be done in the most banal way possible. They were gone at Christmas.

What has happened since then though is at least worthy of note. The displays in the last couple of months have been nothing short of pathetic and shameful.

The problem obviously comes from the top down. The club have given up. The summer's investment in Sunday League-standard foreign players and past-it English defenders was bad enough, but when faced with the prospect of relegation, they didn't even bother to make one transfer in January.

What does that say to a group of players out of their depth? Then again, they are professional footballers being paid a fortune. Trying is surely the least we can expect.

Anyone who watched their performance against Chelsea last week or Manchester City, Liverpool or countless other games in the past few months couldn't honestly say they thought the team gave everything. If they did, they are a lot worse than we thought they are.

I've no idea why people continue to go to Villa Park at the moment. The stands are emptying and there's constant protests that are having no impact, but I can't understand why they don't boycott the team completely.

When you do nothing to demand the fans' respect or support, why do you continue to receive it?

They may not finish with the lowest points in Premier League history, but it's by far the most inept, pathetic and shameful season I've ever witnessed from a club.

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