Thursday 8 December 2016

Aston Villa can avoid Premier League relegation 'by channeling spirit of the US Marines'

Club's US Marines board member General Charles Krulak issues rallying call in effort to help Premier League basements boys survive the drop

Published 06/01/2016 | 17:47

Aston Villa's US Marines board member General Charles Krulak insists the Premier League basements boys can survive the drop - by channeling the spirit of the Gulf War.

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Villa are languishing at the foot of the table, 11 points adrift of safety with seemingly little hope of surviving the drop.

Despite Villa not winning a single match since the opening day of the season, Krulak, who says he is in daily contact with owner Randy Lerner, says they can achieve the improbable.

"I faced way bigger 'losing battles' than this — and won them," the Gulf War and Vietnam War veteran told the Sun.

"You can’t tell me this is impossible. Three wins in a row and we are back in the mix.

 "That’s what Randy believes and what everyone at the Villa believes. The day you don’t believe is the day you quit.

"Let’s just look at Desert Storm. It was 4am and we were standing next to minefields separating Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. There were trenches filled with gas, massive artillery ready to rain down on us and the threat of chemical attack.

"My next in command looked at me and said, ‘How are we gonna get through this?’

"I said, ‘We’re gonna do it, we’re gonna go through this like a knife through butter’.

"It’s easy to give up but you can’t do that. We fought our way through those minefields and the rest is history.

"Never forget that Randy’s father was also in the US Marines and he shares these values, these beliefs."

Villa have picked up just four points in nine games since Remi Garde was brought in to replace former manager Tim Sherwood.

Defeat against fellow relegation rivals Sunderland last weekend left them stuck on just eight points from 20 matches this season, needing four more to surpass Derby County's record low of 11 points set during the 2007/08 season.

Garde's side next travel for a potential banana-skin FA Cup match at Wycombe Wanderers this Saturday before returning to league action to host Crystal Palace and Leicester City the following week.

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