April 25, 2016

Aston Villa Review: Episode 153 - relegation, resignations and revolting players

It hasn't been an easy week to be an Aston Villa supporter. Since last we spoke, Villa have had their relegation from the Premier League mathematically confirmed, lost two matches and put supporters through one of the worst weeks of recent decades. From Randy Lerner's latest bout of nonsense to the double-resignation from the board that presumably triggered it, it's been a trying few days.

The players are doing their level best to compound the misery. Gabriel Agbonlahor is suspended - again - and now Jores Okore has apparently refused to play for the first time after a spat with caretaker manager Eric Black. We discuss all that in this week's show, which was recorded before Okore took to Twitter with the old "more to it" rubbish that clarifies nothing.

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April 11, 2016

Aston Villa Review: Episode 152 - Bournemouth defeat dooms Villa to relegation

It might not be official but it's really really real for the first time. By losing to AFC Bournemouth on Saturday - their eighth consecutive defeat - Aston Villa condemned themselves to relegation from the Premier League into the Football League Championship. With sloppy goals conceded by a badly selected, incapable and gutless Villa line-up, the Bournemouth game was a fine summary of the season as a whole.

Norwich City's failure to take anything away from Crystal Palace means that Villa are, technically, not yet relegated. Nevertheless, in this week's show Chris and Steve follow up a brief chat about the Bournemouth game and its various curios with a discussion about the realities of the drop. It's over, folks. The game is up.

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April 4, 2016

Aston Villa Review: Episode 151 - Remi Garde and Aston Villa go their separate ways

Aston Villa's heavy home defeat by Chelsea on Saturday leaves them, presumably, one week away from relegation. Like, actual real confirmed 'R' relegation. And yet the nature of the loss was so familiar that it leaves us with very little new to say. Alan Hutton was sent off. Villa can't defend or attack, and they're going down. World keeps turning.

Still, there's plenty going on elsewhere. Alleged striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is under investigation by the club and out of action in the meantime, and there's yet another managerial change underway. As expected, Villa and Remi Garde parted ways last week and Villa's drop will be confirmed while managerless. Who's next?

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