Aston Villa were relegated over the weekend yet this may be an opportunity to build an honorable work ethic and elevate the team back to where it belongs. Villas history may motivate in bringing the club back to winning ways.
Up until Saturday afternoon Aston Villa were one of seven teams to remain in the Premier League since its inception in 1992. Last relegated 29 years ago in a successful era and remarkably 5 years after winning the European Cup, history testifies how present fortunes may be quickly reversed. Recently, Villa have shown longevity and consistency and it may be far from a prolonged exodus before the team again attains success. In April 2015 Villa reached the FA Cup final, an achievement for the club and evidence of real quality in the squad.
Today, the club is in the market for a new manager since the departure of Remi Garde. Eric Black took over the reigns until the end of the season although a long term position is plainly unavailable. A manager with the correct mentality may be essential at this point, a character demanding hard work, loyalty to the club and exemplifying pride. The available Nigel Pearson may fit the bill after an innovative job at Leicester, supporting the club to lay a solid foundation for the future. The unpredictability of having 3 different managers in the last 14 months including Tim Sherwood, Remi Garde and now Eric Black needs to be addressed; a convincing and reliable long term acquisition like Pearson may be what the club needs for future cohesion.
Expanding the numbers of homegrown players for Villa may be imperative and bring back loyalty to the team. Twelve players are considered home grown out of a 25-man squad. Many of these players like Charles N’Zogbia, Jolean Lescott and Kieran Richardson are seen as homegrown although far from originate from the club, focusing on this may be a factor in raising the club. The club may now need loyalty and passion over quality and even foreign players with a genuine passion for the club.
Certain players demonstrating the success of Villa’s academy include Gabriel Agbonlahor, — despite recent form — the 29-year-old born in Birmingham is the leading goal scorer for Villa in the Premier League, has played for England and completed 317 appearances for the club. Youngster Jack Grealish joined the club at 6 years old, a fan of the club the winger is known for his dribbling ability and was Aston Villa Young Player of the Season for 2014-2015. Joining at the age of eleven Ciaran Clark has likewise shown loyalty to the club. Aiming to enjoy promise in the early years of a professional career, Ciaran captained England at under-18, under-19 and under-20 level though still has to cement a fixed position being used as a defender and a midfielder.
The fans of Aston Villa may deserve a medal; attendances have been unimaginable despite the team’s performances this season. The backbone of any team worldwide seems to be a devoted, passionate and faithful fan base, the supporters of the club may be proud of the unwavering efforts in the quest for Premiership survival. The attendances at Villa Park have remained consistent, far from sell outs week in week out, with an average crowd of 33,960 a good core of the support have remained devoted to the team.
Relegated teams which bounce back to the Premier League may have particular qualities. Many teams in this position seem to have the ambition to return and to atone for the previous season and may feel the need to get back as soon as possible. The club may take heart in the fact a fifth of relegated teams are automatically promoted the following season and another fifth are promoted via the play-offs. The future may be bright if Villa ignites the passion for the club seen in the past, if it learns from this season and recruits the right characters to gain promotion back to the Premiership.
How may Aston Villa achieve the consistent quality needed to compete in the Premier League?