Feb 242016

Supporters at Villa Park have endured a horrid campaign that’s seen their once team of European champions fall to winning just three of 26 Premier League games.

Owner Randy Lerner has felt the full brunt of angry fans, accused of not caring for the club and refusing to spend to ensure safety.

Three different managers were at the helm in 2015, and it’s now been left to Remi Garde as overseer of the doomed task to keep Villa in the top flight.

But Ellis, now a life president at Villa, doesn’t blame the Frenchman for the current failures – he insists the players are ultimately at fault.

“In the end, it’s the players that are really responsible,” Ellis told Sky Sports.

“Unfortunately, they’ve not been good enough this season.

“It’s now a certainty that (Aston Villa) will be in the Championship next year.”

Ellis’ hopes for a miracle second half to the season have clearly faded, as Villa sit eight points off safety with just 12 games to go.

Villa were last outside England’s top flight in 1988, but four consecutive seasons finishing in the bottom six appears to have finally taken its toll.

With star players like Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph gone and not properly replaced, Ellis does account Lerner for his part played in the collapse.

He added: “I’m rather sad that the man I sold to hasn’t given more of his time to come and see Aston Villa play. I’d love it (if Lerner came to a home game).”

A trip to Stoke and home game against Everton are up next for Villa following their mini break due to the FA Cup. 

However, a 6-0 defeat at home to Liverpool in their last outing shows confidence among the squad to stay up is also low.

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