Former Liverpool midfielder-turned-pundit Jamie Redknapp has suggested that Aston Villa have made one of the signing of the Championship season in the form of skipper John Terry. The former England international returned from a foot injury at the turn of the year, and he has been crucial to their drive to secure top-flight promotion.
Despite a slow start to the season, the Villains find themselves right in the mix for an automatic promotion bid, and Redknapp, speaking to The Mail, believes Terry has been the key influence behind the club’s successful run, he said: "Aston Villa invested in Terry, now 37, by taking on his wages and if they get promoted to the Premier League, he will have been worth every penny. What you don’t see is the influence he has in that dressing room. A bad atmosphere can set in but it only takes one or two lads like JT and that can soon change. Villa are third in the Championship and their new leader can go down as one of the signings of the season."
Aston Villa’s first season in the Championship for 30 years did not go to plan for the Midlands outfit, finishing in the bottom half of the table. Under the ownership of Tony Xia, the Villans invested heavily in the transfer market, turning over the squad that was relegated from the Premier League with a pitiful haul of 17 points in the previous campaign.
Despite an outlay of over £80m, the club were unable to even threaten an immediate return to the top flight. Roberto Di Matteo lasted only two months as manager before he was replaced by former Birmingham boss Steve Bruce following their club’s dreadful start.
Aston Villa fans have not had much to cheer about over the last 18 months, however, the appointment of Steve Bruce as manager of the club has already brought optimism around Villa Park. Bruce has been in charge of the club for three games so far and has been able to bring two wins and a draw from those three fixtures.
His first game in charge was a home derby against Wolves. Villa showed plenty of fight in that tie. They were outplayed by a very good Wolves team at times but Bruce’s men were able to stay in the game and showed the character needed to come away with a well-earned point.
For the first time in the history of Aston Villa, they have been relegated from the Premier League and will now have to compete in the English League Championship.
After having gone through such a disastrous season, a lot of changes have been happening and the biggest change was the takeover as the Chinese businessman Tony Jiantong Xia acquired Aston Villa for a price tag of £60m.
The new owner of Aston Villa has recently stated what he is planning to do with the English club as Xia said: "The most critical thing now is to get the right manager. We need a really good coach who knows how to play in the Championship. It's even harder than the Premiership. We need to figure out how to reorganize the team.''
Remi Garde became the manager of Aston Villa back on November of 2015 as he replaced Tim Sherwood but even though the French coach has only been in charge of the Premier League club for around 4 months, he is already on the brink of getting removed from his managerial position at Villa Park.
Aston Villa’s latest result saw them losing against Swansea City with a final scoreboard of 1-0 in favour of the home team and this is the 6th successive defeat for the team of Remi Garde as they continue to struggle trying to secure triumphs on a consistent basis.
Aston Villa were given the humiliation of having to go through the replay in order to beat League Two outfit Wycombe Wanderers in the third round of the FA Cup.
Even going out and creating a major shock would have been better for the Premier League team, who appear to be going downhill with every week. Frenchman Remi Garde was brought in as the replacement for Tim Sherwood, but his arrival has done little to improve performances.Garde has tried various managerial techniques in order to get his team going but in vain. He recently lashed out at his players after the 2-0 win against Wycombe.
The season is almost approaching midway, but Aston Villa have managed only one win in the league so far.
This disastrous form sees them already cut off from the 19th placed team in the Premier League – Sunderland. Remi Garde was brought into improved results, but almost no positivity has been experienced by the team since he replaced Tim Sherwood in November. It remains to be seen if any arrivals in January will help the team. For the time being, the manager has to place his belief on the existing group of players. One of the promising names in the squad is Ghana star Jordan Ayew.
Aston Villa received a major boost with the news that captain and midfielder Fabian Delph was snubbing the offer from Manchester City to stay at Villa Park.
The England international has been linked with a move to City for around £ 8 million – the release clause in his contract. Delph only signed a new contract only back in January and he stated that he was going to be part of the club for a long time. However, there were rumours that the midfielder was undergoing a medical at City after the Manchester outfit activated the release clause. This rumour appears to have had some truth.
During the previous season of the Premier League, Aston Villa managed to avoid getting relegated as they had an advantage of 5 points which kept the team of Paul Lambert safe.
The manager of Aston Villa believes that this season should be easier to avoid being pitted in the bottom spots of the Premier League if his squad continue performing in the way that they have been doing up until now.
Aston Villa has claimed victories against Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Liverpool, Stoke City and Hull City which has helped the club in maintaining a fairly comfortable spot in the middle section of the Premier League standings.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has claimed that the club will be undergoing a major rebuilding work in the summer, but he is aware that it will definitely not be easy. The former Norwich manager has come under intense pressure after two successive years of poor form. Aston Villa have only narrowly managed to avoid relegation at both these campaigns, which have led to calls for the manager to be sacked. However, a more important situation arose towards the end of the season after owner Randy Lerner confirmed that he was putting the club up for sale.