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Game #5342

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Attendance: 75,411

Lost

Premier League

20th (-)

Manchester United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

OId Trafford

Villa lose for the twenty fourth time in thirty four Premier League games. And are relegated for the first time since the disastrous appointment of Billy McNeill in 1986-87 but even that pales into comparison with the current campaign.

Manchester United

1-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Joleon Lescott having led Villa into freefall, captains them to relegation before admitting "relief", Saturday, 16 April 2016.

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿฅ… | 32โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester United), Marcus Rashford
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 65โ€™ Booking, Kieran Richardson
๐Ÿ” | 82โ€™ Sub off, Kieran Richardson, Sub on, Rudy Gestede
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Eric Black loses his third game in charge as caretaker manager and Villa make it nine consecutive defeats, their twenty fifth loss in forty games this season.

As a result Villa are relegated with four to play - the earliest from the Premier League since Portsmouth were relegated with five games to play in 2009-10.

Left back Kieran Richardson made his final appearance for Villa aged 31 before being released in July 2016. Richardson, a ยฃ675,000 signing from Fulham in July 2014 made 41 appearances, 9 as substitute over his two seasons with Villa.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Manchester United

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2012-13

FIXTURE HISTORY

Previous 5 vs. United: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2015-16 |
Matchday | #40 |
League Game | #34 |
Manager Game | #3 |
Saturday, 16 April 2016

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Eric Black (Caretaker) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Bellshill, 2016
Referee: Kevin Friend | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leicester, 2003-2022
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Kevin Friend | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leicester, 2003-2022
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 27 Feb 16, Villa 1-2 Stoke (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Lee Betts, Darren Cann

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Manchester United

None

TEAM NEWS

Alan Hutton replaces Jordan Lyden.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 28.40 |
Oldest Player: CB Joleon Lescott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 33.69 |
Youngest Player: F Jordan Ayew | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 24.61 |

MANAGER

Eric Black | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Caretaker

MANAGER

Louis van Gaal | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Kieran Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ”ด | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Joleon Lescott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Aly Cissokho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Idrissa Gueye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Leandro Bacuna | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ |
W Scott Sinclair | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Jordan Ayew | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ |

Manchester United

GK David De Gea | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Daley Blind | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Marcos Rojo | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Chris Smalling | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Antonio Valencia | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |
M Juan Mata | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Marouane Fellaini | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Morgan Schneiderlin | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Memphis Depay | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Marcus Rashford | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Wayne Rooney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CF Rudy Gestede | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ | for LB Kieran Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 82โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | W Jesse Lingard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for F Wayne Rooney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 67โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Anthony Martial | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for CF Marcus Rashford | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 76โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | RB Timothy Fosu-Mensah | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for M Juan Mata | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | 89โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Micah Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Carlos Sรกnchez | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Jordan Lyden | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Carles Gil | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Sergio Romero | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Paddy McNair | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
RB Matteo Darmian | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
RB Ashley Young (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ34.70m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 5/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ7.65m
Team Cost: ยฃ42.35m
Squad Cost: ยฃ51.53m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/18
Homegrown: 3/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ0.90m |
GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ4.05m |
RB Aly Cissokho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ2.25m |
LB Kieran Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.68m |

CB Joleon Lescott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ1.26m |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Youth |
CB Micah Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

M Idrissa Gueye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ยฃ8.10m |
M Carlos Sรกnchez | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ5.40m |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.25m |
M Leandro Bacuna | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ | ยฃ1.26m |
M Jordan Lyden | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | Youth |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Carles Gil | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ3.78m |
W Scott Sinclair | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.15m |

F Jordan Ayew | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ10.80m |
CF Rudy Gestede | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ | ยฃ7.65m |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ235.63m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 3/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ52.22m
Team Cost: ยฃ287.85m
Squad Cost: ยฃ318.99m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 6/18
Homegrown: 3/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK David De Gea | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ21.62m |
GK Sergio Romero | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |

CB Marcos Rojo | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ17.30m |
CB Chris Smalling | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ6.92m |
CB Paddy McNair | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | Youth |

RB Antonio Valencia | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | ยฃ16.26m |
RB Matteo Darmian | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ15.57m |
RB Ashley Young (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ15.57m |
LB Daley Blind | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ15.14m |
RB Timothy Fosu-Mensah | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ0.33m |

M Juan Mata | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ38.69m |
M Morgan Schneiderlin | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ30.27m |
M Marouane Fellaini | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ28.02m |

W Jesse Lingard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

CF Anthony Martial | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ51.89m |
CF Memphis Depay | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ29.41m |
F Wayne Rooney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ32.00m |
CF Marcus Rashford | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |
LB Jordan Amavi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Libor Kozรกk | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |

Suspension | 1 |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 8 |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bristol City
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Huddersfield
RB Janoi Donacien | ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จ | Newport
F Callum Robinson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Preston
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Forest
LB Joe Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wednesday
FB Josรฉ รngel Crespo | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Vallecano
F Jerell Sellars | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wycombe

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

LB Kieran Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 35%
Possession A | 65%
Shots F | 4
Shots A | 6
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 14
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 9

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œItโ€™s a mood of disappointment. What I will say is today I thought [the Villa players] were outstanding - energy levels, desire to stick to the plan.

โ€œBut for some misfortune, I thought we could have got a draw. I know there has been criticism - some of it deserved - but today they showed there was some pride for the shirt.

โ€œThere are players in there capable of playing in the Championship. People in certain places will make sure that Villa will come back, Iโ€™m confident of that. That process has to start now.โ€

Eric Black, Saturday, 16 April 2016.

*Sky Sports*
Saturday, 16 April 2016

Aston Villaโ€™s relegation to the Championship has been confirmed after a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashfordโ€™s seventh goal of the season, turning in Antonio Valenciaโ€™s low cross on 32 minutes, proved the winner in Villaโ€™s 24th defeat of the season, which leaves them an insurmountable 15 points short of safety with four games left.

The West Midlands club end their 28-year stay in the top-flight with one of the poorest campaigns from any Premier League side - and they went out with a whimper.

Substitute Rudy Gestede went closest late on when he hit the post from a corner but United should have scored more, with Memphis Depay hitting the post in stoppage time, as Wayne Rooney made his first start in over two months after injury.

Villaโ€™s fate has appeared a foregone conclusion for some time, with the club sitting bottom of the division since November 2 and winning just three games all season, but that will do little to soften the blow to one of Englandโ€™s biggest clubs.

The hosts were buoyed by the return of Rooney, making his first start since February 13 as one of five changes to the side that won at West Ham in midweek, with boss Louis van Gaal mindful of another game against Crystal Palace on Wednesday and an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley next weekend.

Rooney was lively and influential from the start and his side bossed the opening 20 minutes, with Marouane Fellaini and Chris Smalling both heading wide from corners before Juan Mata danced into the area and should have found the target from 12 yards.

At the other end, Jordan Ayew and Kieran Richardson smashed speculative efforts over the bar from distance as Villa struggled to cope with Unitedโ€™s movement, and Valencia found space on the right to pick out Rashford for a well-taken opener.

Villa had a debatable case for a penalty as Ayew was brought down in the box, but got nothing, and the forward continued to be a rare live-wire for the away side, almost finding the net on the stroke of half-time when a close-range shot was blocked by Smalling.

United then had their own shout fora penalty when Rashford was brought down by Alan Hutton, but got nothing either, before the young striker got up and was put through by Mata to flash a shot wide of the near post.

Depay and Daley Blind flashed excellent crosses in front of the Villa goal as United hunted for a second, but they were fortunate not to draw the game after Gestede emerged from the bench to cause problems.

The goal was gaping as the forward tried to turn home Ayewโ€™s cut back, but his shot was blocked, before he volleyed against the upright with six minutes left.

But Villa had to win to have any hope of embarking on a great escape and, as they have done for most of the season, they fell short of what is required to win a Premier League football match.
---
*The Guardian*
Saturday, 16 April 2016

*Aston Villa fans fury over Joleon Lescottโ€™s โ€˜relegation a reliefโ€™ comment*

Joleon Lescott has provoked yet more anger from Villa fans after describing their relegation from the Premier League as a relief โ€“ calling it โ€œa weight off the shouldersโ€ for the players.

Villaโ€™s fate was finally confirmed by their ninth successive defeat, 1-0 at Manchester United, in a game marked by more fan protests against the team and the board.

When the caretaker manager, Eric Black, urged the Villa players to acknowledge the travelling supporters at the end, only a handful did so.

Lescott โ€“ who has been at the centre of several of the clubโ€™s most awkward off-field headlines this season โ€“ then caused another online backlash with comments he made after the final whistle.

โ€œWe knew before the game what we had to do but coming to Old Trafford is never easy, no matter what situation youโ€™re in,โ€ he told the BBC. โ€œWe showed a level of pride that thereโ€™s probably not been enough of throughout the season.

โ€œItโ€™s about results so regardless of how we played in patches today we are relegated โ€ฆ But now itโ€™s confirmed maybe itโ€™s a weight off the shoulders and we can give these fans what they deserve, some performances.

โ€œThroughout the season we have given reasons for people to jump on us. Itโ€™s part of football, we have to take that on the chin. Itโ€™s a tough time at the minute. But at the back of our minds is next season to get promoted. Iโ€™m here for as long as Aston Villa want me.โ€

During the match Villa fans had chanted โ€œJoleon Lescott: heโ€™s got a new carโ€ โ€“ a reference to one of the moments that seemed to sum up the fractured relationship between supporters and players this season.

Lescott had claimed in February that a tweet he sent in the wake of Villaโ€™s humiliating 6-0 defeat by Liverpool, which contained just a picture of a ยฃ125,000 sports car was sent in error while the phone was in his pocket. He apologised both for the tweet and for what he called โ€œmine and teamโ€™s lack of commitment for the 90 minutesโ€.

That came a month after Lescott and the goalkeeper Brad Guzan had clashed verbally with their own fans during a 1-1 FA Cup third round draw at Wycombe.

Addressing the media at Old Trafford, Black tried to build bridges โ€“ but with the club captain, Gabby Agbonlahor, again dropped, this time accused of โ€œnot training properlyโ€, he admitted repairing the damage would take time.

โ€œI am humbled by our support. We had 32,000 at our last game even though they have seen us win at home about 18 times in the last four years.

โ€œAll I have tried to do in the short time I have been at the club is take small steps forward to offer the supporters some encouragement.

โ€œI understand that there is a disconnect between the team and the fans at the moment and thatโ€™s what we need to work on, because supporters donโ€™t want to be attacking their team. It is a massive transformation you have to make.

โ€œYou will need to move some players on and find you are unable to, and you will lose some of the players you want to keep. The rebuild has to start right now.โ€