The five biggest villains in Aston Villa’s decline

27 goals and 72 conceded in 37 league games. What an awful season it’s been for Aston Villa.

From the cliches of Tim Sherwood to the January transfer window chaos under Remi Garde, it has been an utter car crash of a season at Aston Villa. Nothing has gone right. New players have failed, stars have left and the management at board level has been as shambolic as that at the banks. It couldn’t be much worse for Villa fans right now, it’s the pits as football goes.

Relegation could really hurt a club like Villa. Fan protests are making it a rather toxic atmosphere at the club, with the resentment towards the ownership making it yet harder for a group of under-performing players to compete in the tense battles of Premier League football.

Everyone needs someone to blame in a time of turmoil, just ask Newcastle fans.

Aston Villa have a fair few to pick from, but here are FIVE of the true pantomime Villains…

Randy Lerner

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The biggest Villain of them all?

Lerner has already faced the full-force of protesting football fans and he is sure to face it again and again. The colour of his money has seldom been seen, his interest in football is limited and he seems to be looking to make money – what’s to like?

Fabian Delph

Fabian Delph

Was he going? Was he staying?

Delph, a Villa Park hero, messed Aston Villa around last summer and he will never be forgiven. Manchester City’s riches looked like they were not enough to tempt Delph for a while, but a dramatic change of heart – and a financial windfall – has hurt his reputation for some time.

The loss of Delph, Christian Benteke and Ron Vlaar in one summer set up this calamity and they never really recovered.

Darren Bent

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent

It seems a bit of a leap back in time to put any blame on Darren Bent, but there is logic to this one.

The former Sunderland striker was bought for an extortionate fee and signed on a long-term, overpaid contract. You could argue it’s not his fault, and it’s not, but fans will surely put a big chunk of the blame at his door.

Massive wages were offered by the club, and he crippled them financially for some time. The squad could be far better off if those wages were been invested elsewhere.

Tim Sherwood

Tim Sherwood

Whether Sherwood had full authority over signings or not, we will never know.

Either way, this 2015/16 mess all begun with the ‘look at my win percentage’ manager and his (?) signings have all fallen far short of what is required. Aside from the odd Sky Sports appearance, Sherwood will face the wrath of Villa Park if he ever returns.

Joleon Lescott

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From oddly-timed car tweets to calamitous defending, Lescott has been a leading culprit in the demise of Villa this season.

Signed to add a bit of experience to the Villans’ defence, Lescott has been a liability for much of the campaign and made some pretty damning comments off the field, too.