Five things Aston Villa got wrong that Newcastle got right
Due to the ever-increasing rivalry between the two sets of supporters these days, the fact both Aston Villa and Newcastle United started their season in the Championship was a big talking amongst their rather sizeable fanbases.
With the Toon effectively relegated at Villa Park twice within the last decade, the fact they were joined by the Midlands giants, who meekly surrendered their Premier League status, provoked much debate.
Largely, the argument centred around just who would win the league title and who exactly had made the best signings to prepare for life in the second tier. Well, how long ago that must feel now for those on Trinity Road.
Currently sat far too close to League One for their liking, the Villans trail Rafa Benitez’s black and white army by a whopping 30 points ahead of their meeting at St. James’ Park. While this season hasn’t been as straightforward for the aforementioned Spaniard as hoped, it’s clear to see the Tyneside titans dealt with their dismal drop down in a much better fashion.
But how exactly did Villa get it so wrong? The levels of investment were largely the same for both clubs and, while Roberto Di Matteo proved to be unconvincing to say the least in the dugout, both men to take charge of the claret and blue army this term have experience in winning promotion.
Considering all this, here are FIVE things Villa got wrong that Newcastle got right.