It’s safe to say, it’s not been a good year to be an Aston Villa fan.
In fact, the Birmingham-based outfit are amid one of the darkest eras of their history, suffering relegation from the Premier League last season and managing just one league win since plummeting into the Championship.
Earlier this week, that cost Roberto Di Matteo his job. The Villans sacked the Italian on Monday after picking up just 10 points from 11 Championship outings.
And the situation could get even grimmer for Villa after the international break, with Premier League new boys Middlesbrough, Burnley and Hull City already on course to overtake them in the 2016 table.
Indeed, all three are just one win away from leapfrogging Villa, who picked up only nine points and conceded a staggering 30 goals in the second half of last season, after only seven top-flight fixtures.
Even if football operated on the Gregorian calendar, Villa would still be the Premier League’s whipping boys.