By Harry Sykes

Stan Collymore labelled Joleon Lescott a “tit” after the Aston Villa defender labelled relegation from the Premier League as “a weight off the shoulders”.

The broadcaster and former Villa striker, who is a boyhood fan of the club, appeared to be incensed by Lescott’s comments in the wake of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.

With four matches of their Premier League season remaining, it confirmed Villa’s relegation from the top flight for the first time in 29 years.

The Midlands club have accumulated a mere 16 points this season in what has been widely regarded as one of the worst Premier League campaigns since the competition began in 1992.

Lescott gave an interview after the match and Collymore took to Twitter to quote the former England international, before adding a derogatory comment.

The 33-year-old centre-back had urged his team to give their all in their final four matches of the season after suffering the heartache of relegation.

“It’s massive,” said Lescott, as quoted by the BBC Sport website. “The Premier League is where everyone wants to be, every player and every fan. Today is a disappointing day. As a fan myself I’d like to take some of that responsibility. We have four games left, I know it won’t keep us in the league but we still owe the fans a lot.”

Lescott and Collymore had a public spat in February following Villa’s 6-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Lescott called the broadcaster “a complete tool” after Collymore criticised the defender for posting an Instagram image of a luxury car in the wake of the humiliating loss.

In other Aston Villa news, the club have stepped up plans to identify a new manager.