By Harry Sykes

Aston Villa have been struck a huge double blow following the resignation of directors David Bernstein and Sir Mervyn King, according to a report.

Former FA chairman Bernstein and ex Governor of the Bank of England King were two key recent appointments to a new-look Villa board as the club prepared for a major overhaul and life in the Championship next season.

But Times reporter Matt Dickinson claimed on his Twitter account on Monday afternoon that the pair had stepped down from their posts with immediate effect.

Bernstein was quoted by Dickinson as saying: “Issues are fundamental and do not lend themselves to compromise”.

It comes as Villa continue to search for a new manager following confirmation of their relegation on Saturday, when they lost 1-0 at Manchester United.

The manager decision had rested in the hands of Villa’s new football board, which had comprised of Bernstein, Sir Mervyn, Brian Little and Adrian Bevington. Chairman Steve Hollis was then due to submit their recommendation to Randy Lerner, the Villa owner, to rubber-stamp the appointment.

In other Aston Villa news, a £54,000-a-week player is set to pay the price for a wretched campaign.