'Can't believe it would ever happen' - Exclusive: Hutton reacts to possible Villa relegation
Alan Hutton has shot down any suggestion that Aston Villa could be relegated from the Premier League if the season is unable to be completed.
The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says there is “no way” he can see clubs dropping out the division amid the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Senior Villa figure Jesus Garcia Pitarch has said the Premier League should scrap relegation this season, although the Villans have issued a statement insisting his views do not represent the club.
Hutton believes there is no chance the division will finish as it stands at present, insisting that the players will not be too concerned about the situation.
Hutton told Football Insider: “From a Villa point of view, if they were to finish the league right now, they’ve got a game in hand that could take them out of the relegation zone. Is that not fair?
“There’s a whole amount of stipulations involved. It’s going to be difficult to sort out but they’re going to have to come up with something.
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“You obviously believe in the process and everybody will be done fairly, I’m sure they will. I don’t believe for one minute that they can stop it now and relegate teams, I can’t believe it would ever happen.
“I believe they would come to some sort of arrangement to finish the league. As a player, I don’t really think you worry about that at this stage. There is no way I can see it staying the way it is and teams being relegated. There would be an outcry if that happens.”
Villa currently sit second from bottom in the league, two points behind Bournemouth, Watford and West Ham.
In other Aston Villa news, Kevin Phillips has tipped one Villan to make the move to a Premier League giant.