Kevin Phillips insisted there must be relegation one way or another this season as Christian Purslow revealed the position of Aston Villa on ‘Project Restart’.
The former Claret and Blue, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested relegation-threatened sides are making understandable attempts to prevent relegation due to the money at stake.
The Premier League has proposed completing the season in 8-10 neutral venues but West Ham, Brighton and now Aston Villa are opposed to the idea.
Also hinting that he wouldn't like to see relegation this season:
“The risk of relegation is a £200m catastrophe for any club. Every club has to protect its own financial position.”
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Speaking to talkSPORT, Villa chairman Christian Purslow insisted he could not favour a restart in neutral venues as Dean Smith’s side would lose their home advantage in the relegation fight.
Out of their remaining 10 fixtures, Villa have six home games to play, the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal still to travel to Villa Park this season.
When asked by Football Insider if the Premier League should take relegation off the table if neutral venues have to be used, Phillips said: “Teams have to be relegated.
“This season needs to finish whenever it is safe to do so. Teams need to go down and teams need to come up as if this virus was not here, it is simple.
“I understand people who work for the clubs who are in and around the bottom will want to try and do everything to make sure they do not get relegated.
“There is still a lot of football to be played and survival is won on the pitch, not off it.”
Purslow revealed that the cost of relegation to be £200million even costing in the parachute payments.
The prospect of relegation coupled with behind-closed-doors fixtures for this season and perhaps next would be a potentially catastrophic financial blow to Villa.
In other Aston Villa news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider players should be fined two weeks wages if they refuse to play.