Aston Villa cannot feel “hard done by” if the season is now finished and they were relegated from the Premier League.
That is according to ex-Leeds United and Coventry City forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as he claimed Dean Smith’s side deserve to go down in the scenario where the current standings are seen as final.
The outbreak of coronavirus across the world has seen football come to a halt with the Premier League suspending all action until April 4 – at the earliest.
Aston Villa Football Club can confirm that tomorrow’s fixture with Chelsea has been postponed in line with the Premier League’s decision to suspend all fixtures until April 4.#AVFC
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) March 13, 2020
Sky Sports reported a senior Premier League source believes there is a 75% chance the season will not be completed.
When asked how an uncompleted fixture schedule could impact the Claret and Blues, Whelan told Football Insider: “They have got a game in hand. If the season finished now would they manage to finish their last game? There are all kinds of scenarios.
“One thing is, they have not been good enough this season. There is no hiding behind that and the players cannot hide behind that and say they are unlucky. Sometimes you make your own luck in football. You cannot say that they have been hard done by. They are down there for a reason and that is because they have not been good enough.
“Dean Smith will be working, trying to iron that out because right now the next 10 games for Aston Villa are critical for their survival.”
Villa are currently in 19th position in the Premier League, two points adrift of safety with a game in hand.
Football clubs around Europe are eagerly anticipating a decision from UEFA that could see this summer’s Euros suspended to accommodate for the domestic leagues to be completed.
In other Aston Villa news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider he is ‘certain’ Liverpool will move to sign star man.