The Four Year Odyssey: Villa’s Long & Winding Road to Redemption (Part 1)

Saturday 16th April 2016. A painful date etched into the minds of all Villa fans; the day that a solitary Marcus Rashford goal confirmed Aston Villa’s relegation from the top flight for the first time in 28 years leading Joleon Lescott to infamously describe it as a “weight off our shoulders”.

Aston Villa’s captain Joleon Lescott walks from the pitch with teammates as their team is relegated from the English Premier League after being defeated 1-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, April 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Combined with Randy Lerner’s increasingly remote, seemingly apathetic ownership, a succession of failed managers and a scattergun mass recruitment drive of players that never gelled into a team (many of whom have since built successful careers elsewhere) and Villa’s once touted “bright future” looked like a distant, crumbling memory.

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Louie Barry – Villa’s Secret Weapon?

With project restart now in full swing and June 17th being the date for Villa’s first match since our 4-0 loss against Leicester, football will be different with the new circumstances. Behind closed doors, certain games being at neutral venues, 5 substitutes per game, expanding the number of players in the squads? With all these rules yet to be confirmed it’s worth considering how we could use them to our advantage in the fight for survival.

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