Anfield

Next Game

Liverpool v West Brom

Saturday, 04 October 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

The Hawthorns

Last Game

West Brom 4 - 0 Burnley

Sunday, 28 September 2014, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Foster shock at Villa plight

West Brom keeper Ben Foster says it is "unthinkable" that Aston Villa could be relegated from the Premier League this season.

Last Updated: 17/01/13 at 16:20 Post Comment

Ben Foster: Shocked by Villa plight

Ben Foster: Shocked by Villa plight

Villa, who dropped into the bottom three last weekend following a run that has seen them collect just one point from five matches, travel to the Hawthorns to face the Baggies on Saturday.

When asked about the prospect of Albion's midlands rivals dropping out of the top-flight, Foster said: "It would be incredible.

"Just driving down the motorway, you see the big stadium alongside and to think they could be playing Championship football is just unthinkable. If you'd said that three or four years ago, you wouldn't have believed it. But times change."

In 2010, under Martin O'Neill, Villa finished sixth in the Premier League and six points off qualifying for the Champions League but since then they have sold a number of experienced players and are now looking to build a side around a crop of youngsters under the management of Paul Lambert.

"If you look at where they have been in the past, they have not only been top dogs in the midlands but a very big team," added Foster.

"Look back only four years ago or so, they had the likes of James Milner, Ashley Young and Gareth Barry, they were beating the top teams regularly and finishing in the top six season in, season out.

"It's a bit of a fall from grace. Times change. With the state of the economy, clubs have had to tighten up and you can notice it around Villa quite a lot to be honest.

"I'm sure in two, three, four years time, they (the young players) will all be fantastic, doing great jobs in the Premier League. But for now, it's tough for them. The inexperience really does show. It's hard for them at the minute."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

ndros f***ing Townsend, really Roy? ...was also by first thought. Followed closely by where have all the defenders gone? , and Jesus, that midfield looks weak .

al4monkey
England call-up for Clyne

T

he 'where does it end' argument is an absurd one and completely misses the point of the Rooney Rule, which applies to all minorities. It doesn't force any team to appoint anyone, it merely requires them to interview at least one minority candidate.

foreverlostsoul
No Good Reason Not To Try The Rooney Rule

Y

ou make a lot of good points, but I still find myself instinctively against anything that makes it easier for Paul Ince to get managerial roles

stevenjameshyde
No Good Reason Not To Try The Rooney Rule

Footer 365

European Qualifiers: No Sturridge rift with Liverpool, says England boss Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson insists there is no dispute with Liverpool after omitting striker Daniel Sturridge from the England squad.

European Qualifiers: Nathaniel Clyne and Jonjo Shelvey in England squad as Daniel Sturridge is omitted

Nathaniel Clyne has been named in England's squad for the European Qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.

Premier League: Liverpool and Daniel Sturridge discussing new contract

Manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Liverpool are in talks with forward Daniel Sturridge over a new contract.

Mail Box

Again, It's Football365 Being Racist...

'The worst piece of ill-informed PC garbage that I've ever read on the interweb' - that's Nick Miller's Rooney Rule column. The rest of the Mailbox is more fun...

Danny, Champion Of Arsenal's World

It's a Mailbox filled with Liverpool glumness, but happiness surrounding Danny, champion of Arsenal's world. Plus, can someone try and teach Balotelli the offside rule?

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property