Aston Villa have opted to cancel their annual Player of the Year awards as given their plight this season, it would arguably only further anger their supporters.
The club has endured a miserable season this year, as they sit bottom of the Premier League table with five games to go and their fate is likely to be sealed this weekend.
Having won just three of their 33 games this season, accumulating 16 points in total which leaves them 15 points adrift of safety, it has been a campaign to forget for the club in general with none of their players doing anything to particularly warrant an award.
In turn, with the Championship awaiting their arrival next season, the club have confirmed that they have cancelled their awards ceremony in order to avoid further scrutiny.
“The club will not be holding its annual Player of the Year awards at the conclusion of this season. In the current circumstances, we are sure our supporters will understand,” an official spokesman said, as reported by Sky Sports.
Villa will look to appoint their third manager in the space of a year in the coming months, with both Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde parting company with the club following a disastrous run of results.
The next appointment will be absolutely crucial for them, as they will need a manager with experience of working in the Championship and who is capable of ensuring that they make a swift return to the top flight.
Based on the performances of the players currently in the squad, he may well need to be busy in the summer transfer market, although there is an argument that the next boss will struggle to shift many of the individuals at his disposal.
Should Norwich avoid defeat at Sunderland in the early kick off on Saturday, Villa’s fate will be sealed and they can then start the process of planning a rebuild.