Presenter Richard Keys asserted that he has been informed that the current atmosphere at Aston Villa is not very pleasurable.
Villa has made a terrible start to the Premier League season, losing three of their first four games. Their next two games are against the top two teams in the standings.
Although Steven Gerrard’s team made five new recruits overall in the second half of the transfer window, it was quieter than the first. Diego Carlos, their most costly acquisition, sustained an injury that will keep him out for some time.
Behind the scenes, however, things changed when Tyrone Mings lost his position as club captain and was replaced by John Mcgnin.
Keys said on his own blog that the captaincy situation was poorly handled and is still a problem at the club because Villa had such a poor start to the season.
“Smile a little, Steven,” he urged. Laugh it off. Get the boys to support you. I’ve been informed it’s not fun working at Villa right now. If players don’t look forward to coming to work, that’s a serious issue.
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What more have I said regarding Mings-gate? Everything was just very pointless. It was handled poorly, and it’s still a problem. I’m worried that it will ultimately be Gerrard’s downfall.
TIF Opinions on Keys’ Remarks
Mings’ loss of the captaincy may have been caused by the addition of Carlos and a probable inability for Mings to start every week, but now that Carlos is injured, it appears to have worked against Gerrard and Mings may now appear more frequently than anticipated.
Given that the English defender has now started twice for Villa this season and that they are presently 16th in the standings after four games, it may be argued that replacing Mings as captain was unnecessary, but largely in retrospect.
Mings’ absence from the starting lineup, however, should not have been a justification for demoting him if he was seen as a role model for others to follow; after all, players like Mikel Arteta have captained their teams throughout their careers while not being regular starters.