It’s been a disastrous time for Aston Villa since they failed to beat Fulham in the play-off final back in May, a result that plunged the club into financial crisis.
Their issues have been well-documented with owner Tony Xia desperately trying to find investment as Villa have struggled to meet payment deadlines.
Further challenges are ahead with the club unable to comply with FFP regulations unless they sell players and it means the star men from Steve Bruce’s squad are sure to be cherry-picked by rivals.
Even though fans know how grave the situation is, they will still expect a competitive Villa side when the season kicks-off and the unpredictable nature of the Championship means anything can happen – as Cardiff showed last season.
However, here we outline four reasons why the West Midlands side won’t be in the promotion shake-up…
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