first_imgEuropean Cup-winning former Aston Villa captain Dennis Mortimer laid into the club’s flops following their worst home defeat for 81 years as Liverpool smashed them 6-0 in the Premier League.Sunday’s thumping at Villa Park leaves the midlands side rock bottom of the top flight trable and eight points from safety. Mortimer captained Villa to European glory in 1982 and also became their first skipper for 71 years to lift the First Division trophy in the previous season.But things are not as they once were at Villa Park, with the club now plummeting towards the Championship, and former midfielder Mortimer – who played more than 400 games for the club – slammed the under-performing players.“There is a Villa side out there who, for me, the effort is not there. The understanding around how to play as a team is not there,” said Mortimer.“It could have been more. I never expected that, I expected maybe 2-0 but 6-0 was a shocking result.“The manager has to get players to appreciate what this club is all about and get on that pitch and put performances in because that was shocking.“Put the right manager in, a guy who understands what the Premier League is all about. Until they get that right they won’t get the right players.“I am disappointed for the fans, this has been coming over the last three seasons.“Sooner or later it had to happen. Players have to accept that performance is not good enough.”Villans manager Remi Garde admitted he felt ‘humiliated’ following the mammoth defeat, and Mortimer insisted the club made a mistake by appointing the Frenchman and should have appointed Nigel Pearson when they sacked Tim Sherwood in October.Garde has won just three times in 18 games in charge after Daniel Sturridge, James Milner, Emre Can, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne and Kolo Toure inflicted Villa’s latest loss.“For me I always felt it should have been Nigel Pearson coming in. I think the ideal person who should have taken this job was Nigel Pearson,” he added.“What he did last year to get [Leicester] up the league, and then they have gone on from there and are now top, it is unbelievable.” Aston Villa manager Remi Garde 1last_img

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