Caretaker boss Eric Black has revealed the depth of the problems at Aston Villa by admitting there has been no “enjoyment” in the role.
The Scot was promoted from his coaching role at Villa Park to replace the sacked Remi Garde but it has been a torrid time for the club with relegation confirmed earlier this month and the side on a 10-game losing streak.
Black has also had to deal with off-the-field controversies involving striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, who stepped down as captain and apologised on Thursday after the club investigated several incidents where he was pictured allegedly inhaling ‘laughing gas’ on holiday and then snapped out partying on the same day the drop down to the Championship was confirmed.
Add to this the fact owner Randy Lerner is trying to sell the club and Black admits it has been a miserable ride.
The 52-year-old said: “I’ve got to be honest I don’t think there’s been a lot of enjoyment. I don’t want it to sound like I’m looking for sympathy because I’m not but there’s a lot of negativity around, especially over the last seven or eight weeks and that has made it hard.
“This is not a normal job in football, you’re not working with normal football elements here.
“But the elements are what they are and IÂ’m caretaker manager so I will do what I can to make sure it remains professional and hopefully get a result Saturday (against Watford).”
Black says he is not expecting to stay on as manager beyond the end of the season with Nigel Pearson the hot favourite to be named new boss in the summer.
He added: “I’m taking it on until the last game as far as I know and that will be as far as I go with the team. I was given the remit to work until we have a new manager.”