Defeat away to Newcastle over the weekend was the latest result in a sequence of very patchy form for Aston Villa.
Having failed to find any sort of real consistency throughout the season to date, boss Alex McLeish is still struggling to win over the sections of the Villa Park faithful who were so vehemently against his appointment in the summer.
Bearing this in mind, it is somewhat surprising to see odds of 14/1 still available for McLeish to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post.
In fairness to the former Birmingham chief, his Villa charges were well worth at least a point at St. James’s Park, but a Twitter outburst from Charles N’Zogbia in the aftermath of the game was the latest in a series of disciplinary troubles to plague the Villains this campaign.
N’Zogbia, McLeish’s most notable summer signing at £9.5m, was widely coveted by ‘Big Eck’ prior to his switch from Wigan, but he has failed to produce anything like the form that made his manager so desperate to sign him as of yet.
And after being withdrawn just after the hour mark yesterday, the Frenchman tweeted, “For the first time in my life I’m not happy playing football.”
Later removed from his account, the admission from N’Zogbia will worry Villa fans who have already seen the winger fined by their manager earlier in the season for a ‘breach of club discipline’.
This latest row is the last thing McLeish needs as he looks to achieve greater levels of consistency at Villa Park, and with table-toppers Manchester City up next, pressure could soon start to mount upon the Glaswegian.
After City, relegation battlers Wigan and Blackburn will pose tough tests for the Midlands outfit, and failure to achieve positive results against the likes of these teams could very well lead to extensive calls for McLeish’s tenure to be cut short.