Former Aston Villa midfielder Brett Holman has told the Australian media the club was a shambles when he played there. The 32-year-old spent just over a year with Aston Villa before signing for Al Nasr in 2013.

Speaking to Foxsports, Holman believes Aston Villa was a sinking ship even when he was playing at the club. The attacking midfielder believes it’s a disgrace his old club were relegated to the Championship, but hopes the new owners can turn things around.

Holman believes his time at Aston Villa was always doomed, although he wishes the Championship side the best because it’s a proper club.

“It was just a shambles, all over the place. It was a sinking ship and they got relegated and were an absolute disgrace last year. Thankfully they got new owners in and I wish them all the best because the people around the club are just fantastic, proper club people working for years there. My time, though, was doomed from day one,” said the former Australia international on his time in England.

Aston Villa picked up just 17 points last season, and ended the campaign rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table. The club went through three managers, but the appointments couldn’t turn things around.