Doug Ellis: Aston Villa relegation "unbelievably sad"

A general view outside the stadium prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Stoke City at Villa Park on February 21, 2015
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Former Aston Villa chairman Sir Doug Ellis admits that the club's impending relegation to the Championship has left him in tears.

Former Aston Villa chairman Sir Doug Ellis has admitted that the club's torrid season has reduced him to tears.

The Midlands side are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table having amassed just three wins all season, with relegation to the Championship all but certain.

"I've said since Christmas that we're going down and for me it's so unbelievably sad, so difficult to put into words," 92-year-old Ellis told The Telegraph.

"The famous Aston Villa, 1874 and all that, with facilities as good as anywhere in the country, 40,000 odd people in comfort, going into the old Second Division.

"Villa will be the biggest club to ever be relegated, in my mind. It's been my life for such a long time, nearly 32 years of them as chairman, and it's breaking my heart to see. I won't shed a tear on Saturday because I did that at Christmas. We've just got to accept it and get on with it."

Villa's fate could be confirmed this afternoon if they fail to take anything from their game with Bournemouth in Birmingham.

Joleon Lescott and Leandro Bacuna look deflated during the game between Sunderland and Aston Villa on January 2, 2016
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