Derby County boss Paul Jewell admits his team would struggle in the Championship.
Many of the players who rolled over against Villa are unlikely to be at Pride Park next season.
"There is a lot going on behind the scenes," Jewell said. "We already have deals in place for two new players and our search is widening and intensifying all the time. We are a huge embarrassment at the moment. When the going gets tough we don't have enough people who can stand up and be counted."