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O'Neill surprised by Aston Villa struggles this season

Former Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is surprised by their struggles this season.

O'Neill admits he never expected Aston Villa to struggle this season - especially given the club's £130million outlay on transfers.

"My own view was that they had a super end to the Championship season," he explained. "They were the best team in it by a long distance, I felt.

"I honestly thought that they wouldn't have too much difficulty in staying up. They've put some money in, a lot of money in, some people say between 130 and 150 million pounds.

"So, I didn't expect them to struggle at all this season. I expected it to be difficult, but not to struggle."

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