Gabriel Agbonlahor has said new Aston Villa boss Unai Emery could not arrive soon enough to ‘sort’ the squad after being ‘beaten’ by Newcastle.
The Villans lost 4-0 at St James’ Park on Saturday to leave them two points clear of the bottom three in the Premier League.
Villa’s performance was a stark contrast to their 4-0 win over Brentford last week in caretaker boss Aaron Danks’ first game in charge.
Danks will now hand over to former Arsenal manager Emery, who will take over as manager on November 1.
And the former Villa striker Agbonlahor believes his beloved club are in desperate need of advice ahead of next Sunday’s clash with Manchester United.
He told talkSPORT: “Today looked like an Aston Villa team that we saw under Steven Gerrard.
“They played Chelsea and deserved to win that game with the chances they had, then they played the next game. [against Fulham] and are formidable.
“Then they win 4-0 against Brentford, then today it’s like poor Aston Villa again – where was that energy from last week, that commitment?
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“It looked like a team that really needed a new manager to come in now and really sort those players out.
“And choose the players he wants to keep and the players he wants to develop.
“Because it was a blow today, I haven’t seen Aston Villa beaten like this for a long time.”
The Midlands side failed to hit the target with all three of their shots in their loss to the Magpies, while they also failed to get a single corner kick.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the full-time whistle, Danks commented on Villa’s sad display at Tyneside.
He said: “It’s really disappointing. The first half was an equal game.
“The penalty obviously gives them a bit of confidence. We tried to modify a couple of things, but they had a really good spell and punished us.
“There are a lot of dark heads in the dressing room. There are things we could have done better.
“Newcastle are a team in form, a team that flies high. We have to try to find ways to stay in the game.