​Joleon Lescott has described Aston Villa's relegation as a 'weight off the shoulders' after their impending Championship status was confirmed by a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. 


His comments have been, predictably, ripped to shreds by furious fans on social media in a heartbeat. Lescott had already come under fire for a faux pas earlier in the season when he tweeted a picture of an expensive sports car just hours after a 6-0 defeat to Liverpool - later claiming that the tweet was an accident. 


​Speaking after the match, he described the atmosphere at the club as "very subdued." He continued: "We knew before the game what we had to do but coming to Old Trafford is never easy no matter what situation you're in. Throughout the game we showed a level of pride that there's probably not been enough of throughout the season.

"It's about results so regardless of how we played in patches today we are relegated. We need to find a way to get out of this run of defeats. Now it's confirmed maybe it's a weight off the shoulders and we can give these fans what they deserve, some performances.


"Throughout the season we have given reasons for people to jump on us. It's part of football, we have to take that on the chin. It's a tough time at the minute. At the back of our minds is next season to get promoted. I'm here for as long as Aston Villa want me."


After his latest batch of comments, the reception they received and his performances on the pitch throughout the season, "as long as Aston Villa want me" may not be very long at all. 


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