Aston Villa boss Remi Garde admitted his side are destined to be relegated unless they can bring in two or three new faces in January.
The beleaguered Villa manager is yet to taste victory in the nine Premier League games he has overseen so far, with Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Sunderland making it five defeats under his leadership.
Speaking tod BBC Match of the Day after the match, Garde conceded that he’d have to buy new players if Villa are to have any hope of salvaging their season: “I’m going to try [to sign players]. In life and football you have to believe – if you don’t you have no chance. But it’s more and more difficult. But every season in every league, a side can keep losing and suddenly win four, five or six in a row. But for that probably we will need to bring in one, two or three new players.
“Today I didn’t see a side who didn’t give everything they could. When you concede so many goals it’s difficult to win games.
“You cannot be positive when you lose. I’m not here to lose – I’m here to try to make the team win. Today we were so close. We didn’t play badly. I can blame my players in certain situations – when you concede a goal, it’s always from a mistake.
“I see a team who wanted to fight. But we need some quality.”