Struggling Aston Villa Set To Lay Off Staff

12 April 2016, 10:55 | Updated: 12 April 2016, 11:00

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The struggling Premier League club could get relegated as early as this weekend

The Premier League's bottom side Aston Villa are warning staff they could lose their jobs because of likely relegation to the Championship.

They're all but down already - fifteen points from safety with only 5 games remaining.

In a statement, the club says it'll try to avoid compulsory redundancies - but they could be needed. It says changes will put Villa on a "sound financial platform".

"Aston Villa Football Club can confirm it has updated all staff on the proposed changes to the club structure in order to put it back on a firm footing.

"These changes will result in a headcount reduction, but every effort will be made through a voluntary scheme, to mitigate as much as is possible, the need for compulsory redundancies.

"The objective is to secure a sound financial platform from which the club can rebuild for the benefit of the fans, staff and sponsors.

"We recognise this is an extremely difficult time for all staff and the club will offer support to all staff affected.''