Next Saturday’s Aston Villa v Newcastle match will be the focus for protests.

For once, the Newcastle fans present will be mere onlookers, purely interested in another three points in order to fend off relegation.

Instead it is the Villa fans orchestrating the shows of disaffection at what is happening to their club.

Relegated some time ago, the home fans intend to show Randy Lerner that he is not wanted at the club and have organised two visible protests for Saturday afternoon.

Firstly, there is a march before the game, this is aimed to end outside the directors entrance and fans to demonstrate there.

Secondly, the Aston Villa supporters plan a protest on the 74th minute of the match, with details of what that will entail to be made public this week.

Interesting to see just how many Villa fans actually bother going to the game, never mind protest.

At the last home game v Southampton there were over 13,000 empty seats and as of Thursday there were still over 15,000 unsold tickets for the Aston Villa v Newcastle clash.

Statement from the Aston Villa Protest Group:

“We must leave Randy Lerner in no doubt that we are organised, passionate and that we are above all prepared. That we no longer accept his ineptitude.

“We must continue to strive for change and at the same time, the supporters of this magnificent club have earned the right to let off steam.

“If this is to be our last opportunity to do so, at the very least for this season, then together we must make it as vibrant as we possibly can.

“Our actions versus Newcastle next Saturday (May 7) will be two-fold.

“First, we want you to meet us outside the Holte End pub (Trinity Road side) at 2.20pm for a supporters march up the Trinity Road to end with a demonstration outside the directors entrance.

“We will bring the cameras, we need you to bring your banners and your lungs. Let our unity in the face of adversity be the their abiding memory of Aston Villa circa 2015-16.

“Then there is #InTheAirOn74, a mass release of energy on the 74th minute. The details of which will become clear over the coming week. Watch this space.

“Thank you for your continued support. We will see you there. Aston Villa Protest Group.”