Steve Bruce has admitted Aston Villa will have to sell all their top stars this summer to avoid administration.
Championship Villa are in crisis and making major cuts after missing out on promotion.
Last week £300,000-a-year director of football Steve Round was forced out.
He followed CEO Keith Wyness, who is suing Villa, out of the door and leaves Bruce isolated.
Boss Bruce has vowed to battle on under Chinese owner Dr Tony Xia who is now after new investment.
But in the meantime Bruce admits stars like Tottenham target Jack Grealish, striker Jonathan Kodjia and defender James Chester are set to be sold.
Bruce told Sky: “We have to – to keep the club up and running and keep it in line with Financial Fair Play.“It’s pretty brutal stuff out there.
“There will be nobody feeling sorry for Aston Villa because financially we have got ourselves in a bit of a pickle, so yes we have got to be ready for that.
“I have accepted it and committed myself to the cause and I think it is better to be open and honest with the supporters, warts and all, to say how it is. We know what to expect.
“We don’t want to lose Grealish, Kodjia and Chester but the inevitability is we might have to so let’s get ready for it.
“I think we have got to be truthful to the supporters – that could happen. That is the inevitability. I didn’t like to hear that and maybe the easier thing for me to do is say ‘I don’t like that’ and then walking away from that.”
After thinking about it I thought the club is in trouble and if ever it needs me, with my experience to beg steal and borrow, then now is the time.”
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