A final position of 17th is far from inspiring, but after a difficult season Villa were relieved just to stay in the Premier League.
The escape from relegation owed everything to a vast improvement in form when Tim Sherwood stepped in to replace Paul Lambert in February -- Villa were in the bottom three at that time but pulled clear to safety. Here's how the players in the squad rated during a challenging campaign.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players with fewer than 10 appearances not counted)