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By ESPN Staff

Hendrie sounds rallying cry

Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie feels it is time for the players to finally prove their worth to the club rather than getting caught up in behind-the-scenes squabbles.

David O'Leary's departure as manager on Wednesday was the culmination of a turbulent six days at Villa Park that was sparked by a statement, seemingly from the first-time squad, criticising chairman Doug Ellis.

With just four weeks to go to the start of the new season, crisis-hit Villa are without a boss, have no chief scout, and with Ellis looking to sell up there has been no investment this summer in new players.

Despite that, Hendrie believes those at the club simply need to knuckle down to business and start earning the vast sums of money they are paid.

'We had the worst season we've probably had for a long time, with the main aim this season to doubly improve on that,' said Hendrie, who has now seen five managers come and go during his 12 years at Villa.

'We don't need all this stuff hanging around our heads, and we don't need to get involved in it.

'We just need to get our heads down in training because we want to start this season on a high.'

Hendrie added: 'The lads all know we've just got to get together and let the people at Villa Park sort out what is going on at the club.

'We just need to get on with the football and start giving the fans something back. That's what we're paid for, not to get involved in issues around the place.

'I think we get paid pretty well and all we need to do is concentrate on training every day and going out on the pitch and giving 110%.'