Gregory sad this just some days ago:
"If I'm not here in years to come it will be because I've done it my way and my way didn't work.
"I cannot ever walk away from Aston Villa thinking I did it someone else's way because someone else wanted me to do it that way. If it fails then I only have myself to blame."
Apperantly someone didnt want him to do it "his own way"...
BIRMINGHAM, England, Jan 24 (Reuters) - John Gregory has resigned as manager of Aston Villa after almost four years in the job, the English premier league club said on Thursday in a statement on their website.
``This arrangement has been dealt with on an amicable basis and the Board wish to place on record their appreciation of John's service during his four years as manager of the club,'' the statement said.
``John has stated that he needs to take a break during which time he will consider his future football career.
``John Deehan and Stuart Gray will take over team management until the Board has considered applicants for the appointment of manager.''
The 47-year-old Gregory is the fifth premier league manager to leave his club this season following Derby County's Jim Smith and Colin Todd, Peter Taylor of Leicester City and Southampton's Gray.
``John's resignation is sad, was most unexpected but has been amicable,'' Villa chairman Doug Ellis said.
``I can understand how John feels regarding his need for a break and this is a reflection on the pressures that managers endure in modern day premier league football.
``I personally wish John and his family well in all they do in the future and he will always be welcome at Villa Park. We will not rush into a replacement appointment as John and Stuart both have previous management experience.''
Gregory, who succeeded Brian Little in February 1998, took Villa to the top of the league in October but the team then suffered a run of one win in 11 games before victories in their last two matches moved them back up to seventh place in the table.
Gregory has had long battles with Ellis over finances, but said this week that the two got on well and that they both had the best interests of the club at heart.
Gregory had talked only on Tuesday about a Champions League place being a realistic aim for Villa this season.
Contrary to popular opinion, I am not actually that happy! I had my many criticisms of JG, but this is not news I welcome! It doesn't matter how we have as manager, we will remain exactly the same until Ellis either goes or funds the team properly!
As to we have next, it has been suggested that Louis van Gaal is to come - but I see this as crap, why would he want to come to a team who has no future?