More boos greet the final whistle from the Villa fans who have stayed to the bitter end. The television cameras zoom in on a supporters with a 'Lerner Out' scarf. Very depressing scenes and it doesn't get any easier for Remi Garde's side, who are at Manchester City on Saturday. Many thanks for your company.
Aston Villa v Everton
- Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Clark, Cissokho, Bacuna, Gana, Westwood, Agbonlahor, Ayew.
- Everton XI: Robles, Coleman, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Oviedo, McCarthy, Barry, Lennon, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku.
Everton are finishing with a flurry of corners.
Five additional minutes.
Everton are finishing the game strongly. A powerful run by Romelu Lukaku almost results in a fourth goal but Villa just about clear the danger. More and more Villa fans are leaving.
There's more urgency about Villa in the closing stages but Everton's defence is doing its job.
Substitute Rudy Gestede gives Aston Villa some hope with a well-placed header from six yards out. Surely too little, too late, though?
Villa fans are departing Villa Park in large numbers in the 74th minute in protest at owner Randy Lerner. A supporters group urged supporters to leave with 16 minutes remaining - Villa were formed in 1874 - and many have done so.
One small crumb for Villa...Sunderland, having led, are now losing at home to Crystal Palace. It means Remi Garde's side are eight points from safety at the bottom of the table instead of 10.
Villa respond through Ashley Westwood, who twice goes close to equalising but those efforts cannot mask another desperate performance from Remi Garde's side.
Tonight's attendance has just been announced - 29,755 including about 3,000 Everton fans. It's the visiting supporters who are making all the noise.
Another chorus of boos breaks out as an aimless kick by Brad Guzan goes straight out of play and hands possession back to Everton.
Where is the passion in this Villa team?
No real change to the pattern of play. Villa are struggling to string two passes together while Everton continue to dominate possession. No sign of urgency from the hosts.
Roberto Martinez is last out of the tunnel. He stops to sign an autograph on his way to the dugout. The Spaniard can afford to relax. His Everton side are well on top.
The last time Aston Villa were relegated was in 1987. They require something approaching a miracle to stay in the Premier League. Back under way.
Look away now Aston Villa fans...
Their team are 10 points from safety in the 'as it stands' table.
Boos ring out from the home sections at Villa Park with their side facing a fourth defeat in five games.
Ironic cheers from Villa's supporters as their side win a rare corner. Yes, it really has been that bad.
His team might be winning but it has been pretty frustrating for Everton forward Romelu Lukaku. He has had few chances and now he goes into the referee's notebook after catching Ciaran Clark in the face.
No sign of Iranian billionaire Farhad Moshiri at Villa Park. But Everton's new big-money investor will be delighted with how his new side is performing.
Phil Jagielka has taken a bang to the head but is able to continue after treatment.
So close to a third goal.
Brad Guzan can't hold Kevin Mirallas' shot and Bryan Oviedo's shot from an angle is cleared off the line by Micah Richards.
Shocking start for Aston Villa as terrible defending from a Kevin Mirallas corner allows Argentina international Ramiro Funes Mori to power home unmarked from seven yards.
The goal is greeted by jeers from the home fans.
We're under way. Is there any hope for Aston Villa at all?
Out come the teams. Everton's 3,000 travelling fans are make a right din. We're moments from kick-off.
This artistic picture of Villa Park was taken a couple of hours ago. It's a different scene now. It's absolutely throwing it down.
In the away end there's an Everton fan wearing blue swimming trunks. Of course there is.
In the Villa end one fan wears a shirt which reads 'Proud History. No Future. Lerner Out'.
The natives are restless...
Walkout protests appear all the rage these days... and there's another planned at Villa Park tonight after 74 minutes.
With their team bottom of the table, eight points from safety and only three Premier League wins all season, fans plan a protest at owner Randy Lerner.
Supporters intend to stage the 'Out the Door on '74' campaign in the next three Premier League home games against Everton, Tottenham and Chelsea.
Ex-Spurs & England midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live
"This takeover will give Everton more power to spend in the market and they won't have any excuses now. The new investor will bring cash to the table and he will want results. He will want them chasing the Champions League."
BBC Sport chief football writer
The announcement that Farhad Moshiri is to be Everton's new major shareholder ends a decade-long search for investment by chairman Bill Kenwright.
There will be some major items on the new Everton owner's agenda when he settles to his task, namely the next move on whether the club moves ground or considers redeveloping Goodison Park - and also how to keep the club's most coveted players, with top scorer Romelu Lukaku and England pair John Stones and Ross Barkley expected to attract serious interest this summer.
For Everton, however, they will hope Moshiri's arrival will finally provide them with the financial power they have lacked to threaten the elite at the top of the Premier League.
Decent away following from Merseyside at Villa Park...
Match of the Day commentator at Villa Park
"Both Aston Villa and Everton are approaching a new era - Villa fans are resigned to seeing their team play next season in the Championship, while Everton supporters will be keenly waiting for developments following new investment into the club
"A group of Villa supporters are planning a walkout late in this match to protest at the way the club is being run. There was an unscheduled rehearsal in the 6-0 defeat by Liverpool at Villa's last home fixture."
Goalkeeper Brad Guzan makes his first Premier League start for Aston Villa since 2 January - one of four changes from the side that lost 2-1 at Stoke City on Saturday.
Also back for the bottom club are defenders Micah Richards and Ciaran Clark, as well as forward Jordan Ayew.
Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Clark, Lescott, Cissokho, Bacuna, Westwood, Gueye, Ayew, Agbonlahor.
Kevin Mirallas returns to the Everton side in place of Tom Cleverley, who is ill. That's the only change from the side that started their last game, the 2-0 win over Bournemouth in the FA Cup on 20 February.
Everton XI: Joel, Coleman, Oviedo, Funes Mori, Jagielka, Barry, McCarthy, Lennon, Mirallas, Barkley, Lukaku.
Roberto Martinez - in charge at Goodison Park since June 2013 - admits Everton's new investment means he is under increasing pressure to deliver results - and silverware.
The Toffees, without a major trophy since 1995, are in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup but their league form this season is disappointing.
They start at rock-bottom Aston Villa closer to the relegation zone than a Champions League spot.
New investment, new expectations, new pressure on Roberto Martinez?
Everton fans are hoping Iranian billionaire Farhad Moshiri's muti-million pound injection is the start of an exciting new chapter in the history of the Toffees.
The Goodison Park messageboards are awash with chatter about a new stadium, new players and keeping hold of prized assets like Ross Barkley, John Stones and Romelu Lukaku.
But can Martinez keep his job?