Tim Sherwood was sacked yesterday following six consecutive losses in the Premier League, as Aston Villa find themselves rooted to the foot of the table with just four points. Having been appointed eight months ago after Paul Lambert was dismissed, Sherwood steered Villa to safety and also guided them to an FA Cup Final where they lost to Arsenal.
However, the club sold Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph over the summer, and the departure of Ron Vlaar also weakened the team significantly.
An official club statement explained the reasons for his sacking.
“The Board has monitored the performances closely all season and believes the results on the pitch were simply not good enough and that a change is imperative.
However, the Club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Tim for all his efforts during a difficult period last season and for the many positive contributions he has made to the entire football setup during his time with the Club. We wish him well in the future.”
The club appear eager to make a swift new appointment, with former Lyon manager Remi Garde the odds on favourite. The former Arsenal defensive midfielder was in charge of the French giants for three years, finishing with a 51% win rate out of 117 games.
There is also a lot of support for David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers. Moyes is reportedly under pressure at Real Sociedad, while Rodgers was let go by Liverpool in recent weeks.