Manager loses his job after nightmare start
Aston Villa Football Club have announced the sacking of manager Tim Sherwood.
The former-midfielder entered Villa Park at the end of last season following the dismissal of Paul Lambert, and helped guide them to safety in the Premier League and also the FA Cup Final.
However, this season has been a complete contrast and in the first 10-games, Villa have only won once, leaving them 19th in the table.
Villa’s only win of the season came during the opening game-week against newly-promoted AFC Bournemouth, but since then, they’ve picked up just one point, a 2-2 draw against Sunderland.
With 10-games in, Sherwood‘s side have scored just nine goals, and have conceded a whopping 17.
Kevin MacDonald will take over at Villa Park on an interim basis, while Tony Parks is the only member of the coaching staff staying.
A lot of the problems have come from the club losing trio Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar over the summer.
The club has since released the following statement on their official website.
“Aston Villa Football Club has parted company with manager Tim Sherwood today.
“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.
“Assistant manager Ray Wilkins, first-team coach Mark Robson and performance analyst Seamus Brady have also left with immediate effect and do so with our best wishes.
“A search for a new manager has commenced and the squad will be managed in the interim by Kevin MacDonald.
“There will be no further comment from the Club at this stage.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt