After six straight defeats, Randy Lerner decided to take action, which saw the owner sack Tim Sherwood and his backroom staff. This means that fans’ favourite Kevin MacDonald is in temporary charge of the first team – a role that he has had to play before.
With a managerial vacancy at a Premier League club, the media is now starting to link names to the Aston Villa job, some of them names that are always mentioned when a job becomes available. It wouldn’t surprise me if Tim Sherwood reappears on the betting market in the next few days, as that would sum up the media madness.
Tim Sherwood had the backing of various media outlets, such as local paper ‘The Birmingham Mail’. Its leading Aston Villa reporter, Gregg Evans, supported Sherwood’s actions, including dropping Jordan Amavi, a top performer during the disappointing start to the season. Upon viewing Sherwood’s tactics for the Swansea game, I think even Gregg Evans knew the former Tottenham Hotspur boss’s time was up.
Sherwood decided to play one recognised midfielder on Saturday against a team that wins most midfield battles. Jordan Veretout was missing yet again, Brad Guzan was in goal, Jordan Amavi was on the bench and Joleon Lescott was still playing.
Sherwood’s main problem was that he was too stubborn: he had his favourites, just like Lambert did, and no matter how poorly those favourites would play Sherwood would still pick them. His post-match conferences were also becoming far too similar to the ones delivered by Paul Lambert.
Now that Sherwood has departed, we must look forward and must hope that Lerner and Fox get the next appointment right. Time is limited. Only ten games have been played in the Premier League but the club is currently languishing at the bottom of the table, which is a position that clubs find it difficult to get out of.
Remi Garde is currently strongly linked and the former Lyon manager seems like a sensible option, as he knows the French players’ strongest assets. He will know how to utilise them. At Lyon, he had to work under a tight budget, which meant he was forced to look down at the youth team, a philosophy fans do like to see, which may be why some supporters liked Sherwood so much.
The fans must also do their bit now and back MacDonald tomorrow night at St. Mary’s and also give their complete support to the new manager when he arrives, which will help all parties. Let’s not forget that Villa Park can be a tough ground for teams to come to when B6 is vibrant and rocking.