Aston Villa has sacked their manager Tim Sherwood after only 28 games in charge, making him the shortest serving manager in the club’s history.
Speaking with Match of the Day at the end of Villa’s 2-1 home defeat against Swansea on Saturday, Sherwood replied to a question suggesting he was ‘in a hole’ by stating it ‘was the club that was in the hole.’ It seems they believe the best way to climb out is not on the back of the former Tottenham man.
Sherwood’s removal from the club comes after just 28 games in charge. It leaves him with the unenviable record of being the clubs shortest serving manager. Sherwood joined the club in February to replace Paul Lambert after being sacked via a telephone call. He managed to hold on to their Premier League existence by an ants thong and somehow made it to the FA Cup Final where they lost to Arsenal.
During his time with the club, he possessed a win rate of 26% and had only guided his team to one victory this season. It was always going to be tough for Sherwood. They were woeful last year, and the sale of his two best players in Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke snapped the rudder off the ship. Under 21-manager Kevin MacDonald has been placed in temporary charge.
So that’s three Premier League manager’s heading to pastures new after only 10-games. Liverpool sacked Brendan Rodgers, and Dick Advocaat decided to walk before being pushed at Sunderland. With an average of eight managerial casualties per season, there are five more to go. In an article I wrote a few weeks ago I told you that Sherwood would walk.
Here is a reminder of my other five picks:
1. Jose Mourinho
2. Steve McClaren
3. Tony Pulis
4. Quique Flores
5. Ronald Koeman
The steady stream of managerial casualties does raise an obvious question: who are the idiots appointing these people? If they are as bad as they are being made out to be, then what does that say about the Directors and Board Members who are appointing them in the first place?
Sherwood’s sacking means another British boss has left the Premier League, but something tells me that number will soon be evened up. We all know that Premier League clubs like to swap managers with more frequency than Elizabeth Taylor liked to swap husbands. You can expect a David Moyes or Brendan Rodgers appointment by the weekend.
And what about Sherwood?
Five more vacancies will appear by the end of the year, Tim.
Keep your powder, dry son.
Keep your powder dry.