TIM SHERWOOD has taken a swipe at former club Aston Villa as he claims they got what they deserved as they were sacked from the Premier League.
The 48-year-old was sacked as Villans boss in October 2015 just nine games into the season, months after guiding the club to the FA Cup final.
And after three managers – Kevin McDonald, Remi Garde and Eric Black – all failed to steady the ship in the 2015/16 season, Villa finished rock bottom of the top-flight.
Last campaign, they finished in 13th place in the Championship as their poor form continued in England’s second-tier.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate Show, the former Tottenham manager has revealed how it all changed in the summer of 2015.
He said: “Aston Villa is a great club with a fantastic fanbase. It turned out really well in the first season, I took them to a cup final and got them safe in the Premier League.
“Then I thought I was very strong, but the hierarchy had other ideas.
“They had a scouting network of young students who had been looking at screens, crunching numbers and learning the game from that. They were then telling me which players to bring in.
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“Don’t forget we lost Benteke who was the only goalscorer we had, Fabian Delph, who is doing so well now, then Cleverley and Vlaar. We lost the core of the side.
“I was given a group of young foreign lads who were going to take time to settle into the Premier League.
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“After nine games I was relieved of my duties as they hadn’t settled as well as they thought they might.
“They had three managers after me and they were relegated. Unfortunately, they got what they deserved. It was poor management from upwards.”
Sherwood succeeded Paul Lambert at Villa, and won ten of his 28 matches in charge – losing on 16 occasions.
Villa have fared better under Steve Bruce this season, as they sit fifth in the Championship table.
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