Aston Villa have sacked Tim Sherwood as manager after failing to win any of his last eight Premier League games.
Sherwood was widely expected to lose his job after the 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City on Saturday. That represented Villa’s sixth straight league defeat.
After the game, Sherwood vowed to fight on, but admitted that he did not know if he would keep his job.
“I will continue to do my best for the club and that’s to try and get the best out of the players we have,” Sherwood said. “I’ll work hard, making myself ill doing it and I’ll continue to do that, no problem. It ain’t an easy job this but it’s one I love and one I ain’t going to give up very easily.”
“Am I going to be in the job next week? I’m not the person to ask. I feel like the club is in a hole.” As Matt Stead wrote, he was the one holding the shovel.
Aston Villa find themselves 19th in the Premier League, having failed to win since the opening day.
Appointed in February, Sherwood led Aston Villa to survival and took the club to the FA Cup final, where they lost 4-0 to Arsenal.
Villa released a statement on Sunday lunchtime to explain their decision:
‘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 set-up 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.’
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) October 25, 2015