Former manager Tim Sherwood has now released the anticipated statement following his sacking.
As is usual in these circumstances, the statement has filtered out through the League Manager’s Association and it reads.
‘I’m very disappointed that I will not be able to carry on in my role as manager of Aston Villa. I knew when I took on the role that it would be a big challenge, but it proved to be one I greatly enjoyed and I know I have learned a lot from this experience. Obviously, the initial priority was to stay in the Premier League, but beating Liverpool in the FA Cup semi at Wembley and then leading the team out for the Final was an achievement and experience that I will treasure for the rest of my career.’
Sherwood goes on to thank his coaching staff for their efforts and ‘dedication’ during his eight odd months with us, and he also thanks the fans for their support and patience during difficult times.
‘I’d like to thank my coaching staff and the staff throughout the club for their dedication, the Villa fans for their passionate support and the players, who gave everything during my time at the club. I wish the club all the best for the rest of the season and indeed for the future.’
You never really get anything juicy at this stage, and no doubt non disclosure agreements are in place as is usual as well, but we’ll no doubt get some ‘things’ leak out as it always happens when the dust has settled and some time has elapsed.
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