The man in the third person has today been relieved of his duties at Aston Villa.
Tim Sherwood sees himself replaced by former caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald who has been the Libor Kozak of the coaching staff since coming in as assistant manager only to find himself moneyballed by Ray Wilkins.
A statement from Tim…sorry Aston Villa who also speak in the third person today, read.
‘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 setup during his time with the Club. We wish him well in the future.’
Whether that setup extends to not signing the players he signed as Tim Sherwood and his friends in the media battled admirably to make it ‘not Tim Sherwood’s fault’ or simply the decision to sensibly have the Under 21s train next to the first team – well we’ll probably never know.
The statement continues.
‘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.’
Villa confirmed a search is now underway for the next new manager and the Big KMac-daddy takes charge once more.
Shame really, Sherwood was a breath of fresh air amongst the dross we had to put up with previously but he was largely becoming a parody of himself in interviews, with nonsensical fighting talk and interviews that were largely designed just to make him look good.
It had become the equivalent of we were excellent and we go again.
Did he get enough time? We had no momentum from last year and his initial honeymoon/honest bounce fizzled out before the end of the year with results but there was no marked change in philosophy, no clue on the best eleven, no tactics most of us could see and only a few brief flashes of what this side could be capable of if used well.
No doubt we’ll get the Tim Sherwood by Tim Sherwood from friends in the press now where all of his failings as a manager weren’t the reason for results, it was Doris and her summer signings (that Tim had scouted and seen in person) and all the rest of the wibblings we’ve started to hear so far.
But with that known the board can hardly take any credit other than acting quickly, as everything is far from claret at the top of the Villa tree either is it.
Main problem we have with the club for sale, the transfer window shut and our fantastic £7odd million net spend – does anybody trust the board to make the correct appointment now?
With more stories of the mess we actually are filtering through when it comes to life behind the scenes, the gloriously welcomed Commercial Officer Tom Fox’s halo has long been slipping.
This next decision is vital.
As for Sherwood as a final comment if I may.
Remember this about a certain Christian Benteke.
‘There`s no point going to a club where they don`t cross the ball.’
Maybe he should’ve told Rudy Gestede that was his plan for the season!
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