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Tim Sherwood has been sacked as Aston Villa manager

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The plucky manager is no longer the man to guide Aston Villa to glory after a string of defeats that have left the Villans at the foot of the Premier League

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Aston Villa have today announced that Tim Sherwood has been sacked as the manager of the Villans after eight interesting months at the helm.

The sacking of Sherwood comes not even 24 hours after a performance against Swansea City that saw Aston Villa once again take the lead only to, once again, lose the match. Villa currently sit at 19th in the Premier League with Sunderland the only team below them.

Sherwood's sacking will not come as a surprise, with rumours floating around that the previous game against Chelsea as well as the defeat to Swansea where being used as a litmus test to decided the future of Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa.

Tim Sherwood will be likely remain a well-liked figure by Aston Villa fans as he managed to not only save the club from relegation last season, but also manage the beleaguered team to an FA Cup final match against Arsenal.

Aston Villa's next match will be against Southampton in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup this Tuesday and it remains to be seen who will take charge at Villa Park. There's certainly no lack of managerial talent waiting in the wings, but will Lerner and Fox risk giving the job to another young manager - or will they bite for experience. Worryingly, neither strategy seems to have paid dividends for Lerner thus far.