Tim Sherwood's dismissal from Aston Villa rightly drew a lot of debate over the weekend. After just 29 matches in charge, how can it be fair to relieve him of his duties?
There are basically two sides to the argument following a sacking of this nature: 1. The manager has been made a scapegoat 2. It is the manager's responsibility to get performances and points.
Sherwood wasn't given enough time, that much is clear. He took Villa to an FA Cup final just last May and then lost the spine of his side in the summer with the departures of Ron Vlaar, Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph.
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So, this season was never going to be easy. Sherwood kept the Villans in the Premier League where they belong, but that isn't enough for the fans and the board, who demand a lot more.
A club with such rich history aspires to be competing at the top end of the table. Villa have a large fan-base and a decent academy, yet they will struggle to recruit a top manager.
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To say the squad have been underperforming this campaign would be a huge understatement. The side have lost their last six in the league and haven't won since the opening the day of the season.
No-one likes to see a manager lose his job and certainly not so early into the season. However, four points from ten games and six defeats on the bounce is a difficult situation for any manager to survive. Even Jose Mourinho is under threat this season, just months after his Chelsea side stormed to the title.
The question is, should the manager take all the blame?
Of course not but, the problem lies, that there are a lot of players and only one boss. In a company, it is the manager who faces dismissal when things go wrong.
Football teams are, arguably, becoming more business-like with high-investing owners pulling the trigger at the first hint of regression. Ultimately there is a seemingly endless pool of experienced managers just waiting for a chance so when a club isn't doing as expected, owners don't need to think twice about trying a new approach.
Sherwood was unfortunate, but that is the world we live in. Owners, fans and the media demand results. If results are not forthcoming, the manager is sacked and someone else is brought in to attempt a rescue mission.
Some clubs end up with a revolving door of managers, and that is a dangerous position to be caught in - a position Villa are edging closer to with every sacking.
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