After weeks of speculation surrounding his future, the untimely sacking of former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has finally happened.
Six defeats in a row spelled danger and the final straw appeared to be the Villans' self-inflicted defeat to Swansea City on Saturday.
Leaking poor goals and throwing away games had become customary of Villa, with a change of direction desperately needed according to the club's board.
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As a result, the outspoken Sherwood was relieved of his duties, though one man - or boy, rather - seemed distraught by the decision.
Villa's Jack Grealish, the recently-declared Englishman, appeared devasted by the news, voicing his admiration for the 46-year-old on Twitter.
He tweeted: "Gutted, thank you for everything :-("
Attached to the tweet was a picture of Grealish and Sherwood embracing after their FA Cup semi-final victory over Liverpool last season.
And who can blame the youngster for feeling this way - after all, it was Sherwood who gave Grealish the platform he needed to establish himself in the Premier League.
The pair's relationship was epitomised by Grealish's celebration against Leicester City in September, when the 20-year-old ran and jumped towards Sherwood on the touchline.
The Villa midfielder wasn't the only one to feel remorse at the Englishman's sacking, with Gary Lineker and Stan Collymore responding to his tweet in a similar fashion.
Sherwood's departure is yet another reminder of the brutal nature in which managers are treated and scrutinised at clubs, with there little doubt that whoever decides to take on the role at Villa Park faces an almighty task in keeping the owners happy and steering the club away from relegation.
The Birmingham-based side currently sit at the foot of the Premier League, four points below safety.
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