The alarming record Sherwood has already kept up at Villa

Recent managerial recruits at Aston Villa have not tended to make the best of starts.

No Aston Villa manager has won their first game in charge of the club since John Gregory, with that unwanted record preserved over the weekend as Tim Sherwood saw his side slip to a 2-1 defeat against Stoke City.

Sherwood's appointment was expected to galvanise the troops, but their existing problems were exposed and it means that Villa's poor record when it comes to offering new bosses their bow has continued.

Villa went into the game with renewed optimism and looked to be heading for three points when Scott Sinclair headed them into a lead, but goals from Mame Diouf and Victor Moses turned the game in the Potters' favour.

It means that not since Gregory took over back in 1998 has a Villa boss won their maiden game at the helm, with Sherwood being the seventh manager to try and break the hoodoo.

It is a shocking record which means that Villa have not been able to enjoy the 'honeymoon effect' that other clubs have after parting ways with their under-pressure managers.

Villa's defeat to Stoke showed just how deep-rooted the problems are at the club, and it was a particularly worrying performance.

At the moment the side look in serious danger of being relegated and unless Sherwood can arrest their slide, then this campaign could end in disaster for the Midlands outfit.

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