Tim Sherwood: I'm pleased to have complete control at Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is not a fan of the director of football model.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told Sky Sports that he enjoys the absolute control he has at Villa Park.

Sherwood has been granted autonomy over every area of Villa's strategy and is delighted to have so much power.

The 46-year-old boss feels that it is the best way to run a club, and believes more clubs should have a similar approach. 

"I've seen too many managers in the past give too much authority to other departments, and in the end the other departments stay at the club and wave the manager goodbye," he said. "I think it's important that the manager has the final say - or every say - on what goes on at the club.

"If it goes wrong, you've got no-one to blame, and if it goes well, you can take all the plaudits!"

For Villa to have given so much control to Sherwood is a rare strategy, considering the way modern football is going.

Most Premier League sides now employ a director of football, with transfer decision often taken out of the manager's hands.

However, Villa clearly have absolute trust in Sherwood, and so far that faith has been handsomely rewarded.

Sherwood has made an impressive start at Villa Park, guiding the club to the FA Cup final and steering them clear of relegation danger in the Premier League, and he will be hoping to push the side on further next season - when he will be given the opportunity to assert his authority on the squad even further. 

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