Stan Collymore suggests problem with Aston Villa sticking by Tim Sherwood

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Stan Collymore believes Sherwood will leave Aston Villa in a perilous position if he stays with the club.

Sherwood led Villa to another defeat at the weekend, losing 2-0 to Chelsea, and Stan Collymore told talkSPORT that if he is not sacked now, he will leave the Midlands side in a very perilous position when he is finally sacked later this season.

The former striker said: “I guess he looked at the sides like Bournemouth and Watford, who came into the Premier League, and thought other sides like Newcastle, Sunderland and West Brom would struggle. But all those other clubs have picked up a fairly healthy tally of points. So whereas last season it was nip and tuck all the way through, if he doesn’t get it right soon, A: he’s going to be under pressure for his job, and B: he’s going to be leaving Villa in a very perilous position.”

Villa have picked up just four points this season, with their only victory coming in the opening game of the campaign against Bournemouth.

They look devoid of ideas and an identity, and Sherwood looks completely out of his depth as a manager of a Premier League side.

Considering the poor run of form, there have been calls for Sherwood to lose his job soon, leaving a new manager with a large portion of the season to rebuild the side and keep them in the top flight.

However, there are as yet no indications that a change in manager is planned, and this leaves Sherwood in charge of the side, hoping to turn around his fortunes.

Collymore does not believe this is a likely occurrence, and the former striker has admitted that Sherwood staying in charge will have two outcomes. One of which will be Sherwood coming under pressure, and the other which will be the state he will leave the club in when he is eventually sacked.

Sacking Sherwood now would be a wise choice, as a new manager would only be nine games into the season, with only four points separating the Midlands side with 17th placed Bournemouth.

If Sherwood remains in charge, and is sacked later in the campaign, a new manager would be further away from Premier League safety - with a bigger points gap - and would have less games to close that gap and secure Villa’s place in the Premier League.

Sherwood does not look like the correct man for Villa, and sacking him now would likely be the best choice for Villa to make if they value their Premier League survival this season.

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