Jamie Carragher says Sherwood doing very good job at Aston Villa

Carragher believes criticism of Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood is misguided.

Jamie Carragher believes criticism of Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood is misguided and the club should stick with him.

The former Liverpool defender was asked about Sherwood's future on SkySports Monday Night Football, and gave a positive appraisal of his overall impact at Villa.

He excused the club's poor start to the season, putting it down to teething troubles caused by the side losing key players over the summer.

Villa have won only one Premier League game, against Bournemouth on the opening day, and lost 2-0 to Chelsea at the weekend. 

Carragher said: "In terms of Tim Sherwood coming under pressure, if you look at his whole time at Aston Villa, he's done a very very good job.

"He kept them up, got to a cup final and he's having a difficult time now at the start of the season, but is it Tim Sherwood or is it Aston Villa?

"You're not talking about a team who have had a manager for a long time and all of a suddenly it's fell away.

"Aston Villa finished 17th last season, and they've lost their three best players Benteke, Cleverley and Delph. Look at top teams like Liverpool losing Suarez and Bale leaving Tottenham. In terms of him losing his job I don't think its about Tim Sherwood, but the structure of club above him."

Both clubs Carragher refers to struggled after losing star players - but what Carragher leaves out, is that their failures to replace both star men cost the managers their jobs.

Brendan Rodgers was fired last month, less than 18 months after leading Liverpool to a second place Premier League finish, while Andre Villas-Boas was sacked months after leading Tottenham to their highest ever Premier League points total.

Sherwood deserves more of a chance to show what he can do, but failures of Rodgers and AVB show that he can't afford to trade off the near miss of a cup final run for too much longer if their run of games without a win continues.

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