Outspoken former Birmingham City midfielder Curtis Woodhouse believes Paul Lambert did an excellent job at Aston Villa before eventually getting sacked last season.
The 35-year-old, who expressed his shock at Sherwood's departure on Twitter, stated the sacking of the former Tottenham Hotspur boss proves just what a good job Lambert did with Villa and warned supporters to be careful of what you wish for.
Wow just seen sherewood has gone, the villa debacle just shows what a top job lambert did, careful what you wish for— curtis woodhouse (@woodhousecurtis) October 25, 2015
He later went on to add that football management is a 'tough gig' and stated that managers don't get enough time to do their job, regardless of the money involved.
Football management is tough gig, forget the money involved, you just get no time to do your job, merry go round madness— curtis woodhouse (@woodhousecurtis) October 25, 2015
Did Lambert do a 'top job' with Aston Villa?
Based on Sherwood's reign as manager, it could be argued that Lambert was treated a little harshly by supporters. However, many would counter it would be wrong to state he did a 'top job' as the West Midlands club constantly battled with the threat of relegation during his tenure.
Nevertheless, it does show Lambert had the resilience and aptitude to deal in such situations, and that could be something Villa severely miss this season as they look to bring in a manager to drag them out of the bottom three.
In the summer, despite making a number of signings himself, Sherwood had to contend with the losses of key players such as Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph. And, in the end, it proved too much for the former Spurs boss as results quickly went sour and showed no sign of improving.
For Villa to survive against the threat of relegation this season, it will take an ambitious and steely character to be able to get all the players who are low on confidence in the right frame of mind going into a difficult part of the season.
Without a quick turnaround in mentality, it could continue to be a bleak season for Villa, resulting in the end of their top-flight status.