Tim Sherwood reacts to Aston Villa sacking, sounds like a beaten man

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

The sacked Aston Villa boss has responded to the club's decision.

Tim Sherwood has released an official statement through the LMA website in response to his sacking by Aston Villa.

The 46-year-old says he is 'very disappointed' to leave the club but did focus on his highlight during his time at Villa Park: reaching the FA Cup final.

Indeed, Sherwood says he will cherish that particular memory for the rest of his career.

The sacked Aston Villa head coach said in his statement: "I am very disappointed that I will not be able to carry on in my role as manager of Aston Villa. I knew when I took on the role that it would be a big challenge but it proved to be one I greatly enjoyed and I know I have learned a lot from this experience.

"Obviously, the initial priority was to stay in the Premier League, but beating Liverpool in the FA Cup semi at Wembley and then leading the team out for the Final was an achievement and experience that I will treasure for the rest of my career."

In truth, it's an admirable and sensible response from the axed Villa boss.

Does Sherwood perhaps know deep down he wasn't good enough to get the Midlands club out of their current malaise - and that he was out of his depth?

He sounds like a beaten man and that's actually refreshing compared to some of the immature responses dished out by pundits in the press and, clearly, mates of Sherwood.

One example is Jermaine Jenas suggesting Aston Villa needed to sign more proven Premier League players like Joleon Lescott, when the centre-back has been one of Villa's worst-performing players of the season.

It's good to see Sherwood accept his sacking with dignity.

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