Ronald Koeman responds when asked whether he expected Sherwood's Aston Villa departure

Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman says Aston Villa were too hasty in their decision to sack Tim Sherwood.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman told the club's official YouTube channel at a press conference earlier today that he was surprised by Aston Villa' decision to sack Tim Sherwood.

The Saints face Villa in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday evening, and Villa head in to the match at St. Mary's Stadium without a manager having relieved Sherwood of his duties.

Sherwood's eight-month stint as Villa boss came to an end on Sunday, less than 24 hours after his side had lost 2-1 at home to Swansea City.

With Villa sitting bottom of the Premier League table having won just once this season, owner Randy Lerner has decided that it's time for change, with Kevin MacDonald taking temporary charge of the club against Southampton.

Whoever does take the job will become the third Villa manager in 2015 following on from Paul Lambert and Sherwood, but their opponents on Wednesday appear to be the model club.

Southampton have the utmost faith in Dutch boss Koeman after a strong first season, and whilst they aren't the richest Premier League club, they continually manage to replenish their ranks with talented new signings.

Due to the stable nature of Southampton, Koeman told the club's official YouTube channel that he did not expect to see Villa sack Sherwood so fast, and believes Premier League clubs are too hasty in their managerial decisions.

"No, not so fast," said Koeman when asked whether he expected Sherwood to be sacked. "In my opinion, too many clubs are changing the manager too fast. Most of the time to change the manager is not better for the team or better for the club. Sometimes, yes, but...it's always disappointing because all the managers know it's a difficult job with a lot of pressure, and sometimes you need understanding and support. To make these kind of decisions after 10 games is, in my opinion, too fast," he added.

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