Aston Villa defender Micah Richards has told Sky Sports that he felt Tim Sherwood was 'unbelievable' - and wishes he had more time as Villa boss.
Sherwood lost his job as Villa manager on Sunday afternoon, having seen his side lose 2-1 at home to Swansea City less than 24 hours earlier.
Villa are searching for a new manager, but look unlikely to appoint one before they face Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Monday night.
Now, captain Micah Richards has had his say on Sherwood's departure, having been signed by the former Villa boss during the summer.
Richards has been a mainstay for the Villa side so far this season, and despite the poor results, the defender has had high praise for Sherwood.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Richards has labelled Sherwood as 'unbelievable', citing that he helped him rekindle his best form in the centre of defence - a role Richards hasn't played much of in recent years.
Richards also stated that losing 3-2 at Leicester having been 2-0 up was the defining moment of Villa's season so far, and that it knocked confidence out of the entire squad.
"Tim was unbelievable for me," said Richards. "I think he has got me back to my best. I feel comfortable. He gave me the captain's armband, which was a massive confidence boost. Tim was great for me but we know that, in football, if you are not getting results, clubs look to make changes."
"I think Leicester was a turning point in our season. When you are playing outstanding football and go 2-0 up, and then find yourselves 3-2 down at the end of the game, I think that knocked a bit of confidence out of the lads. For 70 minutes it was not like the Aston Villa of the last two years. They did not have the free-flowing football that Tim brought here."
"I wish he had a little bit more time, because I think he was on to a really good thing. But when you are not winning, decisions like that are going to get made," he added.