Joey Barton says Sherwood is not entirely blameless in Aston Villa Russian roulette

Joey Barton Interview

Tim Sherwood was sacked as the Aston Villa manager in October.

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton said on The Monday Night Club show on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening (February 15) that Tim Sherwood is not entirely blameless in the current Aston Villa situation.

Villa are at the foot of the Premier League table at the moment with just 16 points from 26 matches.

The Villans are as many as eight points behind 17th-placed Norwich City and look set to get relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.

Sherwood was sacked as the Villa manager in October following a run of poor results.

Barton, who has also played for Manchester City, Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers, believes that the former Tottenham Hotspur manager needs to share some responsibility for the poor signings the Villans made in the summer of 2015.

“I don’t think Tim Sherwood is completely blameless,” said the 33-year-old Burnley midfielder on The Monday Night Club show on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening (February 15).

“He has to take responsibility and I think he will. He is big and strong enough to do that. He had got to have a say in the players they brought in. Everybody knew it was Russian roulette really.”

Villa signed a number of players in the summer of 2015, including Micah Richards, Mark Bunn, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Amavi, Rudy Gusted and Joleon Lescott.

Much was expected of the players who were brought in, but Villa as a team have failed miserably this season.

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