Ray Wilkins suggests Aston Villa's biggest mistake, advises them to make this their managerial priority

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Sherwood's former assistant at Villa Park is adamant that things would be better for the club if they had not replaced his ex-colleague with Remi Garde.

Former Aston Villa assistant manager Ray Wilkins has claimed to beIN Sport that the club made a big mistake in sacking Tim Sherwood so soon, and implored the club to appoint a manager with Championship experience to replace Remi Garde.

Villa dismissed Sherwood in October after 47-year-old had won just one and lost eight of their first 10 Premier League matches of the season, form which left them rooted to the bottom of the table two-and-a-half months into the campaign.

The Birmingham club chose to replace the inexperienced former midfielder with ex-Lyon manager Remi Garde, handing the Frenchman his first managerial role in English football.

That gamble backfired, with Garde leading Villa to just two wins in 20 league matches and consequently being sacked himself after less than six months in charge.

Wilkins, who served as Sherwood's right-hand man from the summer until his dismissal, believes Sherwood was a promising manager with some "fabulous ideas" who deserved more time to prove himself.

He told beIN Sport: "Villa did make a mistake in letting Tim go most certainly, because he's an up-and-coming manager.

"I think he's got some fabulous ideas and I feel they made a mistake. But they made that decision and unfortunately they've had to make it again."

The 59-year-old added that the club must now learn from their mistake in appointing an unproven manager from a foreign league, and stressed the importance of bringing in a seasoned boss with Championship experience.

He added: "There are some good British managers out there and some good foreign managers I'm sure would love to go into a club with the stature of Aston Villa. It is a fabulous club, the travelling support is incredible.

"But you're going to need someone who knows the Championship, it's a tough old league with 46 games and your cup games. It can be cold and wet in the north of England, the pitches aren't of the quality of the Premier League so it's going to be a really tough season for them next season."

It would not be a surprise to see Villa wait until their nightmare season is over before naming a permanent replacement for Garde as they look to wipe the slate clean ahead of a first season outside of the top flight in nearly 30 years.

Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes, ex-Leicester boss Nigel Pearson and veteran manager Mick McCarthy, all of whom have experience leading teams in the Championship are currently amongst the favourites.

However, a number of left-field options have also been suggested in the media, with former Chelsea and Newcastle head coach Ruud Gullit admitting he would consider taking the role if he was approached by the club.

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