Pundits disagree with Tim Sherwood over Aston Villa assessment

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Pundits Trevor Sinclair and Jermaine Jenas have disagreed with Tim Sherwood's assessment of Aston Villa's hopes of bouncing back to the Premier League.

Villa's fate was finally sealed at the weekend when they were relegated following a 1-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

In reality most fans and pundits have known since before Christmas when then boss Sherwood was sacked after a dismal start to a campaign which has delivered just three victories.

Sherwood was sacked in late October after a horrid run of early season results.

Sherwood's pearls of wisdom

He was replaced by Remi Garde, and back in February Sherwood still believed his former squad had the quality to survive, as reported by the Birmingham Mail at the time.

"The players needed to bed in, there is quality in the signings and they will be good for the future of the club.

"They need to be very focused and they need to believe.

"I believe they can stay up.

"They can copy Leicester and they need to use it as an example, it is a big margin but there are plenty of games left.

"Remi Garde believes, the club believes, and the players must believe."

The wisdom of those comments have come back to haunt Sherwood following Saturday's confirmation of Villa's relegation.

And just last week on BBC's Match of the Day 2 the ex-Tottenham Hotspur manager insisted Villa already had the squad in place to bounce back to the Premier League from a fiercely competitive Championship.

'Seriously tough'

But Sherwood's assessment was questioned on Match of the Day by former Aston Villa player Jermaine Jenas and ex-West Ham United and Manchester City star Trevor Sinclair.

"They definitely need somebody who's got experience of that league (the Championship) because it's ruthless down there," Jenas said on MOTD.

"It's seriously tough and I don't know whether Aston Villa have got the players within their ranks to handle that situation."

And Sinclair agreed adding: "It's very tough.

"Tim was on last week and he thinks they've got the players there already that can get them back up but I'm not so sure."

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