Pundit and former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer has told The Sun that he thinks Aston Villa made a big mistake sacking Tim Sherwood in October.
Villa's relegation to the Championship was confirmed on Saturday evening, as a 1-0 defeat away at Manchester United consigned the club to the second tier of English football.
It caps off what has been a frankly dismal and ultimately pathetic season for Villa, who are currently being managed by interim boss Eric Black following Remi Garde's departure from the club last month - despite only being appointed as manager back in November.
Garde was brought in to replace Tim Sherwood, who, despite leading Villa to safety and the FA Cup final last season, was given his marching order back in October, following a poor start to the season.
Many have questioned the decision to bring in Garde, who had no Premier League experience as a manager, as Sherwood's replacement, but Sherwood's former Blackburn team-mate Alan Shearer suggests it was a mistake to let him leave in the first place.
Shearer has told The Sun that Villa should never have sacked Sherwood back in October, and did add that appointing Garde as his replacement was a 'bizarre decision'.
Shearer added that the Villa hierarchy wanted someone who didn't say anything, which didn't fit in well with the vocal Sherwood - who, despite Shearer's protests, didn't fare much better than Garde this season - and the former Newcastle striker also fears for Villa in the Championship.
"Some big questions have to be asked at Villa Park, starting with the owner," said Shearer. "The ‘Moneyball’ recruitment just does not work. They should never have sacked Tim Sherwood. It was a bizarre decision to appoint Remi Garde. In Sherwood, they had a guy who was very vocal, they then brought in a manager who did not say anything. That seemed to demonstrate what the hierarchy wanted."
"It is so sad and I have to say I also fear for them in the Championship. The way they have gone down without a fight this year, there needs to be a massive overhaul and clear-out. It is going to be an enormous task to try to get them back into the Premier League," he added.
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