TIM SHERWOOD has been sacked as manager of Aston Villa.
He leaves after only taking charge in February, paying the price for the club’s dismal start to the Barclays Premier League season.
Villa lost 2-1 at home to Swansea on Saturday, a sixth straight defeat in the league, and they are two points adrift at the foot of the table, having not won since the opening day of the season.
Assistant manager Ray Wilkins, first-team coach Mark Robson and performance analyst Seamus Brady have also left, with Kevin MacDonald, who has been coaching the under-21s, placed in temporary charge.
The club said in a statement: “Aston Villa Football Club has parted company with manager Tim Sherwood today.
“The board has monitored the performances closely all season and believes the results on the pitch were simply not good enough and that a change is imperative.
“However, the club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Tim for all his efforts during a difficult period last season and for the many positive contributions he has made to the entire football set-up during his time with the club. We wish him well in the future.
“Assistant manager Ray Wilkins, first-team coach Mark Robson and performance analyst Seamus Brady have also left with immediate effect and do so with our best wishes.
“A search for a new manager has commenced and the squad will be managed in the interim by Kevin MacDonald.”
Sherwood had vowed to fight for his job but admitted last week he had been given no reassurances over his position by chief executive Tom Fox or owner Randy Lerner.
And, after Saturday’s loss to the Swans, he conceded he did not speak to chairman Lerner but used sporting director Hendrik Almstadt as a go-between.
Sherwood replaced Paul Lambert in February and guided Villa to safety last season as well as taking them to the FA Cup final, where they lost 4-0 to Arsenal.
The former Tottenham boss leaves Villa having lost 16 of his 28 games in charge, winning ten and drawing two.
MacDonald, who spent nine years at Villa as assistant manager between 2003 and 2012, became caretaker manager in 2010 after Martin O’Neill left and Sherwood only brought him back to the club in February following a coaching spell at Nottingham Forest.
His first game in charge will be Wednesday’s Capital One Cup fourth-round trip to Premier League rivals Southampton.
David Moyes, the former Everton and Manchester United manager, who is currently under pressure at Real Sociedad, has been heavily linked with replacing Sherwood, while reports in the Birmingham Mail last night claimed that the club were already in “advanced talks” with 49-year-old former Lyon boss Remi Garde.
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