Aston Villa have Sherwood put down

Aston Villa have reluctantly parted company with Tim Sherwood. Back of the Net has the full story...

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Aston Villa Football Club have confirmed that beloved manager Tim Sherwood was put down shortly after the club’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea.

There had been worries over Sherwood’s future and the usually lively manager had lost his spark and glossy sheen, leading many to fear the worst.

While those close to Sherwood hoped against hope that he would pull through, Aston Villa were forced to put him out of his misery after a particularly painful loss to Swansea.

“It is with deep regret that Aston Villa bids farewell to Sherwood,” a club statement handed to FFT reads. “Sherwood was a loyal servant and a faithful companion. You could say he was a man’s best friend.

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“It was a tough decision because even after the Swansea game Sherwood was still frisky and barking, but you could see that he was suffering and it wouldn’t have been humane to let him take on Tottenham. We can take comfort in the fact that Sherwood is going to a better place. Or maybe the Championship.”

Aston Villa posted a moving tribute on their website with photos of Sherwood in happier times: celebrating Premier League survival with the players, amusing journalists with his loveable antics and rolling onto his back so that Alan Hutton could tickle his stomach. It has been suggested that Villa will find a replacement for Sherwood, but the club have insisted that it’s far too soon to even start thinking about that.

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