‘Tim Sherwood and I would have kept Aston Villa in the Premier League’ – Ray Wilkins

7 Apr

Former Aston Villa assistant Ray Wilkins is confident he and Tim Sherwood would have kept the club in the Premier League this season.

Sherwood and Wilkins were sacked just ten games into the campaign after a run of six successive defeats, despite successfully steering Villa clear of the drop and leading them to the FA Cup final just months before.

Their biggest loss of that period was a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

Relatively unknown Frenchman Remi Garde was appointed as Sherwood’s successor, but the gamble didn’t pay off for the Villa. He claimed only three wins in charge of the side, and was himself sacked in March, leaving the club on the brink of relegation.

It means the club are now hunting for their third new manager in the space for a year, but Wilkins has told talkSPORT they might not be in their current situation if they put their trust in Sherwood.

Asked if he and the former Tottenham coach could have saved Villa, Wilkins told talkSPORT: “Yes, I believe we could have done.

“We never got trounced. We never got badly beaten. I think we were just on the brink of doing really well.

“We played some very tough opponents in the early stages of the season and we’re probably one of the only teams who had the opportunity to beat Leicester.

“I honestly feel that with the staff and the players we had that we could have staved off relegation.”


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