By Coral Barry
Peter Schmeichel believes Aston Villa were already on the way down before the arrival of Remi Garde – and should never have sacked previous manager Tim Sherwood.
Garde replaced Sherwood in November after six straight league defeats had left the Midlands club 19th in the Premier League table, but the Frenchman was dismissed after only managing to add two more victories during his disastrous five-month tenure.
Villa are rock bottom of the table and are a massive 12 points from safety with seven games left to play and ex-Villa goalkeeper Schmeichel has suggested that the club sealed its fate when they fired Sherwood after just ten league matches.
“I’m shocked that you give a manager a job in a very difficult situation, that he hasn’t put the club in, and then you give him that little time to solve it?” Schmeichel told Sky Sports News. “They should have done their due diligence and got it right back then.
“Tim Sherwood was well capable of getting Aston Villa out of trouble, but they didn’t think that and now they’ve gone down the route of sacking yet another manager and history proves that doesn’t help.
“So, it’s a shock and then again no, because that’s the way football has been going for quite a while.”
Schmeichel spent a season at Villa during his playing career and is unimpressed with his former club’s state of affairs.
Garde lasted just five months into a three-and-half-year deal while Sherwood was fired after just eight months at Villa Park.
The latest dismissal is just the latest head to roll as Villa attempt to revamp their entire set-up after a disastrous season that looks like it will end with a place in the Championship.
Chief executive Tom Fox and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt have already been fired by Villa.