By Dominic Toner

Harry Redknapp believes that Aston Villa were wrong to sack former manager Tim Sherwood.

Villa parted ways with Sherwood last October and the club have fallen dramatically since then.

Sherwood helped the club survive relegation from the Premier League in 2014/15 but the Midlands giants were relegated last season under Remi Garde.

The club announced on their official website on Monday that Roberto Di Matteo had been sacked after 123 days in charge, with Villa currently 19th in the Championship.

Redknapp has claimed that Villa made a “massive mistake” when they dismissed Sherwood and said that the club need some consistency.

“Getting rid of Tim Sherwood was a massive mistake,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “I think they need someone in there given time. They can’t keep changing managers every six months or so, and that’s the way it’s gone at the moment.

“It’s sad, because they’ve got great support. Every week they’re there, the fans. They follow the team away, and they deserve better.”

Villa are now in search of a new manager as they try to rescue their first season in the Championship.

The Guardian report that the club want Huddersfield David Wagner as their new manager and are also considering Steve Bruce.

Sherwood has not ruled out a return to Villa Park and admitted he would consider the vacant managerial role.

The 47-year-old left Villa Park with the club bottom of the Premier League but he did guide them to an FA Cup final in the 2014/15 season, which they lost 4-0 to Arsenal.

Villa were ambitious of challenging for promotion this season but have won just one game in the league, meaning they are already 10 points adrift of the play-off places.

In other Aston Villa news, the club’s fans have reacted on Twitter to speculation that Sam Allardyce will be their next manager.