By Amir Mir
Tim Sherwood believes he would have had more time at Aston Villa, had he signed players of his choice during the 2015 summer transfer window.
The 47-year-old was sacked as Villa manager in November last year, ten games into the 2015-16 Premier League season.
Sherwood had in the previous season led the Midlands club to safety, including to an FA Cup final, when he took over from Paul Lambert who was sacked in February 2015.
But speaking to Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday programme, the former Premier League winner claimed that Villa decided to go against his choice of transfer recommendations prior to their relegation last term.
When asked how involved he was with the transfers coming in, he replied:
“You put a list of players who you recommend to come to the club,” Sherwood told Goals on Sunday. “That has been put alongside what the club already have with their recruitment policy. The recruitment policy I gather in the end was working 18 months prior to me coming into the club.”
Villa’s head of recruitment during Sherwood’s tenure was Paddy Riley, who was reportedly sacked by the club in September with ex-Everton assistant Steve Round taking charge of recruitment duties.
However, Sherwood was critical at the type of players Villa purchased during the summer of 2015, with £50 million spent on ten senior players.
“They looked at numbers and a lot of stats of individual players and decided to go along with the ones they had been looking for a long time,” said Sherwood.
“I just felt like we were bringing a lot of decorations into the club without necessarily having the tree and I thought you have got to do it the right way round. Lets have the tree first, then put the decorations on it, so it was a little disappointing.
“The results were not great, ten games I was given and I think that answers the question for the guy really, if they were my players and I would have had a lot more time than ten games to work with them.”
The former midfielder picked up one win, one draw and nine defeats for the 2015-16 Premier League season, before he was sacked by then-owner Randy Lerner.
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