Rangers

By Matt Farr

Tim Sherwood has questioned Aston Villa’s decision not to hand him more responsibility in the transfer market during his time as manager.

The 48-year-old was appointed as manager at Villa Park in February 2015 following the sacking of Paul Lambert, but he lasted just eight months before being sacked in October later that year.

Aston Villa have since tried and tested another three different managers – Remi Garde, Roberto Di Matteo and current chief, Steve Bruce – but Sherwood admits there are still concerns over how he was treated by the club.

Sherwood had seen his resources depleted ahead of the 2015-16 season, when the club allowed three of his most prized first-team assets to quit the club, with Sherwood having not been granted control over their futures.

Christian Benteke, Ron Vlaar and Fabian Delph were all sold by Villa that summer, with senior trio Paddy Riley, Henrik Almstadt and Tom Fox responsible for their summer recruitment drive.

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On loan midfielder Tom Cleverley also left the club, despite the manager’s determination to see him extend his stay at the club.

When reflecting on his time at the club, Sherwood insists he should have been granted more control in the club’s recruitment, unleashing his fury at his former colleagues.

He told the Birmingham Mail: “I’m really disappointed with the way I was treated to be perfectly honest. They were key players.

“You need support from the board and the owners and at the time – I’ve got a lot of respect for Randy Lerner – but I think he was a little misguided and sometimes you’ve got to trust people who know the game.

“No-one knows the Premier League more than me. I know what it takes to recruit a player who is capable of playing in it but unfortunately that was taken away from me.”

Aston Villa have since inherited new ownership, with Chinese businessman Dr Tony Xia replacing Lerner as owner of the club last summer, following their relegation from the Premier League.

Xia’s cash-injection over the past twelve months has seen Aston Villa flex their financial muscle in the transfer market, where they have moved to bring in as many as 17 new recruits.

In other Aston Villa news, Sherwood also admits he wants to sign this Villa player for his next club.

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