Time’s up for Tim. Tim Sherwood has departed Villa Park, eight months after his appointment at the helm of the Villans. The 46-year-old was in charge at Villa for only 28 competitive games and he is the shortest serving permanent manager in the history of the club.

Following their sixth straight league defeat against Swansea at the weekend, Aston Villa are currently at the bottom of the Premier League table with only four points in ten games. Tim Sherwood led Aston Villa to the FA Cup final at Wembley last season and also saved the club from getting relegated but his side registered only one win this season and according to the club hierarchy a change is imperative.

An official statement by Aston Villa read: “The board believes the results on the pitch were simply not good enough and that a change is imperative. We sincerely thank Tim Sherwood for all his efforts during a difficult period last season and for the many positive contributions he has made to the entire football set-up.”

Former Everton and Manchester United boss, David Moyes, is believed to be a front runner for the job at Villa. The Real Sociedad manager will have to fend off competition from former Lyon manager Remi Garde, who according to BBC is in advanced talks with Aston Villa.

Under-21 manager Kevin MacDonald is the interim manager of the club until an announcement on the new manager is made.